Faith Ringgold Books
Faith Ringgold is not only an artist, but also a prolific children’s author and illustrator and has written more than 20 books that feature her gorgeous art and story quilts. The books featured here are a mix of books written by Faith Ringgold, books about her life, and also books about the prominent African-American women featured in her art and the time period these women lived in.
Faith Ringgold: Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists Mike Venezia

Combines a mix of full color reproductions, photographs, and cartoon-style illustrations bringing Faith Ringgold’s works to life. This book series, Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists, combines touching anecdotes with factual information. Learn about Faith Ringgold and her creation of story quilts which combines oral history with colorful paintings on quilted fabric! Recommended for readers ages 8-10.

Tar Beach Faith Ringgold

Tar Beach is Faith Ringgold’s most famous book. It combines fiction, autobiography, and African American history into a wonderful story about the universal wish for freedom! Cassie is a young African American girl who has a dream. She wants to be free to go wherever she wants for the rest of her life! One night when she and her family are on Tar Beach, the rooftop of her family’s Harlem apartment building, her dream comes true. Find out how in this great book! Recommended for readers ages 5-8.

Cassie’s Word Quilt Faith Ringgold

Cassie’s Word Quilt takes the reader on a tour of Cassie’s home, neighborhood, and school. Young readers will love the beautiful illustrations, each with its own quilt motif. It is an excellent choice for teaching vocabulary and pre-reading skills. Recommended for readers ages 3-7.

Aunt Harriet’s Underground Railroad in the Sky Faith Ringgold

Aunt Harriet’s Underground Railroad in the Sky allows readers to once again, join Cassie for a grand adventure. Follow along as Harriet Tubman guides Cassie along the trail escaping slaves took on the real Underground Railroad! Recommended for readers ages 3-7.

We Came to America Faith Ringgold

We Came to America celebrates America’s diversity! Readers will find out that people came and still come from every color, race, religion, and every country in the world to America. America is made up of people who were already here, people who came to discover a new world, people who were escaping poverty and hardships, and people who were forced here. It is this diversity that makes America great! Recommended for readers ages 5-8.

So Other People Would Be Also Free: The Real Story of Rosa Parks for Kids Tonya Leslie, PhD

This biography tells the real life story of Rosa Parks. Join Rosa as she discovers the power of standing for equality by refusing to give up her seat on a bus! This book for readers ages 8 to 12 makes readers aware of what life was like for African Americans, especially females, during the 1950s.

The Story of Harriet Tubman: A Biography Book for New Readers Christine Platt

Readers ages 6 to 9 will discover the life of Harriet Tubman which is defined by courage, bravery, and freedom! Harriet Tubman escaped slavery and went on to help other slaves escape using the Underground Railroad. This biography includes a visual timeline of Harriet’s life, a glossary with easy-to-understand definitions, and a quiz at the end to make sure you understand Harriet’s Life!

Lift as You Climb: The Story of Ella Baker Patricia Hruby Powell

When Ella Baker was still a child her grandfather asked her what she hoped to accomplish in life. Her mother provided the answer: “Lift as you climb.” This book follows the life of Ella Baker who spent her life lifting others up by fighting racial injustice and empowering poor African Americans to stand up for their rights! Her work made her a valuable ally for leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

All About Madam C.J. Walker A’lelia Bundles

A’lelia Bundles is the great, great granddaughter of Madam C.J. Walker! This book is about C. J. Walker. She developed a line of hair care products for African American women. This business led to her becoming America’s first African American, female millionaire! This book is recommended for readers ages 8-11.

So Tall Within: Sojourner Truth’s Long Walk Toward Freedom Gary D. Schmidt

This book introduces readers ages 4 to 8 to the incredible true life story of Sojourner Truth’s life! So Tall Within follows the path of Sojourner Truth’s life from a painful childhood as a slave, to her remarkable emancipation, and on to her leadership in the movement for women and African American rights!

Who Was Ida B. Wells? Sarah Fabiny

This book is about a girl who was born into slavery and became one of the 19th century’s most famous African American female journalists. She was also a co-founder of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.) She spent her life fighting against prejudice and for equality for African Americans. This book is recommended for readers ages 8-12.

Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement Carole Boston Weatherford

Voice of Freedom combines stirring poetry and beautiful collage illustrations to celebrate the life of Fannie Lou Hamer. Overcoming fierce prejudice and abuse, even being beaten to within an inch of her life, Fannie Lou Hamer became a champion of civil rights! As a participant in the Freedom Summer of 1964, Ms. Hamer gave a speech at the Democratic National Convention that aired on national television news.

Mary McLeod Bethune Eloise Greenfield

This book tells the story of Mary’s life and how she became one of the most important educators, civil and women’s rights leaders and government officials of the 20th century! This book is recommended for readers ages 6-10.

The Patchwork Path: A Quilt Map to Freedom Bettye Stroud

This book is a fictional story of 2 people who escaped slavery on the Underground Railroad using a quilt that provided clues for their travels! This book is recommended for readers ages 5 to 8.

Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad Ellen Levine

This Caldecott Honor book tells the dramatic story of a young boy slave who mails himself to freedom! As a child, Henry is torn away from his family and sent to work in a warehouse. Always dreaming of freedom Henry grows up working in that warehouse. He gets married and has children. Then he is once again torn away from his loved ones. When he is no longer with his wife and children, he decides there is only one option left for him. He takes a large crate from the warehouse and mails himself to freedom up North!

Who Was Sojourner Truth? Yona Zeldis McDonough

Be sure to check out more of the Who Was? book series!

This easy-to-read biography for readers ages 8 to 12 delves deeper into the life of Sojourner Truth. Learn about her childhood, her escape from slavery, her successful lawsuit against a white man, and years spent inspiring people by sharing her story until her death at age 86.

It’s Her Story: Rosa Parks - A Graphic Novel Lauren Burke

This graphic novel is for children ages 6 to 9. Rosa Parks was a courageous thinker and leader long before the Montgomery Bus Boycott made her famous. She was a social justice activist and organizer. She received a Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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