Harriet Tubman was enslaved, escaped, and helped others gain their freedom. Tubman also served as a scout, spy, soldier, and nurse for the Union Army during the Civil War. Also known as the “Moses of her people.”

There are so many lessons children can learn from the life of Harriet Tubman. Therefore in this article, we have listed the 13 best children’s books about Harriet Tubman to read.

These books help kids understand, appreciate and teach the traits of bravery, courage, and empathy.

The Best Harriet Tubman Books You Should Buy for Your Kids

Harriet Tubman was an abolitionist and political activist who played a very important role and helped thousands of slaves by rescuing them and kids ought to know her story. And one of the best ways it can be done is through stories.

Harriet Tubman’s stories are something that brings hope, courage, and bravery to our hearts.

  • Our #1 Choice: I am Harriet Tubman Beautifully illustrated and written, this book covers all that you need to know about Harriet Tubman.
  • Best Value Pick: The Story of Harriet Tubman This book delves into various traits that a kid should inculcate; like bravery and courage.
  • Best Budget Pick: Who Was Harriet Tubman?  This book is easy to read and filled with details and interesting personal info about her life.

1. Who Was Harriet Tubman?

This book delves deep into the life of Harriet Tubman who had to go through the oppression that awaited the enslaved people at the time. She was merely considered a property and was nearly killed by her overseer.

This book is easy to read and perfect for a short car ride or even as a bedtime story. The illustrations are beautifully made and the language is easy to understand as well. The writing will take you through the hard-hitting aspect of Harriet Tubman’s life without being too frightening.

  • Best suitable for Age: 8 to 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 to 7
  • No. of Pages: 112
  • Our Rating: 4.8 out of 5

2. The Story of Harriet Tubman

This book talks about Harriet Tubman’s life and how she went from being a slave on a plantation farm to one of the most celebrated leaders. The book mentions the secret passages and the safe houses in the Underground Railroad that were used to rescue the enslaved people.

The book is written in an easy language so that children can read and understand the same. The pictures in the book immediately grasp the readers’ attention, which is important as kids tend to have shorter attention spans. The chapters are short and concise, and the quizzes at the end help kids engage in the story.

  • Best suitable for Age: 6 to 8 years
  • Grade Level: 1 to 2
  • No. of Pages: 68
  • Our Rating: 4.8 out of 5

3. I am Harriet Tubman

This particular book focuses on certain traits that make a person great. Traits like being brave, resourceful, and courageous are taught through the stories of Harriet Tubman.

Her brave heroism is portrayed beautifully on every page of this book and captures the life of one of America’s heroes. The book is kid-friendly and manages to capture the evils that Harriet had to face and her story of overcoming the same.

Quite a lot of information has been summarised and presented neatly in this short book. The book serves as an excellent introduction to one of the most courageous women in the world.

  • Best suitable for Age: 5 to 9 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten -to- 4
  • No. of Pages: 40
  • Our Rating: 4.9 out of 5

4. Harriet Tubman (Little People, BIG DREAMS)

This book, with its quirky and stylish illustrations, brings out the historical significance of the life of Harriet Tubman in a way that kids can understand. The book has bright colors and little text that manage to keep the children engaged in the story.

Additionally, it also contains a detailed timeline of Harriet Tubman’s life. This manages to bring out the real-life story of Harriet in a chronological way, which makes it easier to understand the story as well.

  • Best suitable for Age: 4 to 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool -to- 2
  • No. of Pages: 32
  • Our Rating: 4.7 out of 5

5. Freedom Train: The Story of Harriet Tubman

As the name suggests, this book details the life of Harriet Tubman and how she managed to escape dire and dangerous situations. One would think, after escaping such a dangerous life, one would never return. But that was not the case for Harriet Tubman. She came back, to rescue others.

The book is a short read but manages to cover almost all the important details of Harriet Tubman’s life. This book also includes some songs that the enslaved people would use to communicate!

  • Best suitable for Age: 9 to 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 to 7
  • No. of Pages: 192
  • Our Rating: 4.7 out of 5

6. Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad

Harriet Tubman was born into slavery but was determined to get out of the same. Through bravery and grit, she eventually managed to escape and later helped more enslaved people escape.

