Tuesday, June 26, 2018

ROCKIN READS: Gloria's Voice

Gloria's Voice: The Story of Gloria Steinem -- Feminist, Activist, Leader
By Aura Lewis
Sterling Children's Books, 2018. Picture book biography.

I will always have a soft spot for picture book biographies about important women, and so this book instantly appealed to me. This biography, written with short sentences good for younger readers to understand, is a great introduction to Gloria Steinem - a formidable figure of feminism and women's rights in the 1970s. This book talks about the driving forces behind Steinem's political activism, from her childhood, to her adulthood as a journalist in New York. This book doesn't shy away from the very buzzwordy "feminism" but rather seeks to provide some good context and definition for young readers. The beautiful, effeminate watercolor illustrations are satisfyingly retro and pleasant just to look at. And, honestly, this is one of my favorite book covers of the year.

This is a rockin read for fans of biographies or those interested in female figures.

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