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Discover the inspiring story of the first black woman elected to Congress and to run for president in this picture book biography from a Newbery Honor-winning author and a Coretta Scott King-John Steptoe New Talent Award-winning illustrator. Meet Shirley, a little girl who asks way too many questions! After spending her early years on her grandparents' farm in Barbados, Discover the inspiring story of the first black woman elected to Congress and to run for president in this picture book biography from a Newbery Honor-winning author and a Coretta Scott King-John Steptoe New Talent Award-winning illustrator. Meet Shirley, a little girl who asks way too many questions! After spending her early years on her grandparents' farm in Barbados, she returns home to Brooklyn and immediately makes herself known. Shirley kicks butt in school; she breaks her mother's curfew; she plays jazz piano instead of classical. And as a young adult, she fights against the injustice she sees around her, against women and black people. Soon she is running for state assembly...and winning in a landslide. Three years later, she is on the campaign trail again, as the first black woman to run for Congress. Her slogan? Fighting Shirley Chisholm--Unbought and Unbossed! Does she win? You bet she does.


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Discover the inspiring story of the first black woman elected to Congress and to run for president in this picture book biography from a Newbery Honor-winning author and a Coretta Scott King-John Steptoe New Talent Award-winning illustrator. Meet Shirley, a little girl who asks way too many questions! After spending her early years on her grandparents' farm in Barbados, Discover the inspiring story of the first black woman elected to Congress and to run for president in this picture book biography from a Newbery Honor-winning author and a Coretta Scott King-John Steptoe New Talent Award-winning illustrator. Meet Shirley, a little girl who asks way too many questions! After spending her early years on her grandparents' farm in Barbados, she returns home to Brooklyn and immediately makes herself known. Shirley kicks butt in school; she breaks her mother's curfew; she plays jazz piano instead of classical. And as a young adult, she fights against the injustice she sees around her, against women and black people. Soon she is running for state assembly...and winning in a landslide. Three years later, she is on the campaign trail again, as the first black woman to run for Congress. Her slogan? Fighting Shirley Chisholm--Unbought and Unbossed! Does she win? You bet she does.

30 review for Shirley Chisholm Dared: The Story of the First Black Woman in Congress

  1. 4 out of 5

    Aliza Werner

    The familiar and immediate writing style is the way to engage kids in picture book biographies. Not just a retelling of Chisholm’s life, but an invitation to “meet” her. A “troublemaker” who is too “rebellious” and “persistent”. Go Shirley go!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Daley

    Although brief, this picture book biography was very informative and inspirational. I didn't know much about Shirley Chisholm's story, but after reading this book, I'm looking forward to learning more about her life. Although brief, this picture book biography was very informative and inspirational. I didn't know much about Shirley Chisholm's story, but after reading this book, I'm looking forward to learning more about her life.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Reign_ 1982

    Very informative I've never heard of Shirley Chisholm. I'm definitely going to invest time into learning more about her. Very informative I've never heard of Shirley Chisholm. I'm definitely going to invest time into learning more about her.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Peacegal

    Shirley Chisholm lived quite a life! Other than having some basic awareness of her as a Congressperson, I knew very little about her. I learned something and so will you.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    Well done picture book biography!

  6. 5 out of 5

    LeeTravelGoddess

    Of course I read her autobiography… 💚💚💚

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    bet mercer

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