April 22, 2010

Slavery books for independent readers

Miriam is an avid reader. That is wonderful and challenging at the same time. When you have a six year old reading several years above age level, finding books becomes a challenge. That is where historical fiction becomes so valuable. History is fascinating (stop grimacing) and the best stories are often the true stories. While I had a hard time finding books on certain historical topics (mountain men, for example) there is a bounty of historical fiction books on slavery and the Civil War.

A small caveat: I have not read these books. I cannot keep up with what Miriam is reading. However, at the end of the slavery/Civil War unit, I asked Miriam to show me her favorites and these are the ones she picked.

Lincoln and His Boys by Rosemary Wells

Escape North!: The Story of Harriet Tubman by Monica Kulling

The Brother's War: My Side of the Story (Melody and Marshall) by Patricia Hermes. This is two books in one, which is a very clever idea. My daughter was thrilled that she could turn the book over and read a completely different story about the same story. She showed it to everyone who walked through our door.

The Drinking Gourd by F. N. Monjo

President of the Underground Railroad: A Story About Levi Coffin by Gwenyth Swain

North Star to Freedom: The Story of the Underground Railroad by Gena K. Gorrell

All of these titles are available from the Davis County, UT library system.

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