Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine

December Theme:  Nonfiction A true story of Henry Brown, a run away slave on the Underground Railroad, who found an ingenious way to find freedom. . . he shipped himself in a box. Henry’s Freedom Box (Caldecott Honor Book) is…

Unspoken: A Story from the Underground Railroad by Henry Cole

Recommended Grades: 3-5 A young girl’s courage is tested in this hauntingly beautiful, wordless picture book.  Beginning with the parallel between the title (of a wordless book) and the characters (who never speak), Cole has created a gorgeous rendering of…

Words Set Me Free: The Story of Young Frederick Douglass

Recommended Grades: 3-5 A young Frederick Douglass would not allow slavery to stop him from learning, so he asked his master’s wife to teach him to read. Once he learned how to read, those words would set him free.  This…