I Want to be Free

Author: Joseph Slate

Illustrator: E.  B.  Lewis

Publisher: Penguin Group

Publication Date: 2009

Genre: History

Audience: Gr. K-3

Overview: A lyrical story of the struggle of two escaped slaves, who are determined to find freedom. So these strangers come together, and take off on a journey into the free world, and they find that the real key to freedom is love.

Activity: Have students discuss what love does for them.  They may be loved by their family or friends or dog, have them journal about how they know they are loved.

Reviewer’s Name: Kristin Gowing