What started out as a personal drawing challenge to illustrate one African American woman from history and share details of her life on social media, blossomed into an inspiring book for both boys and girls. In our school, third graders explore biographies in great detail. This accessible book, with heartwarming illustrations of each of the women profiled, is an excellent way to meet these historic women. For those who want to delve deeper, Ms. Harrison includes websites, books, films, recordings and more for little researchers to continue their learning. I was intrigued to learn about several African American women that I did not about including Air Force General Marcelite Harris, activist and scholar Angela Davis, and social psychologist and counselor Mamie Phipps Clark. This is a book that I wish I had to read with my own daughter when she was going up. Too often, women, and especially African American women, in particular, are absent from our bookshelves.
Published by Todd Burleson
I'm an elementary teacher-maker-librarian at Hubbard Woods Elementary School in Winnetka, IL. I'm passionately curious and hope to awaken that curiosity in my students! View all posts by Todd Burleson