Rad American Women Book Cover

Title: Rad American Women A-Z
Author: Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl (Illustrator)
Publisher: City Light Publishers
Publication Date: 2015
Summary: Like 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. And the list of great women continues, spanning several centuries, multiple professions, and 26 diverse individuals. There are artists and abolitionists, scientists and suffragettes, rock stars and rabble-rousers, and agents of change of all kinds.

She is Me

Even though I was familiar with a number of the women included in the book, I was pleased to learn about new women and their amazing accomplishments. And the really awesome aspect of this book was how often I saw a part of myself in so many of these phenomenal women, which is what I hope happens to all the young women and girls who reads this book. Of course I see myself in heroic and smart black women like Angela Davis, Queen Bessie Coleman, and Zora Neale Hurston. But I also see myself in the Grimke Sisters who believed in the liberation of all people regardless of race or gender or Nellie Bly whose adventurous spirit and determination could not be tamed or deterred.

Read Then Do

Another feature of the book that I appreciated was the author wanting to inspire the reader to become a rad woman or to inspire the girls and women in their lives to become rad women. Learn and embody all that being a rad woman means with the 26 Things That YOU Can Do To Be Rad challenge featured at the end of the book, drawing a picture of your favorite rad woman, support the organizations that promote rad women, read more about the women in this book, or write your own book!

Overall Opinion

I LOVED Rad American Women so much! I can’t wait to share it with all the young people in my life because both boys and girls can benefit from learning more about the lesser known women trailblazers who helped improve life for all of us in America.

The Final Grade

Carpe Librum: Every parent needs to add Rad American Women to their bookshelf right next to The Berenstain Bears and The Cat in the Hat and add it into the bedtime reading rotation at least once a month so you can inspire your own rad girl to become a rad woman.

Your Turn

So…who was your favorite rad American woman from the book? Let us know in the comments! |RL

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