Below are more than 60 books we recommend for the classroom and as background reading for parents and teachers on the history of slavery and resistance in the United States. Contact us if you have recommended titles to add. We also offer lessons and other resources for teaching about slavery and resistance on our Zinn Education Project website.
Before sharing these books with children, read Considerations for Early Childhood and Early Elementary Educators on Slavery and Resistance.
Read about a grassroots protest by librarians, #BlackLivesMatter activists, journalists, authors, and more of a new, stereotypical children's book about slavery. (Find a compilation of articles about the protest at American Indians in Children's Literature.)
There is nothing more important than deepening our own knowledge on this topic before we figure out how to teach and read to children. Edith Campbell said, we need "authors [and teachers and parents] to ask themselves how well they know the information, which has to be 'over-learned' and then distilled for young readers." As the saying goes, you can't teach what you don't know. The titles below are recommended for our "over-learning."