Source: Ten Speed/ Penguin Random House – I received this in exchange for an honest review.
Publisher: Ten Speed
Edition: Hardcover, 112 Pages
Genre: Nonfiction – Young Adult
Purchase: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository
From the New York Times best-selling authors of Rad Women Worldwide and Rad American Women A-Z, a bold and brave collection of stories and art about inspiring and accomplished girls who have made positive impacts on the world before the age of 20.
You might know the stories of Malala Yousafzai, Anne Frank, Jazz Jennings, and Joan of Arc. But have you heard about Yusra Mardini, a Syrian refugee who swam a sinking boat to shore, saved twenty lives, then went on to compete as an Olympic swimmer? Or Trisha Prabhu, who invented an anti-cyberbullying app at age 13? Or Barbara Rose Johns, whose high school protest helped spark the civil rights movement?
In Rad Girls Can, you’ll learn about a diverse group of young women who are living rad lives, whether excelling in male-dominated sports like boxing, rock climbing, or skateboarding; speaking out against injustice and discrimination; expressing themselves through dance, writing, and music; or advocating for girls around the world. Each profile is paired with the dynamic paper-cut art that made the authors’ first two books New York Times best sellers. Featuring both contemporary and historical figures, Rad Girls Can offers hope, inspiration, and motivation to readers of all ages and genders.
Rad Girls Can is by the same authors who brought us Rad Women Worldwide, which I absolutely loved as well! Now the focus is on young women who have made an impact before turning twenty in everything from sports to politics.
Everything I initially loved about Rad Women Worldwide is back in Rad Girls Can. We are treated to 50 (49 really, but the last one is special) introductions to some seriously amazing girls along with the stunning papercut artwork by Miriam Klein Stahl. These entries cover a wide range of talented girls including names you are sure to recognize (Anne Frank, Misty Copeland, etc.) and those you may not know but certainly deserve more attention (Memory Banda, The Podgorski Sisters). The best part is that it is a book geared towards younger readers, which means it’s easy to understand and focuses on showing that even the smallest person can make a big difference if they set their minds to it.
The book is very inclusive as well, which is amazing! The girls included are from all walks of life, showing a wide range of social class, races, cultures, and religions. Their interests are varied as well and there is truly something in here for everyone. It even has a wonderful little section on gender in the introduction. And if you hit the end and decide you need more stories, then there is another section with fifty more smaller bios for further reading and research.
The artwork is bold and stunning and makes this the perfect book to keep on a shelf or table to return to later.
If you are looking for a book for a young person in your life to help them feel confident or maybe help them find role models that they can relate to then this is a perfect purchase!