The Emancipation of Grandpa Sandy Wills

The Emancipation of Grandpa Sandy Wills


In a one-of-a-kind brilliantly illustrated children’s book that’s based on a true story, veteran television journalist Cheryl Wills tells a powerful tale about her enslaved ancestor who fought for his freedom as a soldier during The Civil War.

Watch the author's interview on ABC News below!

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Grade 2-6 | Fiction | ISBN: 978-1-61717-886-3 | Lexile: 880 | GRL: T | English
Grade 2-6 | Fiction | ISBN: 978-1-68265-304-3 | Lexile: 880 | GRL: T | Spanish
Grade 2-6 | Fiction | ISBN: 978-1-68265-305-0 | Lexile: 880 | GRL: T | Chinese 

The Emancipation of Grandpa Sandy Wills: 


  • Deepens conversations about social justice and racism 
  • Helps readers build literacy, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills 
  • Introduces students to social emotional competencies 
  • Teaches life skills such as leadership, initiative, and perseverance 
  • Provides powerful illustrations to engage readers 

Key features: 

  • Depth of Knowledge content aligned to Common Core ELA Standards  
  • Individual and group activities to support social-emotional learning 
  • Glossary to build and expand student vocabulary 
  • Primary sources to help students explore their family roots  

About the Author:  

Cheryl is an award-winning Spectrum NY1 News TV Anchorwoman and popular children’s author who is inspired by her family’s 150-year-old fight for freedom since the Civil War. Cheryl travels around the world, motivating students to connect with their family roots. Her powerful presentations also provide students with the confidence and skills they need to fight social injustices and to build productive lives. 


A whole child approach ensures that each student is healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged.

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