- Age Range: 8 - 11 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Lexile Measure: 1050 (What's this?)
- Series: Vashti Harrison
- Hardcover: 96 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (December 5, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316475114
- ISBN-13: 978-0316475112
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 487 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History (Vashti Harrison) Hardcover – December 5, 2017
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POPK-Gr 4—An artist's social media sensation is lovingly brought to life in this standout title. Initially a personal project for Black History Month, Harrison's collection highlights 40 notable black women throughout U.S. history. Each entry includes two to three paragraphs of biographical text, opposite which nearly identical figures (most are drawn facing forward with cherubic smiles and closed eyes) hold center stage of their full-page portrait, framed by simple yet clever backgrounds that contextualize their achievements. Audre Lorde, for example, stands before muted brown bookshelves—keen eyes will discern that the books displayed feature her poetry and prose. Leadership is embraced in forms past and present and across various disciplines; renowned abolitionists Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth are joined by Air Force General Marcelite J. Harris and filmmaker Julie Dash. A concluding "More Little Leaders" segment addresses the difficulty of selecting 40 women to represent a historical legacy and offers miniature renditions of additional icons, including Gabby Douglas, Lorraine Hansberry, and the Williams sisters. Useful back matter provides multimedia sources for inevitably curious readers. The amount of information included makes this book ideal for budding researchers or for small groups, although the heartwarming digital images will garner a younger audience, too—kids of all ages will love poring over Harrison's tender artwork. VERDICT Beautifully designed and chock-full of information, this is a fantastic survey of black women who made and continue to make history. A must-have for youth nonfiction collections.—Ashleigh Williams, School Library Journal
"A book of amazing, phenomenal women."―The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
"Little Leaders will undoubtedly inspire a new generation of high achievers."―Shelf Awareness
"Beautifully designed and chock-full of information, this is a fantastic survey of black women who made and continue to make history."―School Library Journal
"This book just begs to be picked up.... 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."―Kirkus Reviews
"If you want your young reader to have some insight into the role that black women played in the history of this country, this is the perfect gift."―NBC News
"Harrison's book focuses on great black women, and it's lovely to see Lorna Simpson and Gwen Ifill ascend to the ranks of Marian Anderson and Bessie Coleman. Harrison wants readers to imagine themselves in such august company; her adorable illustrations depict all of these figures as a little black girl, an everygirl, in a variety of costumes and backdrops."―New York Times Book Review
"This appealing book reminds young readers that every great leader began as a little leader, taking their first steps towards something big."―A Mighty Girl
"With darling illustrations and short, easy to read biographies, the book is perfect for children and the young at heart."―Upworthy
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I included an example of what each Bio page is like. So cute and beautiful and easy to read!
Oprah Winfrey, known for her long running talk show and her recent acquisition of Weight Watchers as well as her own magazine and TV channel and a plethora of social products such as a school for girls in Africa is also in this book. I loved learning about all of these people and the major contributions they made. I think everybody should know who these women are and what they were able to accomplish. I think this book belongs in every classroom. It is a good way to have discussions about these women; inspire others to learn more about them and in turn be inspired by them. This book is for everybody.
I tried to start at the beginning, but we haven't yet talked about slavery and I shudder to explain its horrors to my precious little girl, so I decided to start at the back (Dominique Dawes, gymnast). This reverse historical order seems to resonate well with a young child.
I like the encyclopedic style, with each narrative standing on its own. There is enough said about each woman's childhood to which a little girl can connect.
Excellent work! We are proud to have this addition to our home library. Thank you, Vashti.
I was thoroughly pleased with what I seen, so much I copped one for the homie and his daughter. If you purchase this book, you will not be disappointed.
There have been only two things I have preordered in the past five years: J. Cole - For Your Eyes Only and this book. So far 2 for 2 on this preorder tip!