By Shana Corey, Illustrated by Hadley Hooper
Scholastic, $17.99, 32 pages
Hooray! Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts by reading Shana Corey’s new picture book Here Come the Girl Scouts!. Readers are introduced to Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts and one exceptional woman! Most girls of the Victorian era followed strict rules that people expected females to follow, but not Juliette Low! She loved the outdoors, camping, fun adventures, and meeting new people. She formed an organization for all girls, regardless of color, class, or religious beliefs. Woven into the illustrations are bits of wisdom from a 1913 Girl Scout Handbook. Illustrator Hadley Hooper captures the empowering spirit of scouting and helps encourage young girls to find a troop of their own. Read about how Juliette formed her first troop, what she included in the handbook, and the badges available for girls to earn in the early 1900s. This is a must read for any past, present, or future scout. Readers will be interested to learn about famous women who were scouts – Hillary Clinton, Lucille Ball, Rebecca Lobo, and more. Corey’s conclusion gives a deeper explanation of Juliette’s lasting legacy. Don’t be surprised if your little one wants to become a Girl Scout. Adventure awaits!
Reviewed by Kathryn Franklin