Alyson Beecher hosts this non fiction picture book round-up @ KidLit Frenzy.
All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom is Angela Johnson’s beautiful story of Juneteenth – the day the promise of the Emancipation Proclamation finally came to slaves of Galveston, Texas – June 19th., 1865. Told through the experience of one little girl who woke a slave and went to bed knowing that both she and her people were now, truly, “forever free”. E.B. Lewis’ beautiful illustrations make this book a real treasure to read and share.
I teach the War of 1812 in my Social Studies curriculum – and this event always captures the attention of my sixth graders. Jane Sutcliffe has written an arresting narrative of that day in The White House Is Burning: August 24, 1814, drawn from the first person accounts of those who were there – First Lady Dolley Madison, a British officer, and a nine-year-old slave. Paintings, political cartoons, and maps give this book lots of visual interest, as well, making this a wonderful text with which to teach history as well as the use of primary source documents.