I Dissent

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark

Illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley
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About The Book

Get to know celebrated Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg—in the first picture book about her life—as she proves that disagreeing does not make you disagreeable!

Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has spent a lifetime disagreeing: disagreeing with inequality, arguing against unfair treatment, and standing up for what’s right for people everywhere. This biographical picture book about the Notorious RBG, tells the justice’s story through the lens of her many famous dissents, or disagreements.

About The Author

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Debbie Levy is no stranger to powerful nonfiction narratives for children. She is the author of New York Times bestselling I, Dissent; We Shall Overcome: The Story of a SongDozer’s Run: A True Story of a Dog and His Race; and a number of other nonfiction and fiction titles. She is a former lawyer and newspaper editor. She currently lives in Maryland with her husband.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (August 2018)
  • Length: 40 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781481465595
  • Grades: P - 3
  • Ages: 4 - 8
  • Lexile ® 710L

Raves and Reviews

"Speak purposefully and carry a big legal pad. . . . Read this and be inspired to work for justice through the legal system."

– Kirkus Reviews

"Baddeley and Levy [. . . .] demonstrate how disagreement can lead to meaningful discussion and doesn’t have to be personal. This lively, inviting, and informative biography of a historic woman will empower young ones to bravely voice their opinions."


"[A] spirited picture book biography of the second woman to sit on the high court."

– Publishers Weekly

*"This dynamic offering is an essential purchase that will be useful for completing assignments as well as for pleasure reading."

– School Library Journal, STARREV REVIEW

Awards and Honors

  • ALA Notable Children's Books
  • CBC/NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book
  • William Allen White Children's Book Award Master List (KS)
  • Chicago Public Library's Best of the Best
  • Nutmeg Children's Book Award Nominee (CT)
  • ILA Notable Books for a Global Society
  • Black Eyed Susan Book Award Master List (MD)
  • Jane Addams Children's Book Award Honor Book
  • Jefferson Cup Award
  • National Jewish Book Award
  • Red Clover Award Master List (VT)
  • Amelia Bloomer Selection List - TOP TEN
  • Rhode Island Children's Book Award Nominee
  • Sydney Taylor Book Award Winner
  • Eureka Nonfiction Gold Award (CA)
  • NCTE Orbis Pictus Honor Book to NCTE Orbis Pictus Honor Book for Outstanding Nonfiction
  • Wisconsin State Reading Association's Reading List
  • New York Public Library Best Books for Kids

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