Happy Saturday, guys!
We're bustling with holiday cheer over at Reading Nook HQ, and part of that involves sharing some EXCELLENT picture books!
Today, we're sharing two books, beginning with the charming What's the Big Deal About First Ladies by Ruby Shamir.
Read on for just why First Ladies are awesome!
Expected publication: January 3rd 2017 by Philomel Books
Did you know that Mary Todd Lincoln hated slavery and helped to end it in America? Or that Edith Wilson helped decode secret messages during World War I? How about that Sarah Polk didn t let anyone dance in the White House while she was first lady?
It's true! In addition to being hostesses, advocates, ambassadors, activists, patriots, and role-models, each first lady put her own stamp on the White House and on our country. In this fun-filled, fact-filled book, you can find out just what made each first lady unique and why they were so important. As it turns out, first ladies are a pretty big deal after all!
Instead of a specific beginning, middle and end, What's the Big Deal About First Ladies? is divided into sections, each featuring facts and tidbits from a range of First Ladies throughout history. Shamir does a wonderful job of sharing slightly complex ideas into easy, bite-sized pieces of information - e.g. the idea of First Ladies teaching their husbands to read - but also does a fine job of drawing parallels between the First Ladies, despite decades separating their stays at the White House.
There's an especially touching section spotlighting the accomplishments of modern First Ladies like Michelle Obama, Nancy Reagan and Hillary Clinton, which will most definitely inspire young readers to dream about the possbilities of their own future. While Hillary's section does end with a tacit nod toward this most recent election cycle, Shamir handles it with grace and understanding, leaving open a door for future young women to accomplish what needs to be done.
Highly recommend, full stop.
About the author/illustrator
Ruby Shamir (www.rubyshamir.com) is a writer and literary researcher based in New York City. She aided in the researching and editorial planning of many high profile non-fiction titles. Ruby’s public policy and political experience includes working for nearly four years at the White House, two of which she served in the First Lady’s office, and leading Hillary Rodham Clinton’s New York Senate office. Ruby holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College and a Bachelor of Arts from Bates College where she graduated cum laude. She lives with her husband and three children in the Bronx.
Matt Faulkner (www.mattfaulkner.com) is an award-winning children's book author and illustrator who graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design. He is married to author and children's librarian, Kris Remenar. They worked together to create the delightful picture book GROUNDHOG'S DILEMMA (Charlesbridge). They live with their two kids and two cats in the lower right hand corner of Michigan. Follow him on Twitter @MattFaulkner1.