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Henry’s Freedom Box


  • "These powerful illustrations will make readers feel as if they have gained insight into a resourceful man and his extraordinary story." – Publishers Weekly
  • "Nelson’s illustrations, always powerful and nuanced, depict the evolution of a self-possessed child into a determined and fearless young man." – Catherine Threadgill, School Library Journal
  • "Although the cruelties of slavery and the sad events of Henry’s life may prove too intense for the youngest readers, grade-schoolers with some knowledge of American history will thrill to this astonishing tale of bravery, ingenuity, and the indomitable strength of the human spirit." – Barnes & Noble
  • "Related in measured, sonorous prose that makes a perfect match for the art, this is a story of pride and ingenuity that will leave readers profoundly moved." – Kirkus Reviews


  • Curtis, Christopher Paul. Elijah of Buxton. Scholastic, 2007. ISBN-13: 9780439023443
  • Fradin, Dennis Brindell. Bound for the North Star: True Stories of Fugitive Slaves. Clarion, 2000. ISBN-13: 9780395970171
  • Hamilton, Virginia. Many Thousand Gone: African Americans from Slavery to Freedom. Knopf, 1993. ISBN-13: 9780679879367
  • Hamilton, Virginia. The People Could Fly: The Picture Book. Knopf, 2004. ISBN-13: 9780375845536
  • Hopkinson, Deborah. Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt. Knopf, 1993. ISBN-13: 9780679874720
  • Johnson, Dolores. Now Let Me Fly: The Story of a Slave Family. Macmillan, 1993. ISBN-13: 9780027476996
  • McCully, Emily Arnold. The Escape of Oney Judge: Martha Washington’s Slave Finds Freedom. Farrar, 2007. ISBN-13: 9780374322250
  • Nelson, Vaunda Micheaux. Almost to Freedom. Carolrhoda, 2003. ISBN-13: 9781575053424
  • Ringgold, Faith. Aunt Harriet’s Underground Railroad in the Sky. Crown, 1992. ISBN-13: 9780517885437
  • Tingle, Tim. Crossing Bok Chitto: A Choctaw Tale of Friendship & Freedom. Cinco Puntos, 2006. ISBN-13: 9780938317777
  • Weatherford, Carole Boston. Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom. Illus. by Kadir Nelson. Hyperion/Jump at the Sun, 2006. ISBN-13: 9780786851751
  • Winter, Jeannette. Follow the Drinking Gourd. Knopf, 1989. ISBN-13: 9780679819974