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Black heroes your children will love (Pre-1900)
The list author says: "These books present historical, fictional, and/or legendary black characters that will inspire your family. Emphasis on enjoyable, entertaining, and/or visually interesting books. This is a running list."
Seven Miles to Freedom: The Robert Smalls Story
American Slave, American Hero: York of the Lewis and Clark Expedition
An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 (Newbery Honor Book)
"The Free African Society in Philadelphia"
Frederick Douglass: Abolitionist Hero (Childhood of Famous Americans)
A Voice of Her Own: The Story of Phillis Wheatley, Slave Poet
From Slave Ship to Freedom Road
"for older kids. Graphic violence and suffering."
Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom (Caldecott Honor Book)
Nat Turner and the Virginia Slave Revolt (Journey to Freedom: The African American Library)
A Picture of Freedom: The Diary of Clotee, a Slave Girl, Belmont Plantation, Virginia 1859 (Dear America Series )
The Underground Railroad for Kids: From Slavery to Freedom with 21 Activities (For Kids series)
Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad
"Henry Box Brown"
Under the Quilt of Night
Secret Signs: An Escape Through the Underground Railroad
Forty Acres and Maybe a Mule
They Called Themselves the K.K.K.: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group
"older children -- how to survive and resist terror. LOTS of heroic rebellion against the KKK terrorists."
John Henry (Picture Puffins)
Booker T. Washington: Great American Educator (Graphic Library: Graphic Biographies)
Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U. S. Marshal (Exceptional Social Studies Titles for Intermediate Grades) (Nelson, Vaunda Micheaux)
Wagon Wheels (I Can Read, Book 3) (Book & CD
Bound for the North Star: True Stories of Fugitive Slaves
"A collection of stories told by escaped slaves, in their own words. Exciting narratices. For older kids."
Buffalo Soldiers: The Story of Emanuel Stance
"Active and exciting young men -- pro learning, pro military"
The Prison-Ship Adventure of James Forten, Revolutionary War Captive (History's Kid Heroes (Quality Paper))
"Revolutionary War prisoner"
Amos Fortune, Free Man (Newbery Library, Puffin)
Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave
Freedom River (Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Books)
"Outstanding illustration style -- great for one-on-one reading with your child. Fascinating illustrations, great story -- this book is a winner."
A Picture Book of Sojourner Truth (Picture Book Biography)
"Great picture biography for young grades -- 1st/2nd. Very good illustrations; captures the sadness and hope of Sojourner Truth's life."
A Picture Book of Frederick Douglass (Picture Book Biography) (Picture Book Biographies)
"Phenomenal picture biography for primary grades. It does show and tell about Frederick's aunt being bound and enduring a whipping."
Amistad Rising: A Story of Freedom
"Zoomed-in illustrations -- this is excellent."
Black Hands, White Sails: The Story of African-American Whalers
"Not very well-written, but it will give your child many jumping-off points for learning about this iteresting aspect of American history"
Stop the Train!
"The secondary character, Monday Morning, ibrings a smile to my face. Self taught but well-read, full of puns. I wish he had his own book."
God King: A Story in the Days of King Hezekiah (Living History Library)
Mansa Musa: The Lion of Mali
Benjamin Banneker: Astronomer and Mathematician (Fact Finders Biographies: Great African Americans)
"easy to read, good biographical information, inspire your kids to study science and math"
More Than Anything Else
"young Booker T. Washington"
Words Set Me Free: The Story of Young Frederick Douglass (Paula Wiseman Books)
"Young Frederick Douglass"
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