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Are there illustrated books about Harriet Tubman for kids?

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There are a number of illustrated children's books about Harriet Tubman, including "A Picture Book of Harriet Tubman," by David A. Adler, "Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom," by Carole Boston Weatherford and "An Apple for Harriet Tubman," by Glennette Tilley Turner. "A Picture Book of Harriet Tubman" is a biography of the Underground Railroad conductor with many watercolor illustrations. It recounts major events from Tubman's life in basic language for young readers.

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Carole Weatherford's "Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom" has won a Caldecott Honor and a Coretta Scott King award. Kadir Nelson's oil-painting illustrations feature portraits of Tubman on every page. In the story, which details Tubman's work on the Underground Railroad, the former slave holds conversations with God about freeing other slaves. The book highlights her faith during dangerous escapes and the challenges she faced while living as a free woman in Philadelphia. Nelson's illustrations have been praised for depicting Tubman's courage and a wide range of other emotions in the face of her struggles.

"Harriet Tubman: Moses of the Underground Railroad," by Anne E. Schraff, is a biography of Tubman that is suitable for older elementary school students and middle grade readers. Schraff's book has received favorable reviews for being meticulously researched and is a suitable student research source. It is illustrated with clear black-and-white photographs of Tubman and the world of late 19th-century America; the cover features a famous portrait of Tubman in her later years. While the biography focuses primarily on Tubman's work as a conductor for the Underground Railroad, it also provides details about her roles as a nurse, scout and spy for Union forces during the Civil War.

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