Kamala Harris: Rooted in Justice

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Carrie Kingsley, Common Sense Media
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Inspiring, colorful story of senator's lifetime of work.

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Educational Value

Historical and biographical information about Harris, the civil rights movement, Black history in America, and some of the many ways to do public service. 

Positive Messages

Stand up for what you believe in. Work hard to make progress on your dreams, and don't give up when the work gets hard. Celebrate diversity in families and communities.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Kamala Harris and her family show strength, determination, a deep caring for each other in their work toward justice.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Kamala Harris: Rooted in Justice is a colorful picture book by Nikki Grimes that details the inspiring life story of vice presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Kamala Harris, framed as a conversation with a young Black girl. There's a lot of information on each page, presented in small blocks of verse-like text, making this a great read-aloud for less fluent readers who might need help understanding some of the people, places, and events in Harris' life. The focus on justice, family, and public service gives readers lots of chances to talk about their own lives and family histories, and about how the past influences current events, opportunities, and communities. And Laura Freeman's vibrant digital illustrations will draw kids in. There's a timeline of Harris' life and a list of source material at the end of the book.

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What's the story?

KAMALA HARRIS: ROOTED IN JUSTICE follows the lifetime of work by the leader who became the first Black female attorney general in California and the second Black United States senator. Much of the book focuses on her earlier years: her immigrant parents and their family, her childhood influences in Oakland, California, and Montreal, Canada, activism, and all levels of school. The latter part of the book follows her extensive career in justice work and politics, through her 2020 presidential run.

Is it any good?

Packed with facts and personal information, this is more than a standard picture book and provides young readers with an excellent biography of a driven, trailblazing Black woman. The story is told as a conversation with a young Black girl, so there are lots of ways for readers to connect Harris' experiences with their own. Kamala Harris: Rooted in Justice is an inspiring call to action, and shows how much perseverance and hard work it takes to be a success. The message here centers on fighting for justice, but it returns over and over again to the work required to make forward progress. And Laura Freeman's colorful, engaging illustrations on every page reflect the vibrant life Harris built and the energy in her communities. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Kamala Harris: Rooted in Justice shows many kinds of public service. What ways would you like to help your community?

  • People can contribute in large and small ways. How do you hope to make your mark on history?

  • What other books have you read about people who work toward justice?

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For kids who love biographies and stories of fighting for social justice

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