She Was The First: The Trailblazing Life of Shirley Chisholm

  • Type: Books
  • By: Katheryn Russell-Brown
  • Age Category: Children
  • Genre: Biography & Memoir, Non-Fiction
  • Recommended by: Tom S.
  • ISBN/UPC: 9781620143469
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Politician, Teacher, Activist, and the First Black Woman Elected to Congress

Here is a wonderful, readable, picture book-sized biography of Shirley Chisholm, who worked hard for Blacks and for all Americans denied a voice in public affairs.  This book is aimed at children in grades 2-5, but adults will likely find something new here as well.  For example, I didn’t know that Chisholm spent a long stretch of her childhood in Barbados.

With illustrations by the always great Eric Velasquez.