The Ultimate List of Children’s Books about Virginia
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Children’s Books about Virginia
Hidden Figures – Hampton Virginia
Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race, by Margot Lee Shetterly, illustrated by Laura Freedman
Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13, by Helaine Becker, illustrated by Dow Phumiruk
Henry’s Freedom Box, by Ellen Levine, illustrated by Kadir Nelson
This book about Virginia tells the story of Henry “Box” Brown, who found his freedom shipping himself north in a box, from Richmond, Virginia to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
BOX: Henry Brown Mails Himself to Freedom, by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Michele Wood
The Case for Loving, by Selina Alko and Sean Qualls
Game Set Match Champion Arthur Ashe, by Crystal Hubbard, illustrated by Kevin Bulford
Nat Turner’s Slave Rebellion (graphic novel), by Matthew Burgan, illustrated by Charles Barnett III
Ona Judge outwits the Washingtons: An Enslaved Woman Fights for Freedom
Virginia Children’s Books for Older Students
5th grade, high-interest books
Bull Run, by Paul Fleischman
16 people highlighted in this first battle of the Civil War. 4th, 5th grade book (short chapter book) – great book for characterization.
This book (part of a 2-part series) is 2nd, 3rd grade level. It tells the story of the Jamestown Colony through the 1609 Starving Time.
This book is set in Belmont Plantation, Virginia in 1859 – the year that the Fugitive Slave Act was enforced violently by Congress. Clotee is a girl enslaved and she makes her escape North. This book is great for 4th grade and up (age 9 and up). It is written by Patricia McKissack, an OwnVoices book. The end of the book has historical information about the underground railroad.
Civil Rights Leader: Barbara Rose Johns
She was age 15 when standing up to segregated schools – Barbara Rose Johns was a civil rights leader, featured in the Brown vs. Board of Education connected cases, from the time she was still a child.
The Girl from the Tar Paper School tells the story of Barbara Rose Johns from R. R. Moton High School. This book about Virginia education and its history with segregation shows how children can, and did, make a difference when adults were insistent on doing the wrong thing.
Movies about Virginia:
Hidden Figures (2016) – a true story about three Nasa mathematicians in Hampton, Virginia. One made the calculations for John Glenn’s space mission, one became the head programmer for NASA, and one argued in court to be allowed to attend a segregated Hampton high school for courses needed to become a engineer. These Black women, and others like them, showed that STEM was not just for white men – even if the bathrooms and societal opportunities said differently.
Children’s Books about Virginia and all 50 states. Which state will you read about next!