Downtown Books: Five great children's books about Harriet Tubman

2014-02-10T06:30:00Z Downtown Books: Five great children's books about Harriet TubmanJohn Colvin | Special to The Citizen Auburn Citizen
February 10, 2014 6:30 am  • 

February is here, and as we all know, it is Black History Month. With Auburn being the home of one of the most important African-Americans to shape American history, it is a great month to grab a Harriet Tubman book for your child. I have complained in the past that there just aren’t enough Harriet Tubman books written for adults, and even though that is true, there are many great books for the children. Each of these books would teach them about one of Auburn’s greatest citizens and help them learn about an important time in our nation’s past.

"Harriet Tubman" by Ann Petry (256 pages)

Petry’s book on Harriet Tubman is one of the best-selling books about her that we have in our store. It is a little longer in length than most of the other ones and has a lot more information about her life. It is very well-written and great for ages 9 to 13.

"Freedom Train: The Story of Harriet Tubman" by Dorothy Sterling (191 pages)

This book focuses on the Underground Railroad and Harriet’s dangerous missions to free slaves while risking her life.

"Escape North! The Story of Harriet Tubman" by Monica Kulling (level-four reader, 48 pages)

The level readers are a great place to start when your child is learning how to read. They have a picture and just a few sentences on each page to make it a little less intimidating for the young ones.

"A Picture Book of Harriet Tubman" by David Adler (29 pages)

This book is intended for grade levels two through five. It is set up to be a little easier to read and it is filled with great illustrations so that a parent could read it to their child and show them the pictures.

"Who Was Harriet Tubman?" by Yona Zeldis McDonough (112 pages)

If you are unfamiliar with the "Who Was ...?" series, you should stop in the store and check them out. We usually have a fairly large selection of these books on hand. In my opinion, these are the best biographies for the 7 to 13 age group.

Other books in this series that feature important African-Americans throughout history are "Who Was Rosa Parks?" "What Was the Underground Railroad?" "Who Was Martin Luther King Jr.?" "Who Was Jackie Robinson?" "Who Was Nelson Mandela?" and many more.

Our children's club (PageClub) will be meeting this month at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23. We will be featuring some of these books as well as others as we honor some of the great African-Americans who have shaped our country.

Also coming soon at Downtown Books & Coffee will be a “Live Inspired Now” book signing and reading with author Heather Paris at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 15.

John Colvin is the manager of Downtown Books & Coffee, 66 Genesee St., Auburn, and can be reached at (315) 515-3411 or

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