Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and


Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries who Shaped Our History . . . and Our Future! an alphabet that spans from Angela Davis to Zora Neale Hurston um, yeah this is rad RAD weneeddiversebooks Quite an interesting book about some great American women who have lived courageous and influential lives I d heard of some but most were new to me It s the sort of book that every young boy and girl should be given It s written for young readers who are just moving from picture books to chapter books. This book was well written and hit all the right notes If I still taught middle school, I would read aloud a page from this every day during March for Women s History Month. Attention subversive moms and dads this is the children s book you give to your kids if you want them to start off on the socially conscious left foot, as it were Each letter of the alphabet is attached to a woman who helped change the world A one page short essay, faced by a gorgeous illustration of the woman in question, explains who she is and why she s awesome The letter X, which stands for all the unknown women who did great things, moved me to tears I m photocopying that two page spr Attention subversive moms and dads this is the children s book you give to your kids if you want them to start off on the socially conscious left foot, as it were Each letter of the alphabet is attached to a woman who helped change the world A one page short essay, faced by a gorgeous illustration of the woman in question, explains who she is and why she s awesome The letter X, which stands for all the unknown women who did great things, moved me to tears I m photocopying that two page spread and hanging it up somewhere I can see it all the time There s also a bibliography of kids books for further reading, and a list of web resources I ll be photocopying as well Solid stuff all around, highly recommended for all kids collections A really fantastic book, written for I d say 4 6th graders, this book looks at 25 amazing American women both cis and trans I have to admit I hadn t heard of a lot of them, which I guess is the point, so I definitely learned a lot from reading Of particular importance was X which stands for For the women who aren t in the history books or the Hall of Fame, or on posting stamps and coins for the women who didn t get credit for their ideas and inventions, who couldn t own property or sign th A really fantastic book, written for I d say 4 6th graders, this book looks at 25 amazing American women both cis and trans I have to admit I hadn t heard of a lot of them, which I guess is the point, so I definitely learned a lot from reading Of particular importance was X which stands for For the women who aren t in the history books or the Hall of Fame, or on posting stamps and coins for the women who didn t get credit for their ideas and inventions, who couldn t own property or sign their own names The women who weren t taught to read or write but managed to communicate anyway, who weren t allowed to work but still supported their families, or who worked every day but weren t paid as much as men I highly recommend this book regardless of if you have children of your own Buy it, read it, educate yourself and become the rad Aunt or Uncle who gets to teach the lil ones in your life about these women who kicked ass E ARC from Edelweiss Above the TreelineCovering 25 American women who influenced a wide variety of public arenas, this book is a great choice for middle grade readers to introduce them to a diverse group of women they may not have heard of From the somewhat well known Billie Jean King, Bessie Coleman, Nellie Bly to women of whom I had never heard, each entry gives a brief overview of the woman s life and how she influenced the world Accompanied by brightly colored illustrations, this would E ARC from Edelweiss Above the TreelineCovering 25 American women who influenced a wide variety of public arenas, this book is a great choice for middle grade readers to introduce them to a diverse group of women they may not have heard of From the somewhat well known Billie Jean King, Bessie Coleman, Nellie Bly to women of whom I had never heard, each entry gives a brief overview of the woman s life and how she influenced the world Accompanied by brightly colored illustrations, this would be a fantastic book to use in the classroom for Women s History Month Since the entries are short, teachers could read one a day I wouldn t be at all surprised if teachers bought an extra copy to cut up and laminate for a bulletin board In fact, I think City Lights should consider packaging the illustrations this way on one page with the text If my youngest daughter ever has children, this would be the sort of thing she would take to the hospital to read to a newborn, in much the same way I read her D Aulaire s Greek Myths In fact, I may have to go buy multiple copies for just such gift giving purposes What a great book for WeNeedDiverseBooks And I particularly appreciated how the title specified the descriptive American , although US would have been even better The New York Times Bestseller This is The Most Inspiring Children s Book We ve Ever Seen Refinery The very first kids book released by the iconic publishing house City Lights, Rad American Women A Z navigates the alphabet from Angela Davis to Zora Neale Hurston with colorful illustrations and short, powerful narratives The perfect gift for the junior riot grrl in your life Bust Magazine The History of Feminism in an Awesome Picture Book The ABCs just got a major girl power upgrade Chantal Strasburger, Teen VogueLike all A Z books, this one illustrates the alphabet but instead of A is for Apple , A is for Angela as in Angela Davis, the iconic political activist B is for Billie Jean King, who shattered the glass ceiling of sports C is for Carol Burnett, who defied assumptions about women in comedy D is for Dolores Huerta, who organized farmworkers and E is for Ella Baker, who mentored Dr Martin Luther King