If I had to pick a favourite series of children’s picture books, Little People, Big Dreams (Frances Lincoln, RRP £9.99) would definitely be up there. The books, written by either Isabel Sanchez Vergara or Lisbeth Kaiser, each showcase an exceptional woman, who was recognised for her incredible achievements as an adult, but started out as a child (often growing up in difficult circumstances) just like the reader.
Kitty adores these books – her favourite so far is Maya Angelou – so I know she’s going to be excited to check out the three new titles published today. The first looks at suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst, whose desire to achieve equality for women began when she overheard her father saying it was a shame she wasn’t a boy as she would never be able to attend university, get a job or vote. She started fighting for women’s rights as soon as she left school. Second is civil rights activist Rosa Parks, the Mother of the Freedom Movement, who refused to give up her seat to a white person on the bus and, in doing so, helped force the end of segregation in the US. Finally, there’s actress Audrey Hepburn, who followed her stellar acting career by travelling the globe working as an ambassador for UNICEF.
All three books are simply written and beautifully illustrated by different artists, with a timeline and fact file at the back. Educational, inspiring and empowering for young girls, we plan to collect the entire set. Can’t wait for Ella Fitzgerald and Ada Lovelace to be released next Spring.