Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Happy Book Birthday to She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World by Chelsea Clinton & Alexandra Boiger

I've been counting down the days to She Persisted's book birthday since March 16 when EW revealed Alexandra Boiger's gorgeous cover illustration.

I plan on giving away at least a dozen copies during presentations, as gifts, and to strangers. I think it will inspire readers of all ages to speak up. 


Chelsea Clinton and I chatted on the telephone two weeks ago. We talked about persistence, Alexandra Boiger's illustrations, A Wrinkle in Time, school libraries, and Happy Dreamer. I said the words in purpleand she said the words in black. Thank you, Chelsea! You inspire me every day! 


Illustration Credit: Alexandra Boiger
She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World celebrates American women who have made our country just, have made our country healthy, and have helped change the way we think about what is possible. I hope young readers will feel empowered to make our country more just and fill it with more art and beauty. I find these 13 women deeply inspiring. I hope young readers understand why I wanted to write this book. I hope it inspires them to take action.


Illustration Credit: Alexandra Boiger
The first time I saw Alexandra Boiger’s finished illustrations for She Persisted, I think my heart skipped a beat. They are so luminous and uplifting. I came to know Alexandra Boiger through the Tallulah series. My daughter loves them. I have long been a fan and admirer of her work. I thought she could really help bring to life these stories of young women who helped shape our country for the better. I loved working with her.


13 AMERICAN WOMEN WHO CHANGED THE WORLD
The book that changed how I see the world…So many books have helped change how I see the world. I have always loved to read. I am grateful my parents gave me this gift of reading. I am so thrilled and full of gratitude that my children love books and love being read to. I remember reading A Wrinkle in Time in the fourth grade. I love what Meg does through grit and determination. She never gives up on family and what she believes in. She does not get deterred. I don’t know if [A Wrinkle in Time] so much changed the world for me, but it did help me have a role model [in Meg]. I cannot wait to share A Wrinkle in Time with my children.


School libraries are necessary. It is necessary to have a physical space dedicated to exploration and imagination.

Mr. Schu, you should have asked me if I needed a recommendation for what I should read to my children tonight.


I recommended Happy Dreamer by Peter H. Reynolds. 


Harriet Tubman, Helen Keller, Clara Lemlich, Nellie Bly, Virginia Apgar, Maria Tallchief, Claudette Colvin, Ruby Bridges, Margaret Chase Smith, Sally Ride, Florence Griffith Joyner, Oprah Winfrey, Sonia Sotomayor–and one special cameo.
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Harriet Tubman, Helen Keller, Clara Lemlich, Nellie Bly, Virginia Apgar, Maria Tallchief, Claudette Colvin, Ruby Bridges, Margaret Chase Smith, Sally Ride, Florence Griffith Joyner, Oprah Winfrey, Sonia Sotomayor–and one special cameo.
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arriet Tubman, Helen Keller, Clara Lemlich, Nellie Bly, Virginia Apgar, Maria Tallchief, Claudette Colvin, Ruby Bridges, Margaret Chase Smith, Sally Ride, Florence Griffith Joyner, Oprah Winfrey, Sonia Sotomayor–and one special cameo.
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Borrow She Persisted from your school or public library. Whenever possible, please support independent bookshops. 

1 comment:

  1. I can't wait to read this book. I love everything about it!

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