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This picture book autobiography tells the triumphant story of Sharice Davids, one of the first Native American women elected to Congress, and the first LGBTQ congressperson to represent Kansas! When Sharice Davids was young, she never thought she’d be in Congress. And she never thought she’d be one of the first Native American women in Congress. During her campaign, she hea This picture book autobiography tells the triumphant story of Sharice Davids, one of the first Native American women elected to Congress, and the first LGBTQ congressperson to represent Kansas! When Sharice Davids was young, she never thought she’d be in Congress. And she never thought she’d be one of the first Native American women in Congress. During her campaign, she heard from a lot of doubters. They said she couldn’t win because of how she looked, who she loved, and where she came from. But here’s the thing: Everyone’s path looks different and everyone’s path has obstacles. And this is the remarkable story of Sharice Davids’ path to Congress. Beautifully illustrated by Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley, an Ojibwe Woodland artist, this powerful autobiographical picture book teaches readers to use their big voice and that everyone deserves to be seen—and heard! The back matter includes information about the Ho-Chunk written by former Ho-Chunk President Jon Greendeer, an artist note, and an inspiring letter to children from Sharice Davids.


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This picture book autobiography tells the triumphant story of Sharice Davids, one of the first Native American women elected to Congress, and the first LGBTQ congressperson to represent Kansas! When Sharice Davids was young, she never thought she’d be in Congress. And she never thought she’d be one of the first Native American women in Congress. During her campaign, she hea This picture book autobiography tells the triumphant story of Sharice Davids, one of the first Native American women elected to Congress, and the first LGBTQ congressperson to represent Kansas! When Sharice Davids was young, she never thought she’d be in Congress. And she never thought she’d be one of the first Native American women in Congress. During her campaign, she heard from a lot of doubters. They said she couldn’t win because of how she looked, who she loved, and where she came from. But here’s the thing: Everyone’s path looks different and everyone’s path has obstacles. And this is the remarkable story of Sharice Davids’ path to Congress. Beautifully illustrated by Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley, an Ojibwe Woodland artist, this powerful autobiographical picture book teaches readers to use their big voice and that everyone deserves to be seen—and heard! The back matter includes information about the Ho-Chunk written by former Ho-Chunk President Jon Greendeer, an artist note, and an inspiring letter to children from Sharice Davids.

30 review for Sharice's Big Voice: A Native Kid Becomes a Congresswoman

  1. 5 out of 5

    Diana | Book of Secrets

    Sharice Davids is my representative in Congress, so I was very excited about her picture book autobiography. It tells her inspirational life story from talkative child of an Army sergeant to one of the first Native American women in Congress, and the first LGBTQ congressperson representing Kansas. She worked hard, used her voice, and listened to people along the way. Even though she had doubters — "They thought I couldn't win based on what I look like, who I love, and where I started" — she over Sharice Davids is my representative in Congress, so I was very excited about her picture book autobiography. It tells her inspirational life story from talkative child of an Army sergeant to one of the first Native American women in Congress, and the first LGBTQ congressperson representing Kansas. She worked hard, used her voice, and listened to people along the way. Even though she had doubters — "They thought I couldn't win based on what I look like, who I love, and where I started" — she overcame obstacles through perseverance & triumphed in the end. The illustrations are vibrant and capture Rep. Davids' message beautifully.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ben Truong

    Sharice's Big Voice: A Native Kid Becomes a Congresswoman is a children's picture book written by Sharice Davids with Nancy K. Mays and illustrated by Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley. Abig personality with a voice to match, Sharice listens to her heart to find her own path. Sharice Lynnette Davids is an American attorney, former mixed martial artist, and politician serving as the U.S. Representative from Kansas's 3rd congressional district since 2019. A member of the Democratic Party, she represe Sharice's Big Voice: A Native Kid Becomes a Congresswoman is a children's picture book written by Sharice Davids with Nancy K. Mays and illustrated by Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley. Abig personality with a voice to match, Sharice listens to her heart to find her own path. Sharice Lynnette Davids is an American attorney, former mixed martial artist, and politician serving as the U.S. Representative from Kansas's 3rd congressional district since 2019. A member of the Democratic Party, she represents a district that includes most of the Kansas side of the Kansas City metropolitan area, including cities such as Kansas City, Overland Park, Prairie Village, Leawood, Lenexa, as well as Olathe. Davids' text is rather simplistic, straightforward, and informative. In this autobiographical picture book, Davids outlines her history-making path, beginning with her love of speaking, which eventually lead her to Congress. Backmatter includes an author's note, illustrator's note, and cultural note. Pawis-Steckley contributes boldly lined and colored digital illustrations, inflected with Native symbols and bold colors. The premise of the book is rather straightforward. The narrative conversationally relays how frequent moves taught Davids that talking breaks down barriers and listening taught her to help others, and how a post-law school job advocating for Native American tribes led her to launch a run for Congress. The prose is reminiscent of an inspirational speech with a message of service that includes fun biographical facts. All in all, Sharice's Big Voice: A Native Kid Becomes a Congresswoman demonstrates that everyone's voice matters and needs to be heard.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jillian Heise

