Rad American Women A-Z

Rad American Women A-Z
Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries Who Shaped Our History . . . and Our Future!




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"Feature in Boing Boing"

"Every woman's story begins with an action: there are no passive heroines in this historical feminist primer."

-Boing Boing Apr 19, 2016

"Award Winner!"

Winner of the Northern California Independent Bookseller's Association's 2016 Best Picture Book Award!

-Northern California Independent Booksellers Association Apr 11, 2016

"The 'F' Word in children's literature. That’s right—FEMINISM"

"Rad American Women A-Z written by Kate Schatz and illustrated by Miriam Klein Stahl is a terrific contemporary example of feminist inclusivity."—Judi Marcin

-Renegades of Diversity Mar 16, 2016

"Books for Women's History Month"

Rad American Women A-Z featured in Visalia Times Delta.

-Visalia Times Delta Mar 15, 2016

"18 Children's Books to Give the Feminist Mom"

"Being a woman is mad rad. This collective style book outlines what exactly it means to be a rad women and spotlights 26 rad American women who changed the country for the better."

-Brit + Co Mar 9, 2016

"Elle UK Feature"

"Revolutionising the alphabet is a hard task, but Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl have done just that with the release of their groundbreaking new children's book, Rad American Women A-Z."

-Elle UK Feb 5, 2016

"Amelia Bloomer List for 2016"

Rad makes the Amelia Bloomer List for 2016, published by the Amelia Bloomer Project. Recommended Feminist Literature for Birth through 18.

-Amelia Bloomer Project Jan 13, 2016

"Best of 2015—A Mighty Girl"

A Mighty Girl special feature highlighting the top 2015 girl-empowering books for children and teens. From adventure stories to graphic novels, fantasy to historical fiction, these incredible new releases—all starring Mighty Girl protagonists—will delight all readers who enjoy stories about smart, confident, and courageous girls and women!

-A Mighty Girl Jan 1, 2016

"Truthdig's Books of the Year"

"Rad American Women A-Z is an alphabet book with a difference."—Elaine Elinson

-TruthDig Dec 31, 2015

"Smithsonian BookDragon's Top APA Faves for 2015"

Rad American Women A-Z makes another best of list for 2015!

-Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center Dec 31, 2015

Kate Schatz interviewed on KPCW, Park City, Utah

Park City, Utah's KPCW discusses Rad with Kate.

-KPCW Dec 24, 2015

"Bustle's Holiday Book Recommendations"

"50 Feminist Book Gifts For Your Nieces and Nephews This Holiday Season: Activists, musicians, writers, and athletes all have a space to shine in Kate Schatz's Rad American Women A-Z."

-Bustle Dec 16, 2015

"Interview with Miriam Klein Stahl"

The first of a two-part interview with Miriam Klein Stahl in the "Teaching Resistance" column in MaximumRockNRoll (MRR).

-Teaching Resistance Nov 23, 2015

"Excerpts on Truthout"

"Radical Women Role Models Lead the Way to Positive Change."

-Truthout Nov 12, 2015

"Interview on Truthout"

Rad American Women A-Z Author on Confronting Patriarchal Narratives of US History. Interview with Kate Schatz by Mark Karlin.

-Truthout Nov 15, 2015

"Ms. Foundation for Women encourages girls to dream big"

The Ms. Foundation for Women proudly announced its plan to donate 1,000 copies of the feminist children's book Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers and Visionaries who Shaped our History…and Our Future to New York City public school libraries. The donation is made possible by a $10,000 gift from Seth M. Rosen and Jacob K. Goertz, in honor of their daughter, Sarah Gray Goertz-Rosen, in the hope that she will be educated in a city striving for political, economic and social equality across genders.

-Ms. Foundation for Women Nov 3, 2015

"Interview with Kate Schatz"

Kate is interviewed on CKUT's News program. Interview begins around minute 35.

