In Your School Library

Consult your school’s Library Catalogue to check availability of these books:

Picture Books

Picture Books2

  • Almost to Freedom by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
  • Aunt Harriet’s Underground Railroad in the Sky by Faith Ringgold
  • Barefoot: Escape on the Underground Railroad by Pamela Duncan Edwards
  • Follow the Drinking Gourd by Jeanette Winter
  • Friend on Freedom River by Gloria Whelan
  • Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine
  • Journey to Freedom: A Story of the Underground Railroad by Courtni C. Wright
  • Under the Quilt of Night by Deborah Hopkinson


Fiction Books
Fiction Books2

  • A Desperate Road to Freedom: The Underground Railroad Diary of Julia May Jackson by Karleen Bradford
  • Dear Austin: Letters from the Underground Railroad by Elvira Woodruff
  • Freedom Crossing by Margaret Goff Clark
  • Hurry, Freedom by Frieda Wishinsky
  • If I just Had Two Wings by Virginia Freances Schwartz
  • North By Night: A Story of the Underground Railroad by Katherine Ayres
  • Stealing Freedom by Elisa Carbone
  • Stealing South: A Story of the Underground Railroad by Katherine Ayres
  • The Drinking Gourd: A Story of the Underground Railroad by F. N. Monjo
  • True North: A Story of the Underground Railroad by Katherine Lasky
  • Underground to Canada by Barbara Smucker


Non-Fiction Books

  • Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad by Ann Petry
  • The Last Safe House: A Story of the Underground Railroad by Barbara Greenwood
  • The Road that Led to Somewhere by Bryan E. Wells
  • Road to Freedom by Lee Roddy

Virtual Library Resources

Using the Virtual Library:

Go to the Library Learning Commons > Virtual Library – Elementary
Go to the Library Learning Commons > Virtual Library – Secondary

Reference: The Canadian Encyclopedia

Canadian Encyclopedia

  • allows you to search for articles on the Black Loyalists in Canada
  • find numerous articles, links and portals related to the history, migration, settlement patterns, economic life, community and culture of Black Loyalists

Search term: Black Loyalists

One stop information source: Canada in Context

Canada In Context
How to get there:  Virtual Library > Gale Online Resources > Select Canada in Context

  • allows you to narrow your search for materials in the following formats: Articles, Images, Magazines, Academic Journals, Primary Sources, Reference, Critical Essays, Websites and Audio
  • provides speech function that will read text aloud
  • find numerous articles and links related to Black History in Canada

Search terms:

  • Canada + Black history month
  • Canadian + Black history month
  • Black loyalists in Canada


Select eVideo Library in the Library Catalogue to search the entire eVideo collection, or select a specific collection (for example, Learn360) from the Virtual Library – eVideo section.

Try searching for titles related to Black History using a variety of search terms, such as “black”, “slavery”, “underground railroad”, “Black History Month”, “African Americans”, and “civil rights”. Further refine your search by selecting grade levels and subject areas and related search terms such as “Canada”.

(Remember to check video descriptions for grade level, length, and publication details.)

Some recommended videos and video clips:

Follow The Drinking Gourd Follow the Drinking Gourd

An exploration of an infamous chapter in America’s history, based on a book by Jeanette Winter. As he celebrates the road to freedom to Canada, paved by the Underground Railroad, LeVar introduces viewers to the history, heroes, stories and music of the African- American culture which emerged from slavery.

Escaping Slavery Escaping Slavery on the Underground Railroad

Travel to Colonial America and explore the rise and fall of slavery. This video uncovers the cruel conditions of the enslaved and discusses those who helped them escape through the Underground Railroad. Witness how slavery was ended during the Civil War. (grades 3-5)

Sing Out Freedom Train Sing Out Freedom Train

Climb aboard the Underground Railroad in this musical drama. You’ll hear the songs and stories of a small group of slaves as they follow Harriet Tubman north to Canada. Witness the strength they draw from spirituality. Please preview this video (grades 6-12)

Life of Sojourner Truth Life of Sojourner Truth

Born a slave, Sojourner Truth rose to become one of the most highly influential women of her time. This dramatization, told through her orations and the voices of those who knew her and were changed by her, chronicles Sojourner Truth’s life and legacy.

Stay Off the Bus Stay Off the Bus

After being found guilty, Rosa Parks appealed, challenging the legality of racial segregation. The Black community united in a mass movement and carried on the Montgomery bus boycott much longer than the NAACP intended. (grades 3-12)

March On Washington March on Washington

A clip focusing on the March on Washington, from the video 1963. (grades 6-12)

I Have a Dream Famous African Americans

Over the past two hundred years, names such as Frederick Douglass, Thurgood Marshall, Martin Luther King Jr., and Malcolm X, permeate our national consciousness. They along with other African-Americans, fought for American independence, the abolition of slavery, civil and equal rights. (grades 3-12)

Stand Up for Freedom Stand Up for Freedom

the Civil Rights Movement in America: This video explores the Civil Rights Movement in America and highlights the events and people who impacted it. Learn about Rosa Parks, the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the March for Freedom, Martin Luther King, Jr., and the laws enacted for equality. (grades 3-5)

Online Resources

Mary Ann Shadd

Black History – General Web Sites

Black History Canada from the Historica Dominion Institute.
A rich guide to online resources about the people and events.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada
This government site has links to a video centre, a pdf version of the Black History month poster and the Canadian Black History Virtual Museum and Treasure Hunt. Also includes information on the contributions of Black soldiers in the fight for Canada in the the War of 1812.

Prominent Black Canadians (Citizenship and Immigration Canada)

The Kids’ Site of Canadian Settlement – Africans. From Library and Archives Canada (archived on-line for historical purposes)

Underground Railroad Sites

National Geographic’s Underground Railroad Interactive Site

Underground Railroad: Niagara’s Freedom Trail

Underground Railroad – Historica Minute (with links to other resources)

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (U.S.) (good for looking at human rights in the present day)

Civil Rights in the United States

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Timeline

Biography Channel (Search for articles on prominent African-Americans.)

Montgomery Bus Boycott (Montgomery Advertiser)

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial