Kids’ books about Joe Biden, Kamala Harris: Here are a handful of books written either by or about people who have recently been in the spotlight because of the inauguration of President Joe Biden.
The most recent is “Ambitious Girl,” which publisher Little, Brown and Co., describes like so: “When a young girl sees a strong woman on TV labeled as “too assertive” and “too ambitious,” it sends her on a journey of discovery through past, present, and future about the challenges faced by women and girls and the ways in which they can reframe, redefine, and reclaim words meant to knock them down.” Best for ages 4 through 8. Here’s a video of her reading from “Ambitious Girl.”
Meena Harris had previously published “Kamala and Maya’s Big Idea,” inspired by the childhood of her aunt and her mother, Maya Harris, a lawyer and policy expert.
First lady Jill Biden also has written two kids’ books, one about the president:
“Joey: The Story of Joe Biden,” tells the story of the future president’s boyhood in Pennsylvania and Delaware and the lessons he learned from his family. It takes about his adventuresome personality and his struggles with stuttering. Suggested for preschool through third grade.
The first lady also is the author of “Don’t Forget: God Bless Our Troops.” President Biden often finishes public remarks with the line “God bless our troops,” and Jill Biden has made a mission of supporting military families. This book, published in 2012, tells the story of Natalie, a young girl whose soldier father has deployed to Iraq and what the year is like at home for her and her mom. Suggested for kindergarten through third grade.
And Amanda Gorman, the poet who spoke so eloquently at the inauguration and again at the Super Bowl, has three books coming out, according to her website. According to publisher Penguin Random House: Her inaugural poem, “The Hill We Climb,” will be published as a special edition in March. Her debut picture book, “Change Sings: A Children’s Anthem,” is due out in September as is a poetry collection entitled “The Hill We Climb and Other Poems.”
The publisher’s description of “Change Sings” says, in part, “As a young girl leads a cast of characters on a musical journey, they learn that they have the power to make changes—big or small—in the world, in their communities, and in most importantly, in themselves.”