This book has been praised by notable newspapers like the New Yorker and the Chicago Tribune and the praise is well-deserved as well. The book details the life of Harriet Tubman and also throws light on the brutal treatment of the enslaved people

  • Best suitable for Age: 8 to 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 to 7
  • No. of Pages: 272
  • Our Rating: 4.7 out of 5

7. Before She Was Harriet

Harriet Tubman, during her life, was called by various names. This is something we get to know from this book. She was called General Tubman when she was a Union Spy, Araminta when she was with her father, and Moses when she guided the enslaved people through their rescue.

The book is written in a way that tells the story of old Harriet Tubman, who goes back in time as the various avatars. The book takes a different approach than the other books as the story comes back in a full circle by tracing her story backward. The story is written in an engaging way and it will definitely captivate the readers.

  • Best suitable for Age: 4 to 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool -to- 3
  • No. of Pages: 32
  • Our Rating: 4.7 out of 5

8. Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom

This is an award-winning book where the author pays tribute to the works and life of Harriet Tubman. She has been considered as Moses, who guided the enslaved people out of their oppression.

The book talks about how Harriet Tubman heard the voice of God that led her to help the slaves, and she made a total of nineteen trips to save them. The book contains brilliant illustrations. Additionally, the book is written in a manner that follows a conversation between God and Harriet.

  • Best suitable for Age: 4 to 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool -to- 3
  • No. of Pages: 48
  • Our Rating: 4.7 out of 5

9. Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman was called Minty, short for Araminta when she was young. She was a feisty, headstrong girl and often got into trouble because of her rebellious nature.

The illustrations of the book are realistic and beautiful. The book portrays the human spirit in a brilliant way that is sure to inspire the readers. The book focuses on young Harriet Tubman and hence, it makes sure that the children reading the book can relate to the character.

  • Best suitable for Age: 4 to 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool -to- 3
  • No. of Pages: 40
  • Our Rating: 4.6 out of 5

10. Escape North! The Story of Harriet Tubman

This is an easy-to-read book that details the story of Harriet Tubman. The book delves into how she was enslaved during her earlier years, a conductor on the Underground Railroad, and a spy during the Civil War.

This book brings to life one of America’s greatest female role models. The book is filled with numerous pictures to cater to the younger audience. It is a very well written book that manages to introduce a serious topic to children.

  • Best suitable for Age: 7 to 9 years
  • Grade Level: 2 to 4
  • No. of Pages: 48
  • Our Rating: 4.6 out of 5

11. Harriet Tubman: Freedom Fighter

This book talks about the major milestones in Harriet Tubman’s life. The book has a detailed timeline and illustrations of her life, along with a rare photograph of her.

The book is perfect for kids who can more or less read on their own but still requires a little bit of help. The book is written in straightforward language and also contains excellent illustrations.

 

  • Best suitable for Age: 4 to 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool -to- 3
  • No. of Pages: 32
  • Our Rating: 4.6 out of 5

12. National Geographic Readers: Harriet Tubman

This book talks about the life and achievements of Harriet Tubman. Not just that, it also delves into various challenges that she had to face on the way to success.  

The book also details how she managed to save over seven hundred enslaved people from the horrible fate that was awaiting them. The book is written in a kid-friendly language with many colorful pictures as well. This makes it easier for the kids to read the book.

  • Best suitable for Age: 5 to 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten -to- 3
  • No. of Pages: 32
  • Our Rating: 4.5 out of 5

13. A Picture Book of Harriet Tubman

This is a colorful, kid-friendly book that has illustrations that bring out Harriet Tubman’s life perfectly. It helps the kids understand the history of this brave lady with illustrations and photos. The book has a lot of details, which helps the kids understand the story better.

Important timelines and dates are also mentioned in the book along with an understanding as to why Harriet Tubman was and still is, admired by all.

  • Best suitable for Age: 4 to 8 years
  • Grade Level: 1 to 3
  • No. of Pages: 32
  • Our Rating: 4.5 out of 5

That is it folks! These are the best Harriet Tubman books for kids. In case you want your kids to understand the history of slavery and the importance of Harriet Tubman, you can get any one or more of the books that have been listed in this article. Have a great day!

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