My 7-year-old daughter has to do a report on some aspect of American history: a person, a monument, a symbol. At first she wanted to report on the American flag, but then after a couple weeks she decided that the flag was too generic of a subject.

“Everyone knows about the flag,” she said. “I want to do a report on something really interesting, like Sybil Ludington.”

“Who’s Sybil Ludington?”

“Sybil Ludington is like the female Paul Revere!” she exclaimed. “She rode on her horse and warned everyone about the red coats that were coming.”

Seriously, this kid is seven. I’d never heard of Ms. Ludington in my life. I asked her where she learned all this.

“Judy Moody.”

Judy Moody?

So I googled Sybil Ludington, and sure enough I found her and indeed she is the female Paul Revere, only cooler. And so my 1st grade daughter is doing a report on Sybil Ludington. She researched and wrote it all on her own and it’s pretty darn good.

So Megan McDonald, you and Judy Moody rock. Thanks for teaching my girl about a strong woman who made a difference in history. Kudos for writing it in a way to make her want to know more. That’s what I call a great children’s book.


  1. That’s such a cool story! I’ve never heard of Sybil Ludington either, but now I’m curious. Thanks for sharing!

  2. What an awesome post, Liesl! Thanks so much for sharing. Sounds like a great book. (Tell your daughter great job, too:) )

  3. I love when my kids tell me about things they learned in books–usually things I’ve never heard of! Nice post šŸ™‚

  4. Wow, I haven’t heard of her either. You learn something new everyday!

  5. I’m happy to say I had heard of Sybil before. I had a writing teacher who wrote a non-fiction about her. She rode right through the area I grew up in.

  6. Wow, what a fantastic story! Thanks for sharing. šŸ™‚

  7. That is so cool! So why on earth have we heard of Paul Revere but not Sybil Ludington??? As for the Judy Moody books, I can’t wait until my daughter is old enough for us to read chapter books together. Judy Moody will probably be one of our first series.

    • Liesl

    • March 2, 2011

    • 4:55 am

    Caryn, my daughter adores Judy Moody and also Junie B. Jones. Junie B. Jones books were the first books she started reading independently. It’s such a joy to see her loving books on her own, but we still love to read together.

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