Fannie Lou Hamer

The Courageous Woman Who Marched for Dignity

By K.A. Ellis, illustrated by Shin Maeng
from 12 reviews

Inspiring children's biography of Fannie Lou Hamer, a Civil Rights activist who stood up for the vulnerable and contended for the rights of unborn children.

Part of the Do Great Things For God series.

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Read the true story of Fannie Lou Hamer, a Civil Rights activist who courageously stood up for the vulnerable and contended for the rights of unborn children.

Living in Mississippi, "Mother Hamer" left school at six and was subjected to the racist "Jim Crow" laws. She and her friends marched for the right to vote and became known as "the Freedom Fighters." Fannie was imprisoned and beaten but eventually was able to speak to the Houses of Congress in Washington, D.C. Having won the vote, Mother Hamer helped bring people out of poverty and stood up for the right of unborn children to be born and to be loved.

This beautifully illustrated children's biography of Fannie Lou Hamer (1917-1977) features engaging illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a biographical timeline with historical photos. It is part of a series called Do Great Things For God, which is designed to show kids that God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things.

Download free extras, such as worksheets, to help children interact with the true story and think of ways in which they can also follow God and encourage his people today.

These stories can be read to young children or enjoyed independently by early readers. The free extras make these stories useful for homeschool, Sunday school, missions events, and more.

Product details


Age range: 4+
Contributors K.A. Ellis, Shin Maeng
ISBN 9781784989439
Format Hardback
First published February 2024
Dimensions 7.7" x 9.4" x 0.4"
Weight 11.99 oz
Language English
Pages 32
Publisher The Good Book Company

Courtney Doctor

Coordinator of Women's Initiatives, The Gospel Coalition; Visiting Instructor, Covenant Theological Seminary

“Fannie Lou Hamer’s story needs to be told and I can think of no one better than K. A. Ellis to tell it. In this beautiful biography, we see how the gospel compelled this remarkable woman to share the good news of Jesus, pray for her enemies, and combat the injustice around her. May her story inspire us to do the same!”

Justin E. Giboney

President, the AND Campaign

“As a father of three, I know it’s important to provide children with clear examples of how Christian convictions drive believers toward redemptive work. K.A. Ellis beautifully illustrates how a deep faith in Christ inspired Hamer’s vision, courage, and perseverance.”

Kay James

Secretary of the Commonwealth of Virginia; President of the Heritage Foundation (2017-2021)

“I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book! I have spoken about Fannie Lou Hamer in speeches, written about her, and admired her for years. The fact that another generation will have the opportunity to learn about this great woman makes my heart happy!”

Customer reviews

Feb 17, 2024

“So good”

I have been looking for a picture book biography on Fannie Lou Hamer for years! Every person should read her story. She is incredible and this book does a fantastic job sharing her life in a frame for young readers

Feb 16, 2024

“Inspiring and Hopeful”

How can a woman change the nation? The latest in the Do Great Things for God series, Fannie Lou Hamer’s biography introduces your children to the courageous woman who marched for dignity.

Inspiring and Hopeful

Inspiring and hopeful, this book shares the incredible story of Fannie Lou Hamer’s life and work. Her faith in God is at the forefront as she marches for the right to vote and proclaims that every baby deserves the chance to be born and be loved.

World-Changing Faith

Featuring bold and beautiful illustrations by Shin Maeng, this book will engage and encourage your children. Let them see the story of a woman who had a world-changing faith in her Savior.

I received a media copy of Fannie Lou Hamer and this is my honest review.

Feb 9, 2024

“Encouraging and empowering story - Love this series!”

These biographical picture books from the "Do great Things For God" series (for children ages 4-7) are one of our family favourites. The stories give details about the Christian's life without being too heavy for little ones to hear. I also appreciated how each story ended with a Bible verse, which we learn and memorise together. We also love the free educational resources on the @thegoodbookau website to help us think more about the people and countries.

Fannie's story in particular reminded us to treat everyone with respect and dignity, and challenged us to consider how we not only endure hard times but rise up to bring change.

I received a copy of this book from The Good Book Company in exchange for an honest review.

