Founding Mothers

Founding Mothers

Remembering the Ladies

By Cokie Roberts; Diane Goode (Illustrator)

HarperTorch, Hardcover, 9780060780029, 37pp.

Publication Date: January 2014


Fans of number one New York Times bestselling author and celebrated journalist Cokie Roberts will love this stunning nonfiction picture book based on her acclaimed work for adults, Founding Mothers, which highlights the female patriots of the American Revolution.

Beautifully illustrated by Caldecott Honor-winning artist Diane Goode, Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies reveals the incredible accomplishments of the women who orchestrated the American Revolution behind the scenes. Roberts traces the stories of heroic, patriotic women such as Abigail Adams, Martha Washington, Phillis Wheatley, Mercy Otis Warren, Sarah Livingston Jay, and others. Details are gleaned from their letters, private journals, lists, and ledgers. The bravery of these women's courageous acts contributed to the founding of America and spurred the founding fathers to make this a country that "remembered the ladies."

This compelling book supports the Common Core State Standards with a rich time line, biographies, an author's note, and additional web resources in the back matter.

About the Author
Cokie Roberts is a political commentator for ABC News and NPR. She has won countless awards and in 2008 was named a "Living Legend" by the Library of Congress. She is the author of the New York Times bestsellers We Are Our Mothers' Daughters; Founding Mothers; Ladies of Liberty; and, with her husband, the journalist Steven V. Roberts, From This Day Forward and Our Haggadah. She lives just outside of Washington, D.C.

Diane Goode is the illustrator of dozens of beloved and critically acclaimed picture books, including several written by Cynthia Rylant: "Alligator Boy"; "When I Was Young in the Mountains", a Caldecott Honor Book; and most recently, "Baby Face: A Book of Love for Baby". She is also the illustrator of "President Pennybaker" and "My Mom is Trying to Ruin My Life", both by Kate Feiffer. She lives and works in Watchung, New Jersey, with her husband, David, and their two dogs, Jack and Daisy. Visit her at

Tuesday, Jan 28, 2014

Cokie Roberts' new children's book tells the stories of women who contributed to the success of the American Revolution � women like Martha Washington and Abigail Adams. She tells NPR's Steve Inskeep, "These were very, very politically passionate women. ... They were utterly devoted to the patriot cause." More at

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