Slavery | Frederick Douglass | African American History | Discrimination | Love

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Love Twelve Miles Long

Love Twelve Miles Long (hc)

By Glenda Armand

Illustrated by Colin Bootman


It’s late at night, and Frederick’s mother has traveled twelve miles to visit him. When Frederick asks Mama how she can walk so far, Mama recounts her journey mile by mile. Every step of the way is special, as it brings them closer together; and Mama passes the time by remembering, listening, praying, singing, and more.

Set on a plantation in 1820s Maryland, this story based on the life of young Frederick Douglass shows the power of his mother’s love. The faith she has in her son puts him on a path to escape enslavement and to become a champion of human rights, an influential writer and speaker, and an unforgettable leader.

Expressive, candlelit paintings illuminate the bond between parent and child in this heartfelt story. Love Twelve Miles Long will resonate with children of all backgrounds who cherish the tender moments they share with those they love.

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2013 California Collections - Elementary School

California Readers

2013 Paterson Prize for Books for Young People Honor Award
The Poetry Center at Passiac County Community College

Interest Level
Grades 1
- 6
Reading Level
Grades 2
- 3
Biography, African/African American Interest, Childhood Experiences and Memories, Discrimination, Dreams & Aspirations, Family Traditions, Heroism, Historical Interest, Mothers, Overcoming Obstacles, Religion/Spiritual, Self Esteem/Identity, Slavery, United States History
About the Creators

Glenda Armand
has worked for many years as a teacher and school librarian in Los Angeles, California. She loves reading about history and is passionate about sharing the stories of African American slaves, “acknowledging the humanity and indomitable spirit of people who kept their souls and their voices, even in the worst of circumstances.” Love Twelve Miles Long, a Lee & Low New Voices Award winner, is her first book. Glenda can be found on the web at

Colin Bootman
has illustrated numerous award-winning books for children, including Almost to Freedom, a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Honor Book. Bootman grew up in Trinidad and the United States. Much of his artwork portrays the rich diversity of experiences among people of African descent. In addition to creating illustrations for books and periodicals, Bootman enjoys teaching students and young artists. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, and can be found on the Web at

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