Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton

by Don Tate

George was born into slavery near the beginning of the 19th century and from the... read more

George was born into slavery near the beginning of the 19th century and from the beginning he loved words. He longed to read, but it was not permitted for slaves to do so. When he came upon an old spelling book, George pored over the pages and, little by little, he taught himself how to sound out words. After that, he read everything he could get his hands on and found that what he especially loved was poetry. Soon George began to write his own poems, and had to keep them in his head because there was no way for him to write them down. The incredible story of how George Moses Horton came to be a published poet—with two books published while he was still enslaved—is told with grace both in words and illustrations. (Ages 5–9)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2016

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