Written by: Kathleen Krull
Illustrated by: Alexandra Bye
For ages: 4-8 years
Topics Covered: Trailblazers, Women in Leadership, Historic Figures, Feminism, Women’s Suffrage, Historic Events, Activism, Women in Government.
Summary: Oh buddy do we love Frances Perkins! This book is awesome, it tells the story of one strong badass lady when there were a distinct lack of badass ladies in government at the time. Starting off as a shy child, Frances became inspired and motivated by her grandmother to take every opportunity that came her way, especially because she was a woman.
Her family was very supportive of her education, although it dwindled when she preferred to move to New York City and become a social worker rather than get married. Frances continued to affect labor law changes for the better, affecting a myriad of industries and populations. She was noticed by FDR and hired as one of the top officials in the country, eventually helping him draft the New Deal which revolutionized the benefits available to citizens of the country.
Something we also love about this book are the direct quotes by Frances, and the way the quotes are artistically drawn into the illustrations on the pages. Frances is an incredible example of doing what is right and facing fears in order to help others. Tackling challenges is a scary thing, but with a role model like Frances to inspire the next generation we have good feelings about them being faced head on.
This book was kindly provided by Simon and Schuster Kids, but all opinions are our own. We are thrilled to be able to feature such an incredible book about a driving force of humanity that radically shaped America for the better. This book is being released in early February, and we are thrilled to have been able to read the book early!
About the Author & the Illustrator:
Alexandra Bye is an illustrator specializing in fun, colorful illustrations for a variety of media, such as editorial and children’s publications. She lives in New Hampshire, where she enjoys backpacking, cross-country skiing, and mountain biking with her dog.