From award-winning author Kathleen Krull comes an empowering, inspiring picture book biography—with dazzling illustrations from artist Nancy Zhang—about the second female justice of the Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
This picture book biography is the story of "Ruthless Ruthie," a warrior for equality, a tireless defender of justice, and an inspiring trailblazer for girls everywhere.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg may have been one of the most respected women in the United States, but her recognition is nothing short of hard-won. For years before becoming a justice of the Supreme Court, Ruth had to fight the notion that being female meant that she was less smart, less qualified, and less worthy of attention than her male counterparts. Throughout college, law school, and her work life, she faced discrimination—because she was a woman.
But it was in her fight for equality as a lawyer that she made an imprint on American history, by changing the way the law dealt with women's rights and by showing people that unfairness to women wasn’t just a female problem—that it negatively affected men and children, too.
This picture book biography of Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a strong choice for the classroom and for sharing at home.
About the Author
Kathleen Krull has garnered starred reviews and awards for her many books. The Children's Book Guild of Washington, DC, honored her with its Nonfiction Award for her body of work that "has contributed significantly to the quality of nonfiction for children." She lives in San Diego, California. Visit her online at www.kathleenkrull.com.
Nancy Zhang is a painter, photographer, designer, and, now, children’s book illustrator. Her work has been featured in China’s Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Elle, and Cosmopolitan magazines. She lives and works in Berlin, Germany. To learn more about Nancy and her body of work, visit her online at www.nancy-zhang.com.
“Oversize and well designed, this gets high marks for the integration of art and narrative. Veteran writer Krull provides a substantial text, longer than many in the genre, with the result being a portrait of both a person and the times that shaped her."
— Booklist (starred review)
“Large, colorful illustrations complement and highlight the text. Zhang captures the look and style of each era in Ginsburg’s life. Employing a strongly admiring tone and accessible language, the author emphasizes Ginsburg’s struggles, strengths, and triumphs. Informative, well-told biography.”
— Kirkus Reviews
"In this welcome addition to the growing body of Ruth Bader Ginsburg literature for children, Krull offers a detailed account of the Supreme Court justice’s intellectual and professional development. Krull uses small, careful details and anecdotes to personalize Ginsburg’s story, describing how she wore her late mother’s circle pin and earrings for courage as she nervously argued a case before the Supreme Court, while underscoring the impact of her achievements."
— Publishers Weekly