Book Review: Little Leaders by Vashti Harrison

Bold Women in Black History

I was looking for something small to read and I heard this was a great source of into on black women in history. I think it could be a good source for middle graders (which is it’s audience), but I would also understand if the kids think it is too boring.

Book Review: Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison


Title & Author: Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison
Genre: Non-Fiction, History
Release Date: December 5 2017
Series: Standalone
Publisher: Little Brown


Featuring forty trailblazing black women in American history, Little Leaders educates and inspires as it relates true stories of breaking boundaries and achieving beyond expectations. 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. 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.

I give Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History three out of five hearts because it felt like I was mostly reading a bunch of facts instead of anything else.

Even though I think these women are inspiring and great, but I might have gotten more info from the simple English pages of Wikipedia. I am not sure if all these women have a simple English wiki page, but they should. I already knew about most of these women, but I do think children would find this group of women interesting and if they are interested enough will try and follow in these women’s footsteps.

The women mentioned in this novel are great women, from activists to scientists, all of them have done something for black people and women during their time. There are of course so many more, but it is fun to hear about at least a couple of them. Some come from low places, but some come from normal families. But all of them do something with their lives to make people want to do better, just like them.

Overall I think Little Leaders is an educational book, with interesting stories about inspirational women. But I think I would rather put my child in front of the pc with a simple English wiki page about one of these women, they would learn more.

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