Katherine Johnson loved to count, and despite the prejudices against both women and African Americans, she was determined to find a way to make her love of math into a career. As one of NASA's "human computers," Johnson hand calculated elaborate equations... including the trajectories that helped launch the Apollo 13 mission to the moon. When disaster befell the Apollo 13 mission, it was Johnson's flight-path calculations that brought the astronauts safely home. This inspiring biography of the mathematician catapulted to fame by Hidden Figures celebrates a love of math and encourages kids to follow their passions. For another picture book about Johnson and her colleagues, check out Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race.
A snow day teaches two sisters that they can each enjoy things their own way! When the snowflakes fall, these two very different sisters split up: one races outside, while the other settles in with hot cocoa and a book. Outdoors, there's snowballs to throw and animal tracks to follow, but indoors, there are crafts, baking, and pretend play. And just as the one sister gets cold, wet, and tired, the other decides to go out and explore, and each sister puts her own spin on the other sister's activities. The simple mirrored text is lovely, and each spread is split to show what each sister is doing independently — until at last they come together in the sweet, satisfying conclusion.
Like many young girls of her time, Joan Procter hosted pretend tea parties... but unlike the other girls, she invited lizards, snakes, and other reptiles to her table! Joan loved all reptiles, and she became famous for carrying her favorite lizard everywhere she went, and even bringing a crocodile to school! When Joan grew up, she found her place: Curator of Reptiles at the British Museum, and the designer of the Reptile House at the London Zoo, where she once again hosted children's tea parties — this time with her pet komodo dragon! This lively biography of a groundbreaking, lizard-loving scientist is sure to delight young readers.
Eleanor Sue loves playing dress-up, so on Saturdays — thanks to an easy exit point through her bedroom window — she appears at the front door as all sorts of alter egos. Cranky neighbor Mrs. McMuffins, for example, is full of complaints which Eleanor Sue's mother listens to with a serious look. But as her costume changes get faster, there's plenty of chaos between window and door — and what will happen when Eleanor Sue's mother tries on a costume of her own? This whimsical celebration of imaginative play is sure to delight young masters of disguise.
In Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History, Vashti Harrison introduced school-aged kids to inspiring role models they probably won't meet in their history books. Now, in this detailed board book, she adapts 18 of her profiles for preschool readers! With simple text and her trademark illustrations that throw back to classic mid-century children's literature, she shows kids a variety of heroes and role models in every field — and inspires them to dream of how they themselves might change the world. Harrison is also the author of another board book, Think Big, Little One, which shares the story of women creators from around the world.
"I look up to Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Let me tell you why..." This detailed board book is a great way to introduce babies, toddlers, and preschoolers to a woman you admire! The book distills Ruth Bader Ginsburg's inspiring attributes into page spreads with vibrant illustrations that are appealing for babies and toddlers and text that's interesting enough for preschoolers. Each spread includes a quote from RBG herself! This book is from the I Look Up To... series that celebrates inspiring women; other volumes in the series feature Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Malala Yousafzai, Serena Williams, and Misty Copeland.
The girl in this book loves to draw, paint, and write stories, but one day she wonders: what would happen if she had no pencil? Well, that's easy: she could fold paper to make origami. If the paper was gone... well, she could "chisel the table" or peel away paint on the wall to create a giant sun! In fact, she realizes, creativity and self-expression is something that's impossible to take away: as long as you have your imagination, your art can always fly free.
Tiger and the Monster under her bed are best friends, so Monster would never scare Tiger — what kind of best friend does that? Since Monster has to scare somebody, Monster comes up with a clever solution and scares away all of Tiger's bad dreams. But then comes a nightmare that's so big, so mean, and so scary that even Monster can't fight it alone. Two best friends working together, though, will be just the trick! This delightful graphic novel for young readers celebrates unlikely friendships and the support they give when dealing with tough emotions.
"If I had a horse, I would bring him the biggest apple I could find. He might be shy. Like me. But if I stayed quiet, he would learn to be my friend.... If I had a horse, we would be brave together." In this inspiring picture book, a little girl's wistful longing for a horse becomes a metaphor for the traits it takes to make dreams come true. With her horse by her side, she could be brave, wild, disciplined, trusting... everything she needs to make her place in the world. Simple text and gorgeous, impressionistic artwork from acclaimed author-illustrator Gianna Marino create a vibrant, glowing world for this girl and her dream horse, full of freedom, joy, and the wind in their hair.
A dad can be many things — a teacher, a protector, a nurturer, a partner in adventures... or even all of the above, changing from moment to moment to suit what his little girl needs! Instagram artist Soosh went viral when she introduced her charming father-daughter pair, and now her debut picture book celebrates the many special roles that a father plays in a child's life. This charming picture book is the perfect way to celebrate a special dad!
Penelope Rex is startled to discover her classmates are all children, so she does what comes naturally... and eats them. Children are delicious, after all! Her teacher immediately gets her to spit them out, and tells her firmly that classmates are not snacks. But Penelope is always hungry, and no matter how hard she tries, she keeps forgetting the rule — until an unexpectedly voracious class pet teaches her what it feels like to be eaten! Beloved author/illustrator Ryan T. Higgins has created a laugh out loud story with a gentle message about the importance of treating others how you want to be treated. Penelope returns in We Will Rock Our Classmates.
