A fun and inspiring picture book biography of tennis legend and women’s rights activist Billie Jean King. From award-winning author Mara Rockliff and New York Times-bestselling illustrator Elizabeth Baddeley comes this extraordinary picture book about one little girl who loved sports and grew up to be one of the greatest and best-known tennis players of all time. Anything Billie Jean did, she did it ALL THE WAY. When she ran, she ran fast. When she played, she played hard. As a top women’s tennis player, Billie Jean fought for fairness in women’s sports, and when she faced off against Bobby Riggs in the Battle of the Sexes, the most famous tennis match in history, she showed the world that men and women–and boys and girls–are equal on and off the court.
Mara Rockliff has authored many books for children, including: Anything But Ordinary Addie: The True Story of Adelaide Herrmann, Queen of Magic; Around America to Win the Vote; and Mesmerized: How Ben Franklin Solved a Mystery that Bafﬂed All of France. She lives in Pennsylvania.
Elizabeth Baddeley is an award winning illustrator of such notable titles as: I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark, A Woman in the House (and Senate): How Women Came to the United States Congress, Broke Down Barriers, and Changed the Country, Women Who Broke the Rules: Mary Todd Lincoln, and The Good Fight: The Feuds of the Founding Fathers (and How They Shaped the Nation) among others. Elizabeth has been honored by Communication Arts, American Illustration, 3x3 Magazine, Print and The Society of Illustrators for which she received a gold medal for her Swimmer Girls series.
Elizabeth resides in Kansas City, Missouri with her husband and small menagerie. Besides her keen interest in hand lettering and politics, Elizabeth’s hobbies include embroidery and collecting vintage class photos. Her dog Franklin was recently named: Most Improved in his obedience class.