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Little leaders : bold women in black history
2017
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A biographical reference by a debut author and illustrator is based on her popular Instagram posts and shares the stories of 40 African-American women who shaped history. 50,000 first printing. Simultaneous eBook. - (Baker & Taylor)

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. - (Baker & Taylor)

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Meet the little leaders. They're brave. They're bold. They changed the world.

Featuring 40 trailblazing black women in the world's history, this book educates and inspires as it relates true stories of women who broke boundaries and exceeded all expectations.

Debut author/illustrator Vashti Harrison pairs captivating text with stunning illustrations as she tells the stories of both iconic and lesser-known female figures of black history, including:

Nurse Mary Seacole

Politician Diane Abbott

Mathematician Katherine Johnson

Singer Shirley Bassey

Among these biographies, readers will find heroes, role models and everyday women who did extraordinary things.

- (Grand Central Pub)

Author Biography

Vashti Harrison, author and illustrator of the bestselling Little Leaders: Bold Women In Black History, is an artist, author and filmmaker with a passion for storytelling. She earned her MFA in film/video from California Institute of the Arts, where she snuck into animation and illustration classes to learn from Disney and DreamWorks legends. There she rekindled a love for drawing and painting. Now she uses her love of both film and illustration to craft beautiful stories for children. - (Grand Central Pub)

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Harrison introduces 40 outstanding black women in one-page biographies. They range from the well-known (Ida B. Wells, Ella Fitzgerald, Shirley Chisholm) to women whose names are lesser known but just as important: Rebecca Lee Crumpler, a nineteenth-century physician; Marcelite Harris, an airline pilot; and Julie Dash, a filmmaker. But it's not the short bios that attract the most attention; it's the delightful full-page artwork that faces the text. Each subject is drawn identically, almost like a paper doll, but with her own hair, dress, and accouterments. Most are posed the same, centered in the middle of the page, full-faced, eyes closed. Despite the similarities, each woman is fully unique. Children will be inspired by these women, all of whom, in some way, had to overcome adversity or roadblocks to achieve their goals. Just one question: why are all the eyes closed? These trailblazers led their lives with their eyes wide open. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Table of Contents

Introduction viii
Phillis Wheatley
2(2)
Sojourner Truth
4(2)
Harriet Tubman
6(2)
Rebecca Lee Crumpler
8(2)
Mary Bowser
10(2)
Mary Eliza Mahoney
12(2)
Charlotte E. Ray
14(2)
Ida B. Wells
16(2)
Zora Neale Hurston
18(2)
Alma Woodsey Thomas
20(2)
Alice Ball
22(2)
Bessie Coleman
24(2)
Augusta Savage
26(2)
Marian Anderson
28(2)
Josephine Baker
30(2)
Mahalia Jackson
32(2)
Rosa Parks
34(2)
Gwendolyn Brooks
36(2)
Ella Fitzgerald
38(2)
Mamie Phipps Clark
40(2)
Katherine Johnson
42(2)
Shirley Chisholm
44(2)
Althea Gibson
46(2)
Maya Angelou
48(2)
Nichelle Nichols
50(2)
Nina Simone
52(2)
Audre Lorde
54(2)
Raven Wilkinson
56(2)
Wilma Rudolph
58(2)
Marcelite Harris
60(2)
Angela Davis
62(2)
Octavia E. Butler
64(2)
Julie Dash
66(2)
Ruby Bridges
68(2)
Oprah Winfrey
70(2)
Gwen Ifill
72(2)
Dr. Mae Jemison
74(2)
Florence Joyner
76(2)
Lorna Simpson
78(2)
Dominique Dawes
80(2)
More Little Leaders
82(2)
Further Reading 84(2)
Acknowledgments 86

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