Shaking Things Up by Susan Hood, 2018
(Ages 5 and up)
Oh, the artwork! Oh, the poetry! Oh, the inspirational stories! This book is simply outstanding! Poems using a variety of formats accompanied by gorgeous illustrations highlight fourteen incredible women. Children may be familiar with a few such as Ruby Bridges and Malala Yousafzai, but many of these women ranging in age, ethnicity, and accomplishments will be new to them. Children and adults will be amazed by the impressive accomplishments of each woman including Angela Zhang who started working on cancer research at the age of seventeen, sisters who were secret agents during WWII, the first known female firefighter, and several human rights activists fighting for the good of many.
Every illustration is done by a different artist highlighting the uniqueness of each individual woman. While all very different, the women are united in their strong characters showing courage, determination, and perseverance making them wonderful role models for children today. This is a book that should be in every library.