Madam Speaker: Nancy Pelosi Calls the House to Order

Madam Speaker: Nancy Pelosi Calls the House to Order

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"The text is accessible and clever. . . . It's possible that even children of Republicans will be inspired by the ending." -Kirkus Reviews

"This book will inspire young readers through its positive portrayal of American politics and of Pelosi as a strong woman leader." -Booklist

"An engaging introduction to the most powerful woman in current American politics." -School Library Journal

This empowering picture book tells the story of Nancy Pelosi, the first female Speaker of the House and one of the most powerful women in US politics!

Nancy Pelosi is a beacon of patriotism and integrity, demonstrating strength and leadership in her over 30 years in public office. A politician, mother of five, and tireless advocate for the underprivileged, she has dedicated her life to correcting injustice and inequality, and she serves her country with confidence and compassion. Rising from the California Democratic Party Chair to House Minority Leader to become the first woman Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi is a gifted leader and an inspiration to young women everywhere.

This picture book chronicles the life of one of the United States's most influential women, telling a story that is equal parts moving and empowering.

Author: Carole Boston Weatherford
Publisher: Little Bee Books
Published: 09/07/2021
Pages: 40
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.95lbs
Size: 11.10h x 8.50w x 0.40d
ISBN: 9781499811896
Audience: Ages 9-12

Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Reviews 08/01/2021
Publishers Weekly 08/30/2021
Booklist 09/15/2021 pg. 46
School Library Journal 10/01/2021 pg. 105

About the Author
Carole Boston Weatherford has written many award-winning books for children, including Coretta Scott King winner RESPECT: Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul; Newbery Honor winner BOX: Henry Box Brown Mails Himself to Freedom; Caldecott Honor winners Freedom in Congo Square; Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer; and Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom, as well as Golden Kite Award winners Dear Mr. Rosenwald; Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library; and The Roots of Rap. She is currently a professor of English at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina where she created a hip-hop course. Find out more about her at

Chris Hsu is a traditionally trained artist and animation background painter whose credits include the animated spy comedy Archer and an upcoming Marvel animated project. His picture book work, which includes the award-winning The Boo- Boos That Changed the World and I Am Someone Else: Poems About Pretending, is heavily influenced by art history and music. Born in Taipei, Taiwan, and raised in Florida, he's currently based in the Southeast with his wife and two funny and lovely daughters.