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Founding Mothers

By Cokie Roberts, Illustrated by Diane Goode

#1 New York Times bestselling author and celebrated journalist Cokie Roberts brings young readers a stunning nonfiction picture book that highlights the female patriots of the American Revolution.

Beautifully illustrated by Caldecott Honor–winning artist Diane Goode, Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies reveals the incredible accomplishments of the women who orchestrated the American Revolution behind the scenes.

Roberts traces the stories of heroic, patriotic women such as Abigail Adams, Martha Washington, Phillis Wheatley, Mercy Otis Warren, Sarah Livingston Jay, and others. Details are gleaned from their letters, private journals, lists, and ledgers. The bravery of these women’s courageous acts contributed to the founding of America and spurred the founding fathers to make this a country that “remembered the ladies.”

This compelling book, based on the author's acclaimed work for adults, Founding Mothers, includes a rich time line, biographies, an author’s note, and additional web resources in the back matter.

Parents and educators looking for a more in-depth book beyond the Rosie Revere and Rad Women series will welcome Founding Mothers.

  • Grade level: 5
  • Interest Level: 2-7
  • Guided Reading Level: T


Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text. Describe the overall structure of events, ideas, concepts, or information in a text or part of a text. Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text.

How does the structure of nonfiction text affect how we understand the material? RI.5.5

What composite structure does the author use to shape events, ideas, concepts, and information? RI.5.5

What is the author?s purpose for writing this book? Do you think the author is a reliable source? Discuss. RI.5.8, SL.5.1d, SL.5.4
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • Imprint: HarperCollins
  • Format: Hardcover
  • On Sale: 11/30/-0001
  • ISBN: 9780060780029
  • ISBN 10: 0060780029
  • ISBN 13: 9780060780029
  • Pages: 40
  • Trim Size: 10.00 x 10.00 in
  • Subcategory:
  • Juvenile Nonfiction / Biography & Autobiography / Women
  • Juvenile Nonfiction / Biography & Autobiography / Political
  • Juvenile Nonfiction / History / United States / Colonial & Revolutionary Periods

Kirkus Reviews (starred review)“Goode’s illustrations are often breathtaking. Roberts’ lively text is illuminated with flourishes and curlicues along with winsome or whimsical portraits in what looks like ink and watercolor. It is a wonderful package, adding the women who made it work to the men we thought we all knew. ”

ALA Booklist“An engaging and educational historical reference.”

School Library Journal“Beautifully intricate illustrations, rendered with antique pens, sepia ink, and watercolors, suit the text well. Thoughtful design, well-chosen facts, and an approachable format combine to make a book readers will enjoy and appreciate.”

Brightly“Highlights the roles of the expected (Abigail Adams, Martha Washington) and unexpected (Mercy Otis Warren, Catherine Littlefield Green) sheroes who attended to the birth of our nation.” From the article “Rad Women Your Girls (and Boys!) Should Read About”

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