A Mighty Girl's top picks of the best new books for children and teens about incredible women from around the world.
Every year, more and more books are published recognizing the incredible contributions that girls and women have made throughout history! These inspiring stories give kids — girls and boys alike — a more nuanced and complete understanding of history, while also providing role models for the next generation of groundbreaking women to come.
In honor of Women's History Month, we've collected the best biographies that have been published in the past 12 months about remarkable, determined, trailblazing women! These books for children and teens feature a broad range of women in many different fields, from science to the arts to politics and activism, making them excellent additions to any bookshelf or school curriculum. Whether you're sharing a picture book biography at bedtime or introducing your teen to an inspiring new hero, these books will remind them to tell women's stories all year long!
For more books of inspiring girls and women from around the world, check out the hundreds of biographies and works of historical fiction in A Mighty Girl's History & Biography Collection.
New Books For Women's History Month 2021
Dolly Parton came from a poor family, but her house was full of music. She started performing as a child, and when she graduated high school, she moved to Nashville so she could become a country star. Not only did she become a country superstar, but she used her wealth and fame to give back to her community, becoming a philanthropist who supports causes from literacy to child welfare to animal care! This My First - Little People, BIG DREAMS board book simplifies the story from the picture book Dolly Parton (Little People, Big Dreams), perfect for her littlest fans. For another new board book from this series, check out Vivienne: My First Vivienne Westwood.
Wilma Rudolph was born in the segregated South, in a poor family with 22 brothers and sisters, and she contracted polio as a child — nobody expected her to be able to walk again, or to be able to achieve something great. But Rudolph was persistent; she not only taught herself to walk again, she taught herself to run so fast that people nicknamed her "Skeeter." When she went to the 1960 Olympics, she won gold medals, broke world records, and inspired people around the globe. This board book from the My First - Little People, BIG DREAMS series celebrates an athletic pioneer who refused to give up on her dreams. For the picture book for ages 5 to 8, visit Wilma Rudolph: Little People, Big Dreams.
Celebrate the courage and determination of Rosa Parks in this board book version of the New York Times bestselling biography I Am Rosa Parks! The friendly Ordinary People Change The World biography series teaches kids that everyone has the power to be a hero — they just need to figure out how to unlock it. This board book's simple rhyming text and short sidebars reminds young readers that, just like Rosa Parks, they can "Stand strong and do what's true."
First Ladies do an awful lot! In this colorful board book, young readers will get a brief introduction to eleven First Ladies, from Martha Washington to Michelle Obama. Each entry features a quotation from the woman featured, a colorful portrait, and a short explanation of how she used her role as First Lady to change our country for the better. From Martha Washington nursing Revolutionary soldiers and Abigail Adams' reminder to "remember the ladies," to Jackie Kennedy's love of the arts and Michelle Obama's initiative to encourage healthy eating, this book celebrates the contributions of First Ladies over America's history!
Ruth Graves Wakefield was a savvy business owner and a talented chef and baker — so when she wanted to invent a new treat, she came up with the idea of cookies using chocolate bars broken into bits. The result was the chocolate chip cookie! Ruth started selling her cookies in her hotel, the Toll House Inn, but it wasn't long before people everywhere wanted the recipe. She even sold it to chocolate company Nestlé in exchange for a lifetime supply of chocolate. This level one book from the I Can Read series tells her story for newly independent readers; it's sure to prompt a few delicious inventions from budding chefs and bakers! For more biographies from this series, check out Lucy Maud Montgomery: Creator of Anne of Green Gables, Viola Desmond: A Hero for Us All, and Roberta Bondar: Space Explorer.
It's hard for today's kids to imagine a world in which women had no vote and no voice — and that's thanks to the efforts of suffragists like Susan B. Anthony! In this Step 2 biography reader from the Step Into Reading series, kids will learn why Anthony was so determined to fight for women's rights, from her battle for equal pay to her infamous "illegal" vote. Issued for both Anthony's 200th birthday and the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, this book, with bold illustrations and fascinating facts about this trailblazing woman, will captivate young readers and remind them that, when it comes to justice, "failure is impossible"!
When Ruth Bader Ginsburg was growing up, she didn't have the same opportunities as a boy. At her school, girls learned to cook and sew while boys learned to build things, and many parents didn't see the point in sending a girl to college. Fortunately, her own parents supported her dream of fighting for equal rights. And after years of hard work and study, she became the second woman, and the first Jewish woman, to be a United States Supreme Court Justice. This Little Golden Book biography teaches Ginsburg's story in a way that's accessible to preschoolers, inspiring them to imagine what new ground they could break when they grow up! For another Little Golden Book about an inspiring women, check out My Little Golden Book About Frida Kahlo.
Frida Kahlo grew up in Mexico, and her childhood wasn't easy: she was the only girl who attended her school, and a bout with polio left her with a permanently weakened leg. Then, as a young adult, she survived a bus crash, but was left in serious pain. As she recovered, she started to paint — starting the path to becoming one of the most famous painters of the 20th century, and a feminist icon! This book from the Ordinary People Change the World biography series introduces young readers to the inimitable Frida, and invites them to imagine how their own traits and talents could make history.
Patti McGee started learning to ride on a homemade skateboard after seeing a group of boys riding real skateboards — and she was good at it, too! She joined a skateboarding team (all boys) and learned some amazing tricks. And in 1964, she attended the National Skateboard Championship for Women, winning with a perfect score and a trick that would become her signature move: the rolling handstand. This energetic portrait of the first female professional skateboarder — complete with dynamic illustrations that illustrate and label a wide variety of skateboard tricks — is sure to get young readers eager to strap on a helmet and pads and take their own boards for a ride.
7-year-old Sophia had adored bugs ever since she was 2 1/2 — but when she got to school, not everyone appreciated her love of insects, especially in a girl. And when she brought a beautiful grasshopper — her favorite bug — to school, some of the kids even knocked it off her shoulder and killed it. Heartbroken, Sophia stopped talking about bugs... until her mom wrote to an entomological society looking for a bug scientist pen pal. The society created the hashtag #BugsR4Girls, and before long, hundreds of scientists were talking to Sophia, encouraging her to keep up her love of entomology. This charming picture book, written by the real-life Sophia, celebrates curiosity, scientific passion, being true to yourself — and of course, bugs!
In the 1940s, Helen Martini's husband Fred worked at the Bronx Zoo, while she stayed at home. Then, Fred brought home a lion cub that had been rejected by his mother. Helen, who had baby supplies on hand in hopes that the couple would have a child someday, named the cub MacArthur and raised him in their home. And soon she was raising more cubs! Before long, she had moved to the zoo, where she set up a nursery in an unused storage room and creating a glass enclosure where visitors could see the cubs at play. And when zoo officials discovered the work she had done, they made her the first female zookeeper and keeper of the nursery. Adorable illustrations and engaging stories about Martini's work with the tiger cubs make this the perfect book for little animal-lovers.
Anne Frank was just an ordinary girl with a brand new diary when her world was turned upside down. When the Nazis invaded Holland, she and her Jewish family had to go into hiding in a secret space in her father's old office. Through two years of fear, hunger, and danger, Anne wrote in her diary, never losing her sense of optimism or her faith in the goodness of people. This entry in the best-selling Ordinary People Change the World picture book biography series celebrates Anne's inspirational courage and hope, which have touched millions of people around the world.
As a child, Simone Biles was a bundle of unchannelled energy, trying to find a place to belong during her time in foster care. When her grandparents adopted her, they thought gymnastics might give her a place to thrive — and they were right! Soon, she was racing through new skills, "shooting off the vault / like a rocket blast." Her path wasn't always easy — she even missed getting on the national team at first — but the same resilience and determination that drove her as a child would eventually help her make her way to the gold medal podium at the 2016 Olympics! This lyrical picture book biography celebrates talent, perseverance, and the importance of a supportive family through they eyes of one of the greatest athletes of our time.
Meet Sybilla Peale, daughter of 19th century scientist Charles Willson Peale — and her incredible fossilized mastodon! Sybilla grows up playing among her father's exhibits, including the skeleton that quickly becomes her favorite. So when she learns her older brother is planning to take the skeleton on a tour, she's furious: where will she hold tea parties except under the broad bones of her mastodon? Fortunately, her kind brother and father understand, giving Sybilla the chance to reconsider. She decides to let her mastodon choose for itself... and in its own way, it agrees to go. This fascinating fictionalized peek at the lives of an important American scientific family, accented with stunning illustrations capturing the scale and grandeur of the mastodon, is sure to spark the imagination of young readers.
Introduce young readers to activist Susan B. Anthony with this book based on the PBS kids show which was inspired by the Ordinary People Change the World biography series! As Xavier and Yadina organize the museum's shelves with the artifacts from their many adventures, they forget to give Brad a chance to have his own say. Then the museum presents a bright red shawl, and the kids go back in time to meet Anthony. She explains what a vote is — and why it's so important that fair elections ensure everyone has a voice! This colorful 8X8 picture book provides an introduction to Anthony's work and the basics of the democratic process — and encourages kids to imagine how their own traits and passions might change the world.
Megan Rapinoe grew up in Redding, California, chasing a soccer ball "like a wild animal" on the school playground. Although she didn't always fit in at school, she always knew where she should be on the field, and her teammates looked up to her for leadership. After years of diligent practice, she won a place on the United States Women's National Team, eventually being named co-captain and leading her teammates to Olympic Gold and World Cup victory. And she also used her fame to fight for causes that were important to her, like LGBTQ rights and gender equality in sports. This empowering book features from the Little People, BIG DREAMS series is a colorful, inspiring look at on of America's heroes! For another biography from this series about an inspiring athlete, check out Billie Jean King (Little People, Big Dreams).
Mary Anning grew up combing the cliffs near her home for fossils that her impoverished family could sell. She had a knack for finding the best fossils — including the first complete skeleton of an ichthyosaur! Anning kept discovering more and more fossils, but because she was a woman, she wasn't allowed to study with men, or be admitted into their scientific societies. Still, she kept making major discoveries, and today she's considered the mother of paleontology. Young dinosaur-lovers will be delighted with this book from the Little People, BIG DREAMS series, which encourages them to imagine how their own talents and passions could change the world.
Aretha Franklin was born to perform: even as a child singing in her father's church choir, she astounded everyone with her powerful voice and her incredible stage presence. As an adult, she started singing rhythm and blues, captivating audiences wherever she went — particularly with a song by Otis Redding called "Respect," which became an anthem for African-American women like her. Aretha would go on to be called the "Queen of Soul" and was the first woman installed in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! This book from the best-selling Little People, BIG DREAMS series includes back matter with a timeline, historical photos, and inspiring facts about this pioneering artist. For another picture book about Franklin, we recommend A Voice Named Aretha for ages 5 to 9.
When Greta Thunberg learned about how human activity was affecting our environment, she was so shocked she couldn't speak. Why weren't people pushing for change? Then she realized that if other people weren't, she could... and she started protesting outside the Swedish Parliament. Today, her "School Strike for Climate" protest includes millions of people around the world, including many children and teens — a reminder that "No one is too small to make a difference." This exciting book from the Little People, BIG DREAMS series introduces kids to a young woman who is changing the world — right now — helping them see how they too could become trailblazers and history makers.
Malala Yousafzai was born in Pakistan, where many fathers didn't believe in educating their daughters — but Ziauddin Yousafzai was determined to give her every opportunity a son would have. That became much more dangerous, though, when the Taliban came to power and forbid girls from attending school. When Malala spoke out about it, she became the target of an assassination attempt. After barely surviving, and establishing a new life in England, she became an activist for girls' education everywhere and the youngest Noble Prize laureate in history. This book from the Little People, BIG DREAMS series provides an inspiring look at Malala's work to help children just like her around the world.
Growing up, Jane Austen was funny, a bit of a troublemaker — and gifted with words. She loved writing stories that made people laugh, particularly when they were inspired by life in a country village like hers. But when Jane grew older, facing sadness and loss as well as laughter and joy, she didn't know when she would find her writing voice again. When she did, it was full of humor, satire, and heart — and it made her one of the English language's most popular novelists. This energetic celebration of Austen's life and of creativity itself is perfect for fans of I Dissent and She Persisted.
Mary Golda Ross was the only girl in her college math class, and she proved that she could excel. She taught math at several high schools while taking graduate courses in the summers but she dreamed of finding more opportunities to apply her mathematical talents. In 1942, she succeeded, winning a spot at Lockheed as an aerospace engineer. She thrived, and before long, she had been invited to a super secret team called Skunk Works — one which was working on cutting-edge designs for future space travel! This compelling picture book biography captures the fascinating life of this little-known pioneer in STEM who became the first Native American aerospace engineer, celebrating how she blazed a trail for others behind her.
In 1818, Jeanne Power was a former dressmaker who became a self-taught naturalist after moving from Paris to Sicily. She was fascinated by the life forms in the ocean — but while it was easy to study animals on land, how could she study the ones in the sea? Power built a glass box — an aquarium — that she could use to examine aquatic creatures, and she made groundbreaking discoveries doing so! And even when men tried to take credit for her work, she argued her case and made sure she got her due. This vibrant picture book biography celebrates a little known pioneer of science whose legacy lives on in every aquarium found in homes, research facilities, and zoos around the world.
August, 1920: Tennessee's legislature is about to cast a history-making vote. If they approve the 19th Amendment, it will be ratified and women across the country will be assured of their right to vote. If they don't, the suffragists have more battles ahead. The decision came down to a single vote, and a shocking moment when Harry Burns — previously a staunch opponent of suffrage — voted in favor of suffrage. And he did so because of a letter from his indomitable mother, Febb Burns, who said "Vote for suffrage and don't forget to be a good boy." This inspiring picture book celebrates a defining moment of American history — and the determined woman whose letter helped give all women a voice in politics.
Jennifer Keelan was just an ordinary girl who happened to use a wheelchair. But she knew her life would be a lot easier if people would think about what people with disabilities needed — like cuts in a curb, lifts and elevators, and most importantly, acceptance from others. She joined adult activists in the disability rights movement, and on March 12, 1990, as Congress contemplated the Americans with Disabilities Act — a law that would make public spaces accessible — she got out of her wheelchair at the bottom of the steps to the Capitol Building and climbed — all the way to the top. This inspiring picture book reminds young readers that anyone, no matter their age, can make an impact.
Hazel Ying Lee was one of eight siblings — but everyone agreed that she was the fearless one! And when she took her first ride in an airplane at the age of 19, she knew she wanted to be a pilot. But in a time when women didn't fly — and when Chinese Americans were required to carry identification at all times — being a pilot seemed out of reach; plus, her mother thought it wouldn't be ladylike. Lee disagreed, and when the Women Airforce Service Pilots were established during World War II, she finally got the chance to achieve her dream. This picture book biography of the first Chinese American woman to fly for the US military is a celebration of passion and a tribute to a groundbreaking woman who refused to take no for an answer.
When Jocelyn Bell Burnell was a girl, she wanted to understand all about how the world worked — even though many people thought girls shouldn't be scientists. As a Ph.D. student, she built a radio telescope for her supervisor to study distant stars... and noticed something strange. One signal repeated in the sky, at perfect intervals. She had discovered the first pulsar! And while she was left off of the Nobel Prize awarded for her discovery — still one of the most hotly debated Nobel decisions — Burnell just kept studying, making more discoveries and inspiring a generation of women in science. This picture book biography of the pioneering astrophysicist, with artwork that includes luminous depictions of a mysterious and wonderful night sky, will leave kids eager to make their own discoveries about our universe.
As a child in the 1940s, Patricia Bath became fascinated by caring for vision when she saw a beggar with cloudy eyes. Most people then thought a girl — particularly an African American girl — couldn't be a doctor, but she proved them wrong and became an ophthalmologist. Through her pioneering work in laser eye surgery, her work as cofounder of the American Institute for the Prevention of Blindness, and her innovative concept of community preventative eye care, Dr. Bath would save the sight of people around the world. This inspiring book from the People Who Shaped Our World series is a fitting tribute to this compassionate woman.
June Almeida loved science, even as a young girl growing up in Glasgow, Scotland. But even though she was a top student, her family struggled financially and she had to leave school at the age of 16. She was determined, though, to find a way to pursue a scientific career and she was hired by a local hospital to work in its lab. There, she proved that she had an incredible talent for using a microscope to examine cells, making discoveries that helped doctors treat patients. And after years of working with electron microscopes and identifying viruses, she made a very special discovery — the first human coronavirus! This fascinating picture book, which includes a timeline and photos of June and her historic virus photographs in the back matter, celebrates a pioneering virologist whose groundbreaking work continues to help researchers today in the fight against illnesses caused by viruses, including COVID-19.
When Frieda Caplan started working at the Seventh Street Product Market in LA in 1956, she wanted to add something new to the sea of apples and potatoes; she thought she'd start with mushrooms. "Nobody eats those!" declared the men who ran grocery businesses, but she thought people might — if they could give them a try. Soon people were calling her the "Mushroom Queen"... but she wasn't done yet! She introduced even more foods: snap peas, seedless watermelon, kiwis... and blood oranges, purple potatoes, and habanero peppers. She not only became a successful shop owner; she changed the way people in America eat. This picture book biography is a celebration of a trailblazer in business and the joy of finding something deliciously new!
Ella Baker's grandfather was a preacher who questioned his flock: "What do you hope to accomplish?" Ella Baker's mother gave her the answer that everyone should "lift as you climb": use your own success and influence to help others. As an adult, Baker joined the Civil Rights Movement, and took both her relatives' words to heart, educating her fellow African Americans about their rights. She partnered with Martin Luther King, Jr. to create the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and worked with the NAACP and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, too. In this stunning biography in verse about Baker's little-appreciated influence in the fight for equal rights, kids are invited to consider how they, too, will lift others up.
“My name is Mother Jones, and I’m MAD" begins this fiery picture book about a groundbreaking American activist! Irish immigrant Mary "Mother" Jones may be in her sixties, but she's sick and tired of watching children being forced to work like adults, with long hours and dangerous conditions. Her protests would earn her the name "the most dangerous woman in America" — and in her most famous one, the Children's Crusade of 1903, she led 100 girls and boys on a march from Philadelphia to Long Island, stopping only when they reached President Theodore Roosevelt's doorstep! Told in the first person, and accented by illustrations that capture the indomitable Mother Jones, this powerful picture book will open kids' eyes to American labor history — and to the fight for rights of child laborers around the world today.
Elizabeth Warren always had a plan, but that doesn't mean her life always followed it! She wanted to be a teacher, but then she was fired when she became pregnant. So she pursued a career in law, and combined that passion with her interest in teaching to become a professor. And when she realized that the laws needed to be changed, she knew the best way to do that was to enter politics — first as a senator, and then as a presidential candidate. This inspiring picture book biography celebrates Warren's dedication, hard work, and principles, and encourages kids to imagine where their own big, bold plans could take them. For another book about Warren's life and career, check out Elizabeth Warren: Nevertheless, She Persisted.
Maria Povika Martinez learned pottery with her ko-ōo, her aunt Nicolasa, who knew traditional techniques that her people had used for hundreds of years. While other children played with toys, she practiced shaping clay, making pots, and more! As an adult, Maria wanted to combine these traditions with something new. She developed a new firing technique that made pots black and shiny — something the world had never seen. Before long, she was the most renowned Native American potter of her day! This gorgeous picture book from the She Made History series celebrates creativity, innovation, and how combining old and new can create something beautiful.
Beatrix Potter loved the living world — and she wanted to know all about it. She made observations and recorded what she saw in both words and pictures, even studying the bones of pets when they died. But people didn't think a woman could be a scientist in her time; she had to teach herself, and even when she made discoveries and wrote scientific papers, they were turned away. However, she eventually turned her talents to writing children's books starring the wild animals she loved, including a little bunny named Peter Rabbit. This book doesn't shy away from the challenges facing a woman scientist in Potter's day, but celebrates how combined her talents and her passions, both to make new discoveries and to write some of the world's most beloved children's books. For another picture book about Potter, this one focused on her conservation work, check out Saving the Countryside: The Story of Beatrix Potter and Peter Rabbit for ages 5 to 9.
At the age of three, Shirley Chisholm was leading games in her Brooklyn neighborhood; by college, she was a debate team champion who never backed down when she knew her point was sound. She fought for the rights of women and minorities in her community, but she wanted to do more. So in 1964, she became the first black woman elected to the New York State Assembly — and then in 1968, the first black women elected to Congress. She fought for anyone who was neglected: children, students, people in poverty, Native Americans, and many more. And in 1972, she pushed even further, and became the first black woman to run for president of the United States. This inspiring picture book biography celebrates a trailblazing woman who opened doors for generations still to come.
With so much focus on Anne Frank's inspiration to the world, it's easier to see her as an idolized figure than as a regular girl — but Miep Gies, the woman who helped protect the Frank family, and the diary, never forgot. Gies, who had been displaced from her own home during World War I, built a kinship with Anne through Hollywood gossip and fashion trends, even bringing Anne her first pair of high heels while she was still in hiding. This picture book's unique perspective is a powerful and touching addition to the library of books about Anne's life.
Meg Lowman was a shy child who rarely spoke in school — but she adored the natural world, and particularly the trees and the many organisms that lived in their branches and leaves. So she decided she wanted to become a scientist and study the canopies in the rain forest. There were many obstacles in her way, from the inaccessibility of the treetops to the sexism she faced in the scientific community to the logging and clearing that threatened this precious ecosystem. But Lowman persevered, and "Canopy Meg" not only created her own future, but helped ensure the rainforests had a future too. With vibrant illustrations (that conceal fascinating facts about rainforests in their leafy designs) and text drafted with the help of Lowman herself, this picture book is a detailed and exciting portrait of a pioneering scientist and the incredible world she loves.
When young Rosita and her mother move from Puerto Rico to New York, she faces bullying for everything about her, from the color of her skin to her accent. She perfected her English just so she could talk back to the bullies — and she put the same determination into learning to sing and dance. On stage, she lit up the room, but as she fought for a Hollywood career, she faced stereotyping over and over. And then, one day, a strong, inspiring Puerto Rican role appeared: Anita in West Side Story. Rosita — now known as Rita Morena — soared in the role, and became the first Latinx person ever to win an Oscar. This gorgeous and inspiring picture book about the trailblazing entertainer is a tribute to the power of dreams.
World-record-holding rock climber Ashima Shiraishi provides a lesson in perseverance and resilience, straight from the rock face! In rock climbing, a boulder is called a "problem," and just like any other problem, it can seem "tremendously endless" when you're looking up at it. As the illustrations depict 13-year-old Ashima tackling a challenging rock face — complete with a boldly depicted, breathless fall — she talks about how you can overcome these obstacles, especially with help from your family. And when she makes it to the top of her problem, Ashima reminds young readers that achieving your goal is the best feeling in the world. This inspiring picture book includes back matter about Ashima's groundbreaking climbing career.
When Betty Robinson was spotted running for a train, she was invited to join a high school boys' track team — and proved she had the speed to succeed. At only 16, she ran in the 1928 Olympics, the first one that allowed women to compete in track and field, and she won gold, become famous around the world. She set her sights on more records... but when her biplane crashed, leaving her severely injured, she was told she'd never run again. Robinson refused to give up, though, and relearned how to stand, walk, and run — and won another gold in the 1936 Olympic Games. This inspirational biography celebrates the unbeatable spirit of this pioneering champion who knew that "All that matters is the runner and the track."
When Kate Kaird met John walker, the keeper of the Sandy Hook Lighthouse, she wasn't sure if the life of an assistant lighthouse keeper would be for her; she didn't even unpack her trunks at first. But she grew to love the isolated but beautiful Robbins Reef. Several years later, her husband died, and his last words to her were, "Mind the light, Kate." And she was determined to do just that, fighting with the Lighthouse Board until she was allowed to keep her position. And for 34 more years, she tended the light, saving more than 50 people. This gorgeous picture book, full of atmospheric watercolor and ink illustrations that capture the majesty and ferocity of the sea, is a unique introduction to one of the first women on the Eastern seaboard to be put in charge of an offshore lighthouse.
Kamala Harris was still using a pacifier when she joined her parents at civil rights marches! As she grew up, she also grew a belief in freedom and justice — one which drove her to become a lawyer and a politician, using her voice to speak for those who could not. When the time came for the Democratic Party to choose a candidate for president, she threw her hat in the ring... and even though she wasn't chosen, she knew her story wasn't over. Before long, she was setting her sights on a new role: the vice presidential nominee for the 2020 election. Nikki Grimes' elegant poetry, which frames the story as a conversation between a girl and her mother, and luminous illustrations by Laura Freeman, create a portrait of a woman who knows that she will never give up on what matters.
Brenda Berkman was tired of hearing that there were some jobs that girls just couldn't do. She wanted a challenging job where she could put her intelligence and physical strength to work — she wanted to be a firefighter! But the New York City Fire Department didn't want to admit women, — and even when they grudgingly complied with the law and let women take the FDNY exam, they changed the test so that women couldn't pass it &mdash ; and neither could many of the men. Brenda took the FDNY to court, and in 1982, they finally made a fair test... which she and 41 other women passed. Brenda went on to work as a firefighter for 25 years, and even served as a first responder during the 9/11 attacks. This inspiring picture book is a celebration of a woman who insisted on fighting fires — and fighting for what was fair.
Katharine Lee Bates grew up during the Civil War, so she saw her country at its most divided — but even when the war was over, she knew America wasn't unified. Girls were treated differently than boys; immigrants struggled to get education and help; and while some enjoyed prosperity, others struggled to make ends meet. On an 1893 train trip, she saw some of America's greatest beauties... and turned it into a poem that expressed her vision of the country as one family, working together for the good of all. This exquisite picture book explores Bates' history as a college professor, founder of a settlement house, suffragist, and peace activist, and how her political opinions helped her forge one of the nation's most beloved songs.
Marie Tharp loved science, but in the mid-20th century when she joined the lab at Cambridge University in New York, she wasn't allowed to go on research boats: everyone knew that women at sea were bad luck. Instead, Tharp dove into the information that her colleagues brought back and started drawing a map of the ocean floor. Slowly, her map grew, revealing something even bigger than the Atlantic: a ridge, right down the middle of the ocean! That ridge not only changed what people thought about the ocean floor, but it also proved the new theory of plate tectonics, changing our understanding of how the planet changes over time. This exuberant picture book biography by the author of Shark Lady is a tribute to perseverance and the power of thinking differently!
It's 1937, and contralto Marian Anderson is about to give another performance to an admiring crowd in New Jersey. This time, there's an odd-looking man near the front, with eccentric clothes and wild white hair. When her performance is over, Marian just wants to rest — but the venue's staff rudely tell her that the local hotels are for Whites only, and the people who cheered for her moments ago ignore her. Then the man with the white hair approaches: Albert Einstein! He invites her to stay at his house, and shares with her his own stories of experiencing prejudice as a Jew in Germany. Before long, the two have become friends, finding common ground in their love of music and their determination to pursue their passions. With vibrant illustrations, this picture book tells a story of a little-known friendship that highlights how small acts of kindness fight injustice.
Before she was First Lady Lady Bird Johnson, Claudia Alta Taylor was a lonely, shy girl. But she loved nature, leading to her nickname, Lady Bird. She overcame her shyness to run a company — at a time when few women did — and she took charge of her family's finances, too. And when her husband, Lyndon Baines Johnson, became president, she decided to use her new position as First Lady for something special: preserving America's natural beauty. She encouraged policies that kept roadways and waterways beautiful — and in the process, made people proud of where they lived. This vibrant picture book biography of Johnson will inspire young environmentalists to find their own ways to care for their world!
Imagine being told that you would never be able to achieve your dreams — and doing it anyway! The third book in the best-selling She Persisted series celebrates women athletes who have dared to defy stereotype, prove their mettle, and take home gold. Featuring athletes past and present, including Gertrude Ederle, Wilma Rudolph, Mia Hamm (and her 1996 Olympic soccer teammates), Ibtihaj Muhammad, and many more, this book is a tribute to the girls and women who have excelled in sports and paved the way for millions of girls to come after them. For the littlest readers, this book is also available in a board book edition with simplified text.
When Mary Anning was a girl, she joined her father hunting for fossils near her home in England — a way for the family to make a little extra money. The sharp-eyed girl discovered something even more exciting: dinosaur bones! Anning's discoveries rocked the world, because they proved that life was far older than people thought — and that some creatures had gone extinct. But because people believed women couldn't be scientists, she rarely got credit for what she found. Today, though, we recognize her influence on our understanding of the world! This vibrant picture book telling of Anning's life includes fascinating back matter about Anning, plus lots of fossil facts!
Shirley Chisholm was determined to be "unbossed and unbought": she was going to fight for change, no matter what! She became the first African American woman elected to Congress in 1968, and four years later, she became the first African American woman to run for president under one of the two big political parties. She may not have won, but she knew what was most important was that everyone across the country saw her, and started to realize that what mattered most wasn't whether you were male or female, or black or white, but whether you had the ability to be a leader. This book from the You Should Meet early reader series is perfect for newly independent readers to learn about this trailblazing politician! For a picture book about Chisholm, we recommend She Was The First! The Trailblazing Life of Shirley Chisholm for ages 5 to 9.
As a child in Scotland, Williamina Fleming loved light, from her photographer father's images to the stars in the night sky. As an adult, she moved to America, and hoped to become an astronomer, but she faced many obstacles: after her husband disappeared, she was left as a single mother, and as a woman, she wasn't allowed to use the Harvard Observatory telescope. But she persevered, becoming one of Harvard's "human computers" analyzing data... and created a map of the universe that became the foundation for modern astronomy! Newbery Honor-winning author Kathryn Lasky captures both the sexism that blocked Fleming's work, and the love of the stars that allowed her to persist in her work, celebrating the passion and determination of this trailblazer.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg 's mother taught her that she should strive for independence — and the brilliant young woman did. But when she graduated from law school, she faced discrimination for both her gender and her Jewish heritage. She refused to give up, and build a career based on high-profile cases tackling laws that allowed discrimination — laws she overturned time and again. And in 1993, she became the second woman ever to sit on the United States Supreme Court, where her fierce intellect and ferocious dissents have made her a cultural icon. In this inspiring book from the Big Words series, author Doreen Rappaport combines her own prose with Ginsburg's quotes, and Eric Velasquez provides vibrant illustrations that encourage kids to imagine themselves as champions for justice, just like RBG.
As a child, Zora Neale Hurston's mother told her to "jump at de sun" if she wanted something: even if she didn't reach it, she'd get off the ground. Zora took that advice to heart as she listened to folktales in her hometown of Eatonville, then went to college at Howard University, and then moved to Harlem in the big city. As an anthropologist and folklorist, she captures the stories shared by African Americans — ones which had never been written down before. And as an author of fiction, she captured their world in a way that no one had before. This picture book biography is just as extraordinary as Hurston herself.
Flannery O'Connor was fascinated by her family's chickens as a child, and delighted when, at 6 years old, she trained a chicken to walk forwards and backwards, attracting the attention of the local news. She grew up to be an author, capturing the strangeness of life in ways that captivated readers. Then she was diagnosed with lupus, and her world started to shrink and her health declined... but even once she was living with her mother again, she could still surround herself with strange, wonderful birds. With quirky text and bold illustrations, this book celebrates a woman who knew that there was beauty in the things that were different.
Growing up in Baltimore, Virginia Hall loved adventure, spending her days hunting, fishing, and hiking. She dreamed of working for the U.S. Foreign Service, but after a hunting accident, her leg had to be amputated, and they told her she'd have to work behind a desk. Instead, she learned to walk with a wooden prosthesis, moved to Paris, and, when World War II broke out, became a spy! Hall worked for both Britain and the US, gathering critical information and evading the Nazis who only knew her as the Limping Lady. With realistic illustrations that amp up suspense and detailed text that emphasizes Hall's spirit of individuality, this is a fitting tribute to the girl from Baltimore who refused to let others tell her how she would live.
A girl named Yusra dreams of swimming at the Olympics someday, and devotes countless hours to training. When war breaks out in her home country of Syria, her dreams have to get put on hold as she and her sister try to figure out how to flee to safety. They pay smugglers for a chance to ride a boat to Greece, but the inflatable's engine fails in the middle of the sea, threatening everyone on board. Yusra dives into the water to pull the boat — and becomes an international sensation. And not too long after, she finally achieves her Olympic dream, competing for the first ever refugee team. Told in spare quatrains of poetry, with dramatic illustrations that capture the destruction and hardship of war, this stunning picture book biography of Olympic swimmer and Syrian refugee Yusra Mardini is a powerful story about resilience, determination, and hope.
Emmy Noether was born in 1882, at a time when a good German girl was supposed to focus on home and marriage — but instead, the clever girl was determined to learn more about math! The gifted mathematician subsisted on a small inheritance as she got permission to audit math courses at a university, although she wasn't allowed to enroll, and did her own research into the most difficult math and physics question of her time. Even when she had to flee the rise of the Nazi party, she remained determined to succeed — and today, she is finally getting her due as one of the most influential mathematicians of the 20th century. Best-selling author Helaine Becker celebrates Noether's intelligence and drive in this book that's sure to inspire math-loving kids.
The war may be over, but for Anneliese and Peter, life will never be the same: their father has died and their home city of Munich is in ruins. When they follow a line of people waiting to enter a building, they discover a hall full of children's books — and they can read as much as they want. The lady with the books invites them to return as often as they please, and it's not long before her hall becomes a haven — one which helps the siblings heal. Based on the real life work of Jella Lepman, who founded the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) and the International Youth Library, this book is a testament to the power of reading and the importance of international aid — with a portion of proceeds going to IBBY's Children in Crisis Fund.
Eleanor Roosevelt didn't always know what she wanted to do — but she knew she wanted to "leave some mark upon the world." As a child, she discovered the joy of helping others and longed for adventures and the chance to make change. So when her husband became president, she was determined to use her new platform to give voice to those who couldn't speak for themselves — both in her own country and around the world. This exuberant biography of Roosevelt captures her candor, humor, and compassion, and inspires young readers to find their own way to leave the world a better place.
"The next time you go to Paris," this book beings, you might discover the home where Gertrude Stein and her partner, Alice B. Toklas, lived. And then you might learn about their remarkable lives! In free verse, complete with child-friendly quotations from Stein's work, kids will learn about the couple, their artistic lives, and their influence on 20th century art and literature — as well as homey details like stories about their dog, Basket. With fun and vivid artwork and a playful reminder of the joys of creativity, this picture book biography is a celebration of living your life as you please, no matter what others may think.
Vera Rubin started her career watching the stars as a child, from her bedroom window; when she grew up, she was the only female astronomy major at Vassar College, determined to make a career for herself. Although her painstaking calculations led to multiple discoveries, many male astronomers dismissed her work... but she kept going. And when she proved that there was mass that wasn't visible in the galaxies overhead — dark matter — she changed the way we understood the universe. With vivid illustrations of the night sky and real quotes from Rubin herself, this stunning picture book celebrates a woman in STEM who changed her field forever.
When World War I broke out, the military needed people to help communicate messages between American and French headquarters, and from officers to the battlefield. But who could ensure the communications got through to the right people? Grace Banker was a 25-year-old telephone switchboard trainer from New York who was asked to help. She would become the Chief Operator of a group of 32 women — officially the Signal Corps, but affectionately known as the "Hello Girls" — who braved freezing weather, fires, battle, and more to ensure that critical messages were relayed. This absorbing and exuberant picture book celebrates Banker and her Hello Girls, overlooked heroes of World War I who are finally getting their due.
When Zheng Yi Sao's village in Guangzhou, China was attacked by pirates in the late 1700s, the captain was captivated by her — but she refused to marry him unless she got a share of his business. Six years later, when he died, she took over his fleet, but realized that the best way to hold her power was by sharing it, winning the loyalty of other ships' captains by offering them their own shares. Before long, she commanded 1,800 ships and 70,000 sailors, rivaling the emperor's own navy. And even though she had a price on her head, when she was ready to retire, she convinced the governor-general of Canton to grant her freedom. Helaine Becker's exuberant picture book about Zheng Yi Sao's remarkable life includes an equally fascinating author's note about what it's like to tell the story of a person whose history is almost forgotten.
Before she became the first — and only — woman to play a game in the National Hockey League, Manon Rhéaume was a little girl who loved hockey. At 5 years old, she begged her father to let her be the goalie for the team he coached in Lac-Beauport, Quebec, Canada. "People aren’t ready to see a girl play on a boys’ team," he told her. "But don’t let that stop you." Although she faced plenty of skepticism and sexism along the way, Rhéaume would achieve first after first — including becoming the first woman to play in an NHL game, for the Tampa Bay Lightning in 1992. With dynamic illustrations that capture the speed and movement of hockey, and an afterword by Rhéaume herself, this inspiring book celebrates the power of a girl with a love for the game.
As a child, little Audrey enjoys ice skating and dancing near her home in Holland. Then World War II breaks out, and her life changes dramatically: under occupation by the Nazis, food is so scarce that she and her family eat "green-pea bread, dog cookies, and tulip bulbs." Despite hardship, Audrey doesn't lose hope, and instead imagines a possible future: one in which she is an actor beloved by the world, the mother of children she adores, and a humanitarian helping millions of people. Written by Audrey Hepburn's son and daughter-in-law Sean and Karin Hepburn Ferrer — who are donating all their author proceeds to EURORDIS, the Voice of Rare Disease Patients in Europe — this is a whimsical and dreamy look at Hepburn's childhood and how it shaped her future.
In 1778, George Washington knew that, if he was going to win the Revolutionary War, he needed information — and that meant spies. When Major Benjamin Tallmadge formed the Culper Ring, he recruited one woman: Anna Smith Strong. She had Loyalist relatives; who would believe she was a spy? The clever woman used her position to listen in on British officers, and she came up with an ingenious signalling method — using laundry on a clothesline! Strong's work helped turn the tide of the war, and the British never suspected her. This exciting story of a woman putting her ingenuity to work for her new nation even includes one of the Culper Ring's spy codes so kids can send their own coded messages!
When Sally Ride joined NASA — after the agency spent years telling women they couldn't be astronauts — she wanted to be the first, not just for herself but for all the girls and women who came after her. When she became the first American woman in space, it was a dream come true! And when she left NASA, she continued to do so, creating programs that encouraged girls to see themselves as scientists and engineers and inspiring generations of women in STEM. This early chapter book inspired by the bestselling picture book She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World celebrates a trailblazing woman who let girls see everything that they could be. For two more early chapter books from this empowering series, check out She Persisted: Harriet Tubman and She Persisted: Claudette Colvin.
Elizebeth Friedman had a knack for codes and ciphers — and she wanted to put it to use. She helped debunk the idea that Francis Bacon had written Shakespeare's plays. She cracked the code of gangsters and smugglers, allowing their shipments to be intercepted. And she even took down Nazi spy rings during the second World War, saving thousands of lives! Although she should have been famous — she even created the CIA's first cryptology unit — almost nobody knew about her work until her secret papers were declassified in 2015. In this fascinating, in-depth picture book biography, young readers can learn all about Friedman's life of code breaking — and even try deciphering secret messages of their own!
When journalist Marjory Stoneman Douglas returned to Florida after World War I, she was shocked at the difference in her home: where once the Everglades were lush with life, now they were disappearing — and taking the plant and animal life along with them. But how could she protect this unique place from destruction by developers? She put her pen into action and became an activist for conservation in Florida, helping the Everglades become a national park — one created not for sightseeing, but for preservation. With vibrant artwork that captures the beauty of the Everglades, and back matter including environmental tips, this is a gorgeous tribute to Douglas' life and work.
Mona Golabek's stunning book for older readers, The Children of Willesden Lane, is now available in an early chapter book format! Musical prodigy Lisa dreams of being a concert pianist, but with World War II looming, Vienna is no longer safe for Jewish families like hers. Her parents make the difficult decision to send her to London through the Kindertransport. In a home for refugee children, Lisa desperately misses her family, but her music provides her — and all of those around her — with comfort. Adapted for newly independent readers, and including additional material about Holocaust history and the Kindertransport, this book will encourage young readers to imagine what they would do in Lisa's shoes. For a picture book version of the story, check out Hold On To Your Music: The Inspiring True Story of the Children of Willesden Lane for ages 5 to 8.
16-year-old Sybil Ludington is in the middle of the American Revolution: her father is a colonel and she knows just how dangerous the British Army can be. One night in 1777, word arrives that the redcoats are attacking, but Colonel Ludington can't ride to alert the militia himself. Without hesitating, Sybil rode 40 miles — twice as far as Paul Revere — in her quest to alert American soldiers and save the day. With information at the back about further reading young historians can do, this book is a fitting introduction to an American hero.
As a girl, Sophie Kowalevski was fascinated by her father's discarded pages of mathematical equations. She discovered that she had a knack for numbers — and an equal gift for writing. And her two talents strengthened each other, keeping her thinking flexible. She wanted to do mathematics research, but in the late 1800s, most universities wouldn't even look at her papers. But she refused to let that stop her, and not only became the first woman to receive a doctorate degree in math, but went on to hold a university chair in mathematics and be editor for a major scientific journal! This picture book is a tribute to a woman who saw the value of both the arts and the sciences — and refused to be held back because of who she was.
Ida Lewis grew up near the water; her father was the lighthouse keeper on the island of LIme Rock, and by age 15, she could swim like a fish. When her father suffered a stroke, capable Ida took over as the lighthouse keeper. Then, one night, four local boys ended up in danger in rough seas — and the lighthouse keeper is also supposed to protect people on the waves. Ida rowed out alone to rescue the boys, and was hailed as the bravest woman in America for it. This thrilling book from the Graphic Library is a tribute to this heroic young woman, who refused to let gender expectations prevent her from saving lives.
When Beate Sirota Gordon was 5 years old, her family left Europe to avoid rising anti-Semitism — and ended up in Japan. Gordon grew up immersed in her new country, learning its language fluently. But that didn't mean she loved everything about its culture, particularly not the way it treated girls and women. During World War II, she went to college in California, and learned more about American battles for women's rights, and when she was selected for a job as a translator for the delegation helping draft Japan's post-war constitution — at the age of only 22 — she made the bold choice to ensure that women's suffrage and equality were enshrined within it. This vibrant, detailed picture book biography celebrates Gordon's story, nearly forgotten because so much of her work was classified, and how women can support one another in their fight for rights.
For decades, women had been protesting for the right to vote — and for decades, men had ignored them. But when the National Woman's Party was founded, they were ready to push even harder for change. They began picketing outside the White House, forcing President Woodrow Wilson to take note — and even when they were arrested, beaten, and force-fed, these bold women continued to fight for suffrage. This compelling graphic novel from the Graphic Library tells the story the origins of the National Woman's Party and their fight to win the vote is a unique way to introduce women's history to young readers.
When Alice Paul and Lucy Burns met in a London jail after being arrested in UK suffrage protests, the two American women knew they wanted to reinvigorate the American suffrage battle! The pair organized the DC Women’s March of 1913, a stunning and attention-grabbing parade right before the inauguration of President Woodrow Wilson, and that was just the beginning of their protests. Author Susan Campbell Bartoletti tells the story of the final push towards the 19th Amendment with verve, including archival images, sidebars, and other fascinating details, while illustrator Ziyue Chen captures the feeling of the early 20th century. Filled with captivating storytelling, photos, and artwork, this fascinating book, published for the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, is the perfect introduction to the Suffrage Movement for young readers!
When Ida B. Wells was born in 1862, slavery was still legal; she was freed by the Emancipation Proclamation of 1865. But just because slavery had ended didn't mean things were fair. The intelligent girl saw injustice all around her, and she was determined to end it. As a journalist, she drew the world's attention to the horrors of lynching and other prejudices based on race and sex. As an activist, she helped cofound the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and she marched as a suffragist, too! This exciting book from the Who Was...? biography series introduces middle grade readers to Wells' life as a civil rights activist, anti-lynching campaigner, and pioneering journalist.
When Temple Grandin was a child, she was obviously different from other kids: she didn't speak until she was four, she couldn't show affection, and she frequently melted down when she was overwhelmed by noise, light, or touch. Thanks to her supportive mother, though, Temple realized that she just needed the right environment to unlock her potential. She turned her understanding of animals and her incredible visual mind into a career in animal science. And when she was diagnosed with autism in her 40s, she became an advocate for people around the world whose brains are different, not less! In this inspiring biography from the illustrated middle grade Who Was...? biography series is perfect for both autistic and neurotypical kids to learn more about this pioneering scientist.
Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman dreamed of being a journalist — and she didn't want to be writing for the society pages. When an open letter to a Pittsburgh newspaper got her a job offer, she launched her career! Before long, she had moved to New York and taken the pen name Nellie Bly and established a name for herself with undercover investigations, including getting herself committed to an infamous mental institution to report on the terrible conditions there. Then, as if that wasn't enough, she read Around The World in 80 Days — and decided to prove she could do it in less! This thrilling book from the illustrated Who Was...? biography series pays tribute to a pioneering journalist who astounded the world with her daring feats.
Greta Thunberg and her classmates were all worried when they saw a video about climate change and its effects on the environment — but after the video was over, she couldn't stop thinking about it. She couldn't eat, she stopped doing the things she loved, and she even stopped speaking. But with the help of her parents, she realized that she could take action, and hopefully, change the world. She started with a solo strike every Friday on the steps of the Swedish parliament. Before long, she had sparked a movement around the world! This captivating illustrated biography from the Who Was...? biography series' new Who HQ NOW format will introduce young readers to the inspiring story of the schoolgirl who sparked a worldwide revolution.
Kamala Harris came from a family that valued activism and justice, and she wanted to make a difference. But she faced many obstacles over her life, from her parents' divorce to failing her first try at the bar exam. However, her passion and perseverance drove her through the legal ranks: she became district attorney for San Francisco, attorney general for California, and a senator fighting for women's rights. And on November 7, 2020, she became the first woman and first African-American and South Asian-American person to be elected vice president. The Who Was? biography series presents this Who HQ NOW book — focused on current events and trending topics — which introduces young readers to the events that shaped Harris' life and America's future. For another book from this series about a pioneering politican, check out Who Is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez?
When we tell stories of explorers, they're often of men — but women often dared to break social conventions so they could adventure far from home! In this gorgeously illustrated atlas, tweens will learns about 18 women adventures past and present, from famous names like Amelia Earhart, Nellie Bly, and Junko Tabei, to less well-known travelers like Jeanne Baret, Osa Johnson, and Laura Dekker. It's a celebration of courage and curiosity, daring and dreams, that's sure to inspire young readers to imagine their own adventures!
In the 1920s, girls and women were told it was "unladylike" to play sports — but fortunately, some of them didn't listen! In this empowering look at sports history, award-winning author Sue Macy dives into the stories of early female athletes, who defied stereotype, broke barriers, and refused to let their lives be dictated by expectation. Macy fills her appealing book with sidebars, archival photos, and news stories, and highlights how social issues like racism also affected the growth of women's sports. A final epilogue introduces young readers to the groundbreaking Title IX legislation and how it led yet another leap forward. This intriguing look at a little-explored aspect of women's history is sure to fascinate young athletes and historians.
When we talk about pioneering women in science, we often talk about the past — but the truth is that there are women leading groundbreaking work in STEM every day! In this exciting volume, award-winning aerospace engineer Tiera Fletcher tells her own story, and those of a dozen other scientists, doing everything from using math to fight human trafficking to fighting climate change. In each profile, the women talk about the paths that led them to their current work, the obstacles and failures they faced along the way, and why they love what they do. With back matter that includes ideas how you can get involved in STEM, this is the perfect book to help young readers recognize that they can think of themselves as scientists!
16-year-old Susanna Bolling is frustrated with her life in the midst of the American Revolution; she chafes against the household chores expected of a girl, and wishes she could help the Patriots like her older brothers. But nowhere in America is safe during this struggle for freedom, not even little City Point, Virginia. When British General Cornwallis invades and takes over her home at Bollingbrook Plantation, Susanna overhears his plans — plans that could tip the balance in Britain's favor. If she's going to save the day, she'll have to outwit the General and all his troops, and ride through the night — against her mother's objections — to carry this critical information. Based on a true story of courage, this thrilling novel, with its inspiring and resourceful heroine, will captivate young readers.
Ruth survived the Holocaust as a hidden child, concealing herself behind a couch or in a trunk with a tiny hole for air, and now she and her parents are free... but the war still haunts her. As displaced peoples in a war-ravaged Europe, they struggle to survive until the paperwork comes allowing them to emigrate to America. When it finally arrives, Ruth starts a new life in Brooklyn, but she speaks little English and struggles with nightmares and flashbacks. And yet she continues to hope that America can become a home. This powerful novel about the aftermath of war and atrocity is a timely read, reminding young readers that the impact of these events — past and present — lingers with people long after the violence is over.
Canada's women have inspiring stories to tell! In this exciting anthology by award-winning author Elizabeth MacLeod, kids will find biographies of over 100 Canadian women in all fields and from all backgrounds. From famous women like author Margaret Atwood to award-winning mathematician Karen Yeats, each of these women has left their mark on history, both in Canada and around the world. The book is organized by profession, with each featuring a pair of women: one trailblazer from the past, and one woman who continues to make strides today. With a detailed timeline, lists of further resources, and more, this is a compelling look at how women have helped build the Canada we love today.
What can girls do? Whatever they want! This empowering book from National Geographic introduces kids to over 75 women past and present who made history, in fields from politics to art to journalism to science and much, much more. Each of these women defied stereotypes and prejudice in order to achieve their dreams! Featuring figures like mathematician Katherine Johnson, journalist Christiane Amanpour, scientist and conservationis Sylvia Earle, artist Frida Kahlo, and media mogul Oprah Winfrey, plus real-life tips about how girls can raise their voices and break the barriers holding them back, this book will challenge young readers to see the world of possibility out there for them to claim.
When Aisholpan Nurgaiv won the Ölgii eagle festival in Mongolia, it was a testimony to her perseverance and drive: at only 13 years old, the girl had stepped into a tradition dominated by men and excelled. Her story, and the exquisite documentary The Eagle Huntress, stunned people around the world. Now, Aisholpan tells her own story with the help of best-selling author Liz Welch, describing how her father supported her as she captured and trained a golden eagle, overcame skepticism about a girl's participation in the sport, and proved her mettle with her winged companion by her side. This compelling story of empowerment and perseverance celebrates evolving traditions and the young people who make progress possible.
Jeannine Atkins, author of Finding Wonders: Three Girls Who Changed Science, returns with this companion book in verse about seven women who used math to change the world! With evocative poems, Atkins captures the stories of Caroline Herschel, Florence Nightingale, Hertha Marks Ayrton, Marie Tharp, Edna Lee Paisano, Katherine Johnson, and Vera Rubin. These women fought stereotypes and prejudices and proved they were up to the task! This compelling book celebrating women in math is sure to inspire a new generation of math-loving girls.
From the warrior queen Zenobia to lawyer Amal Clooney, women from the Middle East have left their mark on the world! In this gorgeous hardcover anthology, young readers will meet 25 Middle Eastern women, past and present, and learn about their lives and the impact they had on history. These women — activists, scientists, rulers, writers, and many more — have their own legacy of vision, courage, and determination to share. Written by award-winning author Wafa Tarnowska and illustrated by a team of renowned artists, this is a compelling introduction to the real-life stories of women from a little understood part of the world.
In August 1920, women's right to vote is at a tipping point. Suffragists have been fighting for the vote for over 70 years, and one more state needs to ratify the 19th Amendment for it to finally be enshrined in the Constitution. Tennessee is about to make their decision, but the road isn't easy. Many people oppose the amendment, including the "Antis": women who don't want women to be able to vote and racists who oppose the fact that its passage would give black women the right to vote. As suffragist leaders Carrie Catt, Sue White, and Alice Paul agitate for the amendment's ratification, they face blackmail, betrayal, and more. Elaine Weiss told this nail-biting story for adults in The Woman's Hour; now, this young readers edition, which includes an 8-page photo insert, will teach kids about the power of activism, the importance of equal rights, and just how close the passage of the 19th Amendment really was.
When the Nazis invaded Poland, Jewish people did not simply capitulate: resistance groups rapidly appeared, many of them led by Jewish women and young girls. These "ghetto girls" served as fighters, spies, and saboteurs; they converted youth groups into resistance cells and built underground bunkers and supply lines in the Jewish ghettos. At the center of this powerful young reader's adaptation of The Light of Days is 18-year-old Renia Kukielka, who worked as a resistance courier and weapons smuggler; other women joined the cause as fighters, spies, and saboteurs. Even in the face of the seemingly unstoppable Nazi regime, the destruction of their communities, and the death of their families, these courageous women refused to give up and fought back to the end. This gripping, meticulously-researched book tells the incredible story of these heroic Jewish women whose contributions have been largely overlooked, until now.
As a 6-year-old child, Ruby Bridges became a symbol of courage and equality when she desegregated an all-white elementary school in New Orleans, escorted past a screaming mob by federal marshals. Now, she calls the next generation of young activists to step up for what's right! In this beautiful gift book, Bridges uses her own story to show young readers how even the youngest of us can work for change. With historical photographs, jacket art using Norman Rockwell's painting The Problem We All Live With, and more, this is an empowering and powerful call to action for both children and adults.
Renowned journalist Rania Abouzeid crafts a unique and personal look at the Syrian revolution-turned-civil war in this story of two pairs of sisters. Ruha and her younger sister Alaa are Sunni Muslims in rebel-held territory, facing constant attacks by the Syrian government. Hanin and Jawa are Alawite, living in the oppression of the Syrian regime. They see things many young people could not imagine — from violent arrests to destroyed homes to the full horrors of war — and yet these four girls maintain the hope for a better life to come. This harrowing account of life in the Syrian conflict helps young readers understand the full complexities facing children there, building empathy and urging readers to imagine what potential could be lost in war.
Meet over thirty inspiring female artists in this stunning collection! In capsule biographies about artists past and present, tweens and teens will learn about how these women contributed to art history — and how women's art is often pushed to the margins. With a diverse group of women, including Frida Kahlo, the Guerrilla Girls, Louise Bourgeois Georgia O'Keeffe, and many more, readers will get a sense of the scope of women's impact — and with original interviews with living artists including Yayoi Kusama, Lorna Simpson, and Rachel Whiteread, they can imagine a bold future for women in art.
In this midst of the Space Race of the 1960s, America was on the hunt for people with the Right Stuff... or rather, for men. The top test pilots of NASA's Mercury 7 astronaut class passed grueling tests to prove their suitability for space, but at the same time, a secret group of thirteen women were taking the same tests. Their hope was to prove that women pilots were just as capable of contributing to America's space program. And then, when they took their fight for consideration all the way to Washington, they were ridiculed by politicians, the public, male pilots... and even one of their own. This stunning look at the story of the Mercury 13 captures the determination of these heroic women to fight the institutionalized sexism of their day.
In the early 20th century, the young women who got jobs painting watch and gauge dials with glowing radium paint were considered lucky; they were well-paid, and surrounded by dust that would supposedly make them healthy — and literally made them glow. But the corporations didn't tell them about the dangers of radium exposure. When they started to get sick, the women tried to seek justice, only to be slandered by company management who claimed that they were dying of syphilis and other diseases. With their days numbered, the Radium Girls knew they had to win their case — not for themselves, but to protect generations of workers after them. This young reader adaptation of the best-selling adult book The Radium Girls tells the story of these courageous women and their groundbreaking battle for workers' rights to safety.
You probably think you know Rosa Parks' story: on a day when she was tired, she refused to give up her seat on a segregated bus, setting off the Montgomery bus boycott and a critical Civil Rights Movement win. But that's not the real story! Parks was a long-time activist who made a deliberate, strategic decision... and paid the price for her public defiance of Jim Crow laws. In this young readers edition of the award-winning The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks, young people can learn the true story of Parks' lifelong devotion to equality — and be inspired to fight for it themselves.
Girls mean business — they can run the world! In this empowering volume, kids will learn all about 31 women in charge of leading companies, from Pop Sugar to Mitú to 23andme and many more. Each provide includes information about how she came up with her business idea, the obstacles she ran into along the way, and her tips for success (plus a few fun facts like favorite candy or favorite children's book!) At the end, kids will learn how to turn their own idea into a business: how to create a business plan and elevator pitch, how to manage finances, and much more. This inspiring book is the perfect choice for young would-be entrepreneurs to help them imagine turning their dream into reality.
In the middle of World War II, baseball was in big trouble: with so many American men fighting on fronts far from home, there was no one to fill the baseball teams. Or rather, there were no men... In the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, hundreds of dedicated women athletes finally got their chance to shine! In this gorgeously illustrated history of the AAGPBL, author Anika Orrock shares stories from the first women to play professional baseball in their own words, from the day they stepped up to the plate to the moment the league closed. Exuberant and inspiring, this charming look at a key moment in women's sports history will delight young baseball fans.
Louisa May Alcott defied expectations for her day: she was a tomboy and an avid reader. Her father, a philosopher, encouraged her intellectual life, while she and her mother had a deep bond, and her three sisters provided company and comfort during the family's many moves. In this stunning biography, author Deborah Noyes explores Alcott's life and how it influenced her: her childhood adventures, her family's struggles with debt, and her time serving as a nurse for Civil War soldiers — and experience that culminated in her writing the beloved classic, Little Women. Accompanied by unique indigo illustrations, this exploration of Alcott's influences will fascinate fans of her work.
Stefania “Fusia” Podgórska achieved her dream of leaving the family farm by working for the Jewish Diamant family in their grocery story in Przemsyl, Poland. The Catholic Fusia finds friendship with the family, and even first love: a secret betrothal with Izio Diamant. But when the German army invades, the Diamants are forced into a ghetto and Fusia is left without work and responsible for her 6-year-old sister Helena. And then, she hears a knock on the door: Izio's brother, Max, has jumped from a train taking Jews to the death camps. Fusia and Helena end up hiding Max and twelve other Jews — even while two Nazi offers requisition living space in their house. But can they keep their deadly secret? Best-selling author Sharon Cameron based this book on Fusia's true story, and includes an author's note detailing Fusia, Helena, and Max's lives after the war.
Pirates have entered popular consciousness in a strange role: lawbreakers who were sometimes vicious and violent, they nevertheless stand as icons of freedom and independence. And among their numbers were women — some of whom even held roles as captains and commanders! Author Laura Sook Duncombe explores the stories of 16 pirate women from around the world and across time. She related the tales about their lives — including gaps and conflicting accounts — and invites readers to examine how defying society's expectations can be an act of revolution and empowerment.
When America decided to start the Manhattan Project, they recruited scientists from around the world — and many of them were women. Scientists like Lise Meitner, Irène Joliot-Curie, Elizabeth Rona, Leona Woods, Elizabeth Graves, and Joan Hinton, call carved themselves a place in the women-unfriendly world 1940s chemistry and physics. And yet, even as they made great discoveries, few of them knew the deadly device that their research would be put to creating. In this intriguing non-fiction narrative, author Roseanne Montillo explores both the stories of these women, their little-known importance in scientific and World War II history, and the moral implications of their work.
The #MeToo movement prompted many women to reflect on their past experiences — and vow that they would do everything they could to prevent the girls of today from living through the same. Author Janet Gurtler created this thoughtful and raw collection to teach teens that sexual harassment, assault, and degradation are not normal, and that if they have survived them, they are not alone. With essays from Beth Reviszi Lee, Ellen Hopkins, Saundra Mitchell, Jennifer Brown, Cheryl Rainfield, and many more, this painful but important read serves as a reminder that, together, we can work for change.