Who Was Ruth Bader Ginsburg – Lisbeth Kaiser, art by Stanley Chow

  Who Was Ruth Bader Ginsburg (A Who Was? Board Book) – Lisbeth Kaiser, art by Stanley Chow, Rise x Penguin Workshop, 9780593222744, 2020

Format: Board Book

Rating:  1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5 

 Genre: Biography

 What did you like about the book? In this book we get a chance to meet Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as a small child and follow her life through her appointment to the Supreme Court. It is a lovely picture book that highlights some of the key milestones in her life. When she was younger we read about her discouragement when she realized that Jewish people were discriminated against in America. This seemed to fuel young Ruth to bring down some of these barriers for the remainder of her life. The book is honest and retell’s Justice Ginsburg life in a way that introduces readers to some tough concepts such as gender discrimination, anti-semitism and racial discrimination. Although they are heavy topics to introduce to young people we must start these conversations young. The pictures are vibrant and are digital cartoon drawings. At the end of the book the author included a shorter, but more thorough, written biography of Justice Ginsburg. Additionally they include a black and white full page photograph of her in her Supreme Court Justice robe. 

Anything you did not like about the book? No

 To whom would you recommend this book? The book is for the little girls who were told that they can’t be something, that women belong in certain roles. In this book we learn about Ruth Ginsburg being told that law school was not the place for a woman who is also a mother. However, she did not let that stop her from studying hard and becoming a lawyer. Although this book is meant to tell us who Justice Ginsburg was, it also gives us messages of women empowerment as well. No girl is too young to hear the story and then eventually read it on her own. 

Who should buy this book? Early learning centers and elementary schools 

Where would you shelve it? Biography

 Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes

 Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Rose Metayer, Boston Latin School, Boston MA

Date of review: 1/16/2021

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