The Story of Betty White
Author: Gregory Bonsignore; illustrated by Jennifer M. Potter
An innovative and joyful picture book biography that celebrates the life and achievements of TV legend, pioneer, and activist Betty White.
Betty White is a legend and icon (but you already knew that).
In her eighty-year career, she has starred on some of the most beloved shows of all time (like The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Golden Girls, along with dozens more) and has received multiple Emmy, American Comedy, and Screen Actors Guild Awards, as well as a Grammy and People’s Choice Award, not to mention a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame!
More than creating some of the most memorable roles in history, Betty has helped to make the world a better and more equal place. Early in her career, at a time when women had little power in Hollywood, she starred in, directed, and produced her own shows, creating opportunities for other women and for people from marginalized groups. She has campaigned to end bullying and has stood up for the LGBTQIA+ community. And she has devoted much of her life advocating for the fair treatment of animals.
This innovative picture book biography follows a young boy who is doing a class presentation about Betty White…with a little help from Betty herself! Whimsical yet fact-filled, That’s Betty! tells the story of a life well-lived while celebrating Betty’s many fans.
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Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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"Cleverly written from a child’s perspective, this biography will have readers loving Betty White more and more with each turn of the page. . .Written in preparation for White’s upcoming 100th birthday in 2022, this is a must-have for all library shelves." —School Library Journal, Starred Review
"In this awed tribute, a young fan assigned to do a class presentation on a “trailblazing woman” braves the skepticism of their teacher and their dads to gain. . .a high-spots overview of White’s multi-decade career. Readers, too, will come away wowed." —Booklist, Starred Review
"A playful tour of Betty White’s life. . . [T]his LGBTQ+–friendly selection offers a mirror to children intent on being themselves and focusing on their unique interests, gender-typical or not. Lively illustrations feature a diverse cast. A well-intentioned biographical selection about Betty White that is consciously inclusive and diverse." —Kirkus Reviews