Black History Month

2021 Black History Theme - Black Family: Representation, identity and diversity.

Educator Guides

Check out these books from the library and then use these guides to enhance your reading experience. 


finding langston

Finding Langston by Lesa Cline-Ransome
Discovering a book of Langston Hughes' poetry in the library helps Langston cope with the loss of his mother, relocating from Alabama to Chicago as part of the Great Migration, and being bullied.


Educator Guide to Finding Langston


leaving lymon

Leaving Lymon by Lesa Cline-Ransome

Raised by his grandparents, first in Mississippi then in Wisconsin, ten-year-old Lymon moves to Chicago in 1945 to live with the mother he never knew, while yearning for his father. 

Educator Guide to Leaving Lymon


before she was harrietBefore She Was Harriet by Lesa Cline-Ransome

A lush and lyrical biography of Harriet Tubman, written in verse. An evocative poem and opulent watercolors come together to honor a woman of humble origins whose courage and compassion make her larger than life. 

Educator Guide to Before She Was Harriet

overground railroad

Overground Railroad by Lesa Cline-Ransome

A girl named Ruth Anne tells the story of her family's train journey from North Carolina to New York City as part of the Great Migration. 

Educator Guide to Overground Railroad

a place to land

 A Place to Land: Martin Luther King Jr. and the speech that inspired a nation. by Barry Wittenstein

The true story behind the writing of Martin Luther King's famous speech: I have a Dream.

Educator Guide to A Place to Land


BLM Book List