Bold & Brave by Kirsten Gillibrand

Bold & Brave

From United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand comes an inspiring picture book about ten suffragists who fought for women's right to vote.Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was inspired by her own great-grandmother, grandmother, and mother to be bold and brave--to stand up and fight for what she believes in. But who inspired them? The long chain of women before them who spoke out for what's right--women who taught each generation that followed how to be b...

Details Bold & Brave

TitleBold & Brave
Release DateNov 13th, 2018
PublisherAlfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
GenreHistory, Childrens, Picture Books, Nonfiction, Politics, Biography

Reviews Bold & Brave

  • Jade Caprio
    This was such a inspiring book! Everybody should check it out!
  • Rebecca
    Flipped through. This new book by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is the latest in an explosion of women-centered kids' nonfiction and collective biographies. This one is elevated by the paintings of Maira Kalman, who makes each of the 10 suffragists expressive and glowing with pink and yellow highlights. The portraits conclude with the passage of the 19th amendment, and then the 2017 Women's March brings these efforts to the present day, telling read...
  • Jane
    I loved everything about this book except the cover, where marching suffragists looked like squashy little trolls. Maira Kalman's art work is lush and appealing, but the book jacket design is a flop. Gillibrand does nice job connecting her family's history to the wider story of the nineteenth amendment. And isn't she smart to have written this as we head into the next round of political craziness where, THIS time, women MUST make a difference.
  • Laura
    The illustrations are absolutely beautiful. I love the women that were chosen to be highlighted, but the info was heavy handed, especially for a picture book.
  • Allie
    Pretty good variety of women profiled, but a bit too wordy.
  • Patty
    When my grandchildren are a bit older, this will go into rotation as a book that grandma (me) reads to them. I think it is important to know these ten women and this is a good introduction for anyone who is old enough to understand all the concepts.Of course, I picked this up because of Alice Paul, my hero, but it was good to see Gillibrand’s perspective on all of these women and I loved the illustrations by Maira Kalman.This is a quick read, b...
  • Penny Peck
    This is a solid collective biography of ten women who fought for the vote, with each entry a few paragraphs in length paired with a distinctively painted portrait. The narratives are brief but clear, describing what the person did in advocating for women to vote, while the artwork is more innovative, using a colorful palette dominated by pink and red shades, in a folk art style. The subjects include Stanton, Anthony, Truth, and Tubman, as well as...
  • Susan
    Fantastic read for younger readers. The pictures are beautiful and the group of women is diverse. There is also a timeline at the back that has several other women who helped shape our nation. This list is also diverse and has a brief bio to encourage slightly older readers who may want to continue reading more.
  • Christina
    This book focuses on women who worked for suffrage in the United States, including the 1913 march on DC. Kalman’s illustrations are lovely, and I appreciate that women of color were included and that Gillibrand’s biographies are honest about the fact that some of their major struggles & obstacles were with the white women in the movement who did not welcome them.
  • Liz
    Great selection. The writing was a bit basic and focused mostly on a biography of the women rather than what they did and how they accomplished it. Great for kids! Good diversity.
  • Shelli
    I always enjoy these mini picture biographical looks into the lives of remarkable people of history, while there is never enough information to write a book report, or fully walk away having been informed about the individual, they can be used as that catalyst to inspire young readers and listeners to want to find out more. Kirsten Gillibrand shines a light on ten woman who contributed in some way to the suffragist’s movement. Many of these nam...
  • Stephanie Burke
    A very important book to read to young children! I appreciate how Kirsten included many women of color and was honest to say there were white women suffragists that did not want to include women of color (and men of color for that matter) in their fight. But she did not go far enough in my opinion. And I could have done without the reference to the pink pussy hats. I still find those embarrassing, but that's just me. I prefer Inez Milholland's co...
  • Alyssa Gudenburr
    A collected biography of various women who fought for women's right to vote. I really liked the variety of women shown in this book. This is a very long book but could be read independently or one person at a time for upper elementary children.
  • Jo Oehrlein
    I like the frame story around the stories of the 10 women. The author tells of her family's history in the beginning and then at the end asks what the reader cares about enough to fight for it.The ten women included are Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B Anthony, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Jovita Idar, Alice Paul, Inez Milholland, Ida B Wells, Lucy Burns, and Mary Church Terrell.I wasn't familiar with Jovita Idar, Inez Milholland, and Mary Chu...
  • Linda
    From United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, illustrated by the wonderful Maira Kalman comes this picture book about ten suffragists who fought for women's right to vote. Senator Gillibrand's own great-grandmother, grandmother, and mother served as mentors to her to stand up and fight for what she believes in. In this book, she shares a few of the long line of women before them who spoke out for what's right, to be Bold and Brave. The back cove...
  • Barbara
    Almost a century ago, women were finally granted the right to vote. The journey to that basic right that had already been extended to white males and property owners prior to the nineteenth amendment, but the path to women's suffrage was a long one. This picture book highlights ten of the women who took action to give women that right: Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Jovita Idar, Alice Paul, Inez Milholl...
  • Anthony
    This books focuses of women's suffrage, and the passing of the 19th amendment. It details ten prominent women throughout history that started and were involved in the movement, and what challenges they faced to have their voices heard. It also has a list at the back of the book of women who in many ways helped shape the nation. An excellent resource for further research, and knowledge.
  • Emmy Johnston
    I felt like this was a very wordy picture book, full of content. I think it would be best suited to a third grade classroom or student. I chose this book immediately because of the images, playful and full of bright color yet also very representative of the real people and occurrences. The book mentioned women of different races and backgrounds, making it relatable and inspiring to all young girls. Most interestingly to me was the fact that the a...
  • Colleen
    It’s a beautiful and powerful book featuring information on many women suffragettes from Harriet Tubman to Sojourner to Elizabeth Cady Stanton. The book can be read or done as an adult read aloud for elementary age kids. The illustrations really are outstanding. Bold and colorful and inviting. Bravo! I was fortunate enough to attend Senator Kirsten Gillibrand reading this aloud and taking questions. She was uplifting!
  • Julie
    A quick read that covers mostly a brief synopsis of what each of 10 women did during their lifetime that specifically impacted voting rights while also giving you a taste of the background they came from. Fun read for sparking the possibility of a female reader’s empowerment.
  • Kathy (Bermudaonion)
    4.5 stars
  • Megan
    Each page highlights a different woman who was a prominent figure in the suffragist movement. Ideal for a launching off point for further research in a classroom. Don't miss the back matter, as it highlights even more significant women through US history.