Book Resources

Underground Railroad Book Videos

  • Grades: 3–5, 6–8

These short book-based video clips can be used to enrich a unit on the Underground Railroad.


Elijah of Buxton
Elijah of Buxton Booktalk
(Grade 4-7)
Teaching Tip: Use this video to introduce students to Curtis's Newbery Honor-winning novel about a young boy living in a town of escaped and freed slaves in Buxton, Canada.
Elijah of Buxton
Elijah of Buxton Book Trailer
(Grade 4-7)
Teaching Tip: See the setting. Take your students to the town of Buxton, Canada and see how Elijah would have lived.
Christopher Paul Curtis
Christopher Paul Curtis Interview
Teaching Tip: Find out what inspired Curtis's novel, Elijah of Buxton, and how he researched and incorporated actual historical events into the book.
Ellen Levine Interview
Ellen Levine Interview
Teaching Tip: Find out how Levine reacted to the true story of Henry "Box" Brown and got the idea for her book, Henry's Freedom Box.
Ellen Levine
Ellen Levine Reads Henry’s Freedom Box
Teaching Tip: Let the author of Henry's Freedom Box bring the book to life with her own read-aloud of the story.

More Underground Railroad Teaching Resources

To give students an accurate and personal view of the practice of slavery and the brave people who helped slaves escape, visit Scholastic's online student activity, The Underground Railroad: Escape From Slavery.

Underground Railroad Books

Elijah of Buxton Discussion Guide

Henry's Freedom Box Lesson Plan

Kadir Nelson's Primary Sources for Henry's Freedom Box Illustrations

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  • Subjects:
    Civil War Period and Reconstruction, Slavery, Underground Railroad, Abolition, Literature Appreciation, African American, Social Studies through Literature