Recently Released Picture Books About Harriet Tubman


Harriet Tubman has been on my mind a lot recently between reading “I am Harriet Tubman” a couple months ago, watching a recent Timeless episode that featured her, receiving a review copy of the “Little People, Big Dreams” book, and checking out “Before She Was Harriet” from the library at the same time.  Her life was full of such bravery and determination as she found a way to escape slavery and then came back to help others over and over again at great risk to herself.  I am glad to see that her story is being told so readily through children’s books.  Below are three picture books about her that have been released in the last year.


Disclosure:  I received an advance e-copy of  “Little People, Big Dreams: Harriet Tubman” from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for a review.  This post may contain affiliate links. I get a small commission if you purchase an item from an affiliate. 




Little People, Big Dreams: Harriet Tubman by Phil Aguado

This book was released just last month.  I loved having another book to learn about Harriet’s life and thought the book was very child friendly in it’s presentation.  There is only a sentence or two per page which was perfect for reading it aloud to my almost 5 year old son.  Although it covers some very difficult subject matter, it managed to do it a way that was conceivable and not overwhelming for children.  The illustrations are kind of quirky and probably depend on individual taste.  Personally they weren’t my favorite, because I favor a little more traditional illustrations, but my son said he liked them.




Before She Was Harriet by Lesa Cline-Ransome

This one is unique in that it starts when Harriet Tubman was an old woman and then goes backward through all the events in her life and the different names she was known by.  The text is written as a poem and the combination of the words and illustrations have a beautiful effect.




I am Harriet Tubman by Brad Meltzer

I really enjoyed reading this one with my son and it was his first introduction to Harriet Tubman.  It is part of the Ordinary People Change the World series that I love.  Each book focuses on a historical figure and how they started out as just an ordinary kid, but how they ended up changing the world.  They are written in kind of a comic book format and are very child friendly.




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