-CKUT Oct 23, 2015

"Margaret Cho rocking RAD"

Rad American Women A-Z has a cameo in Margaret Cho's new video "Ron's Got a DUI".

-Nylon Magazine Oct 20, 2015

"Ms. Blog Post"

Ms. shares Kate's post on how to celebrate halloween rad american women style.

-Ms. Blog Oct 16, 2015

"Excellent Nonfiction Books to Get Kids Reading"

"I learned a ton from this book because many of these inspiring women aren't well known. Each women gets a full page bio with information about what makes her a role model and "rad." Ladies like Willma Mankiller, Nellie Bly, Lucy Parsons, and Hazel Scott."—Melissa Taylor, Imagination Soup

-Imagination Soup Oct 16, 2015

"Interview with Kate Schatz on KZYX"

Sarah Reith talks with Kate Schatz, author of Rad American Women A-Z. The first children's book from City Lights Books, it is a mosaic of American women who faced adversity and spent their lives doing what was most important to them.

-KZYX Oct 6, 2015

"Profile of Kate Schatz in Oakland Magazine"

Kate Schatz Grabs Headlines with Feminist Childrens' Book:  An Alameda woman publishes City Lights' first children’s book with a Berkeley illustrator and earns bestseller status.

-Oakland Magazine Sep 28, 2015

"Kate Schatz on KQED"

"One wouldn't necessarily expect to see Angela Davis, Carol Burnett and Patti Smith featured in the same book, let alone a children's book. But that's partly the goal of Kate Schatz's Rad American Women A -Z, which celebrates radical women of all stripes. Schatz and journalist Niema Jordan join us this hour to celebrate women who have changed the world."

-KQED Forum Aug 20, 2015

"Creators of Rad Women A-Z children's book visit Big Sur"

Four years ago Kate Schatz teamed up with fellow Bay Area resident, artist, educator and activist Miriam Klein Stahl to create an antibody in the form of a book.

Aug 13, 2015

"Playlist on Largehearted Boy"

Kate Schatz discusses her music playlist for Rad American Women A-Z with Largehearted Boy, which includes Carol Burnett's "Little Girls" from Annie and Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off."

-Largehearted Boy Jul 23, 2015

"Is Children's Nonfiction Having Its Moment?"

"A few recent stand-alone nonfiction titles that have sold well for Book Passage include . . . Kate Schatz's Rad American Women A–Z (City Lights), illustrated by Miriam Klein Stahl."

-Publisher's Weekly Jul 17, 2015

"Kate Schatz on Panel"

Kate Schatz was on a panel at June's Bay Area Book Festival, in Berkeley, CA, called "Exquisite Insanity: Moms Who Write."

-FORA.tv Jul 6, 2015

"Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl interviewed on Minnesota Public Radio"

"'The response has been incredible,' said Schatz. To date, the book has spent four weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and parents have been snapping photos of their kids reading it around the country."

-Minnesota Public Radio Jun 30, 2015

"Schatz and Stahl featured on Urban Outfitters' blog"

"Through stories and illustrations, Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl's book Rad American Women A-Z documents some of the country’s most influential and unsung heroines. Inspired by the book, Miriam Stahl created two exclusive papercut illustrations featuring the portraits of Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson, two radically important voices in the gay and trans movement.
Urban Outfitters will be donating 100% of the proceeds from these tees directly to The Sylvia Rivera Law Project, a New York-based organization working to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine their gender identity and expression. To learn more about the rad women who both inspired and created the project, we visited Stahl’s Berkeley studio and spoke with both women about the collaboration."

-Urban Outfitters' blog Jun 29, 2015

"Schatz and Stahl interviewed for feature in Flourish Magazine"

"Authors honor radical U.S. women in hot-selling new children's book."—Elizabeth Putfark

-Flourish Magazine Jun 1, 2015

"Rad American Women A-Z featured on Bustle list"

"9 Children's Books with Feminist Messages That Everyone Should Own, Reread, And Give As Gifts Now."

