The Book of Sisters book cover
Format: Hardcover
Age Range: 8-10
Book Size: 276 x 216 mm
ISBN: 9781684492008
Pages: 128
Publication Date: 02/22/22
Price: US $19.99 / CAN $26.99

The Book of Sisters

Biographies of Incredible Siblings Through History

Queens. Warriors. Witches. Revolutionaries. History is full of sisters making their mark.

Meet incredible women in this non-fiction book for kids, from Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret to tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams. Podcasters (and sisters!) Olivia Meikle and Katie Nelson have scoured history for jaw-dropping stories of amazing siblings, including:

  • Why Egyptian ruler Cleopatra went to war against her younger sister Arsinoë
  • How Native American sisters Maria and Marjorie Tallchief became America’s first star ballerinas
  • What made samurai sisters Nakano Takeko and Nakano Koko take on an entire army

Through the stories of the sisters, readers will go on a whirlwind tour of women’s history, from the courts of Imperial China to the French Revolution. And you’ll discover that stories about sisters aren’t anything new – they can be traced back to ancient tales, from Greek goddesses to Mayan mythology.

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Olivia Meikle and Katie Nelson are professors, podcasters – and sisters! Their first joint venture was a speculative enterprise where Katie (age 7) attempted to dig a hole to China, and Olivia (age 11) built a hospital for all the worms that came out of the hole. The project went so well that they’ve enjoyed working together ever since. Together they host the popular What’sHerName history podcast. Olivia and Katie are compulsive travellers who have lived on three continents, but now they teach History (Katie) and Women’s Studies (Olivia) on opposite sides of the Rocky Mountains in the USA. Between them, Katie and Olivia have two husbands, five kids, two parakeets, one schnauzer, one hermit crab, and approximately one zillion years of schooling.