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Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History

4.60  ·  Rating details ·  2,499 ratings  ·  508 reviews
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, ...more
Hardcover, 88 pages
Published December 5th 2017 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Stephanie Just finished the book and I agree with Cristina and Karma! A few each night to read aloud is excellent and not just for young children or girls!
The Artisan Geek Hi Sarah, here is a quote from the introduction:
''The Little Leaders are here to guide you on this journey through history. I originally envisioned th…more
Hi Sarah, here is a quote from the introduction:
''The Little Leaders are here to guide you on this journey through history. I originally envisioned them as little girls serving as stand-ins for the famous women - that's why they're little - but as I've started sending them out into the world, they've become bigger than I imagined. ''
I interpreted it as a way for the story to relate more to young (little) children. Either way, I do not think the author was using this in a demeaning way whatsoever.(less)

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Hannah Greendale
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend.



This lovely little book sparks an interest in learning more about these forty remarkable African American women who defied oppression, followed their dreams, and changed the world.

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Rachel Reads Ravenously


5 stars!

THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING! This is one I happened to pick up as it was sent to my library from the book selector gods (may they ever be so kind). The artwork caught my eye and I decided to take a better look. Best decision I’ve made in a long time.



This is a nonfiction book where the author wrote about a black female leader in history and then illustrated a picture of them. I loved reading about all the trailblazing women in this book, some I had never even heard of until I read about them
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Julie
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my third illustrated girl power read in less than a year, and, even though I'm giving it four stars, I'd also like to have a little moment to bitch.

I started this girl power journey with Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Tales of Extraordinary Women and was positively blown away with the original art work (as were my two daughters), but the collection included so many unknown women and omitted so many more obvious choices, I was left scratching my head in confusion. The book held b
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paula
I have been a librarian serving kids for only 13 years (“only” because librarianship is a long-legged profession, and I have many colleagues my age who are celebrating 20 or 25 years already). So I can tell you that it was not that long ago that a little African American girl looking for someone who looked like her in the biography section had to settle for Harriet Tubman or Madam C.J. Walker. That is almost literally true.

In recent years this situation has improved markedly. We have series biog
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David Schaafsma
Each year my family reads all the Goodreads-award-nominated picture books. This is book #14 (of 20) of 2018, one of the books for an older audience, probably really middle grades, as each cute cartoon depiction of a black woman is accompanied by biographical text on the facing page. It reminded me of a book of photographs and facing condensed oral histories, I Dream a World: Portraits of Black Women Who Changed America. I am sure it is still in libraries.

Little Leaders is kid version, and not a
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Christina
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love, love, love this book! Buying copies for my nieces...will probably need to buy some copies to donate to area libraries. My mommy is in love with the illustrations, crossing my fingers for a quilt rendition....I'm too emotional, logging off... Full review HERE. ...more
Lata
4.5 stars. Wonderful idea and beautiful images of forty fantastic and inspirational women. I liked the short biographies for each woman, which piqued my interest and enticed me to dig deeper into each woman's life and achievements.
Ms. Yingling
Copy received from publisher

Arranged in order of when the women were born, this book gives a good summary of forty women in a variety of fields, accompanied by an attractive illustration. I found it interesting that the project started with these illustrations being created for social media during Black History Month. It was nice that some of the women were ones that many students would have heard about, but others were more obscure. The summaries include just enough information to be read as a
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Mariah Roze
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just a cute, little, quick read. I learned about a lot of women that I have never heard of before :)

"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, pol
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Bree Hill
This was such a joy. I listened to the audiobook but I’ve seen the artwork online which is PHENOMENAL so I really want to get my hands on the physical book.

I think what I liked the most about this book is how the author ties each woman’s journey and story back to “through adversity” or whatever was standing her way, she still was able to accomplish whatever she did. And I think young women, grown women..women of all ages races backgrounds need to be reminded that. Absolutely loved it!
Lois
I have this book in hardcover and keep it away from my grandkids unless I can supervise.
My granddaughter thinks every single picture in the book is here.
That's my favorite part.
I don't read it all at once but a biography at a time.
It's a bit over the head of a 3 & 4 yr old but they'll love it when they're older.
The illustrations are gorgeous
I love the history focusing on Black Woman.
I plan to get the one on Black Men as well.
I love this author🤷🏽‍♀️
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Latasha
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i loved learning about these brave beautiful ladies. each one is so inspiring.
Flavia
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Considering how few children’s books out there feature POC on the cover, that was the initial thing that drew me to this book. The next thing, was the title and how it very much ties into my goal when it comes to teaching my future children about equality for all, as well as feminism (which I suppose can also be categorized under “equality for all”…although I meant that one more for equality for all races? I’m not sure if there is specific terminology that I should be using, but if you know, ple ...more
Quinn Rollins
I've read many similar books, and I sometimes shy away from something so specific (targeting a narrow group of people instead of broader), but this is too outstanding to let pass by. Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History is a collection of 40 one-page biographies of amazing African American women. Author/artist Vashti Harrison pulls from every walk of life--literature, politics, pop culture, athletics, science--to give children a chance to see a hero they can relate to. I was most exited t ...more
The Artisan Geek
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookcase
9/4/19
I loved this book so much! Not only are the illustrations super cute, but the stories were incredibly succinct and lovely! I also really liked how black women who were not very known, but paved the way for many of us got their well deserved spot in this book. Bravo! Would definitely recommend this for any kid :)

