Rad American Women A-Z
Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries Who Shaped Our History . . . and Our Future!
"Feature in Boing Boing"
Apr 19, 2016
"Every woman's story begins with an action: there are no passive heroines in this historical feminist primer."
Apr 11, 2016
Winner of the Northern California Independent Bookseller's Association's 2016 Best Picture Book Award!
Northern California Independent Booksellers Association
"The 'F' Word in children's literature. That’s right—FEMINISM"
Mar 16, 2016
"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
"Books for Women's History Month"
Mar 15, 2016
Rad American Women A-Z featured in Visalia Times Delta.
Visalia Times Delta
"18 Children's Books to Give the Feminist Mom"
Mar 9, 2016
"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
"Elle UK Feature"
Feb 5, 2016
"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."
"Amelia Bloomer List for 2016"
Jan 13, 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
"Best of 2015—A Mighty Girl"
Jan 1, 2016
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
"Rad American Women rightfully honors the female voices who have made an unforgettable, indelible impact on art, literature, culture, social justice and beyond. From rocker Patti Smith to activist Angela Davis, author Ursula K. Le Guin to Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, these are the 'rebels, trailblazers and visionaries who shaped our history... and our future!' Illustrated by rad artist and educator Miriam Klein Stahl in her signature style that boldly communicates the personality and strength of each luminary, this is a book about women you need to know, and legacies that have changed the course of everyday life. A New York Times bestseller, it's described as a book for 'children, their parents, teachers and cool grown-up friends,' and that includes you."—Kristin Farr
"Truthdig's Books of the Year"
Dec 31, 2015
"Rad American Women A-Z is an alphabet book with a difference."—Elaine Elinson
"Smithsonian BookDragon's Top APA Faves for 2015"
Dec 31, 2015
Rad American Women A-Z makes another best of list for 2015!
Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center
Kate Schatz interviewed on KPCW, Park City, Utah
Dec 24, 2015
Park City, Utah's KPCW discusses Rad with Kate.
"Bustle's Holiday Book Recommendations"
Dec 16, 2015
"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."
"Besides creating a perfect addition to the collection of budding young feminists of all genders and the people who are helping them to grow into good humans, alike, Schatz and Stahl have included a handy resource guide in the back of the book for further reading and research, as well as an additional alphabetical list that suggests ways that readers can also be rad, such as learn from mistakes, make jokes, and, well, 'X-ray everything! Learn what's inside.'"—Ashley Patronyak
The Portland Mercury
"This brilliant picture book was the first kids' book published by the historic San Francisco press City Lights, and sold out before it hit the shelves in April! It went on to become a New York Times bestseller—a rarity for a small press—and immediately went into a second printing. . . . It warms my heart to know thousands of kids will grow up with this impressive list of feminist role models, from the famous to the obscure, and I look forward to future volumes. Appropriate for all ages—it's never too early or too late to get rad!"
"Interview with Miriam Klein Stahl"
Nov 23, 2015
The first of a two-part interview with Miriam Klein Stahl in the "Teaching Resistance" column in MaximumRockNRoll (MRR).
"Excerpts on Truthout"
Nov 12, 2015
"Radical Women Role Models Lead the Way to Positive Change."
"Interview on Truthout"
Nov 15, 2015
Rad American Women A-Z Author on Confronting Patriarchal Narratives of US History. Interview with Kate Schatz by Mark Karlin.
"Ms. Foundation for Women encourages girls to dream big"
Nov 3, 2015
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
"Interview with Kate Schatz"
Oct 23, 2015
Kate is interviewed on CKUT's News program. Interview begins around minute 35.
"Margaret Cho rocking RAD"
Oct 20, 2015
Rad American Women A-Z has a cameo in Margaret Cho's new video "Ron's Got a DUI".
"Ms. Blog Post"
Oct 16, 2015
Ms. shares Kate's post on how to celebrate halloween rad american women style.
"Excellent Nonfiction Books to Get Kids Reading"
Oct 16, 2015
"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
"Interview with Kate Schatz on KZYX"
Oct 6, 2015
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.
