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Frederick Douglass: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about Frederick Douglass?

As you can see, this list of kids books about Frederick Douglass is a work in progress! We’re currently exploring the best books available, and we’d love your input. If you have a title you’d suggest including on our list of kids books about Frederick Douglass, please share it with us!

We’ll be featuring a variety of titles on our list, from well known classics to popular bestsellers to lesser known titles that deserve a bigger audience. We’re also including books for a range of ages, from board books for babies and toddlers, to picture books for preschool and kindergarten age kids, to chapter books for early elementary age kids.

We’d love to hear any book suggestions you have—you can comment below or email us at [email protected].

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Words Set Me Free
Written by Lesa Cline-Ransome & illustrated by James E. Ransome
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-9

“Words Set Me Free is the inspiring story of young Frederick Douglass’s path to freedom through reading”–

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Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America
Written by Andrea Pinkney & illustrated by Brian Pinkney
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

HAND IN HAND presents the stories of ten men from different eras in American history, organized chronologically to provide a scope from slavery to the modern day. The stories are accessible, fully-drawn narratives offering the subjects’ childhood influences, the time and place in which they lived, their accomplishments and motivations, and the legacies they left for future generations as links in the “freedom chain.” This book will be the definitive family volume on the subject, punctuated with dynamic full color portraits and spot illustrations by two-time Caldecott Honor winner and multiple Coretta Scott King Book Award recipient Brian Pinkney. Backmatter includes a civil rights timeline, sources, and further reading.

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Two Friends: Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass
Written by Dean Robbins & illustrated by Selina Alko and Sean Qualls
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Some people had rights, while others had none.<br></br>Why shouldn’t they have them, too?<br></br><br></br>Two friends, Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass, get together for tea and conversation. They recount their similar stories fighting to win rights for women and African Americans. The premise of this particular exchange between the two is based on a statue in their hometown of Rochester, New York, which shows the two friends having tea.<br></br><br></br>The text by award-winning writer Dean Robbins teaches about the fight for women’s and African Americans’ rights in an accessible, engaging manner for young children. <i>Two Friends</i> is beautifully illustrated by Selina Alko and Sean Qualls, the husband-and-wife team whose <i>The Case for Loving</i> received three starred reviews! <i>Two Friends</i> includes back matter with photos of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass.

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$15.29
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$13.69
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