Deb Haaland (She Persisted)

by Laurel Goodluck (Author) Gillian Flint (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Series: She Persisted
Inspired by the #1 New York Times bestseller She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton and Alexandra Boiger, a chapter book series about women who spoke up and rose up against the odds--including Deb Haaland!

As a child of two military parents, Deb Haaland moved around a lot when she was young before finally settling in Albuquerque to be near family. But she persisted, studying hard and eventually earning a law degree. An enrolled member of the Pueblo Laguna nation, Deb was one of the first two Native American women to be elected to Congress, where she represented New Mexico's 1st District. In 2021, when the Senate confirmed her as President Biden's secretary of the interior, she became the first Native American in history to become a cabinet secretary. She continues to break barriers and inspire future generations to dream of greater opportunities.

In this chapter book biography by acclaimed author Laurel Goodluck, readers learn about the amazing life of Deb Haaland--and how she persisted.

Complete with an introduction from Chelsea Clinton, black-and-white illustrations throughout, and a list of ways that readers can follow in Deb Haaland's footsteps and make a difference! A perfect choice for kids who love learning and teachers who want to bring inspiring women into their curriculum.

And don’t miss out on the rest of the books in the She Persisted series, featuring so many more women who persisted, including Maria Tallchief, Wilma Mankiller, Patsy Mink, and more!
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School Library Journal

Gr 3-7--Deb Haaland, the first Native American woman to be appointed to the President's Cabinet, is portrayed for young readers with an empowering message of perseverance. The title delves into Haaland's childhood, as a military brat and the grandchild of Native Americans who cherished and passed on their heritage and traditions. The author spends time on Haaland's relationship with her grandparents and their influence on her choices in adulthood. The work uses clear sentence structure to help readers grasp these encouraging ideas; the authors explain difficult concepts without talking down to the audience. Black and white drawings are peppered throughout the book and further references are listed in the back matter. VERDICT This is a worthy addition to an already successful series.--Esther Keller

Copyright 2023 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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Praise for She Persisted: Deb Haaland

"[A]n empowering message of perseverance. . .This is a worthy addition to an already successful series." —School Library Journal
Laurel Goodluck
Laurel Goodluck writes picture books with modern Native themes that reflect Native children's cultural experiences and everyday life, showing they have a unique and powerful perspective. Her books include Forever Cousins, Rock Your Mocs, She Persisted: Deb Haaland, Too Much, and Fierce Aunties!. Laurel was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, coming from an intertribal background of Mandan and Hidatsa from the prairies of North Dakota and Tsimshian from a rainforest in Alaska. She received a BA in psychology and an MA in community counseling and family studies from the University of New Mexico. Laurel began writing by crafting a curriculum for community advocacy involving Native teen leadership and later for children newly diagnosed with mental health challenges. Laurel lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with her Navajo husband, where they raised two children who are also bent on storytelling. Please follow her on @LaurieGoodluck on Instagram.

Bridget George (Nimkiinagwaagankwe) is an Anishinaabe illustrator from Kettle and Stony Point First Nation. She was born and raised on the shores of Lake Huron--the traditional territory of her people. She currently makes her home with her son Noah and husband David in London, Ontario. Bridget's author-illustrator debut It's a Mitig! garnered the prestigious Periodical Marketers of Canada's Indigenous Literature Award. She has also illustrated Autumn Peltier, Water Warrior by Carole Lindstrom and Too Much by Laurel Goodluck.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Philomel Books
Publication date
October 20, 2023
She Persisted
BISAC categories
JNF018040 - Juvenile Nonfiction | People & Places | United States - Native American
JNF007070 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Political
JNF023000 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Girls & Women
Library of Congress categories
United States
New Mexico
Pueblo Indians
Women legislators
Indian legislators
Haaland, Debra A.
Pueblo women

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