"Rad American Women A-Z is an alphabet book with a difference...Schatz's lively one-page biographies show all the things a woman can do — and excel at — from dance to architecture, labor organizing to sports, journalism to rock 'n' roll. Stahl’s black paper-cuts against primary-colored backgrounds capture individual expressions, easily distinguishable for young readers."—Elaine Elinson
"Profile of Kate Schatz in Oakland Magazine"
Sep 28, 2015
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.
International Literacy Association
"This book for all ages features 25 women who made a difference, women readers young and old should know all about, and women who all deserve more than the one page dedicated to them in this book. While some of the names will be familiar to readers (Rachel Carson and Carol Burnett), many will stand out as new and unknown (Jovita Idar, the Grimke sisters, Yuri Kochiyama). Energy and enthusiasm pervade the text and art in this book; each woman featured gets a byline ('who reminds us to bravely claim our true identity,' 'who shows us the power of a brilliant mind,' 'who led her people with strength and courage'), a cut-paper portrait against a bright background, and a page of biographical information. The back matter is as engaging as the individual treatments, featuring '26 things you can do to be rad' and plenty of resource material."--Lesley Colabucci, associate professor at Millersville University in Pennsylvania
"Readers of various ages, from elementary school through adulthood, will find this book accessible and empowering. Miriam Klein Stahl's illustrations––bold, black paper cutouts that accompany each biography––make the book even more appealing to kids and teens. The book ends with a resource guide of other books, organizations, and websites, as well as a list of 26 things you can do to be rad. It entreats the reader to act as an ally, ask questions and make mistakes, voice her opinion, and practice zero tolerance for discrimination. Lemony Snicket describes this book as, 'a guest list for a party of my heroes.' I couldn’t agree more. Celebrate the brave, inspiring women of American history, and read Rad American Women A-Z today!"––Rachel Placchetti, Central Rappahannock Regional Library
"Kate Schatz on KQED"
Aug 20, 2015
"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."
The Baltimore Sun
"Short, powerful biographies — only a page long apiece — highlight some of the achievements of women who make us proud to be Americans. Whether their triumphs are artistic, like Maya Lin's Vietnam War Memorial, or athletic, as when Billie Jean King kicked the stuffing out of Bobby Riggs in a tennis match on live TV, or if they made their mark challenging injustice or fighting for the rights of the oppressed, all readers can find something of themselves inside this book."—Paula Willey
"Creators of Rad Women A-Z children's book visit Big Sur"
Aug 13, 2015
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.
"Playlist on Largehearted Boy"
Jul 23, 2015
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."
"Is Children's Nonfiction Having Its Moment?"
Jul 17, 2015
"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."
"Kate Schatz on Panel"
Jul 6, 2015
Kate Schatz was on a panel at June's Bay Area Book Festival, in Berkeley, CA, called "Exquisite Insanity: Moms Who Write."
We Need Diverse Books
"Summer Reading Series." "If you liked Tanya Lee Stone's ALMOST ASTRONAUTS read Kate Schatz’ and Miriam Klein Stahl’s RAD AMERICAN WOMEN A-Z because both introduce young readers to fabulous, fantastic, phenomenal women!”—Terry Hong
"Rad American Women A-Z is for anyone, age 8 and up, curious about American history. Author Kate Schatz and illustrator Miriam Klein Stahl, who are teachers in the Bay Area, keep things moving with 26 one-page essays and boldly graphic portraits. The women they highlight span several centuries and a multitude of professions. Among the lesser-known women are journalist Jovita Idar, who fought for the rights of Mexican children in Texas to get an education, and Hazel Scott, who in 1950 became the first African-American to host her own TV show."—Jan Gardner
"Rad American Women A-Z is one of the most striking and important children's books I have read in years. Written by Kate Schatz and illustrated by Miriam Klein Stahl, the book shares iconic portraits of a diverse selection of strong women from America's past and present."
"Author Kate Schatz just wrote the ultimate book to inspire the next generation of young girls."
