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A Notorious Book List for Children in Honor of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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Across the political aisle, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will forever be remembered as a helper of humanity and a trailblazer for women. She led with strength, kindness and fervent dedication to her beliefs.

A bookshelf on a wall is filled with 6 books featuring historic women and/or Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. A black clock with a white lace collar hangs from it.
Learning about trailblazing figures like RBG can be easy with the appropriate books. | Meg Raby

Here is a list of the best children’s books about or featuring RBG for ages 0-8:

1. “A Is for Awesome! 23 Iconic Women Who Changed the World” (ages birth-3) 
Written by Eva Chen and illustrated by Derek Desierto

With bright and bold illustrations of 23 iconic women in history, this board book is not your typical alphabet book. A is for Amelia Earhart, B is for Beyonce, and yes, R is for Ruth Bader Ginsburg. A brief description of their legacy is provided as well as inspiring personal quotes that embody their work.

2. “This Little Dreamer: An Inspirational Primer” (ages birth-3) 
Written by Joan Holub and illustrated by Daniel Roode

Teach your littlest readers how to make the world a better place with this darling, rhyming board book primer featuring inspirational figures in history including Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The simple sentence-long biographies are short enough to sustain attention and profound enough to spark big dreams.

Three colorful children's book featuring historic women and/or Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg lie on a cream colored sheet.
Clockwise from right: “Little Feminist: Celebrating 25 Amazing Women Throughout History” written by Yelena Moroz Alpert and illustrated by Lydia Ortiz and Patrick Rafanan, “This Little Dreamer: An Inspirational Primer” written by Joan Holub and illustrated by Daniel Roode and “A Is for Awesome! 23 Iconic Women Who Changed the World” written by Eva Chen and illustrated by Derek Desierto. | Meg Raby

3. “Little Feminist: Celebrating 25 Amazing Women Throughout History” (ages 4-8)
Written by Yelena Moroz Alpert and illustrated by Lydia Ortiz and Patrick Rafanan

This modern and eye-catching picture book is a wonderful introduction to 25 empowering women in history such as Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Learn about RBG’s struggles to find a job post law school and how her job as director of the Women’s Rights Project paved the way for her to become a Supreme Court Justice.

4. “Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls” (ages 7+) 
Written by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo and illustrated by 60 female artists from around the world

Written in fairy-tale format, no lesson is lost in these bedtime stories featuring 100 women who changed the world. This nonfiction children’s book does a wonderful job of highlighting the key moments and words spoken by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. A true treasure of a book coupled with stunning and strong illustrations.

Three colorful children's book featuring historic women and/or Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg lie on a cream colored sheet.
Clockwise from right: “Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The Case of RBG Vs. Inequality” written by Jonah Winter and illustrated by Stacy Innerst, “The Story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Biography Book for New Readers” written by Susan B. Katz and illustrated by Micah Player and “Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls” written by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo and illustrated by 60 female artists from around the world. | Meg Raby

5. “Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The Case of RBG Vs. Inequality” (ages 6-8) 
Written by Jonah Winter and illustrated by Stacy Innerst

This acclaimed picture book takes the reader from Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s childhood to her more recent years as a Supreme Court Justice. Follow RBG as she faces inequality rooted in anti-Semitism and sexism until she says enough is enough and applies for law school to do something about it. This biographical picture book puts the reader in the juror’s seat, letting them examine the injustices RBG faced in the courtroom. A glossary of terms is provided. The muted, inky illustrations in this ode to Ruth Bader Ginsburg are powerful and intricate, telling her story beautifully.

6. “The Story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Biography Book for New Readers” (ages 6-8) 
Written by Susan B. Katz and illustrated by Micah Player

Follow the journey of Ruth Bader Ginsburg as she fights for what’s right in this beginner reader chapter book. At a young age, RBG knew the importance of reading and studying in order to make positive changes happen. In this inspiring biography, the reader will learn about how RBG’s past shaped her future and the monumental achievements she made for women and society at large. In the final chapter, the reader has a chance to quiz their knowledge of RBG and to make connections by engaging in some basic critical thinking posed by provided prompts.

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