Screen Shot 2018-01-24 at 2.24.41 PMHoward Thurman’s Great Hope

Kai Jackson Issa. New York: Lee & Low Books Inc., 2008.

Styberg Library Call Number: Freedom BX 6495 .T53 J33 2008

“Growing up in Florida in the early twentieth century, Thurman was an excellent student but had little hope of progressing beyond seventh grade. Fortunately, a principal, a town doctor, and a total stranger gave him a chance to continue his schooling, and Thurman later became a college man. This picture-book biography describes the bone-weary working conditions and unfair educational situation for African Americans in the segregated South as well as the uphill struggle of escaping poverty through education.” ~Booklist &

Paths to Peace: People Who Changed the World

Jane Breskin Zalben. New York: Dutton Children’s Books, 2006.Paths to Peace.png

Styberg Library Call Number: Freedom CT 107 .Z35 2006

“Mahatma Gandhi, Eleanor Roosevelt, Cesar Chavez,Aung San Suu Kyi, and the most recent Nobel Prize winner, Dr.Wangari Maathai, are some of the people she chose to represent different eras and parts of the globe. Many started down their path to peace during childhood, and all challenge us to think about improving the lives of others. Also included in this beautiful volume are art notes, a glossary, a bibliography, further reading, and an index, making it an excellent resource.”

Free at Last!: Stories and Songs of Emancipation Free at Last

Doreen Rappaport. Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press, 2004.

Styberg Library Call Number: Freedom E 185.2 .R272 2004

“True stories and traditional songs shed light on a lesser known era in African-American history – the crucial decades between Emancipation and the start of the Civil Rights movement.”

Oh, Freedom!: Kids Talk About the Civil Rights Movement with the People Who Made it Happen Oh Freedom.png

Casey King & Linda Barrett Osborne, Foreward by Rosa Parks. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1997.

Styberg Library Call Number: Freedom E 185.61 .K523 1997

“A personal look at the civil rights movement of the 1950s and ’60s told through dozens of interviews conducted by Washington, D.C., fourth graders with their parents, grandparents, neighbors, and others who helped fight the battle against segregation and changed the course of history.”

Climbing Lincoln’s Steps: The African American Journey

Suzanne Slade. Chicago: Albert Whitman & Company, 2010.Climbing Lincolns Steps

Styberg Library Call Number: Freedom E 185.61 .S618 2010

“Change. It happens slowly. One small step at a time. Important moments in African American history have occurred at the Lincoln Memorial: Marian Anderson’s concert in 1939; Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous speech in 1963; and a visit in 2009 from the first black president and his family. This book interweaves these key events with the story of black Americans’ struggle for equality.”

Sink or Swim: African-American Lifesavers of the Outer Banks Sing or Swim

Carole Boston Weatherford. East Orange, NJ: Just Us Books, Inc., 2008.

Styberg Library Call Number: Freedom VK 1430 .A1 W43 2008

“Tells the story of the U.S. Lifesaving Service, which was the precursor of the Coast Guard, and its only all black crew, operating off Pea Island on the North Carolina coast, led by Richard Etheridge.” ~

Lillian’s Right to Vote: A celebration of the voting rights act of 1965 Lillians Rights to Vote

Jonah Winter. New York: Schwartz & Wade books, 2015.

Styberg Library Call Number: PZ 7 .W75477 Lil 2015

“As Lillian, a one-hundred-year-old African American woman, makes a ‘long haul up a steep hill’ to her polling place, she sees more than trees and sky—she sees her family’s history. She sees the passage of the Fifteenth Amendment and her great-grandfather voting for the first time. She sees her parents trying to register to vote. And she sees herself marching in a protest from Selma to Montgomery.”

Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins Freedom on the Menu.png

Carole Boston Weatherford. New York: Penguin Books, 2007.

Styberg Library Call Number: Freedom PZ 7 .W3535 Fr 2007

“Set in Greensboro, North Carolina, in 1960, this picture book tells a story of desegregation from the viewpoint of one little girl…. An author’s note gives background information about the events in Greensboro that year.” ~Booklist on

The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth & Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore

Vaunda Micheaux Nelson. Minneapolis, MN: Carolrhoda Books, 2015. The Book Itch

Styberg Library Call Number: Freedom PZ 7 .N43773 Boo 2015

“In the 1930s, Lewis’s dad, Lewis Michaux Sr., had an itch he needed to scratch a book itch. How to scratch it? He started a bookstore in Harlem and named it the National Memorial African Bookstore. …People from all over came to visit the store, even famous people Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X, to name a few.  … Read the story of how Lewis Michaux Sr. and his bookstore fostered new ideas and helped people stand up for what they believed in.”

When I Get Older: The Story Behind ‘Wavin’ Flag’

K’naan & Sol Guy. Plattsburgh, NY: Tundra Books, 2012. When I Get Older

Styberg Library Call Number: Freedom PZ 7 .K702 Whe 2012.

“Somali-Canadian poet, rapper, singer, and songwriter K’NAAN tells his own story. Born in Somalia, he grew up in Mogadishu. His grandfather was a renowned poet who passed on his love of words to his grandson. When the Somali Civil War began in 1991, K’NAAN was just thirteen. His mother made the difficult decision to move her family so that they could grow up in safety. First in New York and then in Toronto, K’NAAN faced many challenges.”