Tom Tom Magazine (UK)
"Rad American Women A-Z is a concise book with vividly colored illustrations about fearless women who all have in common a passion for fighting for what is right, educating people, and advancing society in a positive and equal way. . . . This short read will leave you feeling empowered and inspired."—Tara Thiessen
Rethinking Schools Review
"Do we really need another A to Z book? Well, yes, if it's one like Rad American Women A-Z, which introduces readers to a host of feisty 'rebels, trailblazers, and visionaries' who offer inspiration for living life with purpose and spirit. . . . The book would lend itself to a classroom mixer in which students take on different personas and introduce themselves to one another toward further research. Grades 5-8 and up."
"Described as a book for kids—'and their parents, teachers and cool grown-up friends'—author Kate Schatz and illustrator Miriam Klein Stahl features queer heroines such as Angela Davis and Billie Jean King in just the first couple of pages, as well as trans activist Kate Bornstein and friends of the LGBT community such as Patti Smith and Carol Burnett, among others."
"Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl interviewed on Minnesota Public Radio"
Jun 30, 2015
"'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
"Schatz and Stahl featured on Urban Outfitters' blog"
Jun 29, 2015
"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
"Schatz and Stahl interviewed for feature in Flourish Magazine"
Jun 1, 2015
"Authors honor radical U.S. women in hot-selling new children's book."—Elizabeth Putfark
"Rad American Women A-Z featured on Bustle list"
May 31, 2015
"9 Children's Books with Feminist Messages That Everyone Should Own, Reread, And Give As Gifts Now."
BookDragon: Books for the Multi-Culti Reader
May 26, 2015
"Rad American Women A-Z is the first-ever kids' title in 60 years of 'storied history' from San Francisco’s iconic bookseller/publisher City Lights. What a way to grab attention . . . and hopefully never let go: please keep younger readers’ titles of this caliber coming and often!"—Terry Hong
May 26, 2015
"From A for Angela Davis to Z for Zora Neale Hurston, this memorable abecedarian introduces readers to women leaders of community organizing, music, sports, writing and much more."—Jennifer M. Brown
"Schatz and Stahl featured on 'So POPular with Janet Mock'"
May 22, 2015
"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"
"New York Times Best Sellers list, May 17, 2015: #5 in Children's Best Sellers/Middle Grade"
May 8, 2015
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
The book is reviewed in UK's Cent Magazine book feature. "The goal of City Lights Books was to empower readers and foster independent thinking, and this beautifully compiled book, illustrated by Miriam Klein Stahl encourages positive discussion about remarkable American women."—Shannon Brien
"KQED San Francisco feature article"
May 5, 2015
"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
"Interview with author Kate Schatz"
Apr 29, 2015
"I've done numerous classroom visits and can tell you that the boys are absolutely as engaged as the girls."—Kate Schatz
"The Feminist Children's Book You’ve Been Searching For. . . . Rad American Women A-Z is a book that belongs in the hands of all feminists, young and old."
"Interview with author Kate Schatz"
Apr 28, 2015
"The groundbreaking children's book contains stories of history’s most radical women – stories that are not often taught to young children."
"RAD American Women A-Z: Required reading for our girls. And definitely our boys. . . . Know that you're definitely opening yourself up to the opportunity for some amazing conversations with your kids if you read RAD American Women together. Maybe even some hard conversations. Because life can be tough, and these are women who have fought for equal education, equal pay, and equal rights. They’ve stood strong against racial injustice."—Kate Eute
"Rad American Women A-Z Is Our Kind Of Alphabet."—Nikki Gloudeman
East Bay Express
"In Rad American Women A–Z, Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl offer an alphabet's worth of female role models for children and adults."—Sarah Burke
"5 Books to Watch Out For in April: How about a children's non-fiction picture book about feminists who shaped America? Count me all in. Along with introducing amazing and diverse women like A is for Angela Davis or P is for Patti Smith, this book talks about what it means to be rad and be a radical world-changer. This might be the picture book that we all need."—Kelly Jensen
"Besides the dazzling visual presentation, what also makes Rad American Women A-Z special is the fresh selection of women profiled. It's not a fusty, dusty history book. There are women from a wide variety of fields, from sports and entertainment to politics, literature, science, law, medicine, and more—and many of them are still living. With striking art and lively, engaging storytelling, Rad American Women A-Z is both inspiring and accessible. Kids may be moved to positive action in their own communities by the list at the back titled '26 Things That You Can Do to Be Rad.' A great choice for the home library or classroom."
