We have a VEEP!
Presidential candidate Joe Biden has just announced that his vice-presidential running mate is Senator Kamala Harris.
Senator Harris is the first Black and first South Asian woman to be on a major-party presidential ticket. She is the daughter of immigrants, and has been breaking barriers her entire career.
Because of this historic event, you and your kids might be interested in learning more about this world-changing woman. Here are some of our favorite books about Senator Kamala Harris.
5 Children’s Books About Kamala Harris
Superheroes Are Everywhere by Kamala Harris
This inspiring picture book tells the story of the heroes that Kamala Harris has encountered in her life. As readers learn more about these heroes, they also learn more about Harris, the first woman, African American, and South Asian Attorney General of California and the first black woman elected to the United States Senate. This lovely story shows how the things we do can inspire others, and how all of us can be superheroes.
I recommend this picture book for children ages 3 and up.
Kamala Harris: Rooted in Justice by Nikki Grimes
As a child, young Kamala Harris would attend civil rights marches with her mother and father. These experiences and the influence of her parents led her down a path of fighting for the rights of others. This brand-new picture book is a captivating look at how an education rooted in justice can lead to a life of activism.
I recommend this book for kids ages 4 and up.
Kamala and Maya’s Big Idea by Meena Harris
Author Meena Harris is the niece of Senator Kamala Harris and the daughter of Kamala’s sister Maya Harris, a prominent policy expert. This book tells a story from Kamala and Maya’s childhood, when the two girls were inspired to turn an empty lot in their neighborhood into a playground.
Young readers will relate to this powerful story of perseverance. I recommend sharing it with children ages 4 and up.
The Truths We Hold: An American Journey (Young Readers’ Edition) by Kamala Harris
This memoir, adapted for young readers, tells the story of Senator Harris’s life, and how she broke down barriers in her education and career. Readers will learn how her childhood shaped her into the woman she is today, and how she finds the strength to keep going, even when others try to keep her down.
This version of Senator Harris’s memoir is great for kids ages 10 and up.
The Truths We Hold: An American Journey by Kamala Harris
I had to include the original version of Senator Harris’s memoir on this list. It’s an excellent read for parents and older teens. I highly recommend checking out the audiobook version, narrated by Senator Harris herself.