Most of these books are picture book biographies but not all these books are. Yet, they still are inspirational showing that the human spirit can rise above adversity. I’m giving away of three of these books. Please fill out the Rafflecopter at the bottom to enter.
Inspirational Role Models Picture Books
Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World About Kindness by Donnal Janell Bowman, illustrated by Daniel Minter
William Key was born into slavery in 1833 but his masters allowed him to be educated along with their children. He had a special talent in caring for injuries and illnesses of both animals and people. After the Civil War, he was a free man and set up a veterinarian clinic where he sold a medicine he formulated. He became famous for a horse that he raised from a sickly colt and taught to read. It was through kindness that his horse, Jim Key, responded, proving that animals were intelligent, capable of emotions, and willing to learn if treated well. Together, Doc Key and his horse helped to raise funds for humane organizations including the ASPCA. [picture book, ages 6 and up]
I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsberg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy, illustrated by Elizabeth Baddleley
Fight for the things that you care about. But do it in a way that will lead others to join you.
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg
Did you know that Supreme Court justices wrote:
The nature and proper timidity and delicacy which belongs to the female sex evidently unfits it for many of the occupations of civil life.
Woman has always been dependent upon man.
Ruth really, really disagreed with this, and she happened to be one of the few law professors in the country so she went to court to fight for equal treatment of women. In 1993, Ruth Bader Ginsburg became the first Jewish woman justice on the Supreme Court. She never forgot the discrimination she experienced as a child, and was and continues to be a voice for equality and justice. RBG is high on my list as a role model for girls, and indeed, anyone who pursues justice for all. [picture book biography, ages 4 and up]