Bibliography of Black History Picture Books The picture books listed below are sophisticated in their subject matter and can deliver content in a manner that all students can understand. They can be used in grades 3-12

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Bibliography of Black History Picture Books
The picture books listed below are sophisticated in their subject matter and can deliver content in a manner that all students can understand. They can be used in grades 3-12.
Slavery and Underground Railroad:

Adler, David A. The Picture Book of Harriet Beecher Stowe. New York:

Holiday House, 2003. ISBN 0-8234-1646-1 (about the author of

Uncle Tom’s Cabin and her work to expose the evils of slavery)

Bunting, Eve. The Blue and the Gray. New York: Scholastic Press, 1996.

ISBN 0-590-60197-0 (Modern day flashback to Civil War)

Bradby, Marie. More Than Anything Else. New York: Orchard Books, 1995.

ISBN 0-531-09464-2 (Booker T. Washington’s desire to read)

Edwards, Pamela Duncan. Barefoot: Escape on the Underground Railroad. New York:

HarperCollins Publishers, 1997. ISBN 0-06-443519-9 (a nameless slave escapes)

Hamilton, Virginia. The People Could Fly. New York: Scholastic, 1985.

ISBN 0-590-48211-4 (American Black Folktales)

Hopkinson, Deborah. Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt. New York: Dragonfly

Books, 1993. ISBN 0-679-87472-0 (Escape from slavery)

Hopkinson, Deborah. Under the Quilt of Night. New York: Atheneum Books for Young

Readers, 2001. ISBN 0-689-82227-8 (Beautifully worded and illustrated book

about escaping to freedom)

Howard, Elizabeth Fitzgerald. Virgie Goes to School with Us Boys. New York:

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2000. ISBN 0-689-80076-2

(Takes place just after slaves are freed)

Johnson, Delores. Now Let Me Fly: The Story of a Slave Family. New York:

Aladdin Books, 1993. ISBN 0-689-80966-2 (Tells the story from Africa to

plantation life)

Lawrence, Jacob. Harriet and the Promised Land. Hong Kong: Aladdin Paperbacks,

1997. ISBN 0-689-80965-4 (Lots of paintings to illustrate the story)

Lees, Stewart. Runaway Jack. New York: Barron’s Educational Series, 2004.

ISBN 0-7641-5712-4 (From plantation life to runaway slave)

Lester, Julius. From Slave Ship to Freedom Road. New York: Puffin Books,

1998. ISBN 0-14-056669-4 (Good resource, but use caution because of

strong language)

Levine, Ellen. ...If You Traveled on The Underground Railroad. New York:

Scholastic, 1988. ISBN 0-590-45156-1 (Good descriptions of the time)

McGill, Alice. Molly Bannaky. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1999. ISBN 0-395-72287-x

(A white woman buys, frees and marries a slave. Her grandson is Benjamin

Banneker, the famous scientist.)

McGovern, Ann. “Wanted Dead or Alive” The True Story of Harriet Tubman.

New York: Scholastic, 1965. ISBN 0-590-44212-0 (More narrative about

Harriet Tubman)

Nelson, Jerdine. Big Jabe. New York: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 2000.

ISBN 0-68-813662-1 (Tall tale from slave days)

Nelson, Vaunda Michaux. Almost to Freedom. Minneapolis, MN: Carolrhoda Books,

Inc., 2003. ISBN 1-57505-342-x (Escape story told by a rag doll)

Polacco, Patricia. Pink and Say. New York: Scholastic, 1994. ISBN 0-590-54210-9

(Civil War – friendship between two Union soldiers, one white, one black)
Ransom, Candace. Liberty Street. New York: Walker & Co., 2003.

ISBN 0-8027-8869-6 (Slave who is learning to read at a secret school)

Rappaport, Doreen. No More! Stories and Songs of Slave Resistance. Cambridge,

MA: Candlewick Press, 2002. ISBN 0-7636-0984-6 (stories about individuals in


Rappaport, Doreen. Freedom River. New York: Hyperion Books for Young Children,

2000. ISBN 078680350-9 (Crossing the Ohio River to freedom)

Riggio, Anita. Secret Signs Along the Underground Railroad. Honesdale, PA:

Boyds Mills Press, 1997. ISBN 1-56397—555-6 (Secret signs used to

help slaves escape to the North)

Ringgold, Faith. Aunt Harriet’s Underground Railroad in the Sky. New York:

Dragonfly Books, 1992. ISBN 0-517-88543-3 (Story of Harriet Tubman)

Rockwell, Anne. Only Passing Through: The Story of Sojourner Truth. New York:

Alfred A. Knopf, 2000. (Life of the abolitionist)

Sanders, Scott Russell. A Place Called Freedom. New York: Aladdin Picture Books,

1997. ISBN 0-689-84001-2 (Escaping slaves)

Schroeder, Alan. Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman. New York: Puffin Books,

1996. ISBN 0-14-056196-X (The early days of Tubman’s life)

Stroud, Bettye. The Patchwork Path: A Quilt Map to Freedom. Cambridge, MA:

Candlewick Press, 2005. ISBN 0-7636-2423-3 (Quilts help escaping slaves)

Thomas, Joyce Carol. I Have Heard of a Land. New York: HarperCollins

Publishers, 1995. ISBN 0-06-443617-9 (Freed slaves move west to settle)

Turner, Ann. Nettie’s Trip South. New York: Scholastic, 1987. ISBN 0-590-42721-0

(based on the true experience of a young girl from the North traveling to the

South during slavery)

Vaughan, Marcia. The Secret to Freedom. New York: Lee & Low Books Inc., 2001.

