Kamala Harris: Rooted in Justice
When Kamala Harris was young, she often accompanied her parents to civil rights marches—so many, in fact, that when her mother asked a frustrated Kamala what she wanted, the young girl responded with: “Freedom!”
As Kamala grew from a small girl in Oakland to a senator running for president, it was this long-fostered belief in freedom and justice for all people that shaped her into the inspiring figure she is today. From fighting for the use of a soccer field in middle school to fighting for the people of her home state in Congress, Senator Harris used her voice to speak up for what she believed in and for those who were otherwise unheard. And now this dedication has led her all the way to being elected Vice President of the United States.
Told in Nikki Grimes's stunning verse and featuring gorgeous illustrations by Laura Freeman, this picture book biography brings to life a story that shows all young people that the American dream can belong to all of us if we fight for one another.
Kamala Harris has lived quite the life. Raised as the daughter of immigrants, she has made history at every step of her life in multiple ways. She never stopped fighting for justice no matter where she has lived. From a young age, she wanted to do what was right.
What I loved:
Everything. This story is the perfect introduction for young people into this amazing woman. The book starts out when she's very young and takes the reader on an adventure through her life from childhood to adulthood, highlighting her accomplishments but also sharing personal stories. The author must have had a lot of conversations with Kamala for this book because it feels like it could have been written by her.
It's written in an engaging way that emphasizes how important many of these issues are and it teaches at the same time it tells a story.
The artwork is fun and colorful and gorgeous, keeping kids glued to the pages. There's nothing not to love here.
Final Verdict: A book worthy of its subject, Kamala Harris: Rooted in Justice is the kind of story all kids should read about our elected officials, humanizing them in a way that is sure to inspire them.