Book for Women’s History Month

Today I have a book for Women’s History Month.  It grew out of a project for Black History Month but women of color often face even greater challenges than white women so the ladies profiled in this book take bold to the next level.  Women continue to break barriers and girls of all skin tones will be inspired by the stories of these pioneers.

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Title: Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black Historybook for women's history month little leaders

Author: Vashti Harrison

Target: Grades 2-5

What this book is about:

This book profiles 40 black women who have made an impact in society.  They appear chronologically and are one-page biographies of poets, educators, mathematicians, and astronauts.  Next to each biography is an original illustrations showing their smaller selves, which the author/artist hopes will allow younger girls to see themselves.

Why I love this book:

  • Ok, first off I still miss Gwen Ifill on the News Hour so I was so excited to see her biography included.  But it was also wonderful to learn about women I hadn’t heard of such as Marcelite Harris, the Air Force General who was the highest-ranking woman in the Air Force and Charlotte E. Ray, one of the first women to complete law school in America.
  • The illustrations are absolutely charming and were the first thing to draw me to the book.  If I had one wish it was that their eyes were open. These women are strong and determined and I would have loved to see them looking straight at me.


Who this book is for:

This book is for young girls and boys who want to learn about the women who came before them.   If your child liked the book She Persisted or the Little People, Big Dreams series, this one will be a hit.

Final thoughts:

I absolutely cannot resist these illustrations.  They are simply charming.

To purchase this book:

Click on the following link to connect to Amazon: Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History.  A portion of each purchase will go to support this blog at no cost to you.  Thank you for your support.