Hillary Rodham Clinton

Dreams Taking Flight

Hillary Rodham Clinton

Illustrated by: Amy June Bates
For Ages: 5 - 10
The beautifully illustrated picture book about Hillary Clinton—now revised and updated with brand-new material about her time as Secretary of State.

Before Hillary Clinton was in the running to be president, she was a young girl growing up outside Chicago who lost the election for student-body president. She wanted to be an astronaut, to soar as high as the stars above. She kept reaching up and up as she grew. There were people who told her no—most of them simply because she was a girl—but she didn’t listen to them. There were people who didn’t think she could do it. But she believed in herself. And Hillary has been making history ever since. This is the inspiring story of a girl with dreams as big as the open sky.
  • Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | 
  • 48 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781481451130 | 
  • August 2015 | 
  • Grades K - 5
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Reading Group Guide

A Reading Group Guide to

Hillary Rodham Clinton: Dreams Taking Flight

By Kathleen Krull

Illustrated by Amy June Bates


Discussion Questions
Note to the teacher: Before reading Hillary Rodham Clinton: Dreams Taking Flight, ask your students what they know about Hillary Clinton. Then, after finishing the book, hold a class discussion. What did your students learn about Hillary from reading the book?

1. Hillary's first career goal was to become an astronaut. Why do you think she initially chose this as a future career? How is being an astronaut similar to the careers she has held throughout her life? How is it different? What are your career goals right now?

2. Hillary always believed in herself and was motivated to succeed from a very young age. Why do you think Hillary kept working hard when there were so many people who told her that she couldn't do well? Who and what helped her in her quest for success?

3. In the Flying Facts section at the end of the book, we learn that Hillary was a good athlete growing up, but there were no sports teams for girls when she was young. How do you feel about this? Are you surprised?

4. Many paths were closed to women when Hillary was young in the early 1960s. But much has changed since then. Referring back to the book, discuss the numerous obstacles Hillary faced as a woman throughout her life. Then disc see more

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About the Author

Kathleen Krull
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Kathleen Krull

Kathleen Krull is the author of the new six-book Women Who Broke the Rules series of chapter books as well as A Woman for President: The Story of Victoria Woodhull; Lives of Extraordinary Women: Rulers, Rebels (and What the Neighbors Thought); and other acclaimed biographies for young readers. She lives in San Diego, California. Visit her website at KathleenKrull.com.