For the past couple of weeks, we've enjoyed reading a collection of books set during the time of the Underground Railroad:
- Follow the Drinking Gourd A picture book about "Peg Leg Joe," a conductor of the Underground Railroad who teaches a folk song to slaves to give them directions to follow the path to freedom. Here's an opportunity to connect a bit of astronomy to your history study!
- . . . If You Traveled on the Underground Railroad A longer picture book (which can be used as a read-aloud) in question-and-answer format that covers many different aspects (Who? What? When? Where? Why? How?) of the Underground Railroad.
- Freedom Song: The Story of Henry "Box" Brown A picture book about Henry Brown, who escaped to freedom by mailing himself north.
- A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl's Journal, 1830-32 This is our family's current read aloud, and it is a tough one! But this is also a middle school Challenge book, and our family is reading all of the Challenge A & B books and many of the Challenge I-IV books before our children get to Challenge so that they (or should I say I?) will already be familiar with them. (Last time we were in Cycle 3, we read Amos Fortune, Free Man, which was a great read aloud covering the same topic.) (A Gathering of Days is difficult reading because of the dialect used.)
- Who Was Harriet Tubman? This biography captivated our crew! As far as books are concerned, we absolutely love the Who was...? and What was... ? Series. They make great read-alouds for younger children, and they're wonderful as chapter books for early independent readers, too! Even our sixth grader enjoys them, and we have learned so much!