March 3, 2018

#kidlitpicks February Round-Up: 15 Books About Legacies

Legacy. That word holds great strength. It’s in the lives that last. Lives that linger within our own. Lives that inspire generations to come. Lives that are known forever by the tracks they leave behind. We can find such legacy within our own family tree or in our community, and we can, without doubt, find such legacy in the wonderful world of picture books.

Picture book biographies are legacies. Within these factual stories are examples of courage, determination, love, hope and resilience. We read about real people who achieve their dreams, create and innovate, who fight for change, make a difference, believe in themselves and overcome challenges, thus demonstrating to our kids that they too are capable of doing the same.

During February the @kidlitpicks book club chose to highlight books about famous legacies



Before She Was Harriet, by Lesa Cline-Ransome and James Ransome
The poetic voice in Before She Was Harriet is a glorious one. At times some may see a person at face value—old, tired and worn, but within those wrinkles and the weary eyes are stories, and Harriet Tubman’s story is an inspiration.” — Summer from @readingisourthing


Between the Lines: How Ernie Barnes Went from the Football Field to the Art Gallery, by Sandra Neil Wallace and Bryan Collier
“No matter how hard he tried, Ernie never forgot his love of art, and eventually with time and patience he finds a way to realize his dreams, even becoming the creator of an artistic movement" — Mel from @spiky_penelope


Emmeline Pankhurst (Little People, Big Dreams), by Lisbeth Kaiser and‎ Ana Sanfelippo
Emmeline Pankhurst was integral in the suffragette movement and through her efforts along with all the other women (and men) who fought for a more equally society. What a wonderful legacy to leave. ” —  Kim from @bookbairn


Ella, Queen of Jazz, by Helen Hancocks
I think she so accurately straddles Black History and Women’s History month.” — Miranda from @bookbloom


Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls 2
I can see with such clarity that these phenomenal women who've all made such an impact upon the world started out as girls, just like me, rebel girls..”  De from @books_and_babycinos


Meet Sidney Nolan, by Yvonne Mes and Sandra Erovic
The text is just right for early primary school kids to relate to. It could also lead to discussions about different types of art, the importance of patrons for arts, war and conscription and the early settlement of Australia. ”  Carissa from @bookskidslove_


Noah Webster's Fighting Words, by Tracy Nelson Maurer and Mircea Catusanu
Webster and Roget greatly influenced how we read and write today!”  Arielle from @childrensbooksgalore


Emmanuel’s Dream, the true story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah, by Laurie Thompson and Sean Qualls
Emmanuel’s legacy is truly a remarkable one and shows us that one person (and a disabled one at that!) is enough to change the world.”  Rossa from @curiouslittlepeople


The Noisy Paint Box, by Barb Rosenstock and Mary Grandpré
This fascinating look at the origins of Kandinsky’s abstract art explores his synaesthesia and emphasises the joys to be had in following one’s passion.”  Rossa from @curiouslittlepeople


Alabama Spitfire: The Story of Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird, by Bethany Hegedus and Erin McGuire
"It is also a wonderful story of being true to yourself and following your dreams. Lauren from @happily.ever.elephants


Freedom Song, by Sally M Walker and Sean Qualls 
We enjoyed learning more about Henry and his amazing story of bravery, courage and determination through this lyrical text.” — Charnaie from @hereweeread


Miss Moore Thought Otherwise, by Jan Pinborough and Debby Atwell.
"Miss Moore pushed for children to be allowed to check out books and have areas dedicated especially to encourage their love of reading.." — Wendy from @homegrownreader


Brave Jane Austen: Reader, Writer, Author, Rebel,by Lisa Pliscou and Jen Corace The charming illustrations help reinforce the historical setting and evoke a wonderful sense of tenderness.” — Heather from @kidlitbookbits




Three Cheers for Women!, by Marcia Williams
Each woman is given a double page spread and facts, quotes and jokes pepper the borders. Hip, hip hooray!” — Shannon from @ohcreativeday


From Above the Clouds, by Kezia Brett
A rhythmic hymn celebrating and cherishing the arrival of life - the journey parents, family and the child make to come into this world.” — Liam from @words.and.illustrations


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