As just the second woman to serve on the nation’s highest court, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, who died Friday at the age of 87, blazed a trail for women as a staunch, lifelong advocate for gender equality. She lived a life of deep impact and importance, filled with groundbreaking accomplishments and passionate dissents in the name of justice.
Perhaps no public servant has been so widely admired, respected and quoted as Justice Ginsberg. Her influence even permeated pop culture, as evidenced by the soaring popularity of Ruth Bader Ginsberg Halloween costumes in recent years along with her picture and famous collars on T-shirts, mugs and even tattoos. She was lovingly known as #NotoriousRBG.
As we marvel over the enormity of her accomplishments, we’re inspired to share her life story with our kids. Here are a few books that’ll teach your kids about her extraordinary legacy. Not surprisingly, these books are selling out quickly so you’ll want to hurry to get your copy.
I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark
By Debbie Levy
Illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley
In this picture book, kids will learn about RBG from childhood all the way to her service on the nation’s highest court. The book portrays the discrimination she faced as a woman, a mother and a Jew. It tells her life story through the lens of her many famous dissents, setting out to prove that “disagreeing does not make you disagreeable.”
Who Is Ruth Bader Ginsberg?
By Patricia Brennan Demuth
Illustrated by Jake Murray
Ages 8-12 years
You can count on books in the Who Is series to offer a complete illustrated account of a historical figure’s life. In this RBG biography, readers are introduced to the renowned Supreme Court Justice as a child of immigrants growing up in Brooklyn. Young Ruth was a good student who loved to jump double dutch, roller skate and visit the children’s theater at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and see the opera. As a kid, she dreamed of being an opera star who, of course, instead used the power of her voice on the nation’s highest court to inspire women all over the world.
I Look Up To… Ruth Bader Ginsburg
By Anna Membrino
Illustrated by Fatti Burke
Ages 2-3 years
The I Look Up To series aims to spotlight women making a difference in the world today. In this board book, each spread highlights an important character trait enhanced by a quote from RBG herself. The quotes are meant to inspire children as they face obstacles in their own lives.
Notorious RBG Young Readers’ Edition: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
By Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik
Widely viewed as a champion for women’s rights, this biography also poignantly illustrated the way RBG battled for “women’s and men’s liberation” as evidenced by the case Stephen Wiesenfeld, who was prevented from collecting his late wife’s social security because of his gender. In addition to detailing her life story, the book also shares inspiring additions such as “How to be like RBG” and “RBG’s workout.”
Becoming RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Journey to Justice
By Debbie Levy
Illustrated by Whitney Gardner
This is an excellent choice for fans of graphic novels. The book chronicles RBG’s evolution from a shy girl who questioned unfairness to a student and young woman who didn’t let obstacles deter her to a pioneering advocate for the disenfranchised on the nation’s highest court.