THIS is a day worth celebrating! And to do so, I reached for one of my favorite illustrated books about bold women:
This book is chock-full of short biographies about trailblazing women in black history. Following an introduction, Vashti Harrison selected 40 women to illustrate in her signature (and to-die-for) style, arranged them in chronological order, and provided a one-page bio on each. Best for the older elementary-aged reader, but accessible to all, this book highlights many (certainly not all) black women who have done extraordinary things and have opened doors for more to follow. She concludes the book by adding a dozen more women on her “More Little Leaders” spread and provides some resources for further reading (and watching and listening). I love the way Harrison chose to position the Little Leaders in the same spot on the recto page (try flipping through the pages like a flip-book), that readers can read the book from beginning to end or in any order (table of contents provided), that she provided the inspiration for creating the book, and that she chose to focus on the lives of a collection of black women who have impacted our history. I think this book belongs in every school, community, classroom, and family library.
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Heather is a busy wife and mom of five rambunctious children and one lovable pup They all provide lots of distractions, but oodles of inspiration. Sometimes the pictures and ideas in her head turn into her own children's stories, but she always makes time to read other people's books. Sometimes she reviews them here.