"Upworthy hosts a video celebrating Rad American Women"
Apr 20, 2015
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.”
"Profile of illustrator Miriam Klein Stahl"
Apr 20, 2015
"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
Interview with Kate Schatz
Apr 16, 2015
"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
"If my youngest daughter ever has children, this would be the sort of thing she would take to the hospital to read to a newborn, in much the same way I read her D'Aulaire's Greek Myths! In fact, I may have to go buy multiple copies for just such gift giving purposes!"—Ms. Yingling
". . . if you want to teach your son what it means to be rad (and radical) . . . pick them up a copy of Rad American Women A-Z."
"I don't have kids (yet!) but that pesky little details isn’t going to stop me from buying this, well, rad children’s book, Rad American Women A-Z written by Kate Schatz and illustrated by Miriam Klein Stahl, ASAP. Published by City Lights Press, the book aims to teach kids their ABCs while also getting them up to speed on some of America’s greatest female heroes. I’m especially psyched to see how diverse and perhaps a bit unexpected their choices were for each letter, giving some perhaps lesser known but totally badass women in a variety of fields their due."—Amelia McDonell-Parry
"I've been noticing a recent (though long overdue) trend in woman-centric education tools for the tiniest of tots, but frankly, a lot of them are super lame. I don’t really think preschoolers need to learn about Hillary Clinton, she’ll be ruling over them soon enough. They’ll get it by osmosis . . . The new alphabet book—Rad American Women A-Z—is a breath of fresh air on that front. Combining figures from the arts like Patti Smith and dancer Isadora Duncan with human rights activist Yuri Kochiyama, and the first female chief of the Cherokee Nation, Wilma Mankiller, the book goes for the deeper cuts and avoids a wholesome/boring lecture on 'foremothers'—plus, the graphics beat a princess theme any day. Considering how many times kids request the same book, I’d say it’s a good move for parental sanity."—Amber Frost
My Modern Met
"Designed to teach the ABCs from a new and creative angle, Rad American Women is making its debut on the children's literature scene. Within its colorful pages, author Kate Schatz and illustrator Miriam Klein Stahl familiarize children with the faces and accomplishments of notable American women who worked to change culture. It even includes an ode to unnamed women everywhere who are making our communities better."—Kelcee Griffis
"Best Idea Ever or BEST IDEA EVER. Why just learn your ABCs when you can be empowered by them? A new illustrated children's book from iconic City Lights press, Rad American Women A-Z, offers kids the chance to educate themselves on women’s history and the alphabet at the same time."—Kaili Joy Gray
"This A-Z Picture Book Is Nursery School For Feminists. It's never to early to be rad. You don't have to be a child to dig Kate Schatz’s newest picture book, Rad American Women A-Z. Nope, the love letter to amazing musicians, activists, journalists and otherwise iconic ladies has become a kind of phenomenon of late—selling out its first edition basically one week after release."—Brenna Ehrlich
"The raddest ABC picture book of women who changed history. We're obsessed with Rad American Women A-Z, the picture book for women of all ages that aims to teach us about the most badass ladies in history—from Angela Davis to Zora Neale Hurston and all the lettered ladies in between. Written by Kate Schatz and illustrated by Miriam Klein Stahl, the book is the perfect gift for the young activists in your life, and we seriously can’t get enough of it."—Gina Mei
"This new title—the first children's book from famed publisher City Lights in San Francisco, California—celebrates both famous and unsung women in American history. From Angela Davis to Patti Smith to Zora Neale Hurston, Rad American Women is a who's who of iconic female visionaries whose work still impacts us today. With this book, author-illustrator duo Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl offer your child his or her first feminist primer, promoting women's empowerment at large."—Matt Petronzio
"It is the first children's book to be published by the famed City Lights in its more than 60-year history—and with good reason. The book is an illustrated introduction to American women's history, and each letter of the alphabet corresponds to a badass woman in history."—Emi Boscamp
Bitch Reads at Powell's Books
"Ever wanted a women-centric history book to hand to a kid? Publisher City Lights/Sister Spit recently released this exciting new book that tells the stories of 26 important American women, one for each letter of the alphabet. Rad American Women A-Z features biographies of women from Angela Davis to Zora Neale Huston. Author Kate Schatz and illustrator Miriam Klein Stahl highlight a great selection of women—the group is diverse in terms of race, era, and in their field of work, ranging from scientists to writers and activists."—Sarah Mirk
"Featured in Fast Company"
Apr 2, 2015
"Turn Your Kid Into The Next Gloria Steinem With This Illustrated Feminist Primer" -- Fast Company
"Featured in Art Sheep"
Apr 2, 2015
"A Feminist Alphabet Created to Teach Kids About Important Women In History"
"Kate Schatz featured in Sister Spit"
Apr 1, 2015
Video from Sister Spit event at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA.
