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Book Reviews for Young Readers from Black History

Finding books on African-American history for young children is difficult. The raw horrors of slavery and even of the Jim Crow era are too much for them. Still, the struggles of Phillis Wheatley, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, and Ruby Bridges are their heritage, and they deserve to know about them. Several authors have done us a great service by offering children of all colors a look at this portion of history, the bad parts as well as the good parts, in a form that does not spoil children's innocence. We have collected several of these here. These stories have inspired some of our children, and they will yours as well.
The Story of Ruby Bridges
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An award-winning author joins forces with an award-winning illustrator to create this must-read children's story of Ruby Bridges' faith and courage.
YOUNG FREDERICK DOUGLASS: The Slave Who Learned to Read
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Frederick Douglass' boyhood inspires today's children.
The Other Side
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The Other Side offers young readers a gentle peek into life under segregation.
More Than Anything Else
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Slightly fictionalized story of Booker T Washington's childhood inspires young readers.
Freedom School, Yes!
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Learn about the 1964 Mississippi Summer Project through the eyes of one young child whose life these brave teachers changed.
Coming On Home Soon
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Ada Ruth gives young readers a first-hand look at the poverty and struggles of Black Americans at home during the Second World War.
Follow the Drinking Gourd
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Children will love this story of historical underground railroad conducto Peg Leg Joe.
Freedom Summer
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View the Civil Rights Act of 1964 through the eyes of two young boys, one black, the other white.
Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom
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Inspire your young readers with this Caldecott Honor Book about Harriet Tubman, her heroism, and her faith.
Freedom's Pen
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Phillis Wheatley's life, slightly fictionalized, comes to life for young girls.

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