Books: Non-Fiction, Grades Pre-K-2

Freedom in Congo Square

Book – Non-fiction. By Carole Boston Weatherford. Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie. 2016. Introduces children to the brutality of slavery and the role of culture in resistance.
Time Periods: 18th Century, 19th Century
Themes: African American, Slavery and Resistance
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I See the Rhythm

Book - Non-fiction. By Toyomi Igus and Michele Wood. 2005. A lyrical voyage through 500 years of African American music, from its roots in Africa to contemporary hip-hop for ages 6+.
Themes: Art & Music
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This Land is Your Land

Book - Non-fiction. By Woody Guthrie. 2008. The full version of Woody Guthrie's famous song, illustrated for young children.
Themes: Art & Music
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Murals: Walls That Sing

Book - Non-fiction. By George Ancona. 2003. Beautiful photo-essay of murals from all over the United States, primarily in Latino communities.
Themes: Art & Music, Latinx
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Before She was Harriet

Book – Non-fiction. By Lesa Cline-Ransome and James E. Ransome. 2017. 32 pages. An illustrated biography of Harriet Tubman written in verse.
Time Periods: 18th Century, Turn of the Century: 1900 - 1909
Themes: African American, Racism & Racial Identity, Slavery and Resistance, Women's History
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Side by Side/Lado a lado

Book - Non-fiction. By Monica Brown and translation by Carolina Valencia. Illustrated by Joe Cepeda. 2010. The life stories and activism of the two founders of the United Farm Workers (UFW), written and illustrated for young children.
Time Periods: 20th Century, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: Labor, Latinx, Organizing
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Which Side Are You On?: The Story of A Song

Book - Non-fiction. By George Ella Lyon. Artwork by Christopher Cardinale. 2011. This children's book tells the story of a classic union song written in 1931 and the harsh conditions under which it was written.
Time Periods: 20th Century
Themes: Art & Music, Labor, Organizing, Social Class
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