31/3/19
In my search to find books that will inspire my little niece to be whatever she aspires to be, I stumbled upon this book and I am so here for it!! Bold black women? YES PLEA
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Cortney
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Mini Me’s favorite book of the year.
Steph
I can't think of a better book to read on Martin Luther King Jr. Day - an extremely accessible book full of stories of black women making history - in sometimes quiet but always impactful ways.

Harrison's adorable and iconic illustrations for each black woman in history accompany a short, reader-friendly biography of each woman and her accomplishments. Young readers to old readers can enjoy these stories of amazing women and the illustrations that make them seem real and human.

I especially love t
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LynnDee (LynnDee's Library)
Cute, informative, and inspiring. Perfect addition to any juvenile non-fiction collection.
TammyJo Eckhart
Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We had so much fun reading this book together. The "little leaders" are adorable looking yet their clothing, their facial expressions, their postures, the objects they hold and interact with, and their environments were both realistic and symbolic. Sometimes before I read the one page biographical essay I'd ask "What do you think this person did based on what you see?" and my audience almost always guessed correctly we learned as we read.

The text is lively to read and with the help of an adult,
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Daria Marshall
4.5 stars

I loved this so much.

First off, the illustrations are freaking adorable. Like, I wish I had prints of each of them to hang up in my apartment.

As with Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, I think that everyone should pick this up. The women who's stories are shared are inspiring and incredible. I don't think I have enough words to say how awesome this was.

The only reason why I took a half star off is that I wish it were longer because I'm greedy like that and want to learn more.
Charlotte Jones
I found this book to be informative and educational and I think that, similarly to another book I read recently, because of the younger target reader, the information about each historical figure was quite limited. However, I really liked the illustration style and I think that this would be a brilliant book to share with children.
Jenny  (Mama Bear Reads)
This was just fantastic!
I learned a lot and think that this will be so helpful in teaching young children about so many phenomenal black women. The artwork was so adorable and engaging. The descriptions of the women were informative but short enough to hold a child's attention.
I'm so glad I ordered this!
Monique
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-book
Absolutely the best children’s book on Black female leaders. The biographical information is interesting and easy to follow. While the illustrations could be artwork in schools or homes. Love everything about this book...wish I could afford to buy 1,000 copies to
give to every little girl I know.
Laura Paulisich
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow❣️iL❤️VE this book and am now a fan of @vashtiharrison❣️I learned so much and am so grateful this inspiring book exists! #requiredreading
Luna
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
The content, the art, how it’s written…. Basically, I loved all of it. There are so many inspiring women in this book.
La Coccinelle
You know a picture book is heavy on the text when it takes almost a month to get through it.

However, Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History is definitely worth a look. It profiles 40 amazing women and girls who were trailblazers for the African American women who followed in their footsteps. I hadn't heard of many of the women who were featured early on in the book (e.g., Phillis Wheatley, Rebecca Lee Crumpler, Mary Bowser), even though their stories are amazing. As the book goes on, we sta
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Cathy
I can't tell you how much I love this book, I really can't. It's so beautiful on every level. I loved the short biographies of each woman, just enough to give you insight into who they were and what they accomplished, and to create greater curiosity that made me, and I'm sure many child readers, to look them up so I could find out more. And the art! If I was one of those child readers I'd have to have two copies of the book, one to read over and over again, and one to cut up to put many many of ...more
Ariel [She Wants the Diction]
I liked this book, but I'm a little confused about the target audience. I guess it's supposed to be middle grade, but the size/shape of the book and the chibi-style art made me think it was a children's book at first. That's definitely not the case, though, as each biography is a page long with multiple paragraphs.

Sadly the art left me unimpressed, especially after googling Harrison's other work. (I actually ended up buying a piece from her off of Society6 I just found GORGEOUS!) And although sh
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Smoran8m
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first heard about this book from a short interview with the author Vashti Harrison on the daily show. When asked if she thought the book would be successful she answered: "I knew black women support black women." I also love that the project started as an artist challenge (much like my fav artist Nuchtchas Daily Creativity).

When I looked up the book on Amazon I was surprised and pleased that the hardcover was only $11, so I bought one and, on impulse, bought one for every member of my book cl
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Jennifer
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Adore this book! Harrison's illustrations and taut descriptions emphasize the impact these "little" leaders had on African Americans in history and today. Many firsts and many (s)heroes line these pages with trademark details on the individuals and in their accompanying scenery for a delightful read for younger and older readers. This should be a staple in homes across the country. Can't wait for more of these!
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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 and 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 paintin ...more

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