In Salt in His Shoes: Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream, Jordan’s mother and sister, Deloris and Rosalyn Jordan write the true story of Michael Jordan’s struggle to pursue his dream of playing basketball. In the tale, he worries he won’t be tall enough to play well, but advice from his family helps him realize that practice and hard work are more important than height. I would pair this children’s book with the Harriet Tubman conversation about dreams, asking students to reflect on Michael Jordan’s journey as a dreamer and the people in his life who helped him pursue his dreams.
Level: Elementary English/Language Arts
Subject Area: American literature
Author: Tiffany Heitman