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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

An engaging picture book biography of Frances Perkins, the first woman cabinet member and activist who created the Social Security program. From award-winning author Deborah Hopkinson.

At 31, Frances Perkins witnessed the Triangle Waist Factory fire in 1911, one of the worst industrial disasters in U.S. history. The event forever changed her, and while some activists pressed factory owners for change, Frances actually got to work and joined the fight for workers’ rights.

It was when Frances Perkins became Secretary of Labor in Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s administration—the first woman cabinet member—that she had the opportunity to make real her bold vision of a country where no one is left out and Americans are protected. Thanks to her efforts, we have the Social Security program, a move that changed Americans’ lives for generations to come.

Deborah Hopkinson’s energetic text and Kristy Caldwell’s appealing illustrations unite to tell Perkins’ fascinating story as well as introduce early concepts of financial literacy, the Social Security Act, and the New Deal. Back matter features more information about Frances Perkins, Social Security, and resources for economic education. eBook available.


Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People —NCSS/CBC

Also by Deborah Hopkinson:
Carter Reads the Newspaper
Keep On! The Story of Matthew Henson
Sweet Land of Liberty

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


Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People—NCSS/CBC, 2021

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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.