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LITTLE LEADERS by Vashti Harrison Kirkus Star


Bold Women in Black History

by Vashti Harrison ; illustrated by Vashti Harrison

Age Range: 6 - 12

Pub Date: Dec. 5th, 2017
ISBN: 978-0-316-47511-2
Publisher: Little, Brown

Visual artist Harrison introduces 40 trailblazing black women from United States history in this inspiring volume for young readers.

The book just begs to be picked up, with its handy trim size and its attractively simple cover design featuring smiling brown girls in various historical outfits. Each leader is described in a one-page minibiography that faces a full-page illustration of the woman in clothes and a simplified setting that represent her role and her era. Each concise biography includes the leader’s background as a child or youth, touches on her major accomplishments, and ends with her legacy. Some of the women featured are household names, such as Harriet Tubman and Oprah Winfrey. Others are less well-known, including Mamie Phipps Clark and Alice Ball. Whether wearing flying gear or a long ruffled dress, each “little leader” appears utterly approachable. Their surroundings in the pictures capture the diverse accomplishments and personalities of these bold black women, while their small figures and sweet, round faces invite child readers to imagine themselves in such roles. The effect is purely magical.

Perfect for exploring together at bedtime or for children to browse independently, a gorgeous invitation for children of all backgrounds, and especially for black girls, to learn about black women who were pioneers. (Collective biography. 6-12)