    This autobiographical picture book is fantastic!! Her own story about the events in her life that led her on the path to becoming a U.S. Congresswoman, one of the first two Native women ever to be in Congress. The themes come across through her advice on following your path. The back matter includes a great author's note & illustrator's note. And the additional "About the Ho-Chunk" pages, detailed enough to be their own separate text, are especially valuable for adding historical perspective on This autobiographical picture book is fantastic!! Her own story about the events in her life that led her on the path to becoming a U.S. Congresswoman, one of the first two Native women ever to be in Congress. The themes come across through her advice on following your path. The back matter includes a great author's note & illustrator's note. And the additional "About the Ho-Chunk" pages, detailed enough to be their own separate text, are especially valuable for adding historical perspective on the Ho-Chunk Nation, people, and the U.S government policies in regards to Native Americans that have negatively impacted them. Pair in text sets with books about government, Native Americans, autobiographies, Pride, or women's history. As the illustrator notes, "Sharice's is a culturally and historically significant success story for all young people."

  4. 4 out of 5

    Crystal

    I'm super excited to have this in our elementary school collection. It is the autobiography of a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation. I am living on the ancestral lands of the Ho-Chunk people and our school occupies their ancestral lands also. We have very few books by or about Ho-Chunk people that take place in the present so this is awesome. The illustrations are bright and engaging and Sharice's life is very interesting. I know many will be intrigued by her martial arts experiences along with other I'm super excited to have this in our elementary school collection. It is the autobiography of a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation. I am living on the ancestral lands of the Ho-Chunk people and our school occupies their ancestral lands also. We have very few books by or about Ho-Chunk people that take place in the present so this is awesome. The illustrations are bright and engaging and Sharice's life is very interesting. I know many will be intrigued by her martial arts experiences along with other aspects of her life. I'm really looking forward to having this in our library.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Steve Scott

    I had the honor of meeting Congresswoman Davids at a MMA fight just before her election to Congress. Mutual friends that knew and trained with her in MMA introduced me and my wife to her. Sharice is technically, by a few hours, the first Native American woman to be elected to Congress. In this book (and on her Wikipedia page) she doesn't mention that, preferring to say she was "one of the first", sharing the honor with New Mexico's Deb Halland, current Secretary of the Interior. Kudos to Sharice I had the honor of meeting Congresswoman Davids at a MMA fight just before her election to Congress. Mutual friends that knew and trained with her in MMA introduced me and my wife to her. Sharice is technically, by a few hours, the first Native American woman to be elected to Congress. In this book (and on her Wikipedia page) she doesn't mention that, preferring to say she was "one of the first", sharing the honor with New Mexico's Deb Halland, current Secretary of the Interior. Kudos to Sharice for her humility and inclusiveness. The book itself is a gem. It provides children with lessons in etiquette, history, the virtues of hard work and ambition, and is tremendously inspirational. Nancy K. Mays did a wonderful job of writing the text at a level that was appropriate for children and yet communicated a powerful message. Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley, an Ojibwe Woodland Artist, provided illustrations that are simply beautiful and that perfectly compliment the story line. We bought this book in a recent visit to Sharice's hometown of Lawrence, Kansas, and I only just noticed the copy had been signed by her that very month. After my wife and I read it we'll pass it on to our local library, so the children of our county can learn and draw inspiration from it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Earl

