Cobb, Cicely Denean. “’If You Give a Nigger an Inch, They Will Take an Ell’: The Role of Education in Mildred D. Taylor’s Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, and Let the Circle be Unbroken. ” In Exploring Culturally Diverse Literature for Children and Adolescents: Learning to Listen in New Ways, edited by Darwin L. Henderson and Jill P. May. Boston: Pearson Allyn and Bacon, 2005. Compares the representation of education in Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry with that in Taylor’s later novel. Discusses the importance of representing childhood education in literature for children.
Fogelman, Phyllis J. “Mildred D. Taylor.” The Horn Book Magazine 53 (August, 1977): 410-414. A brief description of Taylor’s early life and the influences on her first two books.
Harper, Mary Turner. “Merger and Metamorphosis in the Fiction of Mildred D. Taylor.” Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 13, no. 1 (Summer, 1988): 75-80. Harper analyzes the communal oral and musical tradition in Taylor’s novels and states that the tradition “infuses Mildred Taylor’s work, resulting in an imaginative blending of history, cultural traditions and practices so as to create a sequential bildungsroman in four works.”
Peterson, Linda Kauffman, and Marilyn Leathers Solt. Newbery and Caldecott Medal and Honor Books: An Annotated Bibliography. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1982. The authors identify most of the novel’s strengths: “Although the family’s problems are not solved by the book’s end, spunky Cassie and her brothers have experienced some triumphs in the racist society in which they live. These bring both humor and satisfaction to a story that has many grim and frightening moments.”
Rees, David. “The Color of Skin: Mildred Taylor.” In The Marble in the Water: Essays on Contemporary Writers of Fiction for Children and Young Adults. Boston: The Horn Book, 1980. A comparative study that asserts that Taylor “comes closer than anyone else to giving us a really good novel about racial prejudice.”
Taylor, Mildred D. “Newbery Award Acceptance: Address.” The Horn Book Magazine 53 (August, 1977): 401-409. Taylor describes the origins of her prize-winning novel, which she says is “about human pride and survival in a cruelly racist society.”