June 14 Birthday: Harriet Beecher Stowe. A PICTURE BOOK BIOGRAPHY OF HARRIET BEECHER STOWE

Harriet Beecher Stowe, abolitionist
June 14, 1811-July 1, 1896


A Picture Book Biography of Harriet Beecher Stowe by David A. Adler, illustrated by Colin Bootman (Holiday House, paper, 2004)

From Stowe’s childhood impressions of slavery to her book, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, this woman of integrity fought for justice for African-Americans.

A Celebration of Women at the Penn Digital Library features biographical and bibliographic information on Stowe.

March 10 Birthday: Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman

 Tubman, abolitionist, humanitarian
b. unknown
d. March 10, 1913


MINTY: A STORY OF YOUNG HARRIET TUBMAN
(Penguin, 2000)
by Alan Schroeder
illustrated by Jerry Pinkney

Overview

This beautifully written book, illustrated by four-time Caldecott Honor recipient Jerry Pinkney, makes the story of Harriet Tubman’s childhood accessible to very young readers. As a young slave, nicknamed “Minty,” Harriet Tubman was a feisty and stubborn girl with a dream of escape, and whose rebellious spirit often got her into trouble. Pinkney’s expressive illustrations bring every emotion to brilliant life-from troubled sorrow to spirited hope for freedom.

You can learn more about Harriet Tubman here.

February 2 Birthday: John P. Parker. Inventor

John P. Parker, abolitionist, inventor

Feb. 2, 1827-Jan. 30, 1900

Freedom River by Doreen Rappaport, illustrated by Bryan Collier (Jump At the Sun, 2000) This Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book recounts the story of ex-slave John P. Parker, and his efforts to assist others in gaining freedom through the Underground Railroad.

The Autobiography of John Parker, an Online Archival Collection at Duke University gives visitors information about Parker and links to Underground Railroad sites.