Carl Sagan on reading + 8 books on pathways to literal and metaphorical freedom

Frederick Douglass taught that literacy is the path from slavery to freedom. There are many kinds of slavery and many kinds of freedom, but reading is still the path.
— Carl Sagan*

Perhaps you have a special book that represents freedom to you—or perhaps freedom came as an accumulation of many books. Either way, reading is both a gateway to freedom and a freedom in itself. 

Here are 5 books about the path from literal slavery to freedom, they're books that also illuminate the path to freedom from metaphorical slavery, making them particularly wonderful for kids and adults alike. These are books that tell the truth and invite moral thought, with words and pictures that entrance and intrigue.

Generally, they're for kids aged about 4 to 12 years.

And 3 more—because understanding the path back to freedom for Australia’s First Nation can also come through reading.

*It’s unusual to find someone who speaks truth to everything you believe—and Carl Sagan (1934 - 1996) definitely doesn't for me—but he did have an incredible mind and I admire his grasp of scientific concepts and his passion.

The books are linked to Book Depository—they have great prices and free postage world wide, but North American readers may find Amazon a cheaper option.