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A Is for Awesome!: 23 Iconic Women Who Changed the World

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  396 ratings  ·  60 reviews
Why stick with plain old A, B, C when you can have Amelia (Earhart), Malala, Tina (Turner), Ruth (Bader Ginsburg), all the way to eXtraordinary You--and the Zillion of adventures you will go on?

Instagram superstar Eva Chen, author of Juno Valentine and the Magical Shoes, is back with an alphabet board book depicting feminist icons in A Is for Awesome: 23 Iconic Women Who C
Board Book, 32 pages
Published February 5th 2019 by Feiwel Friends
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Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Missing star is for the missing XYZ.
The Reading Countess
A for effort. A valiant attempt at inclusivity. But if you feel it’s justified sticking Beyonce in for the Bs or QEI in for the Es, you have no imagination. Have the kids read about Harriet Tubman or Amelia Earhart before? Yup. About a million times. Surely there could have been someone else in their places? I guess that’s what you get when X, Y, and Z are used as fillers.
Dec 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I liked the concept, but there were a few too many cop-outs here. Why choose Venus, a mythological goddess, for V, when there are lots of amazing real women to pick from? Venus Williams. Valentina Tereshkova. Virginia Woolf. That bugged me. But the part that REALLY bugged me is that this is an ALPHABET book. You can't just cop-out and not include women for X Y and Z just because it's hard. ...more
Dinah Moore
Feb 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children, own-hb
Fun, feminist alphabet book that is beloved by my little daughters.
Dec 10, 2019 rated it liked it
This book is all about girl power. The illustrations were awesome. I loved that quotes were included from most of the ladies in this book. It motivates people when reading about what each person stands for. I loved the mirror at the end. Sometimes we need a reminder that we too can make a change in this world. My favorite person included in this book is Iris Apfel. I love funky fashion just like her. She is such an inspiration. Here is the quote included in this book "When you don't dress like e ...more
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fabulous alphabet / concept book, but a bit off the wall. I mean in the first three letters we have Amelia Earhart, Beyonce, and Coco Chanel, and the list goes crazy from here. As we journey to the end, we meet Emmeline Pankhurst, Flo Jo, and Georgia O'Keeffe ... Lucille Ball, Malala, Nina Simone, and Oprah. All in all, a wide and varied cast from all walks of life!

Also, in case the kiddos don't know who most of these people are, there's a brief verse to introduce them.

Well done!
Raven Black
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
This would have been a five if the age old dilemma of X Y Z hadn't come up. Instead of people being here (Y could have been Yoko Ono, though I admit I'm having a little trouble finding X and Z, but considering they put Beyonce, they could have had Xuxa or Zoë Kravitz), it is just words that have the letters and it mentions how "wonderful" you are, with a book mirror to the side. And while I do not think some people should be here, there is a wonderful mixture of historic and contemporary people. ...more
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: iris
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A is for Awesome! 23 Iconic Women Who Changed the World by Eva Chen, illustrated by Derek Desierto. BOARD BOOK Feiwel and Friends (Macmillan), 2019. $10. 9781250215994



This is an ABC board book and each letter (except for XYZ) represents a different woman who has made an impact on society. Most of the pages include a one sentence description of what the woman accomplished and a quote that encompasses their beliefs. The illustrations are
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: children, read-2019
I thought the concept for this book was great, but did it have to include 3 rock stars/singers? I have nothing against any of these women, but by including all of them, other equally, if not more important women, were left out. Also, why include a fictional character (Venus) and cop out at the end by not including the last few letters of the alphabet? This isn't a very good example for children of a woman author's perseverance and creativity if they are unable (or unwilling) to do the simple res ...more
Aliza Werner
A-Z of iconic women. Some excellent choices and culture/race representation. This ran out of steam with the last few letters. V is for Roman goddess Venus??? That’s not a real person. How about Venus Williams, Viola Davis, Valentina Tereshkova, Victoria Woodhull, Virginia Apgar...should we go on? XYZ reflects back on the reader with no other women named. With only 26 letters, only 22 are named. Missed opportunity.
Rosalind Andrews
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Venus is a cop out
Baby Bookworm
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Hello, friends! Our book today is A is For Awesome: 23 Iconic Women Who Changed The World, written by Eva Chen and illustrated by Derek Desierto, a delightful alphabet book that introduces young readers to notable “sheroes”.

After a hearty welcome by Juno (protagonist of Chen’s previous book Juno Valentine And The Magical Shoes), the reader is given one-sentence introductions to (and occasionall
Samantha Caixeiro
Nov 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: alphabet
1. Awards the book has received (if any): None

2. Appropriate grade level(s): Pre-K-2

3. Original 3-line summary: This book goes through every letter of the alphabet and names an iconic woman that starts with each letter. Some of these women are from our history, others are from the entertainment industry, and some made great strides in science and medicine. At the end of the book, the author explains that each reader can go on some of the same adventures that these iconic women experienced too.

