Little Leaders

Little Leaders

Bold Women in Black History

Book - 2017 | First edition
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Based on her popular Instagram posts, debut author/illustrator Vashti Harrison shares the stories of 40 bold African American women who shaped history.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780316475112
Call Number: j 920.72089 H322L 2017
Characteristics: 87 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm


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Based on her popular Instagram posts, debut author/illustrator Vashti Harrison shares the stories of 40 bold African American women who shaped history.

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Feb 23, 2020

I read this for the "Literary Fiction" part of my 2020 reading challenge. I thought it was fascinating and really well done, it was a perfect amount of information without being dry or overwhelming, and I had never heard of most of these women.

Jul 02, 2019

Cannot wait for my future child to read this. Beautiful, empowering illustrations and writings for each woman — I love it.

JCLBeckyC Feb 15, 2019

Great introduction to inspirational black women in history for younger kids. Good springboard to encourage older kids and tweens to read further about these amazing women.

JCLEdwardR Jan 15, 2019

Loved this little book. Introduced me to some amazing people I had never heard of and re-introduced others I had forgotten about. Sadly, Mary Bowser was one I had learned about and then forgot about which is an absolute shame. She is a fascinating person in American history and look forward to expand my knowledge of her story.

Nov 28, 2018

Women have contributed to our history and this book celebrates them and their diversity. The women featured here are bold, inspiring and were passionate about what they did.

Phillis Wheatley was a poet during a time when women of color were not allowed to be educated. Mary Eliza Mahoney was a nurse and helped challenge racism in the south. Alice Ball was a chemist, medical researcher and the first African American to graduate with a master’s degree from the University of Hawaii. Marian Anderson was an opera singer and the first African American to perform with the New York Metropolitan Opera. Raven Wilkinson was a ballerina and danced until she was fifty. Marcelite Harris was an air force general and was the highest-ranking black woman in the Department of Defense.

Author Vashti Harrison wanted to share with young readers woman in Black History. This guide features African American women and their struggle to become the pioneers they were. Young readers will enjoy learning about history and can be inspired to follow their own dreams. Parents and teachers can use this guide as a tool to encourage young readers to follow their dreams.

SPPL_YouthServices Jan 30, 2018

Ever heard of Althea Gibson? How about Raven Wilkinson? Get to know 40 amazing Black women and their accomplishments in these one-page biographies. Learn about Alice Ball, a medical researcher who developed a leading treatment for leprosy, and Marcelite Harris, the highest-ranking woman in the air force in 1995. Their stories will inspire and encourage you to believe in yourself and follow your dreams. Recommended for grades 2 and up.

Jan 24, 2018

I love this little book! Great for kids AND adults! Concise but thorough details on each woman profiled. I liked the art a lot, except for the closed eyes. I'm sure it's a style of this artist, but for a book about female leaders, I wish their eyes had been open and looking boldly at the reader!


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JCLBeckyC Feb 07, 2019

"To be able to see yourself in someone else's story can be life changing."


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