-Bustle May 31, 2015

"Schatz and Stahl featured on 'So POPular with Janet Mock'"

"So POPular! host Janet Mock is joined by author Kate Schatz and illustrator Miriam Klein Stahl, the dynamic duo behind the new book Rad American Women A-Z which introduces kids to amazing women from American history."

-MSNBC's "So POPular with Janet Mock" May 22, 2015

"New York Times Best Sellers list, May 17, 2015: #5 in Children's Best Sellers/Middle Grade"

Featured in the NYTimes "Inside the List": "A Feminist A B C: When her daughter was 2, a few years ago, Kate Schatz looked in vain for a children's book about female role models. So Schatz — a former women’s studies and creative writing major, with an M.F.A. from Brown — wrote one herself: Rad American Women A-Z, a book of mini-biographies with illustrations by Miriam Klein Stahl, is new on the children’s middle-grade list at No. 5. (Sample: F is for Florence Griffith-Joyner, who 'showed us how to run like a girl.') 'American history gets pretty fixed on a few singular figures," Schatz told The San Jose Mercury News, "especially when it comes to women and people of color. I hope this book opens up the field of history a bit.’"

-New York Times May 8, 2015

"KQED San Francisco feature article"

"Each one-page bio is written in a charming, easy-to-understand way, but with an underlying political consciousness that'll appeal to parents who’ve grown tired of an endless parade of trite and fluffy kid’s books."—Leilani Clark

-KQED San Francisco May 5, 2015

"Interview with author Kate Schatz"

"I've done numerous classroom visits and can tell you that the boys are absolutely as engaged as the girls."—Kate Schatz

-Seattle Lesbian Apr 29, 2015

"Interview with author Kate Schatz"

"The groundbreaking children's book contains stories of history’s most radical women – stories that are not often taught to young children."

- Metro Magazine Apr 28, 2015

"Upworthy hosts a video celebrating Rad American Women"

Upworthy hosts a video celebrating Rad American Women A to Z, featuring Miriam Klein Stahl's artwork of the amazing women profiled in the book, accompanied by "Surface Envy", one of the songs from Sleater Kinney’s latest acclaimed album “No Cities to Love.”

-Upworthy Apr 20, 2015

"Profile of illustrator Miriam Klein Stahl"

"The recently released Rad American Women A-Z is an encyclopedia of feminist icons, written by Alameda-based Kate Schatz and illustrated by Berkeley High School art teacher Miriam Klein Stahl. For each of the 26 women featured in the book—activists, artists, scientists, Supreme Court justices—Stahl created a striking paper cut-out portrait against a boldly colored background."—Natalie Orenstein

-Berkeleyside Apr 20, 2015

Interview with Kate Schatz

"San Jose native highlights 'Rad Women' in children's book."—Anne Gelhaus. Interview with Kate Schatz and preview for event at Hicklebee's Bookstore, San Jose, Friday, April 24th.

-San Jose Mercury News Apr 16, 2015

"Featured in Fast Company"

"Turn Your Kid Into The Next Gloria Steinem With This Illustrated Feminist Primer" -- Fast Company

-Fast Company Apr 2, 2015

"Featured in Art Sheep"

"A Feminist Alphabet Created to Teach Kids About Important Women In History"

-Art Sheep Apr 2, 2015

"Kate Schatz featured in Sister Spit"

Video from Sister Spit event at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA.

-Sister Spit Apr 1, 2015

"Los Angeles's KPCC "Take 2" Radio Interview"

"Women's History Month is coming to an end, but there's still time you and your kids can learn about some of the women who helped shape the world."

-KPCC Mar 31, 2015

"Featured on Open Culture"

"Rad American Women A-Z: A New Picture Book on the History of Feminism."

-Open Culture Mar 30, 2015

"Featured in Wear Your Voice Mag"

The online magazine Wear Your Voice features Rad American Women A-Z.

