This past week, I read a digital ARC of Lady Bird Johnson, That’s Who! It’s written by my friend and critique group member Tracy Nelson Maurer, and is the third in her fabulous That’s Who series of picture book biographies (John Deere and Samuel Morse were the first two). Whether you know a lot about Lady Bird Johnson or not, this book will be a treat for you! I confess I didn’t know much about her, and watching this book take shape over the past couple of years was wonderful. At first, I thought she was “just” about the greening of America. But learning about her own struggles with shyness, her love story with LBJ, and her determination to unify as well as beautify the country was super inspiring.
Linda Baie says
It was a terrible time when she became first lady & then the constant problems with the Vietnam War certainly didn’t help the Johnson image either. I’ll look for this, Laura. You’ve made it sound very good! Thanks!
Michele Knott says
Oooh, this one sounds good! I had not heard of it. I enjoyed the John Deere book in this series, I will absolutely look for it. I think it’s actually more interesting to learn more about the First Ladies’ lives than the presidents’!
Vidya Tiru says
thanks for the intro to this book, sounds lovely for spring.. I will check this out
Shaye Miller says
Thank you for the heads-up on Lady Bird Johnson, That’s Who! I’m adding it to my TBR list. I’ve really enjoyed the recent picture book biographies I’ve been reading! I was also looking to add your If You Want to Knit Some Mittens to my 2021 Goodreads list, but I cannot get it to come up in their database. It’s possible that it is my account being wonky, but if you happen to have a direct link I’d love to grab it. Have a fantastic reading week!
I hope you like it–it’s a lovely picture book! Thanks for asking out my fall release. I’ve just manually added it to Goodreads. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/57185988-if-you-want-to-knit-some-mittens (Usually the publisher does that, but it’s not there yet, so I added it myself.) Happy reading!
Completely Full Bookshelf says
What a great pick! I unfortunately know next to nothing about Lady Bird Johnson as well, but it’s definitely impressive how much impact she had. I also never really thought about how she became first lady during such a turbulent time, but that only makes her accomplishments even more impressive! Thanks for the great review!
I have a different biography of Lady Bird, and I’m glad to see her getting more attention. Thanks for the great review.
I haven’t ever read anything about her, and I agree–more attention is deserved!
Thanks for sharing this today. The whole That’s Who! series sound fascinating.