These simple biographies are a great way to teach kids about serious subjects. In this case the subject is Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad. The text is interspersed with speech bubbles. The graphic novel approach might help hook reluctant readers. If you use this for a story time I would suggest school age kids and probably just the one book with some activities.
Black History Month
This might be the most intense children’s book I’ve ever read. The text is super easy but the content is not. This is about a family escaping from the South on the Underground Railroad. Each page has a simple one word sentence. Between the sparse text and the nearly scribbled illustrations this is poetry. It’s also simple enough to read to young children, but the conversation won’t be.
Mae Among the Stars by #OwnVoices Roda Ahmed is a simple picture book about Mae Jemison (the first African American woman to reach the stars) as a child. The text is simple and the story is true, making this a perfect book for Black History Month
I adore this book as a Black History Month option. It is so hard to find books about history and/or biographies for story time that aren’t too wordy. This one is actually a board book and has at most one sentence per page. For Example, “Michelle cares about being healthy,” and “Michelle knows how to have fun.” All are given as reasons that “I” look up to Michelle.