Illustrated by Ekua Holmes
Starred reviews from Booklist, Kirkus & SLJ
Selected as the 2019 Texas Great Read
Honored by ALSC, CBC, ILA, NCSS, NCTE & TLA
Even as a child growing up in the Fifth Ward of Houston, Texas, Barbara Jordan stood out for her big, bold, booming, crisp, clear, confident voice. It was a voice that made people sit up, stand up, and take notice.
So what do you do with a voice like that?
Barbara took her voice to places few African American women had been in the 1960s: first law school, then the Texas state senate, then up to the United States congress. Throughout her career, she persevered through adversity to give voice to the voiceless and to fight for civil rights, equality, and justice.
New York Times bestselling author Chris Barton and Caldecott Honoree Ekua Holmes deliver a remarkable picture book biography about a woman whose struggles and mission continue to inspire today.
Ages 4 and up
Beach Lane Books/Simon & Schuster
Named one of the best children’s books of the year by:
Praise for What Do You Do with a Voice Like That?
AASL Knowledge Quest: What Do You Do with a Voice Like That? The Story of Extraordinary Congresswoman Barbara Jordan
Abilene Reporter News: Texas Reads
The Alcalde: New Books from the Longhorn Universe to Read this 2018 Holiday Season
Austin American-Statesman: New books: Stories of Barbara Jordan, Rosa Parks and Ruth Bader Ginsburg to inspire kids
The B&N Kids Blog: From the Big Bang to the Barnyard: 10 New Picture Books
The Bay State Banner: Ekua Holmes illustrations to be featured in two new books
Beth Anderson, Children’s Writer: What Do You Do with a Voice Like That?
Booklist: Top 10 Biographies for Youth: 2019
Bookshelves of Doom: What Do You Do with a Voice Like That?: The Story of Extraordinary Congresswoman Barbara Jordan, by Chris Barton
D.C. Area Educators for Social Justice: Learning About the Power of Voice from the Story of Barbara Jordan
The Horn Book: Profile of 2019 CSK Illustrator Award winner Ekua Holmes
Houston Bar Association: Constitution Day Readings
Houston Chronicle: Local booksellers serve up holiday picks
ILA Literacy Daily: Looking Back at 2018 Nonfiction
Kid Lit Frenzy: Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: Favorite Nonfiction Picture Books of 2018 Part I
Kid Lit Frenzy: Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: What Do You Do with a Voice Like That?
Librarian’s Quest: Heads Turned. People Stopped And Listened.
Lone Star Literary Life: Chris Barton on encouraging children’s natural gifts, the joys of collaborating with a gifted illustrator, and what the late Honorable Barbara Jordan might say in 2018
Lone Star Literary Life: Top Twenty Texas Books of 2018
Nerdy Book Club: 22 More Barbara Jordan Books, Please
The Nonfiction Detectives: Best Biographies of 2018
The Nonfiction Detectives: What Do You Do with a Voice Like That?
Out of the Box: Picture-book biographies of pioneering women 2019
PechaKucha: What was left out of What Do You Do with a Voice Like That?
Penn Today: Children’s literature as ‘seed work’
Publishers Weekly: An Anti-Racist Children’s and YA Reading List
PW ShelfTalker: The Power of Silence
This Picture Book Life: Ekua Holmes’ Picture Book Life
Reading Style Guide: Texas Legend
San Francisco Chronicle: Roundup of children’s books, Nov. 25
School Library Journal: Honoring African American Women and Girls, Past and Present
Social Justice Books: Women’s History Month: A Book Every Day
Texas Library Association: 2019 Texas Topaz Nonfiction Reading List
This American Life: Where Have You Gone, Barbara Jordan? Our Nation Turns Its Lonely Eyes to You
What’s Not Wrong?: Review: What Do You Do with a Voice Like That? The Story of Extraordinary Congresswoman Barbara Jordan by Chris Barton
Wonderland: What Happens If You Plant 10,000 Sunflowers At The Heart Of Boston’s Black Community?
A Year of Reading: Making Time and Space for Nonfiction–Some NF Books to Add to Our Classroom Library