What Your Ribbon Skirt Means to Me: Deb Haaland’s Historic Inauguration

Christy Ottaviano/Little, Brown/. Jul. 2023. 40p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780316430036.
Gr 3 Up–The book opens as young Pia runs to the Native American Center because that is the day the first Native American congresswoman is to be inaugurated: Deb Haaland. The community comes together to celebrate, and with that creates “Regalia” skirts, or ribbon skirts, which honor women from generation to generation. Within the story, readers learn what each color means and how the skirts are made. Vivid digital illustrations bring to life the colors on the ribbon skirts. This book could be used in units on Indigenous history or during Women’s History Month. It would make a great companion to Fry Bread by Kevin Noble Maillard and Sharice’s Big Voice by Sharice Davids. Back matter includes more information on ribbons skirts and Deb Haaland.
VERDICT An accessible picture book about an important voice on the U.S. political scene.

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