The Amazing Wangari Maathai

Sadly, Wangari Maathai, died at age 71.  She was the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize and was responsible for the Green Belt Movement in Kenya which planted millions of trees.  Happily, there are several great children’s picture books about her inspirational story.  What a great way to celebrate the life of this incredible woman.  Here are my three favorites with links to my reviews:


Mama Miti by Donna Jo Napoli, illustrated by Kaddir Nelson


Planting the Trees of Kenya by Claire A. Nivola

Seeds of Change by Jen Cullerton Johnson, illustrated by Sonia Lynn Sadler