Published on January 9th, 2020 | by Andrew Bistak


From the creators of the award-winning Kazoo magazine comes a remarkable and timely graphic novel anthology that showcases the lives of 25 extraordinary women whose courage and accomplishments transformed history. On February 4, 2020, Knopf Books for Young Readers will publish Noisemakers: 25 Women Who Raised Their Voices & Changed the World, featuring top shelf comics by some of our most acclaimed, contemporary cartoonists.

Noisemakers features over 200 pages of inspirational storytelling, including:

  • Mary Shelley by Emil Ferris (My Favorite Thing is Monsters)
  • Hallie Daggett by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell (Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me)
  • Josephine Baker by Alitha E. Martinez (Black Panther: World of Wakanda)
  • Julia Child by Lucy Knisley (Kid Gloves: Nine Months of Careful Chaos)
  • Hedy Lamarr by Sarah Winifred Searle (Sincerely, Harriet)
  • Jeanne Baret by Lucy Bellwood (Baggywrinkles: a Lubber’s Guide to Life at Sea)
  • Wangari Maathai by Brittney Williams (Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat!)
  • Raye Montague by Yao Xiao (Everything Is Beautiful, And I’m Not Afraid)
  • Eleanor Roosevelt by Emily Flake (Lulu Eightball)
  • Bessie Coleman by Shannon Wright (Betty Before X)
  • Ida Lewis by Rebecca Mock (Compass South)
  • Rosa Parks by Ashley A. Woods (Tomb Raider: Survivor’s Crusade)
  • Eugenie Clark by Maris Wicks (Primates)
  • Mary Anning by Little Corvus (The Bridge: How the Roeblings Connected Brooklyn to New York)
  • Caroline Herschel by Chan Chau (Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Sirens)
  • Emily Warren Roebling by Kiku Hughes (Displacement)
  • Madam C. J. Walker by K. L. Ricks (Naima)
  • Annie Londonderry by Kat Leyh (Lumberjanes)
  • Maria Tallchief by Weshoyot Alvitre (Alice Sixkiller)
  • Junko Tabei by MariNaomi (Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories)
  • Frida Kahlo by Naomi Franquiz (The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl)
  • Maya Angelou by Shauna J. Grant (Princess Love Pon)
  • Kate Warne by Molly Brooks (Sanity & Tallulah)
  • Nelly Bly by Jackie Roche (Escape from Syria)
  • Mother Jones by Sophie Goldstein (House of Women) 

Noisemakers is the first ever book from Kazoo, the quarterly, indie print magazine for girls, ages 5 to 12, which Vogue calls “the magazine for little girls who want to grow up to be president,” and Roxane Gay calls “kickass.” Kazoo first made history in 2016 as the highest-funded journalism campaign Kickstarter had ever seen and again in 2019 when it became the first and only kids’ magazine ever to win the prestigious National Magazine Award for General Excellence (2019). “What sets Kazoo apart is that we celebrate girls for being smart, strong, fierce and true to themselves, and everything we do supports that mission,” says Editor-in-Chief and founder Erin Bried. “Plus, it’s just really fun to read.” Contributors have included Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Ellen DeGeneres, Misty Copeland, Elizabeth Warren, Dolores Huerta, Shonda Rhimes and many more.

Here’s what people are saying about Noisemakers: 25 Women Who Raised Their Voices & Changed the World:

“All the women in this book were discouraged from doing the work they were born to do. Fortunately, they didn’t let that stop them. Here are their riveting stories, told in unputdownable comics. I wish I’d had NOISEMAKERS when I was growing up.” — Alison Bechdel (Fun Home)

“Thoughtful, timely and Super-Engaging. So glad the powerhouse young people coming up have Kazoo as a blueprint, a roadmap, and a glimpse into history.”

— Jacqueline Woodson, National Ambassador to Young People’s Literature

“Astonishing comics about world-changing women. What could possibly be better?”

— Neil Gaiman (Coraline)

“The reason I (secretly) think of Kazoo Magazine as ‘Vitamin K’ is because it’s so necessary for building the strength of girls. I’m truly proud to have a piece (beside so many artists whose work I sincerely LOVE) in Kazoo‘s delicious new anthology – NOISEMAKERS.” —  Emil Ferris

Noisemakers is an ambitious and important book featuring diverse stories, stunning cartooning and a positive message that will resonate with young girls, their parents, teachers, aspiring cartoonists, librarians, and booksellers and book critics alike. For more information, follow Kazoo on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. To get the magazine delivered to your door, subscribe at

About the Author

When he's not trying to save the world, Andrew enjoys travel (although loathes turbulence), going to the movies, reading and being a dad to his two dogs (and now twins) with his wife.

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