ISBN 1-58430-021-3 (Quilt patterns as signals to escaping slaves)

Winter, Jeanette. Follow the Drinking Gourd. New York: Dragonfly Books, 1988.

ISBN 0-679-81997 (using the North Star to escape to freedom)

Woodson, Jacqueline. Show Way. New York: G.P. Putnam & Sons, 2005.

ISBN 0-399-23749-6 (generations of slaves and free)

Civil Rights Movement:

Adler, David A. A Picture Book of Rosa Parks. New York: Holiday House, 1993.

ISBN 0-8234-1177-x (Biography of the Civil Rights leader)

Adler, David A. Martin Luther King, Jr. Free at Last. New York: Holiday House,

1986. ISBN 0-8234-0618-0 (Biography)

Adler, David A. The Picture Book of Thurgood Marshall. New York:

Holiday House, 1997. ISBN 0-8234-1308-x (biography)

Adoff, Arnold. Malcolm X. New York: Harper Trophy, 1970. ISBN 0-06-446015-0

(The biography of Malcolm X)

Battle-Lavert, Gwendolyn. Papa’s Mark. New York: Holiday House, 2003.

ISBN 0-8234-1650-x (Learning to write and be able to vote)

Bridges, Ruby. Through My Eyes. New York: Scholastic Press, 1999.

ISBN 0-590-18923-9 (Articles and interviews about school integration as

part of Ruby’s autobiography)

Bunting, Eve. Smoky Night. New York: Harcourt Brace & Co., 1994.

ISBN 0-15-269954-6 ( Los Angeles riots)

Coles, Robert. The Story of Ruby Bridges. New York: Scholastic, 1995.

ISBN 0-590-57281-4 (The story of Ruby’s first days of school)

Duncan, Alice Faye. Everyday People. New York: Troll Medallion, 1995.

ISBN 0-8167-3503-4 (Includes photos from the National Civil Rights Museum)

Farris, Christine King. My Brother Martin. New York: Aladdin Paperbacks, 2003.

ISBN 978-0-689-64388-4

Giovanni, Nikki. Rosa. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 2005.

ISBN 0-8050-7106-7 (Story of Rosa Parks protest)

Haskins, Jim. The Day Martin Luther King, Jr. Was Shot: A Photo History of the

Civil Rights Movement. New York: Scholastic, 1992. ISBN 0-590-43661-9

(An excellent book that spans from slavery to modern day)

Haskins, Jim. Delivering Justice: W.W. Law and the Fight for Civil Rights.

Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press, 2005. ISBN 076362592-2

(The biography of a little-known worker for Civil Rights)

Hoffman, Mary. Amazing Grace. New York: Scholastic, 1991. ISBN 0-590-46009-9

(A little girl with a lot of imagination)

Jackson, Garnet. Martin Luther King, Jr. A Man of Peace. New York: Scholastic,

2001. ISBN 0-439-20643-x (Biography)

Johnson, Angela. A Sweet Smell of Roses. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2005.

ISBN 0-689-83252-4 (Two young girls are caught up in a protest march)

King, Casey and Osborne, Linda Barrett. Oh, Freedom! Kids Talk About the Civil

Rights Movement with the People Who Made It Happen. New York: Alfred A.

Knopf, 1997. ISBN 0-679-89005-x (Great interviews)

King, Martin Luther Jr. I Have A Dream. New York: Scholastic, 1963.

ISBN 0-590-20516-1 (Text of the famous speech with illustrations)

Littlesugar, Amy. Freedom School, Yes! New York: Philomel Books, 2001.

ISBN 0-399-23006-8 (Story based on schools set up by the Mississippi

Summer Project in 1964)

Marzollo, Jean. Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King. New York: Scholastic, 1993.

ISBN 0-439-09942-0 (Biography)

McKissack, Patricia. Goin’ Someplace Special. New York: Atheneum Books for

Young Readers, 2001. ISBN 0-689-81885-8 (A young girl’s trip to the library

through a segregated town)

Miller, William. Richard Wright and the Library Card. New York: Lee & Low Books,

Inc., 1997. ISBN 1-880000-88-1 (Based on the true story of Richard Wright,

a black man who wanted to read)

Mitchell, Margaree King. Granddaddy’s Gift. New York: BridgeWater Paperback,

1997. ISBN 0-8167-4011-9 (Fighting for the right to vote)

Mitchell, Margaree King. Uncle Jed’s Barbershop. New York: Simon & Schuster

Books for Young Readers, 1993 ISBN 0-671-76969-3 (Life in the South in

the 1920’s)

Morrison, Toni. Remember: The Journey to School Integration. Boston: Houghton

Mifflin Company, 2004. ISBN 0-618-39740-x (Filled with photos and the story

of school integration)

Moss, Thylias. I Want To Be. New York: Puffin Books, 1993. ISBN 0-14-056286-9

(A young girl dreams of possible careers)

Myers, Walter Dean. I’ve Seen the Promised Land. New York: HarperCollins, 2004.

