Thanks to Frances Perkins
Fighter for Workers’ Rights
What is this book about?
At 31, Frances Perkins witnessed the Triangle Waist Factory fire in 1911, one of the worst industrial disasters in United States history. The event forever changed her, and she dedicated herself to the fight for workers’ rights.
When she became Secretary of Labor in Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s administration, she had the opportunity to make real her bold vision of a country where no one is left out and everyone is 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.
Awards and Recognition
- Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People / NCSS/CBC / 2021
“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)
“Informative … guardians seeking a woman activist’s framework, with actionable steps that resonate today, will find this picture book attractive.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Engaging … An informative portrait of an activist and advocate whose accomplishments are still evident today.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“An informative picture book profiling an influential woman in the labor rights movement.” (School Library Journal)
author, Deborah Hopkinson
illustrator, Kristy Caldwell
ages 6 and up, 2020