Loud and Proud: The Life of Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm

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Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
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9.7 X 12.7 X 0.5 inches | 1.15 pounds

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About the Author
Lesa Cline-Ransome is the author of numerous nonfiction and historical fiction titles for picture book, chapter book, middle grade, and young adult readers including Game Changers: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams and The Power of Her Pen: The Story of Groundbreaking Journalist Ethel L. Payne. Her verse biography of Harriet Tubman, Before She Was Harriet was nominated for an NAACP Image Award and received a Jane Addams Children's Book Honor, Christopher Award, and Coretta Scott King Honor for Illustration. Her debut middle grade novel, Finding Langston, won the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction and received the Coretta Scott King Award Author Honor. She lives in the Hudson Valley region of New York with her husband and frequent collaborator, James Ransome, and their family. Visit her at LesaClineRansome.com.

Kaylani Juanita is an illustrator based in Fairfield, California, who illustrates inclusive picture books, editorial art, and afros. Her book Magnificent Bomespun Brown, written by Samara Cole Doyon, received the 2021 Coretta Scott King Honor Award for illustration. Her work has been recognized by Society of Illustrators, HuffPost, and BBC. California grown and raised, she studied at CalArts and California College of the Arts for a BFA in illustration. Her mission as an artist is to support the stories of the underrepresented and create new ways for people to imagine themselves. You can find her lurking in public secretly drawing strangers or writing nonsensical stories about who knows what.
"History shines in this rousing biography of Shirley Chisholm ... this ­excellent treatment of a trailblazing ­political figure will serve as a stepping stone from shorter picture books to chapter books for young lovers of biography."-- "School LIbrary Journal -- (STARRED REVEIW)"
*"This vibrantly colored, boisterous, and well-paced biography ... offers young readers a chance to learn about Shirley [Chisholm] and to hear for themselves her famous words--many of which will still resonate today."

-- "Booklist -- (STARRED REVIEW)"
Born in 1924 Brooklyn to immigrant parents who worked a variety of low-wage jobs, Chisholm was attuned from a young age to the social and economic inequities around her. After a discussion of Chisholm's early years (she excelled academically), Cline-Ransome focuses her picture-book biography on Chisholm's illustrious and groundbreaking career, which included winning a seat in the New York State Assembly and election to Congress, where she served seven terms. Following her historic though unsuccessful presidential bid, she continued to pursue her fight for affordable childcare, access to education, and a living wage. Describing Chisholm as "small, but she talked big, walked tall, and told just about everybody what to do," Cline-Ransome highlights her subject's "loud and proud" and determined personality, often incorporating Chisholm' own words into the narrative. Juanita's digitally rendered illustrations are energetic and strikingly portray person and purpose, especially in the wordless double-page spread of Chisholm standing poised to begin her first term in Congress against a vivid backdrop of fireworks and the U.S. Capitol building. Pair with Bolden's Speak Up, Speak Out! (rev. 3/22), Williams's Shirley Chisholm Dared (rev. 9/21), and Russell-Brown's She Was the First, rev. 11/20. PAULETTA BROWN BRACY--Horn Book Magazine "September/October 2023 Issue"
*"Cline-Ransome and Juanita's biography of trailblazing Black politician Shirley Chisholm (1924-2005) aptly evokes the "Unbought and Unbossed" woman who shook up U.S. politics."-- "PUBLISHERS WEEKLY -- (STARRED REVIEW)"