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Kid's Christmas Gift Idea: Kids discover high court through lens of children's book authors.

By Doug Small | December, 22, 2015
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Polls show most adults are largely ignorant of how the U.S. Supreme Court works and who the justices are. But there is hope for the next generation thanks to a dedicated band of children's authors.

In 2015, the newest book in a new series, Women Who Broke the Rules, was published with Justice Sonia Sotomayor as its subject.

"I wanted to call [the series] 'Kick-Ass Women,'" recalled author Kathleen Krull. "But the publisher (Bloomsbury USA Childrens) put their foot down because they thought too many librarians would be offended."

The book series is about women who are tough, strong role models and who succeeded by breaking the rules of their day that kept women back, said Krull, who has already included in the series such figures as Judy Blume, Sacajawea, Mary Todd Lincoln, Coretta Scott King and Dolley Madison.

Sotomayor, she added, was "just like the ultimate role model. She started from nothing. She grew up poor in a tough neighborhood. Somehow this woman rises and rises, and today, she is one of the most important people in the country. I wanted to know how she did it and explain it to kids. I wanted to sing a song of praise to her."

Read More: Ten Books for the Supreme Court Aficionado in Your Life

If she could, she would love to have a 50-book series on women who broke the rules, said Krull, whose Sotomayor book was illustrated by Angela Dominguez.

Selina Alko, author and illustrator of more than 12 books for children, had published in 2015 The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage, a picture book for children ages pre-school to three. The book, illustrated by Alko's husband, Sean Qualls and published by Arthur A. Levine Books, visually tells the story of Mildred and Richard Loving, their legal suit challenging Virginia's ban on interracial marriage, and the 1967 Supreme Court decision striking down those state bans.

Read more: http://www.nationallawjournal.com/id=1202745532509/Stocking-Stuffers-for-Brainiacs-A-SCOTUS-Kids-Book-Collection#ixzz3v5Yalz8V

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