As a 7-year-old during WWII, Raye Montague toured a captured German submarine and immediately set her sights on becoming an engineer. Little did she know that sexism and racism would challenge her dream every step of the way. Raye ended up working at the US Navy as a typist, studying engineering at night. One day, when all the engineers were sick with the flu, she astonished everyone by completing all of their work. She went on to become the first person to design a ship on a computer and the Navy's first female ship designer. This inspiring picture book from the Amazing Scientists series celebrates a pioneer who changed ship design forever.
Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton was far more than the wife of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton! From her work building schools and orphanages to raising funds for the Washington Monument, Eliza — who outlived her husband by fifty years — was a determined and resilient force for change in her time. This well-researched picture book biography is framed as a letter from Eliza to her as-yet-unborn great-granddaughter, and accented with exquisite illustrations that mirror 18th century American paintings, elegantly illuminating the life and influence of this extraordinary woman.
When Jane Goodall was a girl, her father gave her a toy chimpanzee who became her constant companion. Little did she know that her favorite stuffed animal would ignite a lifelong love of animals and a world-changing career! Jane would become famous for her pioneering research methods, her groundbreaking discoveries, and her work on conservation and animal rights. This uplifting new entry to the Little People, BIG DREAMS series will delight young animal lovers and encourage them to imagine their own inspiring futures. Other new additions to this empowering series include a picture book on L.M. Montgomery and boxed gift sets on Women in Science and Women in Art.
Olive and Hoot are the best of friends: Olive is a girl who likes her adventures in books, while Hoot is a stuffed animal who likes real-world excitement. And today, Hoot gets to choose the adventures, which leaves Olive uncertain if she's brave enough for the ideas Hoot comes up with — including flying a makeshift hot air balloon and rafting white-water rivers — but Hoot reminds her that he'll keep her safe. And when Hoot discovers that his adventures have left him a little the worse for wear, Olive realizes that she can "be brave enough for both of us." Kids will love this charming story of friendship and finding your courage.
In Pearl's world, mermaids care for the undersea realm, and all of the other mermaids tend something big: vast forests of kelp, endless beaches, or giant ocean creatures. So when it's Pearl's turn to get an assignment, she's heartbroken when her mother gives here a tiny grain of sand. Despite her dismay, she's determined to care for her little piece of sand — and soon she realizes that it glows... and grows! In fact, it's not long before Pearl's giant glowing sphere takes a special place, lighting up the night sky. A gentle tale of perseverance and patience, this story also reminds kids not to discount the smallest things, which might become the most important.
When Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden joined NASA, they were hired as "human computers" — their mathematical genius was put to use calculating launch trajectories for America's first trips to space. They overcame both racism and sexism, carved out careers in science, and participated in some of NASA's greatest triumphs. Fans of the Hidden Figures movie will be excited to share this picture book adaptation of the story of these groundbreaking women mathematicians with younger readers!
If you met young Jane Austen, you might have barely noticed her because she was so quiet and shy, but observant Jane noticed everything around her. She also loved to read, and soon, she was writing her own stories. She didn't want to write adventures and romances, like the popular books of the day; instead, she wrote realistic stories, about the people and society around her — and often using biting irony to critique attitudes towards women, marriage, and class. In this elegant picture book biography, kids get a fitting introduction to one of the great authors of English literature: an ordinary girl who created extraordinary books. For more books about this quietly extraordinary woman, visit our Jane Austen Collection.
In order to change the world, you need to shake things up! This volume pays tribute to fourteen young women who defied the status quo. Each woman is recognized with a poem by author Susan Hood and paired with artwork by a different noteworthy female artist. From artists like Frida Kahlo and Maya Lin to scientists Mary Anning and Mae Jemison, to activists Ruby Bridges and Malala Yousafzai, these women refused to let the world tell them who they should be. This inspiring volume includes a timeline and additional resources to learn even more about the brave women inside its covers.
When this race car driving princess makes a pit stop, her Fairy Godmother has bad news: she's in last pace with just one lap left to go. But this princess refuses to give up, and instead, she hits the gas! Kids will giggle as the announcer narrates her incredible drive past a selection of fairy tale favorites, and cheer when she wins the day — and sets off to tackle her next challenge. Vibrant illustrations full of action will delight young readers with a love of speed!
At Kielder Water, generations of families tended their farms by day, and made music by night. But times are changing: a new dam will fill the valley with water, and the residents have been moved to new homes. A girl and her father say goodbye to their abandoned village, and as they do, she picks up her fiddle and plays one last tune to the empty houses. Music will not be gone forever — in the future, people will play by the lake the dam forms — but it's the last time melody will sing through the village. Hauntingly told and gorgeously illustrated, this volume captures the complex emotions of the villagers while also celebrating the power of music to evoke emotion and memory.
