Book review: Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World, by Susan Hood, illustrated by 13 women

Hood, Susan. Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World. Illus. by 13 women. Harper, 2018. $18.99. 40p. ISBN 978-0-06-269945-9. Ages 6-9. P8Q10

Highlighted on these pages with poetry, a full-page illustration, and a brief biography are women in age from a fire-fighter in the 1780s to a black six-year-old girl who integrated a white New Orleans school in New Orleans. Two-thirds of the subjects are from the U.S., and the 13 adults cover a wide range of fields: paleontology, librarianship, secret agents, astronaut, architecture, journalism, anti-hunger activism, education activist, etc. Varied media for illustrations including collage, watercolors and paintings. The artists are Shadra Strickland, Hadley Hooper, Lisa Brown, Emily Winfield Martin, Sara Palacios, Erin K. Robinson, Sophie Blackall, Melissa Sweet, Oge Mora, Isabel Roxas, Julie Morstad, LeUyen Pham, and Selina Alko. Notes at the end for each of the subjects include sources and resources.

Verdict: The impressive compendium in this picture book exhibits extensive research and a love for the subject. Highly recommended.

January/February 2018 review by Nel Ward.