    Sharice Davids shares her story of overcoming obstacles and other people's perceptions to become the first LGBTQ Native American Congressperson. Learning about and experiencing firsthand the unequal treatment she and her people have endured over the years, she used her voice to make a difference. An inspiring picture book autobiography that will introduce readers to an incredible political figure who spoke out not just for her rights but for others. Sharice Davids shares her story of overcoming obstacles and other people's perceptions to become the first LGBTQ Native American Congressperson. Learning about and experiencing firsthand the unequal treatment she and her people have endured over the years, she used her voice to make a difference. An inspiring picture book autobiography that will introduce readers to an incredible political figure who spoke out not just for her rights but for others.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    Striking digital illustrations provide a visual backdrop for this story of triumph concerning one of the first Native Americans elected to the United States Congress. Through its pages, Sharice Davids shares her journey as a young child moving from place to place with her mother, who was in the military. She faced several challenges, including individuals who would ask her what she was, but she also learned that listening to others is helpful and may ease their concerns. Along the way, she devel Striking digital illustrations provide a visual backdrop for this story of triumph concerning one of the first Native Americans elected to the United States Congress. Through its pages, Sharice Davids shares her journey as a young child moving from place to place with her mother, who was in the military. She faced several challenges, including individuals who would ask her what she was, but she also learned that listening to others is helpful and may ease their concerns. Along the way, she developed her big voice, went to law school, and ran for and was elected to Congress, the first lesbian elected as a representative of that state. I wanted to know more about what matters to Sharice and more about what she learned over the years, but it's good to have a book about such a groundbreaker available for children. Sometimes the humorous asides detracted from the narrative although they seemed to be an attempt to allow parts of her personality to come through rather than the book being part of a political campaign. Since she was elected in 2018, I would have expected more about what she learned from that first term. I actually liked the illustrations more than the text.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Aolund

    The inspiring and engaging tale of Sharice Davids' journey to being elected one of the first Native American (Ho-Chunk Nation) congresswomen and first lesbian representative from Kansas. I can't wait to share this story with young listeners and readers. Themes: Indigenous history, U.S. Politics, U.S. History, Use Your Voice, Be Yourself Age range: Elementary The inspiring and engaging tale of Sharice Davids' journey to being elected one of the first Native American (Ho-Chunk Nation) congresswomen and first lesbian representative from Kansas. I can't wait to share this story with young listeners and readers. Themes: Indigenous history, U.S. Politics, U.S. History, Use Your Voice, Be Yourself Age range: Elementary

  9. 4 out of 5

    Effie

    This biography was really engaging and inspiring. The backmatter is as good as the rest of the book. I'm so glad I read this book. I think kids will be empowered by Sharice Davids' life and her encouraging words. Excellent! This biography was really engaging and inspiring. The backmatter is as good as the rest of the book. I'm so glad I read this book. I think kids will be empowered by Sharice Davids' life and her encouraging words. Excellent!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Eti

    raise your voice, speak up, listen to people, connect to community, change the world. A powerful call to action through US Congresswoman Sharice Davids' biography to inspire future changemakers. Your voice is powerful and don't let anyone tell you otherwise. raise your voice, speak up, listen to people, connect to community, change the world. A powerful call to action through US Congresswoman Sharice Davids' biography to inspire future changemakers. Your voice is powerful and don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

  11. 5 out of 5

    MandM

    4-4.5 Children’s Book Great book about Sharice David’s and her path to becoming the first Native American Woman in Congress Nice illustrations.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Carol Yee

    Lived this inspiring book.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Caufman

    Great message that life has ups and downs and requires hard work to see your dreams come true.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Allison

    6/19/2021 discussed on Diverse Books for Children: Representation Matters-Lee Yancy First 5 Alameda County

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jacqui

    3.5

  16. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    A wonderful and engaging picture book biography of one of the first Native American women to be elected to Congress.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Denicemarcell

    As this copy waited to return to its lender, I read it. Powerful

  18. 5 out of 5

    Edward Sullivan

    An inspiring picture book autobiography from the first Native American women elected to Congress, and the first LGBTQ congressperson to represent Kansas.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Peacegal

    Another cool and informative picture book biography. Vibrant illustrations help tell an inspiring story that will educate both kids and adults.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Alexx Burris

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ms Threlkeld

  22. 4 out of 5

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  23. 4 out of 5

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  24. 4 out of 5

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  25. 5 out of 5

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  26. 5 out of 5

    Nichole Ponzer

  27. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Misra

  28. 4 out of 5

    Grace

  29. 5 out of 5

    Shoshanna

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