ISBN 0-06-027703-3 (Biography of Martin Luther King, Jr.)

Myers, Walter Dean. The Great Migration: An American Story. New York: Harper

Trophy, 1993. ISBN 0-06-443428-1 (Blacks leaving the South after World War II)

Nelson, Marilyn. A Wreath for Emmett Till. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2005.

ISBN 0-618-39752-3 (Poem for the boy lynched for whistling at a white woman)

Pinkney. Andrea Davis. Duke Ellington. New York: Scholastic, 1998.

ISBN 0-439-10994-9 (Biography of Ellington, a musician)

Rappaport, Doreen. Martin’s Big Words. New York: Hyperion Books for Young

Children, 2001. ISBN 0-7868-2591-x (MLK’s biography including quotes)

Rappaport, Doreen. The School Is Not White! A True Story of the Civil Rights

Movement. New York: Hyperion Books for Young Children, 2005.

ISBN 0-7868-1838-7 (A true story of a black family that sent their children

to the newly-integrated schools)

Ringgold, Faith. If A Bus Could Talk. New York: Aladdin Paperbacks, 1999.

ISBN 0-689-85676-8 (Colorfully illustrated story of Rosa Parks)

Ruffin, Frances E. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the March on Washington. New York:

Grosset & Dunlap, 2001. ISBN 0-448-42421-5 (Easy to read text with good

illustrations and photos)

Vander Zee, Ruth. Mississippi Morning. Cambridge, UK: Eerdmans Books for Young

Readers, 2004. ISBN 0-8028-5211-4 (Powerful story about a young white boy

who discovers that his father is a member of the Ku Klux Klan)

Wiles, Deborah. Freedom Summer. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers,

2001. ISBN 0-689-83016-5 (Two boys and their experiences after the Civil

Rights Act of 1964)

Woodson, Jacqueline. Coming On Home Soon. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons,

2004. ISBN 0-399-23748-8 (Women working away from home during

World War II)

Woodson, Jacqueline. Sweet, Sweet Memory. New York: Hyperion Books for Young

Children, 2000. ISBN 078680241-3 (Memories of a grandfather)

Woodson, Jacqueline. The Other Side. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2001.

ISBN 0-399-23116-1 (Story of a town racially divided by a fence)

Wyeth, Sharon Dennis. Something Beautiful. New York: Bantam Doubleday Dell,

1998. ISBN 0-385-32239-9 (A little girl beautifies her neighborhood)

Yolen, Jane. Miz Berlin Walks. New York: Puffin Books, 1997. ISBN 0-698-11845-6

(Friendship between a little black girl and an old white woman)

Famous Sports Heroes:

Adler, David A. A Picture Book of Jackie Robinson. New York: Holiday House, 1994.

ISBN 0-8234-1304-7

Golenbock, Peter. Teammates. New York: Harcourt, Inc., 1990. ISBN 0-15-200603-6

(The story of Jackie Robinson, the first black major league baseball player,

and his Southern-born teammate, “Pee Wee” Reese)

Haskins, Jim. Champion: The Story of Muhammad Ali. New York: Walker &

Company, 2002. ISBN 0-8027-8784-3

Jordan, Deloris. Salt in His Shoes: Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream. New York:

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2000. ISBN 0-689-83371-7

Mattern, Joanne. Tiger Woods. New York: Troll Books, 1998. ISBN 0-8167-4551-X


Feelings, Tom. Soul Looks Back in Wonder. New York: Puffin Books, 1993.

ISBN 0-14-056501-9

Greenfield, Eloise. Night on a Neighborhood Street. New York: Puffin Pied Piper

Books, 1991. ISBN 0-14-055683-4

Grimes, Nikki. My Man Blue. New York: Penguin Group, 1999. ISBN 0-14-230197-3

Hudson, Wade. Pass It On: African-American Poetry for Childen. New York:

Scholastic, 1993. ISBN 0-590-45771-3

Laskey, Kathryn. A Voice of Her Own: The Story of Phyllis Wheatley, Slave Poet.

Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press, 2003. ISBN 0-7636-0252-3 (Biography)

Rochelle, Belinda. Words with Wings: A Treasury of African-American Poetry and

Art. New York: HarperCollins, 2001. ISBN 0-688-16415-3

Thomas, Joyce Carol. Brown Honey in Broomwheat Tea. New York: HarperCollins

Publishers, 1993. ISBN 0-06-443439-7

Weatherford, Carole Boston. Remember the Bridge: Poems of a People. New York:

Philomel Books, 2002. ISBN 0-399-23726-7

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