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Have I mentioned lately how in love I am with the sheer volume of bad-ass female biographies available at the moment? Last year I wrote a post on books for feminists of all ages and I love adding to my collection. The latest additions are a selection of Little Guides to Great Lives.
I think it’s so important that young readers have strong role models and the people featured in this collection are certainly inspiring. There’s a great blog post on the publisher’s website featuring a bit of a behind the scenes which makes for an interesting read.
The titles I was sent feature the lives of Amelia Earhart, Frida Kahlo and Marie Curie. I’ve always been fascinated with Amelia Earhart and I loved reading more about her life. Even as an older reader I learned a lot and I’m looking forward to reading these with Jenson when he’s a bit older.
Each story goes into detail about the person featured, including family history, childhood, education, early career, successes and more. There’s even a timeline and glossary at the back.
The presentation is stunning, from the beautiful hardback cover to the illustrations and easy to digest historical information. There’s also plenty of inspiring quotes.
Having a different illustrator for each title (but the same writer) ensures each person/book has their own identity. The creators also chose to move away from traditional CMYK and print with three Pantones per book, giving them a distinct style.
The attention to detail means these are truly books to be treasured. I can’t wait to grow my collection.
Who would you like to see added to the collection?