Mae Makes a Way: The True Story of Mae Reeves, Hat & History Maker
by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, Illustrated by Andrea Pippins
Publication Date: May 24, 2022
List Price: $18.99
Format: Hardcover, 48 pages
Target Age Group: Picture Book
Imprint: Crown Books for Young Readers
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann
Mae had a dream to make one-of-a-kind hats. But the path for a Black female designer was unclear, so Mae made a way, leaving her home in the segregated South to study at the Chicago School of Millinery.
Mae had the skills but craved the independence to create her own styles. So, Mae found a way. In Philadelphia, she became the first Black woman to own a business on South Street. Whether you were Lena Horne, Ella Fitzgerald, Marian Anderson, or a lady from the neighborhood, Mae wanted you to look good and feel special in one of her original hats.
Perfect for fans of Hidden Figures, Fancy Party Gowns: The Story of Fashion Designer Ann Cole Lowe, and Mae Among the Stars, this inspirational and informative picture book biography paints a picture of the mother, businesswoman, and community advocate who led the way for Black women in fashion. The book also includes interviews with Mae Reeve’s daughter.
Published in collaboration with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, acclaimed author Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich (Two Naomis) and award-winning illustrator Andrea Pippins (I Love My Hair) bring the life of fashion entrepreneur and civic organizer Mae Reeves to the page. And when you are done reading, explore Mae’s store and styles in person at her permanent exhibit at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
- Juvenile Nonfiction / Biography & Autobiography / Women
- Juvenile Nonfiction / Girls & Women
- Juvenile Nonfiction / People & Places / United States / African American