This vibrant picture book presents a colorful world of possibilities — from astronaut to zoologist and everything in between — for Mighty Girls with big dreams! Each letter of the alphabet is represented by a career, from veterinarian to judge to firefighter, and features a fun illustration of a woman at work and a one-line description about the impact she makes on the world ("A is for Astronaut. She blasts into outer space to explore new worlds.") This oversized board book featuring a diverse array of women will leave Mighty Girls dreaming of what their own futures will bring!
Rachel always loved the rhythms of the natural world, and every spring, she listened to the world revive and renew. But then, as an adult, she started noticing that certain sounds were missing. Some animals were disappearing, thanks to overuse of pesticides, and she knew she had to raise her voice before nature fell silent forever. This appealing picture book biography of Rachel Carson, the author of Silent Spring, captures Carson's dedication as well as her love of nature; it's sure to inspire kids to learn more about this icon of the environmental movement.
In this much-anticipated follow-up to She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed The World, author Chelsea Clinton goes beyond America's borders to introduce young readers to inspiring women from around the globe! Scientists, athletes, artists, and activists: these women refused to listen to the naysayers and insisted on making their voice heard. From famous names like J.K. Rowling, Malala Yousafzai, and Marie Curie, to less familiar ones like Leymah Gbowee, Carline Herschel, and Kate Sheppard, these profiles will show kids that women everywhere prove that persistence is power every day. Both volumes are also now available in an attractive She Persisted Boxed Set.
There will be times when you walk into a room and no one there is quite like you.... There are many reasons to feel different. Maybe it's how you look or talk, or where you're from; maybe it's what you eat, or because you are quiet when others' voices fill the room. It's not easy to take those first steps into a place where nobody really knows you yet, but somehow you do it. National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson lyrical text and two-time Pura Belpré Illustrator Award winner Rafael López's dazzling art celebrates the courage it takes to go out into a world where you feel strange and alone, and the acceptance and friendship you can find if you do.
Nelle Harper was not like the other girls of Monroeville, Alabama, preferring overalls to dresses and climbing trees to tea parties. She also loved watching her father's work as a lawyer and spending time writing tales with her best friend, 'Tru' (the future famous writer Truman Capote). When she was older, Nelle went to New York City, and spent every spare moment at her typewriter. The story she was born to tell finally came to her and her groundbreaking book, To Kill A Mockingbird, went on to sell forty million copies! This picture book biography of Harper Lee celebrates a woman who "carved out a life of her own design."
After seeing a classmate spill grape juice all over her new dress — and struggling to find the words that will help her feel better — the young narrator wonders: what does it really mean to be kind? She realizes that it means many things, from being welcoming to a new child to standing up when someone is being bullied. She also discovers that even small acts of kindness can make a difference and contemplates how kindness can spread, envisioning a chain of kind acts that stretch "all the way... around the world." This contemplative look at kindness encourages kids to explore the meaning of kindness along with her narrator and gives children many concrete ideas of how they can be kind in their day-to-day lives.
Mae Jemison famously became the first black woman in space on the Space Shuttle Endeavour in 1992 but years before that historic journey, she was a little girl who dreamed of dancing in space. Her mother told her, "If you believe it, and work hard for it, anything is possible." Little Mae's curiosity, intelligence, and determination, matched with her parents' encouraging words, paved the way for her incredible success at NASA. This inspirational introduction to a trailblazing astronaut will encourage children to reach for the stars and never give up on their dreams.
Harriet Tubman was born enslaved, but she had the courage to run to freedom – and then the courage to return, over and over, to help more slaves find their way to safety. As a conductor for the Underground Railroad, Tubman never lost a "passenger" and she helped free even more people as a master spy for the North during the Civil War! This volume from Brad Meltzer's best-selling Ordinary People Change The World series tells the story of a courageous and determined young woman who became one of America's greatest heroes. As in each of these delightful titles, illustrator Chris Eliopoulos's cartoon-styled artwork brings Harriet Tubman's story to life, while the engaging text strikes a wonderful balance between information and inspiration.
Moon is busy, busy, busy: school, lessons, sports, sleep, repeat. She's almost to busy to wonder what it would be like to slow down. Then, one night, she meets a wolf who takes her into a dark forest to play. There, she and the wolf howl, hide, run, and more. By the end of the night, Moon will discover how to be wild, how to be still... and how to be free. Simple text and evocative illustrations carry an important message for overscheduled kids about the importance of nature and play.
After Sara Josephine Baker lost her brother and father to typhoid fever, she knew she wanted to be a doctor. But when she graduated in 1898, few people wanted to see a woman doctor, so Dr. Jo took a job in public health working in Hell's Kitchen, one of New York's poorest neighborhoods. She realized that, by improving the health of children, she could improve the health of a whole community. Dr. Jo assigned visiting nurses to new mothers, designed safe infant clothing, set up milk stations, and created training and licensing for midwives — and her work saved over 90,000 children. This picture book biography of a groundbreaking woman in medicine highlights how simple innovations can have an enormous impact.
