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Thanks to Frances Perkins
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Thanks to Frances Perkins

Fighter for Workers’ Rights

by Deborah Hopkinson
illustrated by Kristy Caldwell

How many years will it be until you turn sixty-two? What year will that be? Once you’ve read Thanks to Frances Perkins, you’ll know why these are important questions–and why you may want to thank Frances Perkins.

After Frances Perkins witnessed the Triangle Waist Factory fire in 1911, she was forever changed. While some activists pressed factory owners for change, Frances decided to work to bring about new laws that would force employers to treat people better and make workplaces safer. When she became Secretary of Labor in Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s administration—the first woman cabinet member—Frances had the opportunity to make real her bold vision of a country where no one was left out. As a result of the Social Security program that she created, we have built a society where we help one another.

Deborah Hopkinson’s energetic text and Kristy Caldwell’s appealing illustrations introduce readers to a fascinating woman who has changed many American lives. Back matter features more information about Frances Perkins, Social Security, and resources for economic education.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $18.99
ISBN: 978-1-68263-136-2
Publication Date: 8/1/2020
Page Count: 36
Size: 10-7/8″ x 9″
Age Range: 6 – 10
Language: English
Format: eBook
ISBN: 978-1-68263-272-7
Age Range: 6 – 10
Language: English

Purchase this eBook through the following vendors:

Barnes & Noble

F&P: P, Gr 3, Genre B
Lexile: 900L
Themes: New Deal, Social Security, Women’s History, Women’s Rights
BISAC 1: JNF007110 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Social Activists
BISAC 2: JNF043000 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Social Science / Politics & Government
BISAC 3: JNF010000 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Business & Economics

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“Engaging… An informative portrait of an activist and advocate whose accomplishments are still evident today.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Informative…guardians seeking a woman activist’s framework, with actionable steps that resonate today, will find this picture book attractive.” —Publishers Weekly

“The lively text presents Perkins’ life and times, while emphasizing her significant contributions to society. Created using pleasant, subdued colors, the well-composed digital illustrations bring past eras into focus and show Perkins’ determined work on behalf of others. An informative picture-book biography of a notable American.” —Booklist

“An informative picture book profiling an influential woman in the labor rights movement.” —School Library Journal

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Meet the Author

Deborah Hopkinson

Deborah Hopkinson is the award-winning author of numerous critically acclaimed picture and chapter books, including Keep On!Sweet Land of LibertyUnder the Quilt of Night; and Shutting Out the Sky: Life in the Tenements of New York 1880-1924. She lives in Oregon. You can visit her website here.

Meet the Illustrator

Kristy Caldwell

Kristy Caldwell received an MFA in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts. She lives in New York. You can visit her website here.