Review: Reach Higher: An Inspiring Photo Celebration of First Lady Michelle Obama

Reach Higher: An Inspiring Photo Celebration of First Lady Michelle Obama
by Amanda Lucidon
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published October 23rd 2018 by Crown Books for Young Readers


A collection of striking and intimate photographs of Michelle Obama, coupled with personal reflections and behind-the-scenes stories from official White House photographer and New York Times bestselling author of Chasing Light , Amanda Lucidon, presented in a deluxe format for young readers. 

My Thoughts

I was fortunate to catch an interview with Michelle Obama a few weeks ago while she was celebrating International Day of the Girl on a news show. Listening to her speak about the Obama Foundation's launch of the Global Girls Alliance and the importance of education for girls was inspiring. So it's no wonder that Amanda Lucidon chose to honor the former First Lady by putting together this book of photographs with interesting information and facts regarding the White House and its history.

Amanda Lucidon was a photographer for the White house from 2013 to 2017. She is only one of the few female photographers to work at the White House, and, in fact, was the only one during the Obama administration. Her pictures have been honored in many platforms. Amanda will inspire many girls to follow in her footsteps after reading this book.

Reach Higher is full of beautiful photographs of Michelle Obama, but it's also much more than that. It's an informative book about First Ladies, Amanda's role as a White House photographer, and a bit of history of the White House as well. Young readers will not feel overwhelmed by it though. They'll be taken in by the intimate and colorful photos during the Obama's administration and hopefully will be inspired by such a strong woman.