Stories of Those Who Made History

A Long Time Coming: A Lyrical Biography of Race In American from Ona Judge to Barack Obama by Ray Anthony Shepard

A Long Time Coming

A Lyrical Biography of Race In America from Ona Judge to Barack Obama

A biography-in-verse of six significant Black Americans—Ona Judge, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Ida B. Wells, Martin Luther King Jr., and Barack Obama. Drawing on primary sources and harnessing the power of poetry, it chronicles both the familiar and the less-told struggles and victories of each historical figure in the fight for racial justice, laying bare how much has changed since our country’s founding and how much has not. Learn more…

Best Books 2023—School Library Journal, Booklist, and Kirkus Reviews

“Electrifying”
Kirkus, Best Books, 2023

“Substantive Nonfiction History in Verse”
—Booklist Best Books, 2023

“Meticulously Research and Organized”
—School Library Journal Best Books, 2023

SCBWI Golden Kite Finalist

Texas Topaz, Best Nonfiction Books, 2024

A Long Time Coming: A Lyrical Biography of Race In American from Ona Judge to Barack Obama by Ray Anthony Shepard

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Runaway, The Daring Escape of Ona Judge by Ray Anthony Shepard

Runaway

The Daring Escape of Ona Judge

The story of Ona Judge, who was enslaved by Martha and George Washington, and risked her life to emancipate herself. Ona’s story is told in a stunning poem and powerfully illustrated by the renowned artist Keith Mallett. Learn more…

  • Jane Addams Peace Association Honor Book.
  • Notable Book by the Association for Library Services to Children.
  • Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People.

“a distinctive, haunting voice, and powerful images”
Kirkus, Stared Review

Runaway, The Daring Escape of Ona Judge by Ray Anthony Shepard
Now or Never! 54th Massachusetts Infantry’s War to End Slavery by Ray Anthony Shepard
Now or Never! 54th Massachusetts Infantry’s War to End Slavery by Ray Anthony Shepard

Now or Never!

54th Massachusetts Infantry’s War to End Slavery

A dual biography of George Stephens and James Henry Gooding, Civil War soldiers, and the first Black war correspondents’ expose the dangers and tragedies on and off the battlefield and the shocking injustices they endured in the Union Army. Learn more…

  • Carter J. Woodson Honor Book.

“Absolutely stellar.” – Kirkus, starred review

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