"Los Angeles's KPCC "Take 2" Radio Interview"
Mar 31, 2015
"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."
"Featured on Open Culture"
Mar 30, 2015
"Rad American Women A-Z: A New Picture Book on the History of Feminism."
School Library Journal
"Please go buy this book. Buy it for your library, your classroom, your kids, your friends' kids, your neighbors, yourself. Maybe, just to be safe, buy like 10 copies, so you have plenty to hand out for gifts. This book would make a great graduation present, a birthday present for kids of all ages, and a great gift for your adult friends, too. Can you guess that I’m kind of into this book? Because I am. "—Amanda MacGregor
Houston Chronicle book blog "Bookish"
"Omigod I want this book, now burning through social media. Rad American Women A-Z is a hardcover primer on 26 radical feminist heroes, with cool graphic portraits and a bit of bio on everyone from Angela Davis to Zora Neale Hurston Written by Kate Schatz and illustrated by Miriam Klein Stahl, the book is published by San Francisco's City Lights, now scrambling to print more copies. It’s popular."—Maggie Galehouse
Goodnight Already (Raising the Next Generation of Flawed Humans)
"Every once in a while a children's book comes out that gives me the urge to run to my nearest bookstore and buy a dozen copies, so that I can hand one to every child in my life. When I first encountered Rad American Women A-Z, I had precisely this urge."—Jennifer Berney
Sweatpants & Coffee
Mar 30, 2015
"For the future of our budding feminists, read this book to your kids. Read it yourself, even. It's a scant quarter inch thick, with a page for each letter of the alphabet, and beautiful woodblock prints of each rad woman."—Julia Park Tracey
"Featured in Wear Your Voice Mag"
Mar 27, 2015
The online magazine Wear Your Voice features Rad American Women A-Z.
Wear Your Voice
"Featured in Uncanny Pop"
Mar 28, 2015
"#31 Days of Women Making History Book Spotlight: Rad American Women"
"Like Howl, Rad American Women could find itself banned or playing major role in shifting American cultural education. Either way, it stands as an important reminder of the power of language and the importance of fighting for your beliefs, no matter the odds."—Daniel Villarreal
"Why just learn your ABCs when you can be empowered by them? A new illustrated children's book from iconic City Lights press, Rad American Women A-Z, offers kids the chance to educate themselves on women’s history and the alphabet at the same time."—Laura Feinstein
Mixed Diversity Reads
"Rad American Women A-Z is a truly inclusive alphabet book for all readers, and even comes with suggested activities, '26 things that you can do to be rad,' a resource guide, books about rad women, further reading, and a list of websites and organizations. Great for home use, this book is also perfect for libraries and classrooms to incorporate into diverse curriculums. Recommended: Highly, ages 5+."—Yu-Han Chao
"This book is perfect for any parent seeking out herstory to add to all the history we are taught. I even learned some tactics for calling out sexism in public spaces."—Rhea St Julien
"History books come in all sizes, but few include enough stories of women who have influenced American society. Those looking for more than Susan B. Anthony should look no further than 'Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries Who Shaped Our History … and Our Future!' written by Kate Schatz and illustrated by Miriam Klein Stahl."—Cathy Bowman
"The introduction to this abecedary asks what it means to be rad, and then explores the many ways women have been radical throughout history: from the Latin meaning 'from the root' to being something out of the ordinary. The book features a multicultural cast of women from Angela Davis to Dolores Huerta to Maya Lin and Wilma Mankiller in careers as varied as comedy, athletics, dance, aviation, ecology, and law. The 26 one-page biographies are well written, readable introductions to these women and how they made an impact on the world. The book ends with an alphabet of 26 things readers can do to be rad, and a resource guide lists books, websites, and organizations of interest to readers who want more information or who want to start making a difference now."—Linda Parsons
