I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark is the first picture book about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. This terrific pictorial biography tells the justice’s story through the lens of her many famous dissents and disagreements. And even though the book is geared toward ages 4–8, we all love RBG in my family, and we all love this book!
Award-winning children’s book author Debbie Levy and illustrator Elizabeth Baddeley bring Justice Ginsburg’s exemplary story to life to show us that disagreeing does not make you disagreeable.
Ginsburg spent a lifetime fighting inequality, arguing against unfair treatment, and standing up for what’s right for people everywhere.
As a young girl, Justice Ginsburg bears witness to prejudice and anti-Semitism and promises to never forget how it felt. Later, in school, she objects to having to take home economics class simply because she’s a girl. And despite being head of her class at law school she has a difficult time getting a job upon graduation because she’s a woman, a mother, and Jewish. A judge finally hires her; she works hard, continues to stand up for basic human rights, and eventually becomes the first Jewish woman to sit on the Supreme Court. Notable cases in which RBG was a participant—such as Frontiero v. Richardson (1973), an important win for equal rights for women—are highlighted throughout. A detailed biography, notes on Supreme Court cases, and a bibliography accompany the book.
Levy writes that Justice Ginsburg “cleared a path for people to follow in her footsteps—girls in college, women in law school, and everyone who wants to be treated without prejudice.”
I Dissent received the 2017 Sydney Taylor Award and the 2016 National Jewish Book Award and has been featured on many children’s bestseller lists. The ADL selected I Dissent as their Book of the Month Pick in December 2016 and published a terrific Parent/Family Discussion Guide here.
In January the PJ Library mailed the book to 17,000 families. (PJ Library sends free Jewish children’s books to families across the world every month.) Justice Ginsburg sent a special message to the PJ Library families in this delightful video below. Be sure to check it out!