“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis
Bibliographic Information: My First Biography: Harriet Tubman. Written by Marion Dane Bauer. Illustrated by Tammie Lyon. Scholastic Inc. c. 2010, 30pp.
Reading Level: 580L
Synopsis: Harriet Tubman was born a slave in the South, but she did not like being a slave. She ran away and made a dangerous trek up North where she could be free, and she decided to continue to make the dangerous trek back and forth to help other slaves get to freedom. She helped rescue slaves during the Civil War, and after the Civil War, she continued to work for women’s rights.
Rationale for Use: This scholastic reader is a great nonfiction text to introduce the concept of biographies to early elementary readers. This would also be a great text to incorporate in the classroom during Black History Month and/or to integrate literacy and social studies.
Common Core Connection: RI 1.1: Ask and answer questions about key details in a text. SL1.4: Describe people, places, things, and events with relevant details, expressing ideas and feelings clearly.