"Rad American Women A-Z and 14 Other Picture Books Adults Will Love Maybe Even More Than Children." "Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries Who Shaped Our History… and Our Future! is your typical alphabet-learning picture book, but this time, every letter of the alphabet stands for an American woman that has shaped our history and culture. We're talking people varied from Patti Smith to Zora Neale Hurston to the Grimke Sisters. Basically, it is one badass picture book. And let’s just be upfront: I want this book, badly, and I am in no way, shape, or form, a child."—Caitlin White
"Interview in Mutha Magazine"
Mar 27, 2015
"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
"Interview on KALW 'Your Call'"
Mar 26, 2015
Listen to Schatz and Stahl talk about their book on top San Francisco/NPR-affiliate morning talk show KALW "Your Call".
KALW "Your Call"
"Featured on City Lights Blog"
Mar 25, 2015
City Lights blog feature on illustrator Miriam Klein Stahl.
City Lights Blog
"Schatz listed in 'Women who Rock' by Happening Mag"
Mar 25, 2015
Happening Mag includes Kate Schatz in their "State by State Guide to Women Who Rock".
"Featured in Afropunk"
Mar 25, 2015
Rad American Women: A-Z is featured in Afropunk.
"Featured in Nonfiction Monday"
Mar 23, 2015
Featured in round up of the best nonfiction for children and teens.
"Profile of UC Santa Cruz Alumni Kate Schatz"
Mar 20, 2015
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
"Essay by Schatz on KidLit"
Mar 20, 2015
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."
"This lively abecedary introduces 25 inspiring women and their accomplishments, from environmentalist Rachel Carson ('R is for Rachel') and rocker Patti Smith to lesser-known history-makers like Wilma Mankiller, who became the first female Chief of the Cherokee Nation, and transgender author/artist Kate Bornstein. Schatz opens with a discussion of different meanings of rad/radical ('A radical can be a person who wants to make big changes in society'), and the snappy mini-biographies that follow hit the highlights of the women's lives and legacies in an accessible, conversational tone. Bright hues provide backdrops for Stahl’s angular cut-paper portraits, which emphasize the subjects’ power, humor, and strength. The letter X 'is for the women whose names we don’t know.... For the women who aren’t in the history books, or the Halls of Fame.… The women who made huge changes and the women who made dinner.' This inspiring and diverse tribute to artists, journalists, sports phenoms, judges, and more culminates with an energizing A–Z list of '26 Things That You Can Do to Be Rad!' and a reading list to encourage further exploration. Ages 8–up."
KCET Los Angeles blog
Mike Sonksen discusses Rad American Women A-Z in the L.A. Letters column. "This week L.A. Letters highlights this important book and adds a few more names to the 26 movers and shakers featured in its pages."
A Book and a Hug
"This book is perfect for schoolwork or for pleasure and is geared towards middle and older readers who are just starting to learn about history and activism. For those who want to learn more, the author has included a list of resources. Additionally, a Common Core curriculum has already been developed to accompany the book in the classroom. Good for reluctant readers."—Molly Crumbley, Librarian
Blog by Kara Newhouse
"Rad American Women A-Z: A Perfect Read for Women's History Month"—Kara Newhouse
Blog by Kara Newhouse
Kara Newhouse interviews author Kate Schatz in her blog Exploring Social Change in Kid Lit interview and review.
