"I want to write stories that empower kids to know that other people empowered themselves.
If I have a mission, that's my mission!"
Doreen Rappaport

"It is not women's liberation; it is women's and men's liberation."
Ruth Bader Ginsburg

“There can be no greater issue than that of conservation in this country.” To Dare Mighty Things: The Life of Theodore Roosevelt

“What is possible for me is possible for you.”
Frederick’s Journey: The Life of Frederick Douglass

“Failure is impossible.”
Elizabeth Started All the Trouble.

“The dream of my life has become fact. Self-defense in the ghetto will have been a reality.” Beyond Courage: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust.

Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Helen's Big World: The Life of Helen Keller

Beyond Courage: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust

Eleanor, Quiet No More: The Life of Eleanor Roosevelt

Jack's Path of Courage: The Life of John F. Kennedy

John's Secret Dreams: The Life of John Lennon

Nobody Gonna Turn Me 'Round! Stories and Songs of the Civil Rights Movement

Lady Liberty: A Biography

Abe's Honest Words: The Life of Abraham Lincoln

Dirt On Our Skirts: The story of the Young Women Who Won the World Championship.

“We are all interdependent.”
Wilma’s Way Home: The Life of Wilma Mankiller

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Award-winning author of children’s books...
Doreen Rappaport is an award-winning author of children’s books known to educators, parents, children and young adult readers for forty-eight fiction and non-fiction books that celebrate multiculturalism, the retelling of folktales and myths, history, the lives of world leaders and the stories of those she calls ‘not-yet-celebrated.’
Her books have received critical acclaim and awards for her unique ability to combine historical facts with intimate storytelling, and for finding ‘new ways to present the lives of well-known heroes‚’ like Martin Luther King, Jr., John F. Kennedy, Eleanor Roosevelt, Helen Keller and the Statue of Liberty. – A dynamic writer-teacher-storyteller in the classroom, she is a frequent speaker at state and national educational conferences, universities, libraries, historical societies, book fairs, and community centers. She has been a featured author at the National Portrait Gallery, National Book Festival, the Smithsonian Museum of American History and the White House.
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Doreen's blog about new books, events for teachers and students, travels around the country...

March 22, 2021
Elizabeth Cover

Elizabeth Started All the Trouble Play

This year, in honor of the 100th anniversary of women winning their fight for the right to vote, the League of Women Voters in Fresno, California […]
August 24, 2015


As part of the California Young Reader Medal program, educators in California have made my book into a play, and I think it’s great. And I […]
November 19, 2014

Doreen Rappaport speaks on Holocaust Remembrance Day

Last April I appeared at the Great Neck Public Library on Long Island and Michal Hoschander Malen, a librarian and editor of reference books and children’s […]