Omu's stew is so delicious that everyone in the neighborhood is drawn to her house by its scent — and Omu dishes out a portion to anyone who asks. But when evening comes, she realizes that she's accidentally given away all of her dinner! She doesn't go hungry for long, however; a knock at the door reveals the whole community, who have brought a potluck feast to thank Omu for her generosity. Author-illustrator Oge Mora notes that "Omu" (pronounced AH-moo) means "queen" in her parents' language, Igbo, but that it meant "Grandma" to her growing up — one of many charming touches in this story of a sharing community.
Young Temple Grandin loved building and hated hugs. She wanted to be hugged, but every time she tried, it felt too overwhelming to bear. But when she saw a calf being calmed by a special machine that gently squeezed its sides, she had an idea: she would build a hug machine, one that would let her get exactly the hug she needed... and maybe help her get the hugs she wanted, too. This empowering look at a pivotal moment in the life of the groundbreaking autism advocate aptly illustrates the experience of sensory overload, helping kids of all stripes appreciate the cleverness of Grandin's invention and the power of a hug.
Young Amelia Earhart dreamed of flying like a bird, so as an adult, she decided to learn how to fly a plane! Female pilots were few and far between, but Amelia wanted to prove that women could fly just as well as men. First, she set a female world record by flying at 14,000 feet; then, she flew across the Atlantic and Pacific oceans; and finally, she decided to try flying all around the whole world. This board book from the Little People, BIG DREAMS series, which also includes a board book about Maya Angelou, will inspire and empower the littlest readers.
It's bedtime for Anne — but she can't sleep until she says goodnight to everything she loves. She thinks of her wonderful new family, Matthew and Marilla; of her bosom friend Diana and her encouraging teacher, Miss Stacy; and special places like the Snow Queen tree and the Lake of Shining Waters. She even spares a thought for her annoying classmate, Gilbert, and Mrs. Lynde, the nosy neighbor. This charming bedtime story is a lovely introduction to the beloved character Anne, perfect for fans both old and new.
There are many ways to be a kid, says author/illustrator Elise Gravel in this funny and empowering board book. Each page combines a single descriptive word (embellished and lettered to reflect its subject) and a cartoony illustration of a child demonstrating that mood, from funny to sensitive to noisy to scared. Clever asides will make kids giggle, like the reminder that kids can be smelly (sometimes!) Simple and appealing, this book reminds kids to embrace diversity in both themselves and others, and be their authentic selves wherever they go.
Mary was always a dreamer — dreams and stories were the only place to escape her strict father and stepmother. As a young woman, she took up a challenge from the poet Lord Byron: create the best, eeriest ghost story. She was struggling to find an idea that she thought would win — until a dream about a monster coming to life became Mary Shelley's terrifying tale Frankenstein: or, the Modern Prometheus — one of the most popular stories of all time. This atmospheric book is part picture book biography, part inspiration for young artists, writers, and dreamers.
Vanessa's first day at a new school is a little lonely, but on the way home, things get worse. A boy shouts at her, and she runs home upset — and one of her classmates sees the whole thing. Both girls are heartbroken, but the bystander realizes there are ways she can help... and the next morning, she invites Vanessa to walk to school alongside her. This wordless picture book's expressive images capture the helplessness that kids can feel when they see someone being bullied, as well as the power of simple acts of kindness and the strength that comes from standing together.
Today, Ruth Bader Ginsburg is one of the most respected women in the United States, but there was a time when she had to fight the idea that women didn't measure up to men — both in her own career and in the laws of her country. Ginsburg fought discrimination herself in college, law school, and her work life, and then argued cases that showed that women's inequality was damaging to everyone. This picture book tribute to "Ruthless Ruthie" includes touching personal details and emphasizes how Ginsburg's successes changed her nation.
Mary spends so much time tinkering in her lab that she doesn't have any friends... so when she's feeling lonely one day, she invents the Sheepinator! Mary's new pet sheep — and her amazing invention — catch her classmates' eyes, and she decides to maintain these new connections by bringing all the other kids sheep, too. But when her plan goes a bit sideways, her newfound friends are ready and willing to help! Author Sue Fleiss' clever reimagining of the classic poem combine beautifully with Petros Bouloubasis' wacky illustrations to create an appealing combination of science and friendship.
Fans of determined scientist Ada Twist, Scientist can explore their own scientific questions with this STEM project book based on the beloved character! As kids follow Ada through this book, they'll explore a variety of scientific fields, including chemistry, botany, astronomy, and environmental science. The projects, which use easy to acquire materials, encourage young readers to think critically about the world around them and use scientific principles to understand how things work. It's the perfect way to empowering the budding scientist in your life!
Emma Gatewood had a tough life, so one day, at age 67, she decided to go for a nice long walk... and she became the first woman to through-hike the Appalachian Trail solo! She wore a pair of Keds sneakers and carried almost nothing with her, relying on her foraging skills and on the help of residents near the trail. When she finished her journey, she not only became famous across the country, she also ensured that this breathtaking trail would be preserved and protected. This inspiring story of grit and girl power will get kids imagining their own adventures! For another picture book about Gatewood, check out When Grandma Gatewood Took A Hike.
