City Lights' First Children's Book 'Rad American Women A-Z' Is A Picture Book All Feminists Should Have
The independent bookseller City Lights has been a fixture in the San Francisco literary scene since the 1950s, and its publishing house has released some iconic works of literature and poetry — you've all read Allen Ginsberg's Howl, haven't you? Well there's also Charles Bukowski, Howard Zinn, Noam Chomsky, and other left-wing names famous for social justice. City Lights' first children's book Rad American Women A-Z can take a seat alongside some of these titans of progressive literature because it's one of the coolest picture books I've ever seen.
Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries Who Shaped Our History… and Our Future! is the picture book you're going to want to give anyone having a baby this spring, and then also buy a copy for yourself. Mermaid in Chelsea Creek author Michelle Tea started the City Lights/Sister Spit imprint back in 2012, and when Tea brought Rad American Women A-Z to Stacey Lewis, vice president of City Lights, Lewis knew it would be perfect:
Each page of the picture book, written by Kate Schatz and illustrated by Miriam Klein Stahl, highlights one of 26 American women how have shaped our history, culture, and society, from the letter A to the letter Z.
There's women's rights and civil rights activist Angela Davis, comedienne Carol Burnett, musician Patti Smith, jazz singer Hazel Scott...
... civil rights activist Ella Baker, dancer Isadora Duncan, writer Zora Neale Hurston, and 19th century abolitionists the Grimke Sisters.
And as for "X"? "X is for the women whose names we don’t know." Perfect. Schatz told Publishers Weekly that she got the idea for the picture book when her own child turned 2.
The hardcover of Rad American Women A-Z will hit shelves April 7, but we're all putting it on our pre-order lists right this second.
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