Books We Love: I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark

Books We Love

I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark
by Debbie Levy
Illustrations by Elizabeth Baddeley

 

Over the past two days, our nation has seen two historic events: the inauguration of our 45th president and the Women’s Marches in sister cities all over the world. One of the things that makes our country great is the ability we have to freely express our views. Oftentimes, disagreement helps us move forward. I Dissent tells the story of how Ruth Bader Ginsburg resisted and persisted to make her voice heard.

I can’t wait for this book to make its way into the hands of little girls around the world. It tells the story of a girl who wanted to change little things, and built her way up to changing big things. This story teaches a powerful lesson about activism. It proudly proclaims that even young children can work to change things in their communities.

With rich vocabulary and beautiful illustrations, I Dissent is sure to become a classic for classrooms. It tells how a young Justice Ginsburg was inspired by the women who came before her, and how she didn’t let disagreement get in the way of her friendship with Justice Antonin Scalia. Messages of hope permeate through the book’s pages as it tells us dissent can be productive, positive, and powerful.

Favorite Quotes

On RBG’s impact:
“Ruth Bader Ginsburg isn’t a rock star, a queen, or a goddess. But to many, she is a hero. She made change happen, and she changed minds.”

Words from RBG herself:
“Fight for the things that you care about. But do it in a way that will lead others to join you.”

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