Focus on the Great Migration

From the Series History in Pictures (Read Woke ™ Books)

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 8
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

During the Great Migration, a large number of Black Americans relocated when faced with segregation and poor economic conditions. While the places they moved to weren’t free from racism, they fought for a better future.

Read Woke™ Books are created in partnership with Cicely Lewis, the Read Woke librarian. Inspired by a belief that knowledge is power, Read Woke Books seek to amplify the voices of people of the global majority (people who are of African, Arab, Asian, and Latin American descent and identify as not white), provide information about groups that have been disenfranchised, share perspectives of people who have been underrepresented or oppressed, challenge social norms and disrupt the status quo, and encourage readers to take action in their community.

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Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre Social Studies
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Traditional Nonfiction, Diverse Books: Race & Ethnicity, Diverse Books: Social Justice, Diversity, SEL: C Social Awareness, Social Emotional Learning
Copyright 2023
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Brand Read Woke ™ Books
Imprint Lerner Publications ™
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2022-08-01
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS JNF018010, JNF025210, JNF053240
Dewey 305.800973
Dimensions 7 x 9
Lexile 940
Guided Reading Level X
ATOS Reading Level 5.9
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Introductory note, Primary source quotations/images, Reviewed, Sidebars, Source notes, and Timeline

Author: Dr. Artika R. Tyner

Dr. Artika Tyner is a passionate educator, award-winning author, civil rights attorney, sought-after speaker, and advocate for justice. She lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and is the founder of the Planting People Growing Justice Leadership Institute.


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Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD)

“Dig deeper to understand more about The Great Migration (1916-1970) when approximately six million African Americans left the South for the North, Midwest, and West regions of the United States. The first chapter starts with a background on slavery in American. Then, Tyner writes about racism, segregation, and struggles that arose after the Emancipation Proclamation. Readers will learn how and why African Americans migrated and consider different perspectives. Photographs with captions are located throughout the book, as are some thought-provoking questions that can be good springboards for discussion. Sidebars include additional information about topics such as Juneteenth, Freedman’s Savings Bank, and more. At the back of the book are some suggested activities, a timeline, a glossary, a list of resources, and an index. The executive editor’s letter at the front of the book explains the mission of this book and others in the “History in Pictures: Read Woke Books” series. Content consultants are acknowledged. Teachers will find the book and series to be an excellent supplement to United States history units on African American history, Great Migration, racism, and segregation. With this book, students will have opportunities to think more critically and analyze history. Reviewer Rating: 5"—Children’s Literature

School Library Journal

“An excellent purchase for those looking to offer previously overlooked perspectives on historical events.”—School Library Journal