Feb 7, 2024


I am just so thankful that these stories are being told in such a quality way for my youngest learners. I didn’t know about Fannie Lou so I was so happy to learn alongside my kids!

Feb 5, 2024

“Such a valuable resource”

I love how this story emphasizes forgiveness, prayer, standing up for what's right and it has a great pro life message!
"Fannie prayed for God to have mercy on the people who hated her so much, and that kept hate out of her heart."
I had never heard of Fanny Lou Hamer before reading this book! This series is such an amazing way to introduce your children (and yourself) to women of faith who obeyed the Lords leading in their lives. We homeschool and these are a great resource!

Feb 2, 2024

“Beautiful and Inspiring story!”

This is a beautifully illustrated biography picture book about Fannie Lou Hamer (1917 - 1977). Fannie loved God, her church, and people. She believed in the value of every person's life.

This book is educational and engaging for young readers, inspiring courage and teaching history. The author did not shy away from the harsh realities of this time in history. Fannie Lou Hamer is a true hero, and young readers need to know her story.

If you are looking for biographies, I highly recommend the "Do Great Things for God" series. A series that focuses on how God uses ordinary people to do extraordinarily things.

Jan 31, 2024

“Must-have homeschool resource!”

Another great book in The Do Great Thing for God Series! Young readers will be inspired by the remarkable story of Fannie Lou Hamer. This book is great for homeschool families looking for resources to teach their children about historical figures who made an impact for the kingdom of God. And this book is so nicely illustrated! 5/5 stars

Jan 30, 2024

“The courage to do what is right!”

The latest picture book in the Do Great Things for God series introduces young readers to Fannie Lou Hamer. Fannie was a Freedom Fighter whose courage and faith in God helped her choose to do what was right, even when it was hard or came at a great cost.

[The publisher sent me this book for review consideration but all opinions are my own.]

Jan 29, 2024

“Powerful Story”

I have greatly enjoyed the Do Great Things for God series so far, and this is another wonderful installment. K.A. Ellis shares Fannie Lou Hamer's powerful story in a way that is age-appropriate for young children, and the illustrations from Shin Maeng are both realistic and stylistic, capturing recognizable likenesses and conveying themes about oppression and faith. This inspiring picture book biography explores how Hamer's faith in Jesus inspired her activism during the Civil Rights Movement, and the story shows how she marched for voting rights, made speeches, fought hunger through community farming, and advocated for pro-life causes. At the end of the book, there is a photograph of Hamer, along with a key Bible verse, discussion questions, and a timeline.

This book is honest about harsh realities while still being appropriate for a young elementary audience. This book covers multiple heavy topics, such as segregation, poverty, violence, and police brutality, and Ellis also briefly mentions that because of ways that hateful people harmed her, Hamer was unable to have biological children and adopted kids with her husband instead. Ellis covers all of these issues briefly and with gentle, kid-friendly language, highlighting the ways that Hamer's Christian faith sustained her and shaped her commitment to upholding human dignity.

This is an excellent book that introduces an inspiring Civil Rights figure to young children. This book shares her story in a brief, simple way that draws out multiple important themes about her faith and activism, and the text and illustrations work together beautifully to tell this powerful story. Although this book might be too much for some sensitive kids to handle, it is appropriate for the intended age range, and it is a great way for parents to start teaching their kids about difficult historical topics.

Note: I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Jan 20, 2024

“Educational and Empowering!”

Our household adores the Do Great Things for God series, and this book is no different—it's cherished.
The book, Fannie Lou Hamer, written by K.A.Ellis is a children's biography that is both engaging and educational. It tells the inspiring story of her courage during the Civil Rights Movement, from freedom marches to fighting for voting rights. The book is easy to understand, making history fascinating for young readers. Fannie's strong spirit and faith shine through, making her an admirable hero for kids. The book emphasizes her belief in fairness and the value of every person's life.
Written in an age appropriate manner, with captivating and engaging illustrations, this inspiring story is sure to catch the attention of young readers.
I appreciate the added timeline and resources at the end, making it a valuable addition to any child's library.

I received a copy of this book from The Good Book Company in exchange for an honest review.

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