A stirring, dramatic story of a slave who mails himself to freedom by a Jane Addams Peace Award-winning author and a Coretta Scott King Award-winning artist. <p/>Henry Brown doesn’t know how old he is. Nobody keeps records of slaves’ birthdays. All the time he dreams about freedom, but that dream seems farther away than ever when he is torn from his family and put to work in a warehouse. Henry grows up and marries, but he is again devastated when his family is sold at the slave market. Then one day, as he lifts a crate at the warehouse, he knows exactly what he must do: He will mail himself to the North. After an arduous journey in the crate, Henry finally has a birthday – his first day of freedom.
Kadir Nelson is an acclaimed artist and the illustrator of several <i>New York Times</i> bestselling picture books, including his authorial debut <i>We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball</i>, which won a Coretta Scott King Award and a Sibert Medal. Kadir has received three additional Coretta Scott King Awards and five Coretta Scott King honors. He has also received two Caldecott Honors, for <i>Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad</i> and <i>Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom</i>, and has twice received the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work.