and helped shape the Civil Rights MovementAnd the list of great women continues, spanning several centuries, multiple professions, anddiverse individuals There are artists and abolitionists, scientists and suffragettes, rock stars and rabble rousers, and agents of change of all kindsThe book includes an introduction that discusses what it means to be rad and radical, an afterword withsuggestions for how you can be rad, and a Resource Guide with ideas for further learning and readingAmerican history was made by countless rad and often radical women By offering a fresh and diverse array of female role models, we can remind readers that there are many places to find inspiration, and that being smart and strong and brave is rad Rad American Women will be appreciated by various age groups It is Common Core aligned for students grades Pre school and young children will be captured by the bright visuals and easily modified texts, while the subject matter will stimulate and inspire high schoolers and beyond This is not a book This is a guest list for a party of my heroes Thank you for inviting us Lemony Snicket, author of A Series of Unfortunate Events books I feel honored to be included in this book Women need to take radical steps to become feminists, and to be strong to fight for their rights and those of others facing oppression and discrimination The world needs rad women to create a just society Dolores Huerta, Labor Leader, Civil Rights Activist It s almost always with a chuckle that I view a cartoon image of myself But to see cartoon me positioned alphabetically amongst so many of my women heroes and role models well, I just broke down and cried Happy tears I surely hope that this one of a kind collection of radical American women reaches the hands of all children who want to grow up and become amazing women Kate Bornstein, author of My New Gender Workbook I was totally in rapture reading this book Bold women, bold colors, and fierce black paper cutouts I cheer these histories of women who fight not for war or country or corporation, but for EVERYONE I can t wait for my son to read this Nikki McClure, Illustrator of All in a Day An excellent collection of brief profiles of great women, some well known and some not There were a few, like Jovita Idar, Lucy Parsons, and Virginia Apgar, that I d never heard of, and most of the others have not been widely covered for children in singular biographies or other anthologies The author also does an excellent job with the dreaded X. 3.5 stars There were some really great things about this book, and then there were some poorly executed things I think the thing that confused me the most was it s intended audience It uses an ABC format and bright colors, so it feels like it s intended for children, but some of the vocabulary and inferred background knowledge seemed way too advanced for a child It was weird to have some words explained in really simple terms stand in sentences next to other words or references that were jus 3.5 stars There were some really great things about this book, and then there were some poorly executed things I think the thing that confused me the most was it s intended audience It uses an ABC format and bright colors, so it feels like it s intended for children, but some of the vocabulary and inferred background knowledge seemed way too advanced for a child It was weird to have some words explained in really simple terms stand in sentences next to other words or references that were just as out of reach for that age group So I am rating it a little lower than I expected because it seemed a little rushed disorganized confused about what it s real purpose should be The other thing that was a little off putting was how preachy and even propaganda like it felt sometimes It was just a little too repetitive and in your face for my taste BUT I did, of course, love reading about some amazing women and their accomplishments There were a couple that I hadn t heard of, and I loved feeling inspired by them A wonderful idea a little sloppy in the execution What a great book I m very glad my bf gave it to me for our anniversary I wish it weren t limited to 26 women, but the list of 26 they wrote about is so inclusive and amazing There were diverse races, cultures, sexualities, andon every page Plus, the language of this book makes it super accessible to readers from ages 10 100, and the content is still thought provoking Additionally, the resources at the back of this book make it easy to findmaterials about rad women in and out What a great book I m very glad my bf gave it to me for our anniversary I wish it weren t limited to 26 women, but the list of 26 they wrote about is so inclusive and amazing There were diverse races, cultures, sexualities, andon every page Plus, the language of this book makes it super accessible to readers from ages 10 100, and the content is still thought provoking Additionally, the resources at the back of this book make it easy to findmaterials about rad women in and out of the book Rad American Women A Z definitely has a spot in my future classroom library


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About the Author: Kate Schatz

Kate Schatz pronounced Shots is a writer, editor, educator, and left handed vegetarian Bay Area born and bred feminist mama She is the New York Times bestselling author of Rad American Women A Z City Lights, 2015 and Rad Women Worldwide Ten Speed Press, 2016 Her book of fiction, Rid of Me A Story, was published in 2006 as part of the acclaimed 33 1 3 series Her writing has been published in Oxford American, Denver Quarterly, Joyland, and West Branch, among others, and her short story Folsom, Survivor was included as a Notable Short Story in Best American Short Stories 2011 She is a co founder and editor of The Encyclopedia Project She received her MFA in Fiction from Brown University, and a double BA in Women s Studies Creative Writing from UC Santa Cruz She lives with her family on the island of Alameda.


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