Before She was Harriet
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Before She was Harriet

by Lesa Cline-Ransome
Illustrator(s): James E. Ransome
Paperback | Pages: 32
Size: 9 X 11 | USD: $8.99
ISBN: 9780823444298
Publication Date: June 11, 2019
Age: 4-8 | Guided Reading Level: S
Themes: 19th Century, Anti Racism / Black Interest / Own Voices / Activism Conversation Starters, Black Voices, Diversity & Inclusion, Human & Civil Rights, Poetry & Verse, Women's History
Recommendations: A*,C,H,K*,PW*,,SLJ*

About the Book

  • A 2018 Charlotte Zolotow Award Highly Commended Title
  • An NCTE Notable Poetry Book (2018)
  • A Center for the Study of Multicultural Children’s Literature (CSMCL) Best Book of 2017
  • A Booklist Editors’ Choice (2017)
  • A Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Book (2017)
  • Original artwork included in the 2017 Society of Illustrators Original Art Exhibit (11/1/17-12/30/17)
  • 2017 EUREKA! Nonfiction Honor Award
  • NAACP Image Award Nominee for Outstanding Literary Work – Children (2018)
Educator's Guide
Educator's Guide


Educator’s Guide featuring Instructional Standards. Prepared by Pat Scales.

★ “Simultaneously simple enough for young children to understand and sophisticated enough to inspire adults . . . Libraries likely already have many Harriet Tubman books, but this well-designed, unique approach warrants making room for one more.”
Booklist, Starred Review

★ “A memorable, lyrical reverse-chronological walk through the life of an American icon. While the text introduces readers to the details of Tubman’s life, Ransome’s use of watercolor . . . reveals Tubman’s humanity, determination, drive, and hope. Ransome’s lavishly detailed and expansive double-page spreads situate young readers in each time and place as the text takes them further into the past. A picture book more than worthy of sharing the shelf with Alan Schroeder and Jerry Pinkney’s Minty (1996) and Carole Boston Weatherford and Kadir Nelson’s Moses (2006).”
Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

★ “Striking . . . a powerful reminder of how all children carry within them the potential for greatness.”
Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

★ “Inspirational and gorgeous.”
Shelf Awareness, Starred Review

★ “This lovely tribute effectively communicates Tubman’s ¬everlasting bravery and resolve, and will -inspire curious readers to learn more.”
School Library Journal, Starred Review