The Great Migration (Hardcover)

Journey to the North

By Eloise Greenfield, Jan Spivey Gilchrist (Illustrator)

HarperCollins, 9780061259210, 32pp.

Publication Date: December 21, 2010

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Paperback (9/15/2020)

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We were one family among the many thousands. Mama and Daddy leaving home, coming to the city, with their hopes and their courage, their dreams and their children, to make a better life.

When Eloise Greenfield was four months old, her family moved from their home in Parmele, North Carolina, to Washington, D.C. Before Jan Spivey Gilchrist was born, her mother moved from Arkansas and her father moved from Mississippi. Both settled in Chicago, Illinois. Though none of them knew it at the time, they had all become part of the Great Migration.

In this collection of poems and collage artwork, award winners Eloise Greenfield and Jan Spivey Gilchrist gracefully depict the experiences of families like their own, who found the courage to leave their homes behind during The Great Migration and make new lives for themselves elsewhere. The Great Migration concludes with a bibliography.

Supports the Common Core State Standards

About the Author

Eloise Greenfield's love of writing shines through brilliantly in each and every one of her books, which include Honey, I Love and Other Love Poems and How They Got Over: African Americans and the Call of the Sea, both illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist. She is the recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award, the Foundation for Children's Literature Hope S. Dean Award, and the National Council for the Social Studies Carter G. Woodson Book Award. In 2018 she received the Coretta Scott King–Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement. Ms. Greenfield lives in Washington, DC. You can follow her on Twitter @ELGreenfield.

Jan Spivey Gilchrist is the award-winning illustrator-author of seventy-four children's books. Dr. Gilchrist illustrated the highly acclaimed picture book The Great Migration: Journey to the North, winner of the Coretta Scott King Honor Award, a Junior Library Guild Best Book, an NAACP Image Award nominee, a CCBC Best Book, and a Georgia State Children's Book Award nominee. She won the Coretta Scott King Award for her illustrations in Nathaniel Talking and a Coretta Scott King Honor for her illustrations in Night on Neighborhood Street, all written by Eloise Greenfield. She was inducted into the Society of Illustrators in 2001 and into the International Literary Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent in 1999. She lives near Chicago, Illinois.

Praise For The Great Migration: Journey to the North

Praise for Brothers & Sisters: “Timeless…clear and universal. Everyone can relate to the poems’ affection, frustration, laughter, jealousy, and family pride, as well as the love that always shines through.”
— ALA Booklist

“These are the sweetest poems for kids and families of all kinds.”
— Charlotte Observer

“Together their picture book celebrates how brothers get along with brothers, sisters with sisters, and various other combinations.”
— Horn Book Magazine

“A feel-good collection, equally suited to reading alone or aloud.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Greenfield’s poetic observations and commentaries succinctly capture siblings at various ages and stages. The illustrator is equally as skillful. This book needs to be shared in classrooms, in storytimes, and especially within families.”
— School Library Journal

Praise for The Friendly Four: “Fun for reading aloud.”
— ALA Booklist

“Idealistic and nostalgic...perfect for classroom readers’ theater or as a way for a young child to share reading with an older sibling or parent.”
— The Horn Book

“A lively tribute to children’s imagination as well as an inviting introduction to free verse.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Has an open accessibility, with its big print and visually inviting pages, and an upbeat warmth.”
— Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

Praise for In the Land of Words: “[a] joy-filled, right-on tribute to wordsmithing in all its forms.”
Kirkus Reviews

Praise for For the Love of the Game: “This book will set children soaring.”
— ALA Booklist

“A powerful blending of words and pictures that delivers a message that needs to be heard by children.”
— School Library Journal

Praise for Honey, I Love and Other Love Poems: “Abounds with that special tenderness surrounding the everyday experiences in a child’s life. These poems beg to be read aloud.”
Boston Globe