Inspired by the #1 New York Times bestseller She Persisted by

Chelsea Clinton and Alexandra Boiger comes a chapter book series about women who spoke up and rose up against the odds!

 

She Persisted: Harriet Tubman

By Andrea Davis Pinkney and Chelsea Clinton, Illustrated by Alexandra Boiger and Gillian Flint


Born enslaved, Harriet Tubman rose up to become one of the most successful, determined and well-known conductors of the Underground Railroad. With her family’s love planted firmly in her heart, Harriet looked to the North Star for guidance–and its light helped guide her way out of slavery. Her courage made it possible for her to help others reach freedom too.

In this chapter book biography by bestselling and award-winning author Andrea Davis Pinkney, readers learn about the amazing life of Harriet Tubman–and how she persisted. Complete with an introduction from Chelsea Clinton!

 

She Persisted: Claudette Colvin

By Lesa Cline-Ransome and Chelsea Clinton, Illustrated by Alexandra Boiger and Gillian Flint

 

Before Rosa Parks famously refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, fifteen-year-old Claudette Colvin made the same choice. She insisted on standing up–or in her case, sitting down–for what was right, and in doing so, fought for equality, fairness, and justice.

In this chapter book biography by award-winning author Lesa Cline-Ransome, readers learn about the amazing life of Claudette Colvin–and how she persisted. Complete with an introduction from Chelsea Clinton!

 

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She Persisted: Sally Ride

By Atia Abawi and Chelsea Clinton, Illustrated by Alexandra Boiger and Gillian Flint

 

As the first American woman in space, Sally Ride broke barriers and made her dreams come true. But she wanted to do even more! After leaving NASA, she created science and engineering programs that would help other girls and women make their dreams come true as well.

In this chapter book biography by award-winning author Atia Abawi, readers learn about the amazing life of Sally Ride–and how she persisted. Complete with an introduction from Chelsea Clinton!

 

She Persisted: Virginia Apgar

By Dr. Sayantani DasGupta and Chelsea Clinton, Illustrated by Alexandra Boiger and Gillian Flint

 

There weren’t many women who tried to become doctors when Virginia Apgar went to medical school–but she didn’t let that stop her. After a professor discouraged from becoming a surgeon, she became an anesthesiologist instead and created the famous Apgar test to check the health of newborn babies. It’s a test that’s still used in hospitals across the world today!

In this chapter book biography by bestselling author and physician Sayantani DasGupta, readers learn about the amazing life of Virginia Apgar–and how she persisted. Complete with an introduction from Chelsea Clinton!

 

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She Persisted: Nellie Bly

By Michelle Knudsen and Chelsea Clinton, Illustrated by Alexandra Boiger and Gillian Flint

 

Nellie Bly was a journalist and one of the first investigative reporters ever. She went undercover to expose wrongdoing and famously raced around the world so she could write about the experience for her newspaper. Reaching for her dreams wasn’t easy. But Nellie never gave up, no matter how many obstacles she faced–and she helped others along the way.

In this chapter book biography by New York Times bestselling author Michelle Knudsen, readers learn about the amazing life of Nellie Bly–and how she persisted. Complete with an introduction from Chelsea Clinton!

 

She Persisted: Sonia Sotomayor

By Meg Medina and Chelsea Clinton, Illustrated by Alexandra Boiger and Gillian Flint

 

Sonia Sotomayor is the first Latina Supreme Court Justice in the history of the United States, but her road there wasn’t easy. She overcame many challenges along the way, including a diagnosis of diabetes at age seven. But she didn’t let that stop her from achieving her dream and inspiring children all over the world to work hard and believe in themselves. 

In this chapter book biography by award-winning author Meg Medina, readers learn about the amazing life of Sonia Sotomayor–and how she persisted. Complete with an introduction from Chelsea Clinton!

 

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She Persisted: Florence Griffith Joyner

By Rita Williams-Garcia and Chelsea Clinton, Illustrated by Alexandra Boiger and Gillian Flint

 

Considered the fastest woman of all time, Florence Griffith Joyner, also known as Flo-Jo, set two world records in 1988 that still stand today. But getting there wasn’t easy, and Flo-Jo had to overcome many challenges along the way. 

In this chapter book biography by award-winning author Rita Williams-Garcia, readers learn about the amazing life of Florence Griffith Joyner–and how she persisted. Complete with an introduction from Chelsea Clinton!

 

She Persisted: Ruby Bridges

By Kekla Magoon and Chelsea Clinton, Illustrated by Alexandra Boiger and Gillian Flint

 

As a first grader, Ruby Bridges was the first Black student to integrate William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans, Louisiana. This was no easy task, especially for a six-year-old. Ruby’s bravery and perseverance inspired children and adults alike to fight for equality and social justice.

In this chapter book biography by award-winning author Kekla Magoon, readers learn about the amazing life of Ruby Bridges–and how she persisted. Complete with an introduction from Chelsea Clinton!

 

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She Persisted: Clara Lemlich

By Deborah Heiligman and Chelsea Clinton, Illustrated by Alexandra Boiger and Gillian Flint

 

Clara Lemlich immigrated to New York to escape danger in Ukraine, where she was born. She started working in clothing factories on the Lower East Side, only to realize that workers were being treated unfairly. So she stood up for the rights of workers, especially girls and women–and she won, changing the way factory workers were treated in America forever!


In this chapter book biography by award-winning author Deborah Heiligman, readers learn about the amazing life of Clara Lemlich–and how she persisted. Complete with an introduction from Chelsea Clinton!

 

She Persisted: Margaret Chase Smith

By Ruby Shamir and Chelsea Clinton, Illustrated by Alexandra Boiger and Gillian Flint

 

Margaret Chase Smith liked to help people, and she knew she could do that as a member of Congress. She became the first woman to serve in both the House and the Senate, where she supported the space program and more opportunities for women. Her hard work and success helped pave the way for generations of women after her to run for office!

In this chapter book biography by award-winning author Ruby Shamir, readers learn about the amazing life of Margaret Chase Smith–and how she persisted. Complete with an introduction from Chelsea Clinton!

 

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She Persisted: Maria Tallchief

By Christine Day and Chelsea Clinton, Illustrated by Alexandra Boiger and Gillian Flint

 

Maria Tallchief loved to dance, but was told that she might need to change her Osage name to one that sounded more Russian to make it as a professional ballerina. She refused, and worked hard at dancing her best, becoming America’s first prima ballerina. Many famous American ballets were created for Maria!

In this chapter book biography by award-winning author Christine Day, readers learn about the amazing life of Maria Tallchief–and how she persisted. Complete with an introduction from Chelsea Clinton!

 

She Persisted: Helen Keller

By Courtney Sheinmel and Chelsea Clinton, Illustrated by Alexandra Boiger and Gillian Flint

 

Helen Keller lost her sight and hearing after a childhood illness, but she didn’t let that stop her from learning to read, speak, and make a difference. She was the first person who was both deaf and blind to go to and graduate from college, and she continued to write books and articles, speak in public, and stand up for the rights she believed everyone should have, inspiring others to do the same.

In this chapter book biography by acclaimed author Courtney Sheinmel, readers learn about the amazing life of Helen Keller–and how she persisted.  Complete with an introduction from Chelsea Clinton!

 

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