Mississippi Morning written by Ruth Vander Zee and illustrated by Floyd Cooper is a powerful story of a boy growing up in Mississippi during the Great Depression and his experience learning of the cruelty and hate of the Ku Klux Klan. James William loves his life in rural Mississippi until he learns that a fire that burned down the local preacher's house wasn't an accident, but a hate crime. Until an unexpected encounter brings this harsh reality close to home. Powerful and moving, this book can be used to open up discussions with children about hate and racism. Recommended for ages 7 to 12 years.