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The Power of Her Pen: 07/11/20
The Power of Her Pen by Lesa Cline-Ransome and John Parra is a picture book biography of journalist Ethel L. Payne. Payne was a long time White House reporter. This book goes into her life, education, and career in a way that's approachable for children and interesting for adults.
Having grown up in a very white, very conservative San Diego suburb in the 1970s-1980s, I didn't learn about Ethel L. Payne. I like these picture book biographies as quick introductions to people I would like to learn more about. This volume (like many) includes a short bibliography.
The illustrations are done by John Parra, who has a number of picture books, including other biographies, under his belt. Parra works with acrylic on board, after working out the specifics in a mixture of hand sketching and digital clean up. More on his process can be found in this Q&A.