Little Leaders: Bold Women In Black History By Vashti Harrison.

The Diverse Reader Little Leaders: Bold Women In Black History By Vashti Harrison Book Review

Title: Little Leaders: Bold Women In Black History

Author: Vashti Harrison

Genre: Biography

Published: December 5, 2017

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Total Pages: 96 pages

Topics Include: Black History and leaders.

Amazon Synopsis: An important book for all ages, Little Leaders educates and inspires as it relates true stories of forty trailblazing black women in American history. Illuminating text paired with irresistible illustrations bring to life both iconic and lesser-known female figures of Black history such as abolitionist Sojourner Truth, pilot Bessie Coleman, chemist Alice Ball, politician Shirley Chisholm, mathematician Katherine Johnson, poet Maya Angelou, and filmmaker Julie Dash.

Vashti Harrison is a familiar name because of her beautiful illustrations displayed across Instagram but also because of her children books. She is an artist that I enjoy but when I realized she had books I had to grab them from the library. Harrison creates children books about historical figures with biographies and illustrations. In this particular book she illustrates important Black figures but also tells a story to get children to enjoy learning about Black history.

My thoughts:

Little Leaders: Bold Women In Black History by Vashti Harrison is the one of the many children books that Harrison has created. Little Leaders is the series of children books where historical figures are put into a “little” person to identified more with children. Bold Women In Black History gives history lessons, timelines, and beautiful illustrations about Black women that have made an impact in history. There are scientists, poets, mathematicians, and more in this illustrated book.

The book is intended for children but the book can be informative for adults as well. There were quite a few women that I was familiar with but I still learned something or someone new. Some of the women included in this Little Leaders book are the poet Maya Angelou, the activist Rosa Parks, pilot Bessie Coleman, filmmaker Julie Dash and many more.

I enjoyed the book because of the writing style, the topic at hand and the illustrations. Each person that Harrison mentioned had a detailed encounter about the life. I was able to learn about the good, the bad and the impact that the person had. The illustrations tied this book together because the reader was able to see how the woman looks in her everyday life.

I think the book would fit more older children because of the language and length of the biography of each woman discussed. Even though this is a children’s book, I believe anyone can enjoy and learn something new. Overall, it was a great book with a lot of information about bold Black women in history.

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