BOOKS & VIDEOS

BOOKS

Please note: most of these books contain textual or artistic representations of violence which may be troubling for young readers; parents, guardians and educators should review the books and use their own discretion in assigning these readings.

 

Picture books which contain explicit references to violence are preceded by an asterisk.

FOR KIDS UNDER 10:

  • *If You Lived When There Was Slavery In America

  • *Chasing Freedom

  • Before She Was Harriet

  • Moses

  • Only Passing Through

  • When Harriet Met Sojourner

  • Henry’s Freedom Box

  • Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt

  • Show Way

  • Follow the Drinking Gourd

  • *Let The Truth Be Told

  • *Yours for Justice, Ida B. Wells: The Daring Life of a Crusading Journalist

  • Mumbet's Declaration of Independence

  • Words Set Me Free: The Story of Young Frederick Douglass (with Audio Recording)

  • *Never Forgotten

  • Love Twelve Miles Long​

  • The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch

FOR KIDS 10-13:

  • Meet Addy: An American Girl

  • Meet Kaya: An American Girl

  • Minuk: Ashes in the Pathway

  • Elijah of Buxton

  • Jefferson's Sons: A Founding Father’s Secret Children

  • Amos Fortune: Free Man

  • Harriet Tubman, Secret Agent: How Daring Slaves and Free Blacks Spied for the Union During the Civil War

  • Kidnapped Prince The Life of Olaudah Equiano

  • The Old African

  • Chains

  • Amistad: A Long Road to Freedom

  • How I Became a Ghost

  • The Birchbark House

  • In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse

FOR TEENS 14 AND UP:

  • Copper Sun

  • Hang a Thousand Trees with Ribbons: The Story of Phillis Wheatley

  • Surrender Tree El Arbol de la Rendicion Poems of Cubas Struggle for Freedom

  • Beloved

  • 47

  • The Black History of the White House

  • Free at Last: A Documentary History of Slavery, Freedom, and the Civil War

  • Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

  • The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano​

  • Remembering Slavery: African Americans Talk about Their Personal Experiences of Slavery and Emancipation

 

FOR ADULTS: