Hello, friends! Today’s book is Little People, Big Dreams: Amelia Earhart, written by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara and illustrated by Mariadiamantes, a sweet and very cute picture book biography of Amelia Earhart that inspires all little ones to chase their dreams.
Cutting down the details of Earhart’s remarkable life to bare-bones, easy-to-grasp highlights, our story starts with little Amelia and her dream: to fly. Falling in love with aviation at a young age, she never let conventions or doubts deter her from chasing the excitement and dangers of her passion for flying. She founded an aviation club for female pilots, navigated the Atlantic both with a team and solo, and nearly made it around the globe before disappearing. And though her ending is a sad one, Amelia disappeared doing what she felt she should, and what she felt she must: paving the way for more explorers to chart their own paths, regardless of their gender.
Sometimes it’s hard to properly capture inspirational yet tragic figures such as Earhart in children’s books, but this one does a commendable job. The story is meant to focus on Earhart’s courage and achievements, but doesn’t shy away from her disappearance, and even provides a more in-depth timeline of her life as an appendix for older readers. The art is simple yet lovely, using bold colors and basic shapes to paint poignant visuals. The length is great, and JJ enjoyed this one a lot. This is a great way to introduce the littlest readers to feminist icons, and we look forward to checking out more of the series! Baby Bookworm approved!