The Great Migration: Journey to the North Book Info “Between 1915 and 1930, more than a million African Americans…moved to the North” including the poet’s family. Join the travelers as they seek a better life in a different part of the United States. Rhythmic but not rhyming verse is complemented by evocative illustrations. Book Details The Great Migration: Journey to the North Eloise Greenfield Illustrator: Jan Spivey Gilchrest Age Level: 6-9 Genre: Nonfiction, Biography Freedom Song! The Story of Henry “Box” Brown Book Info His unusual escape from slavery — in a box mailed to Philadelphia — is told in a conversational, folksy style illustrated with evocative illustrations. The cadence of the text calls to mind the music and song that were always important to Henry Brown. Book Details Freedom Song! The Story of Henry “Box” Brown Sally Walker Illustrator: Sean Qualls Age Level: 6-9 Genre: Biography, Nonfiction Freedom's a-Callin Me Book Info Sophisticated poems, often in dialect, are accompanied by haunting paintings to chronicle a group of enslaved people escaping north to freedom. Older readers will most appreciate this sometimes (necessarily) harsh portrait of escape, slave trackers, and the trek north. Book Details Freedom’s a-Callin Me Ntozake Shange Illustrator: Rod Brown Age Level: 6-9 Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Poetry My Uncle Martin's Words for America Book Info Martin Luther King’s niece recalls how the power of her uncle’s words and his strength of conviction changed the United States. Realistic illustrations, straightforward language, and factual back matter create an accessible glimpse of the man and his place in history. Book Details My Uncle Martin’s Words for America Angela Farris Watkins Illustrator: Eric Velasquez Age Level: 6-9 Genre: Biography, Nonfiction Underground Book Info Brief, staccato text and dark-hued, mixed-media illustrations convey the drama of enslaved people escaping on the Underground Railroad. There is limited light and grave danger until the family reaches freedom in this seemingly simple yet rich and sophisticated book. Book Details Underground Shane Evans Age Level: 6-9 Genre: Nonfiction We March Book Info Two children aroused by their parents join a march for equal rights. Short sentences and semi-abstract illustrations convey the children’s evolving feelings as they join scores of others in what adults recognize as an historic march for civil rights. Book Details We March Shane Evans Age Level: 3-6 Genre: Nonfiction When Grandmama Sings Book Info Belle goes with her talented grandmother on a singing tour during a time of racial segregation in the south in the 1950s. Grandmama decides to continue performing up north “where things were a little easier for black people.” Realistic watercolors help define the setting. Book Details When Grandmama Sings Margaree King Mitchell Illustrator: James Ransome Age Level: 6-9 Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction Words Set Me Free: The Story of Young Frederick Douglass Book Info A young Frederick Douglass narrates this handsome, moving, and authentic story of his early life as a slave, his desire to learn, and plans to escape slavery. The child who grew up to be an abolitionist, memorable writer, and orator knew that words — reading — would set him free. Book Details Words Set Me Free: The Story of Young Frederick Douglass Lesa Cline-Ransome Illustrator: James Ransome Age Level: 6-9 Genre: Biography, Nonfiction Chasing Freedom: The Life Journeys of Harriet Tubman and Susan B. Anthony, Inspired by Historical Facts Book Info Underground Railroad “conductor” Harriet Tubman and Susan B. Anthony, a staunch proponent of women’s suffrage, lived during the same period in US history and actually met several times. Grimes richly imagines what they might have talked about at these meetings, contextualizing the period’s history and major events. Illustrations use strong lines and bold color to provide more than visual interest but also suggesting the strength of two remarkable women. Book Details Chasing Freedom: The Life Journeys of Harriet Tubman and Susan B. Anthony, Inspired by Historical Facts Nikki Grimes Illustrator: Michele Wood Age Level: 9-12 Genre: Historical Fiction, Fiction Overground Railroad Book Info A window into a child’s experience of the Great Migration. Climbing aboard the New York bound Silver Meteor train, Ruth Ellen embarks upon a journey toward a new life up North — one she can’t begin to imagine. Stop by stop, the perceptive young narrator tells her journey in poems, leaving behind the cotton fields and distant Blue Ridge mountains. Book Details Overground Railroad Lesa Cline-Ransome Illustrator: James Ransome Age Level: 6-9 Genre: Poetry Published: 2020 Liked it? Share it!