We received a free copy of Our Legendary Ladies Presents Harriet Tubman in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are our own. This post contains affiliate links, which means that Lu and Bean Read may receive a small commission (at no additional cost to you) on products purchased through external vendors.

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Our Legendary Ladies is a new board book series by author Megan Callea. Megan is passionate about getting parents to not only read to their children, but to read them books of substance from a very young age. We shouldn’t just be reading about colors, numbers, and vocabulary with our littlest readers–we should be introducing them to Our Legendary Ladies!

Harriet Tubman

The first book in the series is about Harriet Tubman, one of the leaders of the Underground Railroad. According to the author, this is one of the only books reviewed by Harriet Tubman’s leading historians for its historical accuracy. It’s always good to know that you can trust a source when it comes to sharing history with your kids!

The first thing you’ll notice when you open the book is just how stunning the illustrations are. Illustrator Jennifer Howard used deep blues and gorgeous emerald greens. It’s quite lovely.

I appreciate how the text does not shy away from the historical subject matter, despite the fact that its written for babies and toddlers. The book details how Harriet Tubman was born into slavery, escaped, and risked her life to save others through the Underground Railroad.

Freedom for all became her mission

One she fought for until slavery’s abolition.

Some of the rhyming text is a bit forced, but overall the story is easy to understand for little readers. And for many families, there will be lots of followup conversations about our nation’s history! You’ll get to discuss what slavery is, how it was abolished in the United States, and how many African Americans fled to safety through the ingenuity and bravery of those brave folks who ran the Underground Railroad.

I also appreciate that there is a forward-looking message to young readers at the end:

And my sweet child

Know you hold this power, too.

To make your mark upon the world

And to yourself be true. 

Buy the book

HARRIET TUBMAN is the first book in the Our Legendary Ladies series. Books to follow include ANADI GOPAL JOSHI, SACAJAWEA, and AMELIA EARHART. For every book purchased, Our Legendary Ladies will donate a book to one of its nonprofit partners supporting literacy efforts, military families, and children in need. Visit Our Legendary Ladies to learn more.

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