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Books in this category address a wide range of historical and current forms of bigotry, prejudice that is both intentional and systemic and prejudice that is unintentional, but just as hurtful. In some books prejudice is the primary focus of the story; in others it is part of the fabric of the book but not its central theme.
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1.   A Picture Book of Frederick Douglass
David A. Adler (Author), Samuel Byrd (Illustrator)
A biography of the man who after escaping slavery, became an orator, writer and leader in the abolitionist movement.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
2.   Allen Jay and the Underground Railroad
Marlene Targ Brill (Author), Janice Lee Porter (Illustrator)
The true story of a young boy who helped a runaway slave.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
3.   Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad in the Sky
Written by
Faith Ringgold
With Harriet Tubman as her guide, a young girl retraces the steps escaping slaves took on the Underground Railroad.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
4.   Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom
Rae Bains (Author), Larry Johnson (Illustrator)
The biography of a girl whose fight to freedom was the first step in her becoming "conductor" on the underground railroad.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
5.   I Speak for the Women
Brian Liedahl (Illustrator), Stephanie Sammartino McPherson (Author)
A story about Lucy Stone, powerful speaker for women's rights and the abolition of slavery.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
6.   Julia Ward Howe
Written by
Elizabeth Raum
A biography of the nineteenth-century peace and social justice activist who wrote the Mother’s Day Proclamation in 1870 calling for a “Mother’s Day for Peace,” which eventually led to the holiday known today as Mother’s Day. Ward is most famous for writing the poem that became "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" and is also known for her work against slavery and in support of a woman’s right to vote.
[Grade Level: 2 - 4]
 
7.   Juneteenth Jamboree
Yvonne Buchanan (Illustrator), Carole Boston Weatherford (Author)
Cassandra and her family have moved to her parents' hometown in Texas, but it doesn't feel like home to Cassandra until she experiences Juneteenth, the Texas tradition that celebrates the end of slavery.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
8.   Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters
Stephen Alcorn (Illustrator), Andrea Davis Pinkney (Author)
Let It Shine is a collection of short biographies celebrating the contributions of 10 black women who moved forward the cause of civil rights in America. Following a preface that describes her own family roots in the civil rights movement, Pinkney presents her heroines chronologically in verbal portraits that capture the subjects' faith, strength of character, and determination in the face of hardships and racial injustice. The subjects—who are depicted in full-page oil paintings — include Sojourner Truth, Biddy Mason, Harriet Tubman, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Mary McLeod Bethune, Ella Josephine Baker, Dorothy Irene Height, Rosa Parks, Fannie Lou Hamer, and Shirley Chisholm.
[Grade Level: 3 - 6]
 
9.   Pink and Say
Written and Illustrated by
Patricia Polacco
The story of Pinkus Aylee who during the Civil War saved Sheldon Russell Curtis, the author's great, great grandfather.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
10.   Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt
Deborah Hopkinson (Author), James Ransome (Illustrator)
A young girl stitches a quilt with the map pattern she used to escape to freedom.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
11.   Sweet Words So Brave: The Story of African American Literature
James Michael Brodie (Author), Jerry Butler (Illustrator), Barbara K. Curry (Author)
A survey of the history of African-American literature, from slave narratives to the present, told in the voice of a grandfather to his granddaughter.
 
12.   The Old African
Julius Lester (Author), Jerry Pinkney (Illustrator)
Based on an Ybo slave legend and infused with magical realism, this is the story of an elderly slave, Jaja, who can draw the pain of others into his mind and hones this skill when captured in Africa, dragged into a slave ship, and carted to Georgia. Jaja uses the power of his mind to ease the suffering of his fellow slaves and eventually lead them back to Africa. The graphic text and illustrations depict the horror and brutality of slavery.
[Grade Level: 4 - 8]
 
13.   The Secret to Freedom
Larry Johnson (Illustrator), Marcia Vaughn (Author)
Great Aunt Lucy tells the story of her slave days when she and her brother learned the quilt code to help direct other slaves, and eventually her brother too to freedom in the north.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
 
14.   The Tin Heart
Karen Ackerman (Author), Michael Hays (Illustrator)
Two girls find a way to preserve their friendship even though the Civil War has torn their families apart.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
15.   To Be A Drum
Evelyn Coleman (Author), Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson (Illustrator)
A father tells his children how Africans were brought to America as slaves, but promises his children that as long as they can hear the rhythm of the earth, they will be free.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
16.   White Socks Only
Evelyn Coleman (Author), Tyrone Geter (Illustrator)
A grandmother tells the story about her first trip into town during the days of segregation in Mississippi.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
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