The People Could Fly is a collection of 24 African American folktales, retold by Virginia Hamilton with illustrations by Leo and Diane Dillon. The title story imagines a world in which enslaved people in the American South escape to freedom by literally flying away through the air. The People Could Fly won the Coretta Scott King Award in 2005.
- Storytelling: A Way to Share (Grades 3-5; CCSS.CCRA.R.1)
- Freedom Under Cover (Grade 3-5; CCSS.CCRA.R.8)
- All Aboard the Underground Railroad (Spanish-language version here) (Grades 6-8; CCSS.CCRA.R.8)
- The Power of Stories (Grades 6-8; CCSS.CCRA.R.5)
- Harriet Tubman (Grades 6-8; CCSS.CCRA.R.3)
- Comparing Traditional Tales: How do world cultures express their values through traditional tales?
- Perseverance: How do we overcome challenges in our country, our communities, and our lives?
- The Transatlantic Slave Trade: What were the experiences of enslaved people in the transatlantic slave trade?