Parents' Guide to

I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark

By Jan Carr, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Inspiring bio of Supreme Court justice empowers girls.

I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 1 parent review

age 7+

Callie wrote a letter

My Great granddaughter read the book. She is almost 7 years old. She read it to her class in the library. Then she wrote a letter to Judge Ginsburg in which she said that "I dissent a lot, too!" She is a constant reader in the 1st grade doing 4th grade level work. She loves to read!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (1 ):
Kids say (1 ):

This bio of Justice Ginsburg is supremely inspiring, breaking down complicated ideas about the constitution, legal system, and issues of equality for young readers while celebrating Ginsburg's life. Levy cleverly pulls out words that show Ginsburg disagreeing with the status quo and organizes the narrative around them. The young Ruth in I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark not only dissented, she also "protested," "objected," "disapproved," "resisted and persisted," and "did not concur" -- which arms young girls with a vocabulary to use when they run up against opposition.

Illustrator Elizabeth Baddeley's illustration works perfectly with the text, vividly portraying the settings and experiences of the young Ruth, who's pictured with a determined glint in her eye, rendering her relatable to smart, plucky girls everywhere.

Book Details

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate