Picture Books, Grades 6-8

No More! Stories and Songs of Slave Resistance

Book - Non-fiction. By Doreen Rappaport. Illustrated by Shane W. Evans. 2005. Picture book for upper elementary/middle school on the many forms of resistance to slavery.
Time Periods: 18th Century
Themes: Art & Music, Organizing, Slavery and Resistance
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We Are One: The Story of Bayard Rustin

Book - Non-fiction. By Larry Dane Brimner. 2007. A sophisticated picture book on key civil rights leader Bayard Rustin.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944, Cold War: 1945 - 1960, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: Civil Rights Movements, Labor, Organizing
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The Women Who Caught the Babies: A Story of African American Midwives

Book - Non-fiction. By Eloise Greenfield. Illustrated by Daniel Minter. 32 pp. 2019. This unique picture book begins with historical background on the work of midwives and then switches to poetry to tell vignettes from lives of midwives during slavery, emancipation, and today.
Time Periods: 19th Century, 20th Century
Themes: African American, Slavery and Resistance, Women's History
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Crossing Bok Chitto: A Choctaw Tale of Friendship and Freedom

Picture Book. By Tim Tingle. 2008. 40 pages. A picture book that highlights rarely discussed intersections between Native Americans in the South and African Americans in bondage.
Time Periods: Civil War Era: 1850 - 1864
Themes: African American, Native American, Slavery and Resistance
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Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop: The Sanitation Strike of 1968

Book – Fiction. By Alice Faye Duncan. Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie. 2018. 40 pages. A historical fiction picture book that presents the story of nine-year-old Lorraine Jackson, who in 1968 witnessed the Memphis sanitation strike.
Time Periods: Cold War: 1945 - 1960, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: Civil Rights Movements, Labor
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Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library

Book – Non-fiction. By Carole Boston Weatherford and Eric Velasquez. 2017. 48 pages. This picture book is a tribute to Arturo Schomburg, the Afro Puerto Rican historian collector and activist who chronicled the Black history of the Diaspora.
Time Periods: Turn of the Century: 1900 - 1909, World War I: 1910 - 1919
Themes: African American, Racism & Racial Identity
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Someday Is Now: Clara Luper and the 1958 Oklahoma City Sit-Ins

Picture book. By Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich. Illustrated by Jade Johnson. 32 pages. 2018. The true story of a teacher who led her students to take direct non-violent action to protest segregation.
Time Periods: 20th Century
Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Education, Organizing
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Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer

Book - Non-fiction. By Carole Boston Weatherford. Illustrated by Ekua Holmes. 2015. Illustrated biography of Fannie Lou Hamer, activist for voting and economic rights from Mississippi.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944, Cold War: 1945 - 1960, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000
Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Democracy & Citizenship, Organizing, Racism & Racial Identity
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