Fannie Lou Hamer

The Courageous Woman Who Marched for Dignity

By K.A. Ellis, illustrated by Shin Maeng
from 14 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 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 195mm x 240mm x 10mm
Weight 0.34 kg
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.”

John Ensor

President of PassionLife

“You never know what’s in a person till they are bumped and you see what spills out. Fannie Lou got bumped hard and often. What spilled out was a song of praise for God, courage to expose injustice and rescue the weak, practical help for her neighbors, and grace for even people who hurt her. Let’s follow Fannie Lou.”

Customer reviews

Feb 29, 2024

“Another amazing book! Love it for our homeschool library!”

This is another wonderful addition to the “Do Great Things for God” series. We enjoy these short picture books as a way to learn about missionaries.

This series always has beautiful illustrations and this one is no exception. They take a story and make it accessible for children with an emphasis on how God works in their lives. Each book includes a real life photo and timeline of the missionary which is ever so helpful. This book also includes questions at the end and additional free resources for interacting with Helen’s story. The homeschool mom in me loves these mini lessons!

An inspiring and fun way to teach biographies to our youngsters.

Feb 29, 2024

“A Lovely Tribute”

I received Fannie Lou Hamer compliments of The Good Book Company in exchange for my honest review.

Fannie Lou Hamer by K.A. Ellis is the latest release in the Do Great Things for God series by The Good Book Company. This book details the life of Fannie Lou who made great strides in the civil rights movement in the United States. As a child, Fannie had to stop going to school to help provide for her family. Fannie had a dream of laws being passed that would allow her and many others to do things they weren’t able to due to the color of their skin.

This book details how Fannie fought for freedom along with her friends who were deemed Freedom Fighters. She lived a life of faithful perseverance that included very painful persecution. Even so, her life was one with an incredible impact. Fannie Lou Hamer is a great resource for helping little ones understand what godly perseverance looks like and is a helpful intro to the civil rights movement in America. The illustrations are vibrant and stunning and there are companion worksheets that parents, guardians, and educators can download for free to prompt further discussion about the book.

To enhance the book’s reading, I highly recommend listening to Fannie’s album The Songs My Mother Taught Me on Spotify. I enjoyed Fannie Lou Hamer and highly recommend it and can’t wait to read more from K.A. Ellis and more in Do Great Things for God series!

Feb 18, 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 17, 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 10, 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 8, 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 6, 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 3, 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.

Feb 1, 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 31, 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.]

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