Black History Month & International Women’s Day
Dewson Resources on Black Women
Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad
Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad in the Sky by Faith Ringgold. (1995) Gr K-4.
With Harriet Tubman as her guide, Cassie retraces the steps escaping slaves took on the real Underground Railroad and is finally reunited with her brother at the story's end.
Escape North! The Story of Harriet Tubman by Monica Kulling. (2000) Gr 2-3.
Surveys the life of Harriet Tubman, including her childhood in slavery and her later work in helping other slaves escape north to freedom through the Underground Railroad.
Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad by Dan Elish. (1993)
A biography of the African American woman who escaped from slavery, led slaves to freedom through the Underground Railroad, aided Northern troops during the Civil War, and worked for women's suffrage.
Harriet Tubman. Conductor on the Underground Railroad by Ann Petry. (2007) Gr 5-9.
Comprehensive biography of the woman who guided more than 300 slaves to freedom as a conductor in the Underground Railroad.
Life and Times. Harriet Tubman by John Rowley. (1997) Gr 2-4.
A biography of the woman who escaped life as a slave and then rescued other slaves as a conductor in the Underground Railroad.
The Story of Harriet Tubman Conductor of the Underground Railroad by Kate McMullan. (1990) Gr 3-5.
This biography of Harriet Tubman tells how she helped free over 300 slaves as a conductor in the Underground Railroad and how she became a nurse, scout and spy for the Union Forces during the Civil War.
Time for Kids: Harriet Tubman. A Woman of Courage by Renee Skelton and Time for Kids Editors. (2005) Gr 2-5.
The story of Harriet Tubman’s fight against unfairness and for what she believed was right. She helped hundreds of African-Americans escape through the Underground Railroad.
Other BookFLIX, Follet Shelf and Learn 360 resources (books, video recordings) available through the Dewson Virtual Library by searching Harriet Tubman.
Resources Celebrating Other Strong Black Women and Girls
A Picture Book of Rosa Parks by David A. Adler. (1993) Gr K-4.
A biography of the Alabama black woman whose refusal to give up her seat on a bus helped establish the Civil Rights Movement.
Black Canadian Women. A Legacy of Strength by Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO). (2015) Gr 1-8.
Curriculum and teacher resources for grades one to eight profiling five Black Canadian women: Viola Desmond, Angela James, Michelle Jean, Rosemary Sadlier and Wanda Robson.
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson. (2014) Gr 5 and up.
In this award-winning book, the author shares her childhood memories about growing up in the North and South and reveals the first sparks that ignited her writing career, in free-verse poems.
La détermination de Viola Desmond by Jody Nyasha Warner. (2013) De la maternelle à la 3e année.
L'histoire vraie de Viola Desmond, une Afro-Canadienne de Nouvelle-Écosse qui a été arrêtée et emprisonnée en 1946 pour s'être assise dans l'une des premières rangées du cinéma.
Leading the Way. Black Women in Canada by Rosemary Sadlier. (1994) Gr 6 and up.
Biographies of five accomplished Black women: Harriet Tubman, Mary Anne Shadd, Cary Best, Rosemary Brown and Sylvia Sweeney, along with mini-bios of several other black women.
Martin et Rosa: Martin Luther King et Rosa Parks, ensemble pour l'égalité by Raphaële Frier. (2013) À partir de niveau 4.
Les portraits croisés de deux grandes figures de la lutte contre la ségrégation raciale aux États-Unis: Rosa Parks et Martin Luther King.
Rosa by Nikki Giovanni. (2008) Gr 3-5.
The story of the black woman whose refusal to give up her seat on a bus in Alabama set in motion the events of the Civil Rights Movement that resulted in the end of the segregated south.
Rosa Parks: From the back of the bus to the front of a movement by Camilla Wilson. (2001) Gr 4-7.
This book takes a close look at Rosa Parks¹ early life, and also follows her political career after the bus boycott.
The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles (2010) Gr K-3.
For months, six-year-old Ruby Bridges must confront the hostility of white parents when she becomes the first African-American girl to integrate Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans in 1960.
Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges (2000) Gr 3 and up.
Ruby Bridges recounts the story of her involvement, as a six-year-old, in the integration of her school in New Orleans in 1960.
Time for Kids Biographies: Rosa Parks. Civil Rights Engineer by Time for Kids Editors. (2007) Gr 2-4.
Presents the life of Rosa Parks, whose refusal to give up her seat on a bus for a white man triggered the Civil Rights Movement.
Viola Desmond won't be budged! by Jody Nyasha Warner. (2010) Gr K-3.
The story of Viola Desmond, an African-Canadian woman who, in 1946, challenged a Nova Scotia movie theater's segregation policy by refusing to move from her seat to an upstairs section designated for use by blacks.
Who was Rosa Parks? by Yona Zeldis McDonough. (2010) Gr 3-5.
In 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give her bus seat to a white passenger in Montgomery, Alabama. This seemingly small act triggered Civil Rights protests across America and earned Rosa Parks the title "Mother of the Civil Rights Movement".
Other BookFLIX, Follet Shelf, Learn 360 and NFB resources (books, films, video recordings) available through the Dewson Virtual Library by searching Black women, Viola Desmond, Rosemary Brown, Rosa Parks and Ruby Bridges.