Empowering stories and messages come to life through these illustrated books.
– KEYS SOULCARE
If you’re anything like us, reading is more than just a pastime, it’s a journey. We’re sharing our favorite books for a visual adventure (even better: each comes with its own empowering message). These titles are a wonderful gift to give anyone on your list — or even to keep for yourself. All ages are welcome!
Authors and sociologists Carolyn Choi, LaToya Council, and Chelsea Johnson tell the story of nine children with different backgrounds to teach readers just what community and intersectionality mean in IntersectionAllies. The foreword is written by Dr. Kimberlé Crenshaw who coined the term “intersectionality,” and the vibrant illustrations are by Ashley Seil Smith.
Before She Was Harriet
Breathtaking watercolors by James E. Ransome illustrate the story of the many lives of Harriet Tubman, as told through a poem written by Lesa Cline-Ransome in Before She Was Harriet. The book depicts the revolutionary Tubman’s journey from a little girl to a Union spy — and brings each of her roles in history to life.
Fauja Singh Keeps Going: The True Story of the Oldest Person to Ever Run a Marathon
An inspirational tale of perseverance, this is a true story about 101-year-old Fauja Singh who became the first person his age to run a marathon. Written by Simran Jeet Singh, with illustrations by Baljinder Kaur, the book is about determination that transcends age.
Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker
Josephine Baker’s story of perseverance to become an icon of civil rights and performance is reimagined through stunning visuals and accessible language in Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker. This powerful story, retold by Patricia Hruby Powell and Christian Robinson, is more than a history lesson, it’s a reminder of resilience and the power each of us has to be a part of lasting change.
Julián Is a Mermaid
This story of the fantastical dreams of Julián to be a mermaid at once warms the heart, and reminds us of the wonder and boundless imagination of childhood. Author-illustrator, Jessica Love, makes her debut with a story of individuality and self expression that’s valuable no matter your age.