Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday - political changemakers - 8.04.21

Some nonfiction picture books about political figures.  I like that you can talk about not only their contributions but their determination to work for the things they believe in.

Michelle's Garden by Sharee Miller
Michelle's Garden: How the First Lady Planted Seeds of Change
by Sharee Miller
Many people know that Michelle Obama started a garden at the White House, but might not know the details and the why behind it.  It's a narrative story and one the author did take some liberties with - mentioned in the author's note - but kids will see how hard work can pay off in food on your plate that you grew!

Small Room, Big Dreams by Monica Brown
Small Room, Big Dreams: The Journey of Julian and Joaquin Castro
written by Monica Brown
illustrated by Mirelle Ortega
This book introduced me to two new politicians that are fantastic changemakers, specifically for their hometown of San Antonio.  I really enjoyed reading this story and seeing how the brothers were always involved with making a difference.  I have a feeling they are names that we will continue to hear in government!

Sharice's Big Voice by Sharice Davids
Sharice's BIG Voice: A Native Kid Becomes a Congresswoman
written by Sharice Davids with Nancy K. Mays
illustrated by Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley
I liked that this picture book biography spent a lot of time talking about Sharice's younger years because it lets kids know that what they do now will impact their adult years.  It makes the picture book that much more relatable.  Great backmatter with information about Sharice's Ho-Chunk Nation history.

Without Separation Prejudice, Segregation, and the Case of Ro... by Larry Dane Brimner
Without Separation: Prejudice, Segregation, and the Case of Roberto Alvarez
written by Larry Dane Brimner
illustrated by May Gonzalez
In the early 1930s young Roberto Alvarez headed to school only to be told you don't go here.  Why?  Because the color of his skin.  In San Diego there was segregation too, but this time it was targeting Mexican Americans.  In this particular case, a student was the face of the argument, although there is some additional light shed on that in the extensive backmatter.  This is an important part of our history that really has not been discussed as much as the segregation Black people faced.  With illustrations by Pura Belpre honor artist, Maya Gonzalez, this is a book you'll want on your list.  Publishes Sept. 14th.

1 comment:

  1. What a great set of picture books! Michelle's Garden sounds particularly interesting—I honestly didn't even know about Michelle Obama's garden, and I imagine learning the story behind it would be quite intriguing. I'll keep an eye out for all of these, and thanks so much for the great post!