cover image Sharice’s Big Voice: A Native Kid Becomes a Congresswoman

Sharice’s Big Voice: A Native Kid Becomes a Congresswoman

Sharice Davids, with Nancy K. Mays, illus. by Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley. HarperCollins, $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-0-06-297966-7

In this autobiographical picture book, Davids (who is Ho-Chunk), “one of the first Native women in U.S. Congress,” outlines her history-making path, beginning with her love of speaking. With Mays, she continues conversationally, relaying how frequent moves taught her that talking breaks down barriers and listening taught her to help others, and how a post–law school job advocating for Native American tribes led her to launch a run for Congress. The prose is reminiscent of an inspirational speech (“Everyone’s path looks different”), with a message of service that includes fun biographical facts, such as her love of Bruce Lee. Pawis-Steckley (who is Ojibwe Woodland) contributes boldly lined and colored digital illustrations, inflected with Native symbols and bold colors. A hopeful and accessible picture book profile. Back matter includes author’s and artist’s notes. Ages 4–8. (June)