Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History (Vashti Harrison)

by Vashti Harrison

Hardcover, 2017




Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (2017), Edition: Illustrated, 96 pages


This beautifully illustrated New York Times bestseller introduces readers of all ages to 40 women who changed the world. 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. 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.… (more)


(64 ratings; 4.4)

User reviews

LibraryThing member charl08
An ARC - I clicked on Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History because I like this (increasingly popular, it seems) idea of introducing kids to positive role models from history. I had a digital copy which didn't cope too well on my phone, but looking at the previewed images online it is clearly
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beautifully produced. There are a wide range of women included, from astronauts to modern artists.

I do have mixed feelings about this one though - the language seemed a bit uneven (at one point discussing the work of one of the Hidden Figures, she mentions 'trajectory' and I revised the age I thought it must be aimed at upwards. I found the idea of 'little leaders' a bit too saccharine for me, and would have liked a wider geographic representation beyond the US and UK.

But I'm not the intended audience, and if it gets kids thinking about history, as well as wider choices, then of course that's fantastic.
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LibraryThing member melodyreads
Wonderful vignettes about notable black women.
LibraryThing member bogreader
While the one-page biographies of black women are interesting, I found the illustrations to be off putting. Other than skin tone and costume, the women are interchangeable and made to look like infants. The title of the book, while perhaps trying to appeal to children, further diminishes the status
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of these women by identifying them as "Little."
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LibraryThing member tkappleton
This book was great. The illustrations were uniform, but also accentuated the differences of each woman's contributions. There is just enough information about each women to be an accurate mini-biography while still encouraging self study for a reader.


Nutmeg Book Award (Nominee — Elementary — 2022)
Waterstones Children's Book Prize (Shortlist — Illustrated Book — 2019)
Three Stars Book Award (Nominee — Young Readers — 2021)
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work (Nominee — Children — 2018)


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Physical description

96 p.; 9.05 inches


0316475114 / 9780316475112
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