Mama in Congress

An inspiring picture book that tells the story of Rashida Tlaib, one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress, and her family. Perfect for readers of books that celebrate trailblazing women and social activists as well as those looking for an introduction to civic engagement and how government works.

“Hey Adam, is the president Mom’s boss now?”

When Yousif Tlaib asks about his mom’s new job in Congress, his older brother, Adam, fills him in—with some help from Rashida Tlaib herself. As he tells his mom’s story, Adam reveals information about how elections and our government work, what it means to break barriers, what motivates their mama to work for justice for all, and how love and family have guided them through this historic time in our country.

From growing up in Detroit—the eldest of fourteen siblings and the first in her immigrant family to graduate from high school—through her journey into community activism and then local politics, to eventually becoming one of the first Muslim Congresswomen and an influential national figure, Rashida Tlaib’s inspiring story shows kids that they, too, can do great things and make a difference.

Teachers! Pair this title with Miranda Paul’s SPEAK UP and RIGHT NOW, along with the free guide to the First Amendment for kids on the Teacher Resources page!

Mama in Congress: Rashida Tlaib’s Journey to Washington
By: Rashida and Adam Tlaib with Miranda Paul
Illustrated by: Olivia Aserr
Publisher: Clarion Books, HarperCollins
Release Date: September 20, 2022
ISBN: 9780358683438
ISBN 10: 0358683432
Pages: 40 pages
List Price: $17.99
Category: Nonfiction Picture Book
Ages: 5-11

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