It made me smile to see all these wonderful women featured in this ABC book, but I would have liked to see all 26 letters accompanying a woman instead of 23. While I like the idea that there is room for future generations to make a contribution and a little mirror in which young readers can see themselves and picture how they might make a difference in the world, it seemed odd to omit those letters, almost as though there are not enough noteworthy women out there. Beginning with A for Amelia Ear ...more
Emily Roberts
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: children-s-books
Not impressed. Just felt like there wasn’t much creativity. Oprah was the best you could come up with for O, and and Beyoncé for B? Would’ve liked more creativity. And the ending? No X, Y, or Z? Really? Sure, I’d have some trouble coming up with X, but it can be done. How about Zora Neale Hurston for Z? Also, “V is for Venus” annoyed me a little...please choose a real woman, at least. Virginia Woolf, perhaps. However, I did enjoy learning some interesting facts, such as the description added abo ...more
Mar 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owens-books
In honor of March being Women’s History Month I read this book to my 6 week old son. I wanted to start him off early in his feminist path and respect for women. I would say this book is geared more towards little girls (last page being a mirror) but no reason it cannot be read and appreciated by little boys as well. Reading is a great way to introduce people of all different backgrounds and I’m excited to introduce said people to my son through reading. Overall this is an adorable book that intr ...more
Constance Charles
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-for-jr
The illustrations for this oversized board book are amazing! Photos of textiles and textures are a joy to look at on every page and are a nice change from usual board book dayglo colors. The biographees are a nice mix of the big names like Julia Child, Amelia Earhart, and Malala to less household names like Katharine Graham and Nina Simone. 4/5 because while the quotes are nice I would personally prefer an extra sentence about their life or historical contributions.
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
There is even a place for the next awesome woman - but it was great to read stories about these 23 and their contributions. Start early introducing our youth to women who have made an impact! Maybe one day we will see a female on currency—maybe there will be a federally recognized holiday for a woman—in the meantime I will continue to cherish and honor the Awesome women I already know and those that inspire me.
May 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
I bought this for my little girl, hoping to use it as a tool in our ongoing talks about how girls can do anything! The pictures are cute but the descriptions of the people are very difficult for my 5 year old to understand. It is a board book so I would expect the text to be targeted towards younger girls, but I found myself having to explain every adjective used. Also, V is for Venus? Really?
A Allen
Jun 06, 2019 rated it liked it
I enjoy this book and plan to read it in my preschool classroom, but I don't intend to buy it for our library. It seemed half the women were white and I wish there had been more women of color being recognized. I did like that the women featured were being honored for a wide variety of accomplishments. Many of the pages also included a quote by the woman featured which was nice. ...more
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Always love girl power books! Beautiful and fun illustrations. A diverse mix of very famous women commonly known, as well as some lesser known icons. I imagine could be fun to research with your kids more about some of these amazing ladies. 4 stars because I think a little more explanation could be added to some women.
Fun illustrations and a good start of a collection of female figures who are recognized for a variety of accomplishments. My main quibbles are choosing the goddess Venus for the letter V instead of a person and none for X,Y,Z. Venus Williams, Vera Wang, Viola Davis, Virginia Apgar, etc. there are plenty of options.
Joshua Ong
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED THIS SO MUCH. I love Eva Chen and everything she stands forL all around good vibes. Everything about the title is great; it's accessible (content-wise), the illustrations are equal parts fun (fashion tidbits here and there) + informative. ...more
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a fun book for introducing women who have accomplished great things. Some women are historical, some are modern. Each page is relatively short, and it is set as an alphabetical list (A is for..., etc). It states something brief about each woman's accomplishments. ...more
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely love this children’s book. Most of the women have famous quotations that are brilliant to introduce to children at story time. The illustrations are also a great collage style. Highly recommend adding this to your young one’s bookshelf.
Jack Lewis
Aug 15, 2020 rated it did not like it
Very disappointing and offensive that they chose a man to not only illustrate this book but that so many of the women illustrated have unrealistic stick legs and pencil thin waistlines. We want to see real body types that empower women of all sizes.
Angel Figueroa
Sep 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Copyright © 2019, Biography, Feminism, Girl Power, History
I liked this book because it talks about all the great things women have done. I will use this book a way to encourage girls to know that they can do great things too.
Kri O'Kellas
Oct 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
A is for awesome empowerment of women in a Children’s book that is accessible and clear for young readers, however, this is not something to be read alone by a child and requires guidance as there’s a lot of information going on here. Mirror was a nice touch.
Kylie Combs
Jan 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Such a fun take on ABC board books! The art is very bright and engaging. The introductions to each woman are short and sweet, but still provide information and references, and even quotes! I like the size and the 24th person a lot too! An awesome book indeed :)
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