"Interview in Kirkus Reviews"
Mar 16, 2015
"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
"Interview in The Pirate Tree"
Mar 12, 2015
"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
"Feature article in mic.com"
Mar 12, 2015
"A new book might be the most radical way to learn your ABCs yet."—Marcie Bianco
"The History of Feminism—in an Awesome Picture Book. The ABCs just got a major girl-power upgrade."—Chantal Strasburger
"Interview in online Parents Magazine"
Mar 11, 2015
"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
"Feature Interview in BuzzFeed"
Mar 11, 2015
"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
Huffington Post Parents
"Rad American Women A-Z Is The Empowering Book Both Girls And Boys Need."—Caroline Bolgona
"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."
"Rad American Women book featured on refinery29.com"
Mar 10, 2015
Refinery29.com calls Rad American Women A-Z the most inspiring children's book they have ever seen!
"Feature article in Publishers Weekly"
Mar 5, 2015
Anisse Gross at Publishers Weekly talks to Stacey Lewis, publicist at City Lights Publishers, and author Kate Schatz about Rad American Women A-Z.
"I've noticed a trend of children loving, LOVING, books with characters that shake things up. Who can blame them for envying radicals, when kids they spend their own days entirely dictated by others? All of the radical women within these pages fit the bill, each bringing a different set of values that kids can connect with, whether it’s revolution, or resistance. Discipline or family."—Rachael Inciarte
"12 Empowering Children's Books to Add to Little Girl’s Bookshelves"
Mar 5, 2015
Rad American Women A to Z is featured amongst Madeline, Matilda, Harriet the Spy, and other classics!
"The Association of Children's Librarians of Northern California blog"
Mar 4, 2015
"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
"Amelia Bloomer Project Nomination"
Mar 3, 2015
Rad American Women A-Z nominated for the Amelia Bloomer Project as recommended feminist literature.
Amelia Bloomer Project
San Jose Mercury News
"San Francisco's own City Lights turns 60 this year, and for the first time in the treasured publishing house's history, it has produced a book for kids. Alameda-based Kate Schatz has assembled an 'A' list of American women who worked to make the world a better place, and she ingeniously presents them in alphabet book form. With bold illustrations by Berkeley's Miriam Klein Stahl, the book introduces 26 'rad' women, beginning with activist Angela Davis and ending with Zora Neale Hurston. In between, we meet Rachel Carson, Billie Jean King, Patti Smith, Sonia Sotomayor and others. Every kid should have a copy."—Georgia Rowe, San Jose Mercury News
"School Library Journal book feature on 'Women Making History'"
Mar 3, 2015
"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
Baltimore Gay Life
"Rad American Women A-Z will ignite elaborate conversations with the little ones who read it, and that alone is enough reason to add it the bookshelves of the children in your life."—Anthony Moll, Baltimore Gay Life
"Interview with Kate Schatz on womenyoushouldknow.net"
Mar 2, 2015
"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
"Interview with Kate Schatz on beliefnet.com"
Feb 27, 2015
"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
"Interview with Kate Schatz on mom.me"
Feb 26, 2015
"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
San Francisco Chronicle
Feb 19, 2015
"March is Women's History Month. Just in time is this alphabetical pantheon of American women. The qualifier in the title is 'rad,' short for 'radical' and defined at the outset as a person who wants big changes or something very different, or as slang for 'cool.' From Angela Davis to Zora Neal Hurston, 26 women get their due with a mini bio and a hip portrait. Emphasis is on obstacles and accomplishments, the women’s missteps not included. Alphabet books impose an artificial constraint, in this case one letter, one woman. How to choose? Maya Lin over Margaret Sanger (M). Sonia Sotomayor over Susan B. Anthony (S). Tough calls. As locals, the publisher, author and illustrator share a Left Coast appreciation for their heroines — rebels, trailblazers and visionaries who might inspire kids to action in their own communities."—Susan Faust
Feb 17, 2015
"From Angela Davis to Zora Neale Hurston, the stories are enlightening, surprising, and moving, and the voice that tells them is sharp. . . . It's a history and a how-to that reminds us how much our foremothers did for us and how much still needs be done."—Zoe Balaconis
"Accompanied by brightly colored illustrations, this would be a fantastic book to use in the classroom for Women's History Month. Since the entries are short, teachers could read one a day. What a great book for #WeNeedDiverseBooks."— Karen Yingling, Goodreads Librarian with over 2000 reviews
"There might be something more exciting than an illustrated alphabet of American heroines both famous and unsung, but I'm not sure what that thing would be. Created with children (and their parents, teachers, and interested adults) in mind, this book features one important woman for each letter of the alphabet in a one-page biography. It’s a marvelous, simple idea executed beautifully."—Rebecca Joines Schinsky
"Moms and dads everywhere, take note. Indoctrinating your wee ones into your feminist girl gang just got a little easier. This illustrated book teaches kids (and adults) the A, B, Cs of American feminist history with vivid illustrations by Miriam Klein Stahl. A is for Angela Davis, B is for Billie Jean King, C is for Carol Burnett, and so on & so on, be still my beating heart."—Marisa Crawford
Foreword Reviews, Spring 2015:
"Angela Davis. Billie Jean King. Carol Burnett. The first three women in this fantastic ABC book set the tone for what's to come: visionary, bold, diverse role models for an array of children today. Each page, with a modern illustration, a brief biography, and an uplifting overview of her accomplishments, will inspire young world-changers both in social studies classrooms and at home. Ages eight and up."
