Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison

Hardcover, 96 pages
Expected publication: December 5th 2017 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Source: Publishers

This book arrives at an extremely opportune moment in time. In the past year, books of this nature have become increasingly frequent and with good reason. I am sure I do not need to spell out to you the spectacle currently playing out in Hollywood. Hint: the show is not on the silver screen.

Women everywhere are claiming their voices and speaking out. Loudly. But perhaps it is our WOC who most need women they can look up to. Women who look like them who have changed the world in so many different ways. Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History is a celebration of women who are not afraid to take risks. Women who are not afraid to confront the various circumstances that insist success is not for them. Women who defy the odds even when everyone else gives up.

The art is beautiful and accessible. The accompanying prose is detailed and simple enough that younger readers will follow and empathize.

Buy this book for yourself, for your daughters, for your nieces, for your nephews. For your brothers. For your sons. Show them that there are no limits to what a woman can do. Teach them to celebrate the strength women possess. Instill in them respect for women. Teach them not just to dream but to work and persevere and achieve just like these women have.

  • YES! Whenever people say “oh, I can’t wait to share this with my daughter”, I want to scream AND ALSO PLEASE SHARE WITH YOUR SONS! Boys need to see positive female representation, too!!! Books celebrating strong, resilient, powerful, intelligent women are for ALL children, whatever their gender identity!