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Book Reviews: Children’s Book > Illustrated

Posted on Jun 26, 2017 |

Women in Science by Rachel Ignotofsky


Children’s Book > Illustrated

I bought this book for my niece’s sixth birthday and we read it together along with her mom. I loved the illustrations and learned a lot about women I’ve never even heard of, such as physicist Lise Meitner, who was driven out of Germany during WWII because she was Jewish—and was thus denied her half of the Nobel Prize for her findings in nuclear fusion. I also learned more about women I have heard of, such as Jane Goodall, Marie Curie, and Rachel Carson.  

The obstacles these women faced are appalling and makes their accomplishments even more impressive. I’m going to buy a copy for myself because this is the kind of book you can return to again and again. Many of the topics were over my niece’s head—frankly, some concepts neither my sister nor I fully understood—but the different brief bios of the women provide a wonderful jumping off point for discussion of science and the evolving role of women in history.


She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton


Children’s Book > Illustrated

This is a wonderful book about thirteen women who persisted even after being told they should shut up and stay in the kitchen. In the case of prima ballerina Maria Tallchief, she was told she should change her name because “Tallchief” revealed her Native American heritage. Instead, she became the first American prima ballerina.

The illustrations were wonderful and the vocabulary appropriate for my first-grade niece. The stories are inspiring and important. Highly recommend.

I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy


Children’s Book > Illustrated

Like most people who care about what’s happening in the world and aspire to live in a more just society, I’m a huge admirer of Justice Ginsburg. The discrimination she faced as a Jewish female was appalling. She was one of nine women and 500 men in her class, and despite tying for graduating first in her class, she had trouble finding work because women were supposed to stay home with their children.

What Ginsburg has accomplished is awe-inspiring. I bought this for my six-year-old niece, and she needed help with the vocabulary and concepts, but I think it’s important to bring up the topics of religious and gender bias young.

Another thing I never knew about RBG was that she wears a different color collar if her opinion is in the majority—if she concurs—or if she’s in the minority—if she dissents. She is an awesome lady that everyone—boys, girls, adults—should know all about.


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