Below are some of our favorite books:

Harriet Tubman: Conductor of the Underground Railroad by Ann Petry explores Harriet’s childhood, marriage to a freedman, and as well as her work as an underground railroad conductor and abolitionist.

Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis is historical fiction about the adventures of an 11-year-old boy who was the first child born free in Buxton, a Canadian settlement of runaway slaves. Our entire family enjoyed reading the book, then listening to the audiobook narrated by James Avery (Uncle Phil from The Fresh Prince of Bel Aire).

Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X by Ilyasah Shabazz is a beautifully written and illustrated biography of Malcolm’s childhood written by his daughter.

X: A Novel by Iyasah Shabazz is another biography about Malcolm written by his daughter. This book covers his teen years and time in jail which resulted in his conversion to Islam.

Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr by Doreen Rappaport explores the impact of words on Martin’s life and the impact of Martin’s words on the country.

Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad by Ellen Levine is the beautifully illustrated and emotional story of Henry “Box” Brown, a slave that mails himself to freedom.

Ron’s Big Mission by Rose Blue is the empowering and inspiring story of nine-year-old Ron McNair and how his love for books challenges the rules of a library in 1950s South Carolina.

Little Leaders: Bold Women in History is a beautifully illustrated and informative book by artist and author Vashti Harrison that introduces readers of all ages to the stories of forty Black women that blazed trails and made history.

Little Leaders: Exceptional Men in Black History also written and illustrated by Vashti Harrison introduces readers to biographies about the contributions of Black men to Black history.

Becoming Muhammad Ali is written in both prose and in verse by Kwame Alexander and James Patterson collaboratively tells the story of young Cassius Clay’s childhood in Louisville, KY, and his life leading up to his becoming the boxing champion and activist we now know as Muhammad Ali.

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry is the first book in the classic historical fiction novel series written by Mildred D. Taylor about the Logans, a land-owning black family in Depression-era Mississippi.