Top 10 Children's Books for Black History Month

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Hope's Gift by Kelly Starling Lyons

Hope is a young girl when her father joins the Union army to fight for freedom. One night, he slips away, leaving Hope a conch shell for comfort. Its sound, her father says, echoes the promised song of freedom. After a long wait for freedom, Lincoln issues the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, and Hope is finally reunited with her father. Use this touching story to teach young children about slavery, the U.S. Civil War, and the Emancipation Proclamation.

Classroom Resource: This Discussion & Activity Guide for Hope's Gift by Kelly Starling Lyons includes lesson plans and activities that align with Common Core reading standards. After reading the book, students will make an Emancipation Proclamation timeline, listen to a Negro spiritual, and write a poem about freedom.

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