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“Each poem and illustration shines with a personality all its own.” Shelf Awareness (starred review)

“Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.” —Mae Jemison, the first female African American astronaut

Fresh, accessible, and inspiring, Shaking Things Up introduces fourteen revolutionary young women—each paired with a noteworthy female artist—to the next generation of activists, trail-blazers, and rabble-rousers.

From the award-winning author of Ada’s Violin, Susan Hood, this is a poetic and visual celebration of persistent women throughout history.

In this book, you will find Mary Anning, who was just thirteen when she unearthed a prehistoric fossil. You’ll meet Ruby Bridges, the brave six-year-old who helped end segregation in the South. And Maya Lin, who at twenty-one won a competition to create a war memorial, and then had to appear before Congress to defend her right to create.

And those are just a few of the young women included in this book. Readers will also hear about Molly Williams, Annette Kellerman, Nellie Bly, Pura Belprè, Frida Kahlo, Jacqueline and Eileen Nearne, Frances Moore Lappè, Mae Jemison, Angela Zhang, and Malala Yousafzai—all whose stories will enthrall and inspire. This book was written, illustrated, edited, and designed by women and includes an author’s note, a timeline, and additional resources.

With artwork by notable artists including Selina Alko, Sophie Blackall, Lisa Brown, Hadley Hooper, Emily Winfield Martin, Oge Mora, Julie Morstad, Sara Palacios, LeUyen Pham, Erin Robinson, Isabel Roxas, Shadra Strickland, and Melissa Sweet.

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Critical Praise

“Each poem and illustration…shines with a personality all its own” —Shelf Awareness (starred review)

“Encouraging profiles of astronauts, artists, and activists both honor past accomplishments and point toward ways young readers themselves might change the world, too.” —Publishers Weekly

“The different artistic styles and the variety of poetry are sure to keep readers’ interest.” —Booklist

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062699459
  • ISBN 10: 0062699458
  • Imprint: HarperCollins
  • On Sale: 01/23/2018
  • Pages: 40
  • List Price: 23.99 CAD
  • Ages: 4 to 8
  • BISAC1: JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Women
  • BISAC2: JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Social Activists
  • BISAC3: JUVENILE NONFICTION / Girls & Women

Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World by Susan Hood

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