Picture Book That Makes Its Mark

Today I have a wonderful picture book that makes its mark showing kids the determination of a young woman who would become the first female Jewish member of the Supreme Court.  It highlights her fight for equality and her spirit of perseverance.  This book is not political and in fact includes a lovely section on Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s friendship with Antonin Scalia.  It is an inspiring story for both boys and girls.

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Title: I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her MarkI dissent picture book that makes its mark

Author: Debbie Levy

Target: Grades 1-4

What this book is about:

This is a picture book biography of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. It goes through her early life as she excels in school and is encouraged to get a higher education by her mother who feels women can do and be anything. It looks at her time in law school when she is one of nine women among 500 men and the book focuses on the issues that are important to her such as equality in the workplace and treating others without prejudice. It even shares some of her fashion sense with her winning and dissenting lace collars worn over her robes!

Why I love this book:

  • First off the illustrator Elizabeth Baddeley has done an amazing job. Her illustrations, while charming, also show the strength of the woman. The bold type for key words of action breathe energy into this story and create a consistent theme that readers and listeners can easily follow.
  • I felt like this book was empowering for both girls and boys. It challenges the stereotypes of both men and women in the workplace and asks why a father can’t stay home and cook for his children while his wife runs a business.
  • There is more information and actual pictures of Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the back of the book. It provides a lot of fun supplemental data for kids who are more curious.

Who this book is for:

While it is a picture book, its audience is a little older. I think most kids will love learning about this influential woman and it is written in an interesting, clear and concise way.

Final thoughts:

I loved the part in the book about her relationship with Antonin Scalia. It is a lovely reminder that you can disagree but still maintain a respect and a long standing friendship with someone.

To purchase this book:

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