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Born Reading

20 Stories of Women Reading Their Way into History

Illustrated by Aura Lewis

LIST PRICE ₹627.00


About The Book

Once books kick-start their brains, girls change history. Discover the foundation of reading that empowered some of the world’s most influential women in this informative and inspirational illustrated middle grade collection of twenty biographies.

What do Cleopatra, Audre Lorde, and Taylor Swift have in common? They’re all influential women who grew up doing one very important thing: reading.

This collection of short-form biographies tells the story of twenty groundbreaking women and how their childhood reading habits empowered them to change the world. From Cleopatra to Sally Ride to Amanda Gorman, the women featured in this collection are from all throughout history and all kinds of backgrounds. They are women who have and who continue to change the game in STEM, literature, politics, sports, and more. Most importantly, they are women who were born to read.

For some, reading was forbidden, but they taught themselves to read anyway. For some, reading was a struggle, but they practiced and grew to love it. For some, reading was an escape from difficult realities. For all, reading was empowering.

About The Authors

Photograph by Paul Brewer

Kathleen Krull (1952–2021) was the author of over 100 books, including No Truth Without Ruth: The Life of Ruth BaderA Woman for President: The Story of Victoria WoodhullLives of Extraordinary Women: Rulers, Rebels (and What the Neighbors Thought)The Only Woman in the Photo; and other acclaimed biographies for young readers. Visit her website at

Dr. Virginia Loh-Hagan has written over 400 books, including A is for Asian American and Popo’s Lucky Chinese New Year. She is a former elementary school teacher and currently teaches at San Diego State University where she directs the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Center. She writes about many topics, but especially likes to write about powerful women and her Asian American heritage. She lives in San Diego with her family and two dogs.

About The Illustrator

Photo courtesy of the author

Aura Lewis studied design at Parsons School of Design as well as illustration at the School of Visual Arts. She is inspired by fashion, playful color, vintage design, and popular culture, and her work is featured on stationery, in ad campaigns and editorial publications, and in books for adults and children, including A Curious Mind and A Very Big HeartThe Illustrated Feminist, and We the People. Aura loves to travel the world, and so far, she has lived on four continents. You can find her work at

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (August 1, 2023)
  • Length: 144 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781665917995
  • Ages: 8 - 12

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Raves and Reviews

"This lively collective biography deserves a place on library and classroom shelves for its global coverage, accessible and absorbing writing, and unusual focus. "

– - Booklist

"A refreshingly original approach to exploring the lives of famous women."

– - Kirkus

Awards and Honors

  • Eureka! Excellence in Nonfiction Gold Award (CA)

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