When I first saw the series Little People, BIG DREAMS on Netgalley.com, I wasn’t all that interested as I thought that the books looked like they were aimed towards really young children. I was wrong. Today I finally downloaded one of them and was quite impressed by the content. Haven’t heard of them? You should definitely take a look!
I was able to read the book on Simone de Beauvoir, someone who I will admit I know very little about. The book itself is 32 pages with wonderful illustrations and simple text. Children can learn about her early life and how she had “feminist” ideas before the term was even invented. She went to college and studied philosophy and wound up writing the first novel where women actually made choices! As the book explains, she was a revolutionary and surrounded herself with others like her who were trying to change the world.
The books in this series focus on women who can be great role models for today’s young girls and boys. “From designers and artists to scientists, all of them went on to achieve incredible things, yet all of them began life as a little child with a dream. These books make the lives of these role models accessible for children, providing a powerful message to inspire the next generation of outstanding people who will change the world!”
These books are full of beautiful colors and awesome messages. One of my daughter’s heroes is Marie Curie. I love that her book starts out “When Marie was a little girl she made a vow to herself…she was going to be a scientist, not a princess.” While I highly doubt that Marie Curie actually said those words, they do lure a child with an inquisitive mind into the story.
The concept of these books is fabulous. My younger daughter loves to read Rebel Girls, but this is another option in a different format. Kids can really focus in on the people who excite them and continue to learn more. I think this series is awesome for a kindergarten through 2nd grade class and am itching to purchase the entire set myself.
Each Wednesday I try to post nonfiction picture books as part of the challenge set up by Kid Lit Frenzy. There are amazing books available for kids these days. Check the linkups on Alyson’s site for more!