I came across this wonderful book of Langston Hughes poems. Illustrations are provided along with a bit of background knowledge of the time period. Acoustic Rooster by Kwame Alexander tells the tale of believing in yourself while it sets up a conversation for jazz and some famous artists. Pink and Say as retold by Patricia Polacco is a heartwarming true story of an unlikely friendship of two young boys during the Civil War. This would be a good addition to a classroom discussion of this time period.