Light in the Darkness: A Story About How Slaves Learned in Secret

Lesa Cline-Ransome. New York: Disney, Jump at the Sun, 2013. Light in the Darkness.png

Styberg Library Call Number: Freedom PZ 7 .C622812 Lig 2013

“Illuminating a little-known aspect of American history, Cline-Ransome dramatizes a tale of a “pit school,” a hidden and disguised ditch where literate slaves skipped sleep to pass learning on to others at enormous risk. Told from the perspective of Rosa, a girl who makes the dangerous nighttime journey to the lessons with her mother.” ~Booklist on

Miss Crandall’s School for Young Ladies & Little Misses of Color Miss Crandalls School

Poems by Elizabeth Alexander & Marilyn Nelson. Honesdale, PA: Wordsong, 2007.

Styberg Library Call Number: Freedom PS 3551 .L3494 M57 2007

“The story of Prudence Crandall and her black students, who endured the cruelty of prejudice and hateful actions for the sake of their education…. From March of 1833 to September of 1834, when persecution forced the school to close, these African American women learned that they deserved an education”

When Marian Sang When Marian Sang

Pam Muñoz Ryan. New York: Scholastic, 2002.

Styberg Library Call Number: Freedom ML 3930 .A5 R93 2002

“Marian Anderson is best known for her historic concert at the Lincoln Memorial in 1939, which drew an integrated crowd of 75,000 people in pre-Civil Rights America. While this momentous event showcased the uniqueness of her voice, the strength of her character, and the struggles of the times in which she lived, it is only part of her story.”

When the Beat was Born: DJ Kool Hero and the Creation of Hip Hop When the Beat was Born

Laban Carrick Hill. New York: Roaring Brook Press, 2013.

Styberg Library Call Number: Freedom ML 3930 .K68 H55 2013.

“From his childhood in Jamaica to his youth in the Bronx, Laban Carrick Hill’s book tells how Kool Herc came to be a DJ, how kids in gangs stopped fighting in order to breakdance, and how the music he invented went on to define a culture and transform the world.”

The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage The Case for Loving

Selina Alko. New York: Arthur A. Levine Books, 2015.

Styberg Library Call Number: Freedom HQ 1031 .A45 2015

“This is the story of one brave family. It is the story of how Mildred and Richard fell in love, and got married in Washington, D.C. But when they moved back to their hometown in Virginia, they were arrested (in dramatic fashion) for violating that state’s laws against interracial marriage. … They fought the unfair law, taking their case all the way to the Supreme Court – and won!”

We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball We are the Ship.png

Kadir Nelson. New York: Disney, Jump at the Sun, 2008.

Styberg Library Call Number: Freedom GV 875 .N35 N45 2008

“The story of Negro League baseball is the story of gifted athletes and determined owners; of racial discrimination and international sportsmanship; of fortunes won and lost; of triumphs and defeats on and off the field. It is a perfect mirror for the social and political history of black America in the first half of the twentieth century.”

Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom Moses When Harriet Tubman Led

Carole Boston Weatherford. New York: Disney, Jump at the Sun, 2015.

Styberg Library Call Number: Freedom E 444 .T82 W43 2015

“This poetic book is a resounding tribute to Tubman’s strength, humility, and devotion. With proper reverence, Weatherford and Nelson do justice to the woman who, long ago, earned over and over the name Moses.”

Celebrate!: Connections Among Cultures Celebratae.png

Jan Reynolds. New York: Lee & Low Books, Inc., 2006.

Styberg Library Call Number: Freedom GT 3933 R49 2006

“A photo-essay explores the similarities among celebration rituals in several indigenous cultures around the world and compares them with celebrations in the United States.”

Barack Obama: Out of Many, One Barack Obama

Shana Corey. New York: Random House, 2009.

Styberg Library Call Number: Freedom E 908 .C67 2009

“Learn how the lessons and love from Obama’s mother and grandparents shaped him; how the places he lived influenced him; and how he turned his childhood feeling of being an outsider into a positive driving force that propelled him into the history books!”


Ben and the Emancipation Proclamation Ben and the Emancipitaion

Pat Sherman. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2010.

Styberg Library Call Number: Freedom E 453 .S56 2010

“A self-taught young slave astonishes his fellow prisoners by reading aloud the newspaper account of Lincoln’s new emancipation proclamation. Based on actual events.”

Voice of Freedom Fannie Lou Hamer: Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement Voice of Freedom

Carole Boston Weatherford. Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press, 2015.

Styberg Library Call Number: Freedom E 185.97 .H35 W43 2015

“Fannie Lou Hamer was a champion of civil rights from the 1950s until her death in 1977. Integral to the Freedom Summer of 1964, Ms. Hamer gave a speech at the Democratic National Convention that, despite President Johnson’s interference, aired on national TV news and spurred the nation to support the Freedom Democrats.”

The Civil Rights Movement for Kids: A History with 21 Activities

Mary C. Turck. Chicago: Chicago Review Press, 2000. The Civil Rights Movement for Kids.png

Styberg Library Call Number: Freedom E 185.61 .T925 2000

“Students and religious leaders worked together to demand the protection of civil rights for black Americans. They will relive the fear and uncertainty of Freedom Summer and learn how northern white college students helped bring national attention to atrocities committed in the name of segregation, and they’ll be inspired by the speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr., Medgar Evers, and Malcolm X.”

I Have a Dream: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

Kadir Nelson. New York: Schwartz & Wade, 2012. I Have a Dream.png

Styberg Library Call Number: Freedom E 185.57 .K5 A5 2012b

“On August 28, 1963, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington, Martin Luther King gave one of the most powerful and memorable speeches in our nation’s history. His words, paired with Caldecott Honor winner Kadir Nelson’s magnificent paintings, make for a picture book certain to be treasured by children and adults alike.”