Must-Read Children’s Books on Slavery for ALL Ages (MLK Day Series)

Children’s Books On Slavery aim to educate young readers on one of the most painful and important chapters of history.

Slavery is a challenging topic to discuss, but these books provide age-appropriate insights that encourage young people to learn about and understand the atrocities committed during that time.

The stories showcase the strength, bravery and resilience of enslaved individuals and highlight the fight for freedom and justice.

These books can help children understand the ongoing impact of slavery on our society and the importance of valuing diversity, inclusivity, and social justice.

Be sure to check out even more age-appropriate Black History Month books about the African American experience.

You can find these books on slavery for kids at your local library or purchase through the affiliate links provided for your convenience.

Anti-Slavery Cameo
Anti-Slavery Cameo by William Hackwood (English, 1757-1836) is licensed under CC-CC0 1.0

History of Slavery

Throughout the 17th and 18th centuries people were kidnapped from the continent of Africa, forced into slavery in the American colonies and exploited to work as indentured servants and labor in the production of crops such as tobacco and cotton. 

Four hundred years after enslaved Africans were first brought to Virginia, most Americans still don’t know the full story of slavery.

Students deserve a truthful, age-appropriate account of slavery and our past.

Must-Read Children's Books on Slavery for ALL Ages, including picture books and chapter books (Part of a Martin Luther King Jr. Day Series!)

Slavery can be one of those hot topic buttons for families.

How do you start the conversation with your children? How do you start educating them about our past and helping them understand the long-term ramifications of slavery on our culture, our society and our citizens?

These must-read children’s books on slavery – from picture books to chapter books – are the place to start.

MUST-READ CHILDREN’S Books on Slavery for Kids


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      1. Aw thanks! I hope you sit down with your own kiddos and read some of the books with them. I sprinkle them throughout the year so my kids get a better understanding. And it creates a LOT of interesting discussions.

    1. We’ve studied slavery a few times, reading a lot of great picture books each time and yet I don’t think we’ve ever read any of these! Thanks for suggestions. Pinned.

    2. I agree with most of the titles. I’m not too keen on the book entitled If Lived in the Time When There Was Slavery in America. It could be perceived as insensitive.

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