Shirley Chisholm Dared

  • Title: Shirley Chisholm Dared: The Story of the First Black Woman in Congress
  • Author: Alicia D. Williams
  • Illustrator: April Harrison
  • Publisher: Anne Schwartz Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House
  • Publication year: 2021
  • Brief Summary: From Penguin Random House-“Meet Shirley, a little girl who asks way too many questions! After spending her early years on her grandparents’ farm in Barbados, she returns home to Brooklyn and immediately makes herself known. Shirley kicks butt in school; she breaks her mother’s curfew; she plays jazz piano instead of classical. And as a young adult, she fights against the injustice she sees around her, against women and black people. Soon she is running for state assembly…and winning in a landslide. Three years later, she is on the campaign trail again, as the first black woman to run for Congress. Her slogan? “Fighting Shirley Chisholm–Unbought and Unbossed!” Does she win? You bet she does.”
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library – This could definitely be used for a history class while children are learning about government officials. In fact, I would say it’s a book school librarians should have in their library for children to learn about diversity in our government.
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it – Harrison’s artwork (like in Nana Akua Goes to School) is vivid with color and pattern. I think my favorite illustration is of Chisholm making her collection box, talking to the other women to convince them they can and should be a part of politics. I think this may go on my Best 50 list.

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