I Dissent by Debbie Levy

I Dissent

Get to know celebrated Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg—in the first picture book about her life—as she proves that disagreeing does not make you disagreeable!Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has spent a lifetime disagreeing: disagreeing with inequality, arguing against unfair treatment, and standing up for what’s right for people everywhere. This biographical picture book about the Notorious RBG, tells the justice’s sto...

Details I Dissent

TitleI Dissent
Release DateSep 20th, 2016
PublisherSimon Schuster Books for Young Readers
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Biography, Nonfiction, History

Reviews I Dissent

  • David Schaafsma
    I Assent to this Book!I am watching my ten year old daughter read this book, and I smile, with some pride and hope for the future. At certain points she reads out what were even for me surprising details: RBG was one of only 9 women in her law school class of more than 500. RBG saw signs, growing up, that read: "No dogs. No Jews." This is not surprising to me: "Boys were expected to grow up, and do big things in the world. Girls? Girls were expec...
  • Dylan Teut
    I loved how this book made a point that even though she often disagreed with Justice Scalia, they were still quite good friends. A great message that we can disagree on things and not hate each other. But the book is also so much more than that.
  • Kristen
    "Disagreeable? No. Determined? Yes."I've always been a fan of RBG, so I really enjoyed reading this book. When I think powerful female, RBG always comes to mind. This book definitely reflected that through the life events that the author chose to focus on. What was striking, and most definitely dismaying, was the prejudice RBG faced being Jewish. Not only this, but she also dealt with resistance for simply being a woman in a "working man's world"...
  • Theresa Alan
    Like most people who care about what’s happening in the world and aspire to live in a more just society, I’m a huge admirer of Justice Ginsburg. The discrimination she faced as a Jewish female was appalling. She was one of nine women and 500 men in her class, and despite tying for graduating first in her class, she had trouble finding work because women were supposed to stay home with their children. What Ginsburg has accomplished is awe-insp...
  • Dov Zeller
    RBG is one of those folks who has a Clark Kentish librarian look even when she's in full-on superhero mode. I suppose that's true of a lot of heroes (they don' wear spandex and capes when they're fighting for justice.) But when I think back to some of the early superhero comics I think, well, Ginsburg could easily have been one of the models. In any case, this is a great little window into Ginsburg's history and family life, adding some humor int...
  • Donalyn
    Don't miss the author's note with additional information about RBG.
  • Stephanie Anze
    "Disagreeable? No. Determined? Yes."Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a force to contend with. The second women to be appointed to the Supreme Court (after Sandra Day O'Connor), she is primarily known for being the "Great Dissenter" of the court. Ginsburg made a name for herself since high school. Attending college at Cornell, Harvard and Columbia Law School Ginsburg often outshined her mostly male classmates but still struggled to get hired. Why? Because s...
  • Julie
    "Disagreeing does not make a person disagreeable. In fact, it can change the world!"
  • Danielle
    Terrifically told and boldly designed. (Love the detail that it all started with reading in the library for RBG.)
  • Cheryl
    Bravo; well done. Lots of information, but engagingly and accessibly told. Even more in the appendices, including photos. A little too simple, I think, for the 10-11 year olds who are usually assigned, iirc, a biographical research report, but maybe a good introduction for them, and definitely a worthy read for any young non-fiction fan.I especially liked that the book pointed out how prejudices and limits affect all, not just those directly targ...
  • karenbee
    I wasn't going to review I Dissent because I'm trying not to "cheat" in this year's GR challenge but my 7-year-old daughter asked to read it TWICE, which is unheard of these days unless a book involves wars amongst the stars or Lego ninja, so I wanted to add to the sky-high ratings. When I brought it home, it got a hard pass because both of my younger kids thought the cover looked boring -- I love the cover, but our tastes diverge at times.About ...
  • Stacy Fetters
    "Her voice might not carry a tune, but it sings out for equality. Step by step, she has made a difference... one disagreement after another."I received a special tote bag at BEA for this book and now it's one that I carry all over the place with me. So, having that bag made me anxious to read this book.What a fantastic way to get history out to kids. It's not only great to learn about the history of equality and the good fight of RBG, but all tho...
  • Snooty1
    ********1000 STARS*******I wanted to start my year out with a book that would be inspiring to me!!!I read this to my kids...and started crying 3 pages in. My oldest daughter took over for me and hearing her read this book to me...made me cry even more. I seriously started recording her reading it because I knew I wanted to remember that moment forever. To say that Ruth Bader Ginsburg is my hero doesn't feel like I'm giving her enough credit. What...
  • Emma
