Books by Rod Brown

FREEDOM'S A-CALLIN ME by Ntozake Shange
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"Inspirational pairings of art and verse to read and recite in tribute to those who walked that perilous road. (Picture book/poetry. 12 & up)"
One slave is the poetic voice for those who toil on a cotton plantation and look to the North Star, following the Underground Railroad to freedom. Read full book review >
WE TROUBLED THE WATERS by Ntozake Shange
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"Worthwhile but best for older readers. (Picture book/poetry. 10-14)"
Obie Award-winning playwright Shange teams up with illustrator Brown in this roughly linear collection of art and poetry vignettes from the Civil Rights Movement. Read full book review >
FROM SLAVE SHIP TO FREEDOM ROAD by Julius Lester
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"Readers who make that effort will be amply rewarded. (Picture book/nonfiction. 10-12)"
In a stirring picture book for older readers, Lester (Sam and the Tigers, 1996, etc.) creates meditations on the journey of Africans to slavery, on the lives of people held as slaves, and on runaways, the Civil War, and the meaning of freedom. Read full book review >