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Winding Oak's Bookology Magazine

Chasing Freedom Companion Booktalks

To get you started on the Bookstorm™ Books …

 

Alec’s Primer

Mildred Pitts Walter
illustrated by Larry Johnson
Vermont Folklife Center, 2005

  • Based on the true story of Alec Turner (1845-1923), who learned to read as a boy with the help of his owner’s daughter

  • Supplement the story with stories and songs from tape-recorded interviews with Daisy Turner, Alec’s daughter

  • A Carter G. Woodson honor book from a Coretta Scott King-winning author

 

All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom

Angela Johnson
illustrated by E.B. Lewis
Simon & Schuster, 2014

  • Perfectly and powerfully, 289 words evoke a monumental event

  • Back matter includes author and illustrator notes, important dates list, short history of Juneteenth, and a glossary

  • Coretta Scott King Award-winning author and illustrator

 

Crossing Bok Chitto: A Choctaw Tale of Friendship and Freedom 

Tim Tingle
illustrated by Jeanne Rorex Bridges
Cinco Puntas Press, 2006

  • “Set in the Old South, Crossing Bok Chitto is an Indian book, written by Indian voices, and painted by an Indian artist” (from the author’s note)

  • Seven slaves cross to freedom, led by a young Choctaw girl; adds a new perspective to the established escape literature

  • Back matter includes short profile of the Choctaw nations and a note on Choctaw storytelling

 

Elizabeth Leads the Way: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Right to Vote

Tanya Lee Stone
illustrated by Rebecca Gibbon
Henry Holt, 2008

  • The girlhood and young adult years of a leading famous suffragist

  • Author’s note includes a brief overview of Cady Stanton’s life and public image

  • ALA Notable, Junior Library Guild Premier Selection, 2009 Amelia Bloomer Award Book

 

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

Thomas B. Allen
illustrated by Carla Bauer
National Geographic Children’s Books, 2006

  • Combines the story of Harriet Tubman’s post-Underground Railroad work as spy and military leader with a history of the abolitionist movement and the Civil War

  • Back matter includes time line, a bibliography, and notes and quote sources

  • Includes some secret codes to decipher!

 

Heart and Soul: the Story of America and African Americans

written and illustrated by Kadir Nelson
Balzer+Bray, 2012

  • “…a grand and awe-inspiring survey of the black experience in America, delivered in 108 pages” (Walter Dean Myers)

  • Coretta Scott King winner (author) AND Coretta Scott King honor (illustrator)

  • Back matter includes author’s note, timeline, extensive bibliography

 

I Could Do That! Esther Morris Gets Women the Right to Vote

Linda Arms White
illustrated by Nancy Carpenter
Farrar, Straus& Giroux, 2005

  • Picture book (somewhat fictionalized) biography of woman who was instrumental in the successful fight for women’s suffrage in Wyoming—51 years before it was won nationally

  • Back matter includes author’s note and resources

  • Humorous  illustrations expand the kid-appeal of the story

 

Many Thousand Gone: African Americans from Slavery to Freedom

Virginia Hamilton
illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon
Knopf, 1993

  • Giant-hearted book from three children’s literature giants

  • 250 years of slavery in the U.S. told through profiles of slaves and freed people

  • Presented in chronological order, each chapter/profile includes a stunning black and white illustration by the Dillons

 

 

Marching with Aunt Susan: Susan B. Anthony and the Fight for Women’s Suffrage

Claire Rudolf Murphy
illustrated by Stacey Schuett
Peachtree, 2011

  • The narrative is from the point of view of Bessie Keith Pond, a (real) ten-year old California girl, which creates engaging immediacy to the history

  • Extensive back matter—perfect for report writing

  • Amelia Bloomer project 2012 book list

 

Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom

Carole Boston Weatherford
illustrated by Kadir Nelson
Jump at the Sun/Hyperion, 2006

  • Caldecott-honor for Nelson’s stunning illustrations; most are double-page spreads

  • Unique three-voiced narrative that is easy to follow and conveys the power of Tubman’s personal mission; we hear the storyteller, Harriet Tubman, and the voice of God as she hears it

  • Author is an NAACP image award finalist and Carter G. Woodson Award winner; author’s note includes concise biography of Tubman

 

Traveling the Freedom Road: From Slavery and the Civil War through Reconstruction

Linda Barrett Osborne
Henry N. Abrams, Inc., 2009

  • Published in association with the Library of Congress, it’s loaded with primary sources—documents and images

  • Narrative focuses on young people and includes many first-person recollections of the time period

  • Library of Congress author video and other resources to supplement reading

 

With Courage and Cloth: Winning the Fight for a Woman’s Right to Vote

Ann Bausum  
National Geographic, 2004

  • Detailed, photo-illustrated history of women’s suffrage in the U.S. from a Sibert honor and Carter Woodson Award author

  • Just why is “cloth” so important? A perfect topic for research and discussion

  • Back matter galore for reports

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