*In honor of Black History month, I am going to highlight some of my favorite books. As my pastor says, “Black history is all our history!”
As kids, we all learned the story of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad. An amazing and fascinating story. But there are a lot of heroic tales of brave souls who risked it all for freedom.
Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad by Ellen Levine is one such story.
I love how the story expresses the ugliness of slavery so simply to children: no birthday, no last name, no family. Themes of Freedom and Courage jump off the pages. Why would you risk your life for something you believe in? That question is easy to understand when reading this story.
This story was a favorite of my fourth graders. After reading, several students would research more on Henry Brown, slavery, and/or the underground railroad. I love when books can make history real, even for young kids. Henry’s Freedom Box does that.
I hope you’ll pick up a copy. It is a must have!
I’d love to hear your favorite Black History book! Please comment below or on my Facebook page.