"Rousing tributes to 26 women who didn't keep their heads or voices down. Reserving 'X' for 'the women whose names we don't know,' Schatz presents an unusually diverse gallery of activists. Along with the predictable likes of the Grimke sisters, Billie Jean King and Zora Neale Hurston, it includes Patti Smith, blacklisted musical prodigy Hazel Scott, Mexican-American journalist Jovita Idar and transgender performance artist Kate Bornstein. Furthermore, the author extends her definition of 'radical' beyond the arenas of politics and social causes to include Florence Griffith-Joyner ('Who showed us how to run like a girl'), Rachel Carson, Temple Grandin and Dr. Virginia Apgar (developer of the Apgar Score for newborns). . . . A ‘rad' alternative to less-inclusive albums, such as Cynthia Chin-Lee, Megan Halsey and Sean Addy's Amelia to Zora (2005). (Collective biography. 11-14)"
School Library Journal
"Colorful and hip portraitures create a visual sensation that immediately draws in readers. Profiled are 26 American women from the 18th through 21st centuries, who have made—or are still making—history as artists, writers, teachers, lawyers, or athletes. The women come from a variety of economic and ethnic backgrounds and many had to overcome extreme hardships. One woman represents each alphabetical letter beginning with Angela Davis, an activist, teacher, and writer, and concludes with Zora Neale Hurston, an anthropologist and writer. Readers will also encounter Carol Burnett, the Grimke Sisters, Lucy Parsons, Rachel Carson, and Sonia Sotomayor, among others. Interestingly, the letter X is designated for the women, 'we haven't learned about yet, and the women whose stories we will never read.' The book's conclusion challenges readers to be strong and to make a difference in their own communities and suggests 26 things that students can do to be rad. VERDICT Classes across the curriculum can utilize this informative book."—Patricia Ann Owens
School Library Journal, February issue
Feb 5, 2015
"This is the only alphabet where A stands for Angela Davis and Z stands for Zora Neale Hurston —and you haven't learned it, yet. Writer Kate Schatz and artist Miriam Klein Stahl have radical ambitions to amplify your vocabulary of women’s history with their new children’s picture book, Rad American Women A-Z. Schatz and Stahl are hoping to teach young boys and girls—and their mothers, fathers, caregivers, siblings, and teachers—about strong women who have made waves and inspired change. The thoughtfully compiled group of women spans the spectrum in terms of ethnicity, industry of work, age, and era—but all were essential contributors to American history."—Noel Duan
Feb 3, 2015
"Ever wanted a women-centric history book to hand to a kid? This March, publisher City Lights/Sister Spit is releasing an exciting new book that tells the stories of 26 important American women, one for each letter of the alphabet. Rad American Women features biographies of women from Angela Davis to Zora Neale Huston. Author Kate Schatz and illustrator Miriam Klein Stahl highlight a great selection of women—the group is diverse in terms of race, era, and in their field of work, ranging from scientists to writers and activists."—Sarah Mirk
Feature on Latinos in Kid Lit
Sep 22, 2014
"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