Freedom in Congo Square

Book Verdict

Freedom in Congo Square

by Carole Boston Weatherford

Illustrations by R. Gregory Christie

First Release:

February 2016

ISBN: 9781499801033

2017 Caldecott Honor
2017 Coretta Scott King Illustrator, Honor

Pre-Civil War New Orleans: “Slaves had off one afternoon, / when the law allowed them to commune. / They flocked to . . . Congo Square. / Sundays, slaves and free met there.” Foreword by Freddi Williams Evans. Glossary. Author’s note. Full-color illustrations.

  • ISBN: 9781499801033
    Format: Print Book
    Edition: Hardcover edition
    Publisher: little bee
    Page Count: 40
    Trim Size: 8 1/2" x 11"
    Accelerated Reader: Level: 5.4, Points: 0.5
    Scholastic Reading Counts: Level: 3.2, Points: 1
    Lexile: Level: AD600L
    Awards & Honors: The Kirkus Prize 2016 Nominee, Young Readers
    ALA Notable Books for Children Nominee -Summer 2016, Nonfiction
    SLJ’s Best Books of 2016, Nonfiction
    Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2016, Picture Books
    The New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2016
    New York Public Library 2016 Best Books for Kids, Picture Books
    NCTE Notable Poetry List 2017
    Booklist 2016 Editors’ Choice, Books for Youth, Young Readers, Nonfiction
    Charlotte Zolotow, 2017 Winner
    ALSC Notable Children’s Books 2017, All Ages
    NEA’s Read Across America Educator Recomended Books 2016–2017, Grades 1–2
    2017 Notable Books for a Global Society
    2017 Capitol Choices, Seven to Ten
    CSMCL Best Multicultural Books of 2016
    The Washington Post Best Children’s and Young Adult Books of 2016
    Genre: Nonfic
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