I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark


I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark
Written by Debbie Levy, Illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley

Publisher’s Summary:
Get to know celebrated Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg—in the first picture book about her life—as she proves that disagreeing does not make you disagreeable!

Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has spent a lifetime disagreeing: disagreeing with inequality, arguing against unfair treatment, and standing up for what’s right for people everywhere. This biographical picture book about the Notorious RBG, tells the justice’s story through the lens of her many famous dissents, or disagreements.

Primary Source Pairing:
It’s important for children to learn about the childhoods of adults who are well known for making an impact in our community. In this book, readers get to know Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as a child and how her early experiences made her into the important person she is today. The Supreme Court has been in the news lately as new nominations have been made. Let this book guide further conversations about our government’s highest federal court.

For this primary source pairing, invite students to study the official portrait for Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Use the primary source photographs and additional information in the “More About Ruth Bader Ginsburg” section at the back of the book for further learning.

Questions for Discussion:

  • Describe what you see.
  • What do you notice first?
  • Find something small but interesting.
  • What can you learn from examining this?
  • How does this primary source support your knowledge of Ruth Bader Ginsburg?
  • What questions do you still have?

Book Cover and Summary: Follett
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Portrait: Wikimedia