VIDEO: Rosie, A Detroit Herstory

Children’s books are meant to entertain, educate, and inspire! Unfortunately, there aren’t as many lead female characters featured in these books to inspire young girls. This led two Detroit women, Bailey Sisoy Isgro and Nicole Lapointe, to take matters into their own hands and make their own story book featuring strong female heroins.

However, they had one issue; what to write about?

Inspired by their love of Detroit history and their love of working on automobiles, it was a natural fit to tell the story of the women that picked up the tools and got elbow deep in dirt and grease to make Detroit the “Arsenal of Democracy.”

With Bailey writing the narrative and Nicole’s illustrations, the story quickly came together and Rose: A Detroit Herstory was made!

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After putting truckloads of labor and many sleepless nights into their passion project, Bailey and Nicole have Rosie: A Detroit Herstory ready and waiting at the printers. With only days left on their Kickstarter campaign, the only question left is how many copies can they print?

They started off with a base goal to be able to print the books reasonably, but met this goal 3 days into their campaign. Since then they have passed their second price goal, which means they will now be able to print more and donate a copy of their book to every public elementary school in Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park! If they reach their final goal, they will be able to donate even more books to the Detroit Little Libraries non-profit.

If you’d like to learn more about them or the book, visit their website here.

Bailey Sisoy Isgro is the owner of Detroit History Tours and the proprietress of the Detroit History Club. She works as an automotive sculptor by day, and by night she writes and lectures on the history of her fine city. 

Nicole Lapointe is a local Detroit freelance artist and resident geek, with a passion for Detroit’s French heritage and odd folklore.