Two friends set out to discover the natural world together in this exquisite picture book. When the girl and boy get off the subway, they set out on a journey through meadows, mountains, and thick forests, finding beauty both obvious and subtle everywhere they look. But when they return home to the city, they make a remarkable discovery: wild cannot be contained, even among skyscrapers and asphalt. This lyrical story encourages everyone — even city dwellers — to see, and revel in, the wild around them.
Little Star and her Mama, both wearing black pajamas adorned with yellow stars, have baked an enormous mooncake together — and Little Star can't wait to eat it! But Mama says that the mooncake has to cool, and hangs it up in the sky. Little Star has trouble being patient though, so every night, she sneaks downstairs and has just a little nibble... Clever storytelling and glorious illustrations make this original modern myth from beloved author / illustrator Grace Lin a warm and funny imagining of the origin of the phases of the moon.
Everyone in Ibb's village is sure there is something awful behind the walls of the nearby castle, but Ibb isn't sure. "Maybe it’s something terrible,” she thinks. “Or maybe it’s something else." When she can't catch the eye of the lone guardsman, she rallies her courage and knocks on the door. It turns out that he's guarding — and tending — a marvelous topiary garden, and with Ibb's help, he not only makes some friends in town, but also agrees to make the garden into a public space for all to enjoy. Ibb is an appealing and determined protagonist, and kids will love her confidence and determination.
Jackie Kennedy is an American icon, but in addition to being stylish and elegant, she was determined and tireless. She was a talented journalist, an avid preservationist, and a diligent editor. As the First Lady, her cleverness and grace won the respect of people across the country and around the world when they realized that she was much more than a pretty face! In this vibrant picture book by the author and illustrator pair behind Just Being Audrey, kids will get a deeper picture of the life and gifts of this famous woman.
Lola's class is full of kids from all over the world, so when her teacher asks them to draw pictures of where they're from, most students are excited... but Lola feels left out. She's from The Island (which adult readers will recognize as the Dominican Republic) but her family left when she was a baby, and she doesn't remember it. So she sets out to learn more about The Island, asking family, friends, and neighbors. The picture she gets is complex — it includes beauties and joys, as well as heartbreak and fears — but the most important thing Lola learns is that a family's shared story is an important part of every member, even those who don't remember it for themselves.
When an artist draws a cartoon of a little girl, she's not quite satisfied — and tries to erase her. But Viva isn't going to just let her individuality be erased! In fact, the more the artist tries to "fix" Viva, changing her hair, shape, and other features, the more she proclaims that everyone needs to "rock what ya got!" Author Samantha Berger's text is as ebullient as her main character, while Kerascoët's colorful drawings create a vivid world for Viva to inhabit. This affirming and empowering story celebrates the joy of loving yourself just as you are.
Petra the rock is full of confidence: "Nothing can move me. Not the wind. Not time," she declares. Except when a dog runs up to her, it becomes clear that Petra is really quite little — small enough for the dog to pick up in its mouth, and then for the dog's owner to fling her into a bird's nest! Petra isn't dismayed, though — attitude is everything, and she soon finds an upside to her new situation. After all, "I’m a rock, and this is how I roll." Kids will giggle as Petra finds herself in constantly changing surroundings (and comes up with optimistic viewpoints on all of them), but along the way they'll learn an important message about perspective and believing in yourself.
Princess Magnolia is excited to present her project about seeds and plants at the Interkingdom Science Fair and see her science-loving princess friends. But when Tommy Wigtower's volcano starts yelling "EAAAAT!", Magnolia realizes that the monster-wrangling Princess in Black (Magnolia's alter ego) will need to stop by. To her delight, the Princess in Blankets arrives to provide backup, but the two heroes will need to use their scientific problem solving skills and get a little help from a few friends to defeat this goo monster! The sixth entry in the best-selling Princess in Black series is full of smashing science fair fun!
Today is Carmela's birthday, and she's finally old enough to join her big brother as he does errands — a treat for her, but a nuisance for her brother. On their way, Carmela finds a dandelion, but she has to decide on a perfect wish: should she wish for a candy machine? For her mother to sleep in one of the beautiful beds she makes at the hotel? For her father's papers to be sorted out so he can finally come home? When the dandelion gets crushed before she picks a wish, Carmela is heartbroken... but her brother shows her a place where wishes do come true. This poignant picture book from the award-winning team behind Last Stop on Market Street explores loss, family, and the power of dreams.
Ruby's brain is full of ideas, and today, a pile of old boards has provided inspiration: a fort, just waiting to be built! When she invites her brothers to help, though, they scoff: she doesn't even know how to build. Fortunately, Ruby is full of can-do spirit, declaring, "Then I'll learn" — and soon gets some help from her mother and grandmother. As in the original tale, The Little Red Hen, it's she who does the work who enjoys the rewards... but in this modern spin, Ruby's brothers quickly find a way to make it up to her. This story celebrates an ingenious and persistent Latina builder who learns she can in fact turn her dreams into reality.
In Birmingham, Alabama, in 1963, thousands of children joined the ranks of civil rights protestors in the Children's Crusade. One fictional girl reveals how many restrictions were placed on African Americans: everything from water fountains to playgrounds were off limits. She remembers the furious white onlookers and police officers who met their protest with violence and hate. Despite it all, though, the children stood together: "Our march made the difference," she proclaims proudly. This vivid telling of an important moment in Civil Rights history reminds kids that they, too, can make a difference.
Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina Supreme Court Justice, is the subject of the sixteenth picture book in the New York Times bestselling Ordinary People Change the World series. As a child, Sonia loved to read — especially Nancy Drew mysteries! When she saw Perry Mason on TV, she knew she wanted to be a lawyer. Many people thought Latina girls didn't grow up to be lawyers, and she faced other obstacles, too, including a diabetes diagnosis at the age of 9. Fortunately, she had people who believed in her — people who taught her to believe in herself. And because of that, she reached the highest court in the nation. A lively, conversational tone and colorful illustrations draw kids into this book, and inspire them to see how they too can change the world.
Trisha's grandmother always told her that stars are "holes in the sky" with the light of heaven peeking through — but when she dies, Trisha doesn't find the thought much comfort. And then her family has to move to California, which is in the midst of a drought. But in her new home, Trisha meets a new friend, Stewart, and his irrepressible grandmother Miss Eula. Miss Eula's wisdom — including her project to save a neighbor's garden from the drought — make Trisha realize that her beloved grandmother might just be watching over her after all. This companion to Chicken Sunday by beloved author/illustrator Patricia Polacco is warm, comforting, and genuine.
Maxine loves to tinker and invent, and she knows that you can create something to solve any problem — with enough tries. When it's time for her school pet parade, she knows exactly who she wants to bring: her beloved goldfish, Milton. So step 1 is making something that lets Milton march with the other animals! It takes multiple efforts before Maxine finds the solution, but when she does, she knows it will be absolutely perfect. This uplifting picture book with a resilient narrator is sure to please young tinkerers.
As a girl, Isabella was born into slavery but but possessed a mind and a vision that knew no bounds. She was never taught to read or write, and she was separated from her mother, brothers, and sisters — and then, when she was older, from her children. But she knew she, like every person, deserved to be free. And her vision of her future led her to take a new name: Sojourner Truth. This luminous picture book biography captures Truth's strength and perseverance as it tells the story of this giant in the struggle for civil rights.
In Pakistan, a baby girl is considered bad luck, but Malala's father Ziauddin disagreed. When people said girls shouldn't go to school, Malala went to secret classes, and started writing a blog about her life that people around the world read. Even when the Taliban tried to kill her, Malala would not stay quiet; she recovered and traveled around the world speaking about the importance of equal access to education. Author / illustrator Lina Maslo's poetic and inspiring telling of the life of this phenomenal activist for girls' education will make young readers ask themselves how their own voice can contribute to this important cause. For more books to share this inspiring activist's story, visit our Malala Yousafzai Collection.
Growing up in Rome, Elsa Schiaparelli knew she was "brutta" — ugly — so she searched around her for beauty, even "planting" seeds in her ears and nose so she would be vibrant and colorful like the flower market! In the 1920s and '30s, as a single mother in Paris, she drew inspiration from her surrealist artist friends and her own vivid imagination and started creating amazing, unique designs — from a hat shaped like shoes to a dress covered in lobsters — all in bold colors, including the signature shocking pink she invented herself. With style and sophistication, this book celebrates a truly innovative designer who dared to go her own way.
Izzy Gizmo loves inventing, even if her inventions sometimes go awry. But when she finds a crow with a broken wing, she has to get things right. Everything she tries to build a new pair of wings seems to fail, and Izzy feels like she wants to give up — but her new friend is counting on her. And it turns out that, if she perseveres, she can find a solution to just about any problem! Tenacious Izzy is an inspiring role model for kids who will know what it feels like to be ready to quit; they'll sympathize with her frustration when things just don't work, and cheer when she wins the day!
All of Rescue's family are seeing eye dogs, but his trainer thinks he's better suited to become a service dog – and Rescue's worried he's not up to the task. Then he meets Jessica, a girl whose leg has just been amputated who is struggling to adjust to her new life. Now Jessica needs Rescue by her side to help her accomplish everyday tasks. And, when Jessica's other leg has to be amputated too, they have to start all over again. It turns out that Rescue can help Jessica see after all: a way forward, together, one step at a time! This unique and thoughtful picture book about acquired disability, service dogs, and the power of hope also includes an introduction to the work of dogs trained by the National Education for Assistance Dog Services (NEADS).
When Elizabeth Cotten picked up her big brother's guitar for the first time, it was all wrong for her: it was far too big for the little girl, and it wasn't strung for a left-handed player. But she flipped it upside down and backwards and learned anyway! By the time she was eleven, she'd written one of the most famous folk songs of the twentieth century, "Freight Train"... and while her music was forgotten for a time, by the end of her life, it was famous around the world. This lyrical picture book pays tribute to a determined and talented folk musician whose innovative techniques are still used today — and whose music has delighted millions.
