Isabel Sanchez Vegara’s Maria Montessori

Maria Montessori (Little People, BIG DREAMS)As the mother of a four-year-old who attends a Montessori school, I was excited to see this accessible biography about Maria Montessori! Dr. Montessori developed a pedagogical approach that empowered students to take control of their environments and their behaviors while simultaneously foregrounding the importance of community. This short biography, written by Isabel Sanchez Vegara and illustrated by Raquel Martin, introduces students to the work of this remarkable woman from early experiences that prompted her to pursue teaching to her activist work that provide children with developmental disabilities agency and improved life chances. This is a wonderful book, great for parents and educators interested in introducing young children to strong and impactful women! Continue reading

Women and Girls Changing the World

This is an eclectic list of children’s picture books I’ve reviewed that feature women and girls fighting for all forms of justice: gender justice, LGBTQ equality, environmental justice, and race justice. There are lots of paths to being a change maker!

I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her MarkThe Water WalkerHands Up!

I Am JazzWhen You Look Out the Window: How Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin Built a Community

Debbie Levy’s I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark

Joanne Robertson’s The Water Walker

Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings’s I am Jazz

Breanna J. McDaniel’s Hand Up!

When You Look Out the Window: How Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin Built a Community (2017)