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Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History
Contributor(s): Harrison, Vashti
ISBN: 0316475114     ISBN-13: 9780316475112
Publisher: Little Brown & Co
    OUR PRICE: $15.30  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: December 2017
Annotation: Features female figures of black history, including abolitionist Sojourner Truth, pilot Bessie Coleman, chemist Alice Ball, politician Shirley Chisholm, mathematician Katherine Johnson, poet Maya Angelou, and filmmaker Julie Dash.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
African American women; Biography; Juvenile literature.
African Americans; Biography; Juvenile literature.
African Americans; History; Anecdotes; Juvenile literature.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Historical
- Juvenile Nonfiction | People & Places | United States
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Girls & Women
Dewey: 920.72089/96073
LCCN: 2017036933
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Book type: Juvenile Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 9.00" H x 7.25" W x 0.50" (0.85 lbs) 87 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): Vashti Harrison earned her MFA in Film/Video from CalArts and BA from the University of Virginia. Her experimental films and documentaries have shown around the world at film festivals. After a brief stint in television as a production coordinator, she is now a freelance graphic designer and a picture-book illustrator (books forthcoming from S&S and HarperCollins). She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2018 Fall)
What aesthetically appears to be a collective picture-book biography for young children is probably better suited to slightly older kids; the one-page vignettes of famous black women are in small, densely packed print. Each woman is interchangeably illustrated with down-glancing posture and distinguishable only by hair and clothing--per Harrison's introduction, for the reader "to see yourself in any one of them." Reading list, websites. Copyright 2018 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 January)

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

Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.