    Another title that would fit this book perfectly: "nevertheless she persisted". I loved everything about I dissent and I wish I could get a copy for all the kids I know!Special mention for the artwork that made an already awesome book even better.
  • Jillian Heise
    Love, love, love!!! A fabulous picture book biography of RBG, with a great author's note at the end with additional biographical information. Great illustrations and a writing style that tells her life story highlighting the times in her life that things were unfair and she stood up against them. A must-have for any classroom.
  • Mississippi Library Commission
    Attention picture book biography fans! I Dissent is a must read for 2nd-5th graders. The book explores Ruth Bader Ginsburg's life and accomplishments in an easy-to-read style. Not only will kids learn a lot of synonyms for the word dissent, they'll also carry away the message that yes, their voice matters. Additional back matter rounds out the book perfectly.
  • Alexandra
    this is a short picture book for kids all about the life of ruth bader ginsburg and how she came to be one of the 9 supreme court justices. the illustrations are quite aesthetically pleasing and i'm sure lots of young girls will enjoy reading about how they can do anything they set their minds to etc etc super feminist & girl power-y if you're into that sort of thing
  • Richie Partington
    Richie’s Picks: I DISSENT: RUTH BADER GINSBURG MAKES HER MARK by Debbie Levy and Elizabeth Badderley, ill., Simon and Schuster BFYR, September 2016, 40p., ISBN: 978-1-4814-6559-5“Boys were expected to grow up, go out in the world, and do big things. Girls? Girls were expected to find husbands.”“For all the mothers fightingFor better days to comeAnd all my women, all my women sitting here tryingTo come home before the sunAnd all my sisters...
  • Jackie
    Honestly, this was so well-written that I had goosebumps and tears in my eyes as I finished reading this.
  • Ms. Yingling
    Definitely purchasing this one, since it was everything I am looking for in a picture book. Nice introduction to a fascinating character that students need to know about. Lots of facts about her life AND the times in which she has lived, and there is a more informative section at the back covering additional information. This might take some hand selling, though, because of the somewhat forbidding picture on the cover, but I'm excited to get this...
  • Sarah - All The Book Blog Names Are Taken
    Loved reading this one with my little one. Very powerful. Notorious RBG is exactly the kind of role model little girls need.
  • Allison
    I truly enjoyed the message about just because you do disagree with someone, doesn't mean you can't be friends. Fantastic biography!
  • Memory Toast
    A powerfully-written, picture-book biography. While I commend the author for her compelling prose and well-structured and justified main idea, I disagree (ironically) with the tone of the book. Having read two accounts of RBG in the court within the past year (Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World andMy Own Words) as well as having read and watched interviews with the justi...
  • Samantha
    An introduction to the life and work of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The writing is perfectly suited to its child audience and does a great job of using Ginsburg's formative influences to show how well suited she is to her job and how she forms the basis for her difficult decisions. I really liked how the legal terminology is emphasized in text and artwork; it sets just the right tone for this story and also teaches some vocabulary ...
  • Nancy Kotkin
    Text: 5 starsIllustrations: 5 starsPicture book biography about the life and career of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a strong woman and formidable activist. Superb writing. Love the vocabulary choices. Appealing design. Incorporates the discrimination she faced due to being both a woman and Jewish. Effective explanation of historical contexts. Provides just the right amount of detail, with a two page spread at the end that conveys ad...
  • Mary
    A picture book biography about Ruth Bader Ginsbur, the second woman to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court. Although the narrative is highly informative, providing much information about her personal and work life, Levy does a good job making Ginsburg's strong personality and powerful intellect relatable to readers. Ginsburg passionate stance against religious and ethnic prejudice and her practice of continuing to converse with people she disagreed wit...
  • Melissa
    This is more than a biography of RBG; it is a tale of female empowerment. This is a fantastic book for telling girls they can be and do whatever they set their mind to. Moreover, it tells the reader that it is okay to disagree and stand up for something that is right. It would be a great read-aloud for the classroom, or for younger girls (and boys). It is never to early to tell little girls they are equal to boys, and this book is a wonderful sta...
  • Brenda Kahn
    Excellent picture book biography of the brilliant RBG dynamically illustrated. Backmatter includes two pages containing additional information, notes on Supreme Court cases, suggestions for further reading and source notes.
  • Mrs. Krajewski
    I originally rated this book 4 stars, but, after reading it to my own children and seeing the amazing conversation we had afterward, I changed it. I know it will spark many more important conversations, so I'll be sharing it with students.
  • Laura
    Just a nice quick read on some women's history to start my March off right. Love RBG!