-Wear Your Voice Mar 27, 2015

"Featured in Uncanny Pop"

"#31 Days of Women Making History Book Spotlight: Rad American Women"

-Uncanny Pop Mar 28, 2015

"Interview in Mutha Magazine"

"When Miriam Klein Stahl contacted me to inquire if Sister Spit Books, the publishing imprint I edit over at City Lights, might be interested in putting out her feminist kids' book collab with writer Kate Schatz, I might have whooped out loud. I definitely did a little dance. Miriam's graphic paper-cut artwork has been a sort of visual soundtrack to my queer, polticized life in the Bay Area; I've been enjoying her portraits on flyers and t-shirts and friends' tattoos for years and years. I’ve dug Kate’s writing since reading her spooky novella Rid of Me, based on the PJ Harvey album and published on the uber-cool 33 1/3 music press.  That both of them spend their days teaching writing and art to teens in the East Bay makes them even cooler, and that they merged their superpowers in the name of feminism just made me lose my mind. Their collaborative tome, Rad American Women A-Z is an unpredictable romp through a truly surprising, diverse and entertaining roster of women famous and obscure, living and dead, all with an accompanying papercut portrait to make their status as icon complete."—Michelle Tea

-Mutha Magazine Mar 27, 2015

"Interview on KALW 'Your Call'"

Listen to Schatz and Stahl talk about their book on top San Francisco/NPR-affiliate morning talk show KALW "Your Call".

-KALW "Your Call" Mar 26, 2015

"Featured on City Lights Blog"

City Lights blog feature on illustrator Miriam Klein Stahl.

-City Lights Blog Mar 25, 2015

"Schatz listed in 'Women who Rock' by Happening Mag"

Happening Mag includes Kate Schatz in their "State by State Guide to Women Who Rock".

-Happening Mag Mar 25, 2015

"Featured in Afropunk"

Rad American Women: A-Z  is featured in Afropunk.

-Afropunk Mar 25, 2015

"Featured in Nonfiction Monday"

Featured in round up of the best nonfiction for children and teens. 

-Nonfiction Monday Mar 23, 2015

"Profile of UC Santa Cruz Alumni Kate Schatz"

UC Santa Cruz Alumni Mag profile of Kate Schatz. "UC Santa Cruz alum writes first children's book in City Lights' 60-year history"

-UC Santa Cruz Alumni Mag Mar 20, 2015

"Essay by Schatz on KidLit"

KidLit Celebrates Women's History Month on their blog & author Kate Schatz contributes an essay on her choice to represent the letter X for "the women whose names we don’t know."

-KidLit Mar 20, 2015

"Interview in Kirkus Reviews"

"Stahl says they wanted to have a good mix of smiling and serious faces so the book feels real without being too heavy. Stahl's stunning images were created by using a black sheet of paper from which the white parts were cut out. The result is a series showing women in a variety of moods and poses. The bold pictures were carefully crafted to appeal to children of a variety of ages (even toddlers) . . . "—Poornima Apte

-Kirkus Reviews Mar 16, 2015

"Interview in The Pirate Tree"

"Kate Schatz's recent release, Rad American Women A-Z, is an artistic-historic compilation of leftist women whose accomplishments have sometimes been forgotten but who paved the way for women of all kinds to have the rights we have today. What rad women have been role models for you? What rad women of today do you think will be remembered–or forgotten–by history?"—J.L. Powers

-The Pirate Tree Mar 12, 2015

"Feature article in mic.com"

"A new book might be the most radical way to learn your ABCs yet."—Marcie Bianco

-mic.com Mar 12, 2015

"Interview in online Parents Magazine"

"We see so many books (children's or otherwise) pass through the offices of Parents every day; most of them are shiny, vibrant, playful, educational, silly—and just plain fun. But when another editor friend of mine passed along the information for a new release, Rad American Women A-Z, I knew that it was something special."—Brooke Bunce

