Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History (Vashti Harrison) - book cover
  • Publisher : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Illustrated edition
  • Published : 05 Dec 2017
  • Pages : 96
  • ISBN-10 : 0316475114
  • ISBN-13 : 9780316475112
  • Language : English

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History (Vashti Harrison)

This beautifully illustrated New York Times bestseller introduces readers of all ages to 40 women who changed the world.
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Among these biographies, readers will find heroes, role models, and everyday women who did extraordinary things - bold women whose actions and beliefs contributed to making the world better for generations of girls and women to come. Whether they were putting pen to paper, soaring through the air or speaking up for the rights of others, the women profiled in these pages were all taking a stand against a world that didn't always accept them.

The leaders in this book may be little, but they all did something big and amazing, inspiring generations to come.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History:

2021 Connecticut Nutmeg List

"Vashti Harrison's adorable, idiosyncratic drawings...are poster-worthy."
O, the Oprah Magazine

Readers Top Reviews

KristiRob from West
Let me start off by saying that this is a very nice book. The illustrations are quite cute and have an endearing quality about them. This includes a very nice selection of black women. This goes way beyond Harriet Tubman and Maya Angelou(allthough they are included) and introduces many women who you will never learn about in K-12 education. However, I would not recommend this to younger children because its not written in a way that is engaging to them. As much as my 5 year old loves these illustrations, the writing just doesn’t excite her or keep her attention.
M Agard
I preordered and was bursting with excitement to come home to the package on release day. My just turned 5 year old and I both loved the size, quality, and illustrations of "girls who are brown like me." We decided to read about one of these women each night at bedtime. 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’m a 28 year old woman and I bought this book for myself! I am completely in love with how soft the cover is and the illustrations are beautiful! This book was needed! I really really hope the author comes out with a book about Bold Men in Black History also
Beautiful illustrations with a one page summary of each woman's life. Covers more women than I anticipated, which is a bonus. I love that there is a book covering women from Black history all in one place. I want my four girls growing up to know about women of all races and time periods that have made a difference, not just white girls/women who look like them. I think for women to really move forward in our world, we all (men and women) need to understand all women and their unique contributions in their unique spheres, so thank you Vashti Harrison for providing this beautiful, informative, and well done product so we can have this learning tool in our home for my girls to grow up reading these women's stories. I included an example of what each Bio page is like. So cute and beautiful and easy to read!
I purchased this book for my daughter not realizing the bios were as in-depth as they are. I say the illustrations and sort of assumed it was a book geared toward a younger crowd. I’m so glad that I was wrong. The bios included in the book range from women I’d heard of and studied to women I was glad to be learning about. While the bios are in-depth and include complex words, my toddler will sit two to three bios at a time. And I know as she gets older she’ll sit through more and we can discus both the history (and the new vocabulary). I love it. I hope to see more from Vashti Harrison soon.

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