When Love Wins

The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage

Written by Selina Alko

Illustrated by Sean Qualls & Selina Alko

Published by Arthur A. Levine, 2015

ISBN: 978-0-545-47853-3

Format: Picturebook; biography

40 Pages ~ Ages 5-8

Brief Summary

In Virginia during the 1950s, segregation was a prominent theme. But, Richard Loving and Mildred Jeter didn’t see color. They loved each other from the moment they met. The two drove across the state line to Washington, D.C. to marry so they might live happily, ever after. Only, not everyone in Virginia was pleased with their interracial marriage. This is the story of how they fought state laws all the way to the Supreme Court to openly love one another while building a family.


What a heart-warming story! I absolutely fell in love. Extra perk: the author’s note (which is so tender by the way), sources, and suggestions for further reading. I’m not usually moved to seek out the material listed in these sections, but I was with this book. All. The. Feels.😍😍😍It’s now on my favorites list!

This is such a great book to use to explain segregation to younger readers or teach how not all types of families were accepted in the past like they are now. The language is very relatable for them and easy to read. The illustrations are so warm they permeate love.


  • Junior Library Guild selection


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