Unshakable Eleanor: How Our 32nd First Lady Used Her Voice to Fight for Human Rights By Michelle Markel, Alejandro Mesa (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Michelle Markel, Alejandro Mesa (Illustrator)
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From Michelle Markel, the award-winning author of Brave Girl, and acclaimed illustrator Alejandro Mesa comes a spirited and inspiring picture book biography of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.

Before she became First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt was a girl trying to find her voice.

As a young orphan, she was shy and made to feel like a failure. But every night, Eleanor would read her father’s letters, full of love and belief in her, and she used his words to help her face her fears.

She took them to school across the sea, where she excelled at her studies and helped other girls with theirs. And back to New York, where she volunteered in immigrant communities.

Using her voice to help others gave her courage. Eleanor began speaking out in bigger ways.

When her husband, Franklin, became president, she worked with—and learned from—leaders of marginalized groups, using her standing to fight for workers, women, and people of color. Every victory, big and small, drove Eleanor to do more.

Unshakable Eleanor is the powerful story of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt’s journey to use her voice through helping others find their own.

About the Author

Michelle Markel loves writing narrative nonfiction. She’s the author of Brave Girl, which won the Bank Street Flora Stieglitz Straus Award and the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award for Younger Children, and was also chosen as an NCTE Orbis Pictus Honor Book. Some of her recent titles include Hillary Rodham Clinton: Some Girls Are Born to Lead (on the Amelia Bloomer Project List of feminist literature) and Balderdash!: John Newbery and the Boisterous Birth of Children’s Books. She lives in Woodland Hills, California. You can visit her online at michellemarkel.com.

Alejandro Mesa was born in Soatá, a little town in Colombia. He is an illustrator of children’s books. Alejandro has also been a character designer for animation in the Netflix series Legend Quest. He works from his small but cozy studio in Bogotá, Colombia, where he lives with his wife and their Frenchie, Flora.

Praise For…

Praise for HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON: SOME GIRLS ARE BORN TO LEAD: “Smart and snappy…as inspiring as it is delightful.” — Booklist (starred review)

Praise for HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON: SOME GIRLS ARE BORN TO LEAD: “Concisely outlines Clinton’s journey from activist to First Lad of Arkansas and on to Washington, D.C….Pham’s (the Freckleface Strawberry series) watercolors are steeped in period detail.” — Publishers Weekly

Praise for HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON: SOME GIRLS ARE BORN TO LEAD: “Both for fun and education…go-girl power and a good read.” — Kirkus Reviews

Praise for HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON: SOME GIRLS ARE BORN TO LEAD: “[An] honest and open portrayal” — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

Praise for BRAVE GIRL: “The zingy images masterfully (and appropriately) incorporate fabric and stitches as well as old images of checks and time cards … This book has fighting spirit in spades-you go, Clara!” — Booklist (starred review)

Praise for BRAVE GIRL: “Readers are treated to solid information with a buoyant message about standing up for what is right. Sweet has created an outstanding backdrop for Markel’s text with a vibrant collage of watercolor, gouache, blank dress-pattern paper, bookkeeping pages, stitches, and fabric pieces.” — School Library Journal (starred review)

Praise for BRAVE GIRL: “Sweet incorporates images of assorted fabrics and stitch patterns into her tender illustrations, brightening the lives of workers whose reality was bleak.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Praise for BRAVE GIRL: “In her simple but powerful text Markel shows how multiple arrests, serious physical attacks, and endless misogyny failed to deter this remarkable woman as she set off on her lifelong path as a union activist.” — The Horn Book

Praise for BRAVE GIRL: “Markel ably brings to life the plight of immigrant garment workers and Clara’s courageous advocacy.” — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

PRAISE FOR OUT OF THIS WORLD: “An empowering introduction that demands parallel examination of Carrington’s own work.” — Kirkus Reviews

PRAISE FOR OUT OF THIS WORLD: “Spectral fairies, soaring women, an infant in a luminous crescent-moon cradle, a human-faced hyena—these are a few of the wondrous images filling the pages of this colorful picture-book biography of surrealist painter Leonora Carrington.” — Booklist (starred review)

PRAISE FOR OUT OF THIS WORLD: “A reminder that rebellion comes in different forms.” — School Library Journal

PRAISE FOR OUT OF THIS WORLD: “A striking picture book biography.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

PRAISE FOR OUT OF THIS WORLD: “A glorious look at a woman artist who did exactly what she wanted to do at a time when few were able to do so.” — The Horn Book

PRAISE FOR OUT OF THIS WORLD: “Markel’s telling—evocative and poetic—feels enchanted… [her] gorgeous description of Carrington’s paintings is the perfect summation of the extraordinariness found in all females.” — New York Times Book Review

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062398475
ISBN-10: 0062398474
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: July 2nd, 2024
Pages: 40
Language: English