Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison (English Version)


Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History, written and Illustrated by Vashti Harrison


Meet the little leaders. They're brave. They're bold. They changed the world.

Did you know the treatment for leprosy was developed by a young scientist called Alice Ball?

And Josephine Baker- world famous cabaret singer and dancer- was also a spy for the French résistance?

Featuring 40 trailblazing black women in the world's history, this book educates and inspires as it relates true stories of women who broke boundaries and exceeded all expectations.

Debut author/illustrator Vashti Harrison pairs captivating text with stunning illustrations as she tells the stories of both iconic and lesser-known female figures of black history, including:

  • Nurse Mary Seacole
  • Politician Diane Abbott
  • Mathematician Katherine Johnson
  • Singer Shirley Bassey

Inspire your own little leader with the stories of these amazing women.

Be bold. Be courageous. Be you. Be true. That's the message of this empowering, informative, and beautifully illustrated book. Brightly


A book to put into primary classrooms, secondary school libraries, to buy for families, and to share and discuss wherever and whenever you can - I certainly intend to.


We recommend this book for children aged  5 years and up.


Product Information

  • Language: English
  • Reading Age: 5 - 7 years
  • Print Length: 96 page

We love it because


Empowering our daughter is an important part of raising her to become a confident and courageous young woman. This inspirational book about great black women gives her and all other girls of colour bold role models to look up to and relate to. 

About the publisher / Author / Illustrator

Through decades and lifetimes, celebrations and crises, Penguin has always, always made books for everyone. Books that can change your mood or your mind. Your commute or your community. The way you eat or the way you sleep. Today, tomorrow or your entire life.

"We make books for everyone, because a book can change anyone."

Author / Illustrator

Vashti Harrison earned her MFA in Film/Video from CalArts and BA from the University of Virginia. Her experimental films and documentaries have shown around the world at film festivals. After a brief stint in television as a production coordinator, she is now a freelance graphic designer and a picture-book illustrator. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, USA.