-Parents Magazine Mar 11, 2015

"Feature Interview in BuzzFeed"

"In terms of this first installment of Rad Women, Schatz's goals are perfectly modest. Her hopes: 'Basically that it gets translated into every language in the world and everyone reads it and the patriarchy dissolves and along with it goes institutionalized racism and war and money and we live in matriarchal symbiosis with the earth.’"—Shannon Keating

-BuzzFeed Mar 11, 2015

"Rad American Women book included in Bust's "Best Bets"

Rad American Women A-Z is included in April/May issue of Bust Magazine (print). "Best Bets" aka "The Hotness" they say, "The very first kids' book released by the iconic publishing house City Lights, Rad American Women A-Z (out now) navigates the alphabet from Angela Davis to Zora Neale Hurston with colorful illustrations and short, powerful narratives. The perfect gift for the junior riot girl in your life."

-Bust.com

"Rad American Women book featured on refinery29.com"

Refinery29.com calls Rad American Women A-Z the most inspiring children's book they have ever seen!

-refinery29.com Mar 10, 2015

"Feature article in Publishers Weekly"

Anisse Gross at Publishers Weekly talks to Stacey Lewis, publicist at City Lights Publishers, and author Kate Schatz about Rad American Women A-Z.

-Publishers Weekly Mar 5, 2015

"12 Empowering Children's Books to Add to Little Girl’s Bookshelves"

Rad American Women A to Z is featured amongst Madeline, Matilda, Harriet the Spy, and other classics!

-Bust.com Mar 5, 2015

"The Association of Children's Librarians of Northern California blog"

"In an A-Z format, readers are introduced to 25 women, both well- and lesser-known, who made an impact on the world. The conversational tone, accessible vocabulary, and extensive additional reading list make this a must purchase for most libraries. (Grades 3 – 7)"

-The Association of Children's Librarians of Northern California Mar 4, 2015

"Amelia Bloomer Project Nomination"

Rad American Women A-Z nominated for the Amelia Bloomer Project as recommended feminist literature.

-Amelia Bloomer Project Mar 3, 2015

"School Library Journal book feature on 'Women Making History'"

"Strong, graphic print images and single-pages of worthwhile text introduce a diverse lineup of powerful females, from Angela Davis to Zora Neale Hurston, with obvious choices, such as Rachel Carson, and a rarely profiled transgender writer, Kate Bornstein, found in between. Read one profile per day in March (or any other month)."--Barbara Wysocki

-School Library Journal Mar 3, 2015

"Interview with Kate Schatz on womenyoushouldknow.net"

"Rad American Women A To Z, by Kate Schatz and illustrated by Miriam Klein Stahl, is a book for children and their parents, teachers, and cool grown-up friends who like ABCs, social justice and women who just all around rock!"—Staff of Women You Should Know

-womenyoushouldknow.net Mar 2, 2015

"Interview with Kate Schatz on beliefnet.com"

"Rad American Women A - Z is a wonderful new alphabet book to teach girls, boys, and their families about sounds and letters and stories about women who dreamed big, accomplished great things, inspired others, and changed the world."—Nell Minow

-beliefnet.com Feb 27, 2015

"Interview with Kate Schatz on mom.me"

"I had been thinking a lot about what it means to be a feminist parent," she said, "and what it means to raise a daughter. I felt certain there were a ton of things out there like this book, but when I saw that there wasn't, I realized I should create it myself."—Kate Schatz

-mom.me Feb 26, 2015

Feature on Latinos in Kid Lit

"Just as I was finishing this list a new and notable alphabet book was announced. I didn't include it officially on the list because I haven't had the opportunity to read it. The book comes out in April 2015. It’s called Rad American Women A-Z by Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl, and it focuses on important women across U.S. America who have contributed to politics, science, activism and popular culture. Preview: D is for Dolores Huerta. Really looking forward to this children’s book!"

-Sujei Lugo, Latinos in Kid Lit Sep 22, 2014