by Harrison, Vashti

This beautifully illustrated book introduces reader of all ages to 40 women who changed the world. Like Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, this charming book featuring 96 pages of inspiring Black women's history and is a great gift for kids and adults alike.

Vashti Harrison's debut Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History grew out of the author's Instagram (@vashtiharrison) project for Black History Month featuring the bios of forty Black women who helped change the course of history.

Featuring forty trailblazing black women in American history, Little Leaders educates and inspires as it relates true stories of breaking boundaries and achieving beyond expectations. Illuminating text paired with irresistible illustrations bring to life both iconic and lesser-known female figures of Black history such as abolitionist Sojourner Truth, pilot Bessie Coleman, chemist Alice Ball, politician Shirley Chisholm, mathematician Katherine Johnson, poet Maya Angelou, and filmmaker Julie Dash.

Half filmmaker and half illustrator,Vashti Harrisonis an artist originally from Onley, Virginia. She has a background in cinematography and screenwriting and a love for storytelling. She received her MFA in Film and Video from CalArts where she snuck into Animation classes to learn from Disney and Dreamworks legends. There sherekindled a love for drawing and painting. Now, utilizing both skillsets, she is passionate about crafting beautiful stories for children and young adults in the kidlit world.

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Mohrbooks Literary Agency
Annelie Geissler

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Vashti Harrison was recently nominated for a prestigious NAACPImage Awardfor LITTLE LEADERS.

Quote: Image Award

A gorgeous invitation for children of all backgrounds, and especially for black girls, to learn about black women who were pioneers.

Review: Kirkus

UK: Puffin UK

Quote: HSG

Will debut at #3 on the New York Times best-seller list one week after its release date of December 5, 2017 with Little, Brown for Young Readers.

Quote: New York Times

I can't wait to read Vashti Harrison's Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History with my kids when it comes out!

Quote: Chelsea Clinton

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