Ella Fitzgerald was on the way up when the Mocambo, a big club, decided their patrons wouldn't want a black singer on the stage. But help came from an unexpected corner: Hollywood star Marilyn Monroe. "If she plays, I will sit at the front every night for all the people and paparazzi to see," Monroe declared, and it's wasn't long before Ella was back on stage, singing her heart out! Although Monroe's intervention is important, it's Fitzgerald's talent and drive that shines in this story. Colorful, eye-catching illustrations add pizzazz to this story of two famous women and their supportive friendship.
Alma's full name is far too long for someone so small: Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela "never fits"! So she asks her father: how did she get her name? It turns out that every part of her very long name is part of a story: Sofia, the grandmother who loved books and flowers; Esperanza, the great-grandmother who longed to travel; José, the grandfather who was an artist; and more. The only name she doesn't hear is Alma — because, her father says, "You will make your own story." This gentle, sweet story celebrates sharing family history and is sure to have kids asking about their own.
Emma loves all things art, and her biggest inspiration is her beloved dog, Muse. But one day, Muse picks up a paintbrush and adds a splotch of vibrant color to a canvas Emma is preparing. Instead of being grateful, Emma is furious, and Muse runs away. Without him, Emma's lost more than her creative spark: she's lost her best friend. How can apologize to Muse if she can't even find him? Clever references to art and art history are sprinkled in this book, but the most important part of the story is Emma's creative way to let Muse know she's sorry — and the loving relationship they share.
Two hundred years ago, Mary Shelley and her friends were competing to write the best ghost story, but Mary had yet to be inspired. She wanted to be an author, like Mary Wollstonecraft, the mother she'd never known who inspired her to prove that "a woman’s writing could be just as important as a man’s." Then, she had a strange dream, one that featured a man who was not a man. Her story about Victor Frankenstein's creation, and the questions it raised about who was the real monster, became one of the world's most famous novels. This atmospheric picture book elegantly invites young readers to learn more about this iconic story.
In this gorgeously illustrated picture book, based loosely on the author's experience of moving from Xalapa, Mexico with her American husband and their infant son to San Francisco in 1994, a woman travels with her son to the United States. There, she discovers an oasis of hope: the public library. Book by book, she untangles the language of this strange new land, and learns to make a home within it, observing that at the library: “We learned to read,/ to speak,/ to write,/ and/ to make/ our voices heard.” Five-time Pura Belpré Award winner Yuyi Morales uses poetic language and elegant illustrations to capture both an immigration journey and the importance of libraries as a welcoming home for new members of a community.
Growing up, both Geraldine (Jerrie) Mock and Joan Merriam decided they wanted to be pilots, and both of them were inspired by trailblazing pilot Amelia Earhart. In the 1960s, both women decided, independently, that they wanted to follow Earhart's planned route and circle the world — and they even planned their starts for the same day. When the news broke, there was only one option to the media and public transfixed by their story: turn their flights into a race. Mock would end up winning, but both women would end up fulfilling the dream of a lifetime! This picture book about the 1964 race between Mock and Merriam will introduce young readers to two little known but important figures in aviation history.
When the Montgomery Bus Boycotts broke out to protest segregated seating, cook Georgia Gilmore wanted to help. She knew that the boycotters would need cars and gas, and for that, they needed money — so she recruited a bunch of her fellow cooks and bakers to make food to sell. Supporting the boycott was risky, so Gilmore only took cash, and whenever someone asked where the food or money came from, the answer was always the same: "nowhere." This celebration of a little-known figure of the Civil Rights movement celebrates the power of community and how one person can fuel a movement.
Gloria Steinem knew that girls were equal to boys, but few people seemed to agree with her at first. She wrote for newspapers and magazine, spreading the ideals of feminism, and when she co-founded Ms. Magazine, she became the voice for a movement: women across the country demanding their rights. This picture book biography follows Steinem from childhood, to her political awakening, and on to her major role in the feminist movement, and explores both her motivations for her activism and the obstacles she faced along the way. Accenting her words with brilliant watercolor illustrations, author / illustrator Aura Lewis captures Steinem's powerful personality and highlights the power of believing in yourself.
Every person is here for a reason — every person is enough! This lyrical book from actor and activist Grace Byers captures the power of loving yourself, and the amazing things that can happen when we respect and love others, too. On each page, a one- or two-line affirmation invites kids to consider their place in the world, while stunning illustrations by debut artist Keturah A. Bobo feature diverse girls and celebrate their differences as signs of their uniqueness. This empowering and inspirational book is an ode to the best in all of us.
There's a plot afoot: a villain is planning to destroy every book in the world! Even the world's best secret agents can't stop Doctor Glockenspiel and end up captured by his henchmen. But mysterious things are happening: a dissatisfied henchman gets a book called Your Boss Can't Do That from a plumber, and one of the agents finds a copy of How to Pick Locks in a bowl... Of course, it's all the work of Lyric McKerrigan, the Secret Librarian who is here to save the day! This clever mash-up of comic book-style hero and devoted reader is full of action, even as it reminds young readers about the power of having the right book at the right time.
A girl and her family have just lost their beloved family dog, and all of them are grieving. Eons earlier, a meteor strike creates a strange yellow stone, which humans quarry and carve. As the centuries pass, the stone is broken and re-crafted over and over again, before finally being lost in the ocean and polished by the waves. And when the girl finds the stone at the beach and presses it against her face, she finds a sense of peace: perhaps nothing in life is ever truly lost. Author / illustrator Aaron Becker's first picture book following the conclusion of his best-selling Journey trilogy is an emotionally powerful, achingly satisfying story.
As a child, Gwen Frostic suffered a mysterious illness that left her with symptoms similar to cerebral palsy, but she didn't let that stop her from filling her life with science and art. She loved nature, and she had both a creative gift and a knack for building. As an adult, she set up her own metal shop, and became one of the first people to experiment with plastic for creating art. Then, during World War II, with no metal to spare for her shop, she became a tool and die drafts person, helping build bomber planes — one of the few women in the job. This engaging picture book tells Frostic's story of combining art, nature, and engineering into a creative life unlike any other.
On a Greek island, a little girl and her favorite dress do chores, pick flowers, and dream of a different life — until the day they leave to travel to the United States. On arriving in her new country, the little girl realizes that the trunk holding her dress is nowhere to be seen, possibly lost forever. But many years later, the girl — now grown up — spots the dress in a thrift shop window, sending memories flooding back. And the dress is now just the right size for her own daughter.... Lush illustrations and a lyrical story celebrate the power of memory and the special items we love.
Blip the robot thinks she'll find everything she needs on her computer screen: while plugged in, she learns interesting facts, listens to music, tries new dance moves, and even "visits" faraway places. But when a power outage pushes Blip into the analog world, she discovers that there's much more to life than what she saw online! Author / illustrator Steve Antony switches from a black and grey world of pixels to vibrant shapes and colors as Blip discovers that everything she did virtually can be done in real life... and that it's much more fun with friends. Clever and cheerful, this book is a fun reminder for kids that computers are just a tool, and that there's a big world waiting for them to explore!
Jane Jacobs decided that a city was like an ecosystem: "It is made of different parts — sidewalks, parks, stores, neighborhoods, City Hall... and people, of course. When they all work together, the city is healthy." So when a city planner proposed highways that would smash through New York neighborhoods, she knew that would destroy the city she loved. She rallied her neighbors to stop the plans — even getting arrested — but her courage changed the way that people think about city — and human — planning. This lively picture book fictionalizes Jacobs' life to capture the spirit of this determined, innovative woman.
The little girl in this story has always had a tiny friend called Fear: a small, white creature with an uncertain smile. But when her family immigrates to a new country, Fear gets bigger and bigger, growing with every uncertainty and every moment of confusion. Fear also tries to change the way she sees the world, telling the girl that she'll always be lonely and afraid... but this little girl is stronger than even her biggest Fear, and when she sees past Fear to discover a willing friend, she discovers that everyone has a Fear — and that talking about your fears can help overcome them. This empowering story encourages kids to recognize that fear is natural and understandable, while also realizing that fear doesn't have to control their lives.
Rosie is a good dog, who adores her owner, George... but she doesn't have any dog friends, and sometimes that leaves her feeling lonely. When George takes Rosie to the dog park, she's a little intimidated by all the strange dogs, and when giant Maurice mistakes tiny Fifi for a dog toy, Rosie gets even more nervous! Fortunately, Rosie discovers that there are a few tricks to making friends — including knowing what to do when you make a mistake — and soon Rosie is playing with friends by her side. While kids will giggle at the humor in this story, they'll also relate to Rosie's friendship troubles and cheer when she works it all out.
As a child, Sonia Sotomayor devoured books. For her, they were everything: a connection with her family in Puerto Rico, a guide when she was diagnosed with diabetes, and a consolation and escape from grief when her father died. Most importantly, they were the source of a dream: a future in which she could do anything. In her own words, Sotomayor tells young readers her life story, while also conveying a powerful message about the value of literacy and the never-ending possibility when you turn pages in books and in life.
As a child in Mecklenburg, Germany, Princess Charlotte loved being outside, and brought a yew branch indoors to decorate every Christmas. Then, when she was 17, she was married to King George III of England, requiring her to leave her home and everything she loved. To stave off homesickness, she brought one yew branch, to "make magic in her new home." Decades later, in 1800, the mother of 15 decided to throw a Christmas party for a hundred children — and a single branch didn't seem like enough. So she brought in a whole tree, and Christmas tradition was born! This charming story, with warm illustrations, will quickly become a holiday favorite.
Elizabeth Warren has always been a fighter, whether she was helping her struggling family make ends meet, becoming one of the few girls on the debate team, using her law degree to fight for hard-working families, or becoming the first female senator for Massachusetts. When she refused to be silent about her concerns about a nominee for attorney general, the criticism leveled against her became a feminist rallying cry: "She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted!" The first-ever picture book biography about this trailblazing senator is a celebration of persistence, passion, and the power of raising your voice for yourself and others.
Even as a child, Barbara Jordan's voice made people stand up, take notice, and listen! But what do you do with a voice like that? In Jordan's case, she used it to carry her to places that African American women didn't usually go in the 1960s: to law school, to the Texas state senