Children's books

Freedom in Congo Square

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As slaves relentlessly toiled in an unjust system in 19th century Louisiana, they all counted down the days until Sunday, when at least for half a day they were briefly able to congregate in Congo Square in New Orleans.

Why I love this book

Everything about this award-winning book is lovely.  Author, Carole Boston Weatherford, presents the difficult subject as a rhythmic countdown which makes the introduction to the struggles and oppression of slavery more approachable for a young audience.


R. Gregory Christie’s illustration style and color palette are perfect for the subject and tone of the text.  I especially love the illustrations when the celebration begins – the art moves from rigid lines and darker tones when slaves are working and becomes more colorful and loose as the characters celebrate and dance across the page- one can truly feel the short but heartfelt joy.


This book comes complete with an author’s note and forward and will be a welcome launching pad for kids who want to learn more on the subject of slavery and the little-known history of Congo Square.

Freedom in Congo Square

by Carole Boston Weatherford

illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

Little Bee Book 2016

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