She Spoke: 14 Women Who Raised Their Voices and Changed the World

Available now from Familius Press!

She Spoke: 14 Women Who Raised Their Voices and Changed the World

Written by Kathy MacMillan and Manuela Bernardi, Illustrated by Kathrin Honesta

ISBN-13: 9781641701310

This unique nonfiction picture book highlights 14 women who raised their voices and changed the world! Learn about these heroes and hear their inspiring words in their own voices at the touch of a button. To pause playback, simply press the button again.

Bookstagram Choice Award Winner – Best 2019 Anthology of Women for Young Readers


  • Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune
  • Dolores Huerta
  • Dr. Maya Angelou
  • Dr. Jane Goodall
  • Shirley Chisholm
  • Suzan Shown Harjo
  • Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • Leymah Gbowee
  • Dr. Temple Grandin
  • Sonia Sotomayor
  • Tammy Duckworth
  • Dr. Joanne Liu
  • Abby Wambach
  • Malala Yousafzai


Selected by Rise: A Feminist Book Project 2020 Booklist

“The words are all inspirational, and so are the stories. Better still, as examples for budding activists, along with the predictable recitations of jobs, honors, and successes, the overviews often acknowledge failures, cannily characterizing them as first steps or as means to some greater end. A chorus of voices for justice and change, diverse alike of identity and cause.” -Kirkus Reviews

She Spoke is a unique anthology of trailblazing women that pairs their stories with their voices. (Remember those books with buttons on the side that play nursery rhymes or farm animal sounds? Like that, but WAY better.)…The concept is brilliant and like nothing I’ve ever seen – to hear these incredible women’s voices saying their iconic words is truly magical.” – Bookstagram Choice Awards

“When we first laid our eyes on this book, illustrated by Kathrin Honesta, there were several audible gasps, posts to social media, and several copies set aside for our own budding young feminists. We’ve stocked up on this amazing collection of outspoken women biographies, which, literally has the audio of their famous words available at a push of a button. When your two year old is parroting Abby Wambach and Malala Yousafzai you know you’ve made a smart decision in purchasing this book. ” – “What we’re reading: Reviews from the staff at Bartleby’s”, Manchester Journal, August 30, 2019

“[A] a beautifully illustrated, absolutely moving and totally unique audio + picture book that packs a serious punch.”Chloe Lukasiak, feature on Chloe’s Book Club at Girls’ Life

“Having access to these women’s voices, to literally hear them saying their iconic and critical words creates a magical connection between readers and these women, and I’ve never seen (well, heard) anything else like it.” – Ciarra Chavarria, @girlsreadtheworld (See full review here.)

“I was so excited to read She Spoke because of the push buttons on the side, but when I got the book, it was neat that there were so many women I had never heard of before.”Read the full review from 8-year-old Avery at Kids’ Book Buzz

“The creators offer an appealing package with the book’s puffy cover, interactive features, and Honesta’s vibrant portraiture…The selected women represent only a tiny fraction of outspoken women from history, but the authors’ selections are sound and serve as an invitation to readers to discover more.” –Publishers Weekly

“I love this creative use of sound. I love how this brings to life these moments in history. I love that you can hear the woman’s voice. On top of all that, the book is interesting, the illustrations are lovely drawn portraits, and the whole things feels inspiring. This is such a cool book.” – Erin Buhr of My Storytime Corner, feature in Ultimate List of Children’s Books about Amazing Women 


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She Spoke news and updates

Interview with co-authors Kathy MacMillan and Manuela Bernardi and illustrator Kathrin Honesta on The Children’s Book Podcast with Matthew Winner (recording)

Interview with Kathy MacMillan and Manuela Bernardi about She Spoke at Book Q&As with Deborah Kalb

Interview with co-authors Manuela Bernardi and Kathy MacMillan on the Reading With Your Kids podcast (recording)

Interview with co-authors Manuela Bernardi and Kathy MacMillan at the Read and Shine blog

She Spoke video storytime at KidTime StoryTime

She Spoke Playlist – Listen, read, and be inspired with our girl power playlist on Spotify!

Chloe’s Book Club Feature  on She Spoke at Girls Life: Commentary, playlist, discussion questions

Speak Up! Listen Up!: Using She Spoke in the Classroom: guest post at Pencil Tips: Writing Workshop Strategies from Children’s Authors and Illustrators

She Spoke Pinterest board – More links, clips, and recordings of the amazing women profiled in the book and more heroines you should know.

A look at She Spoke with co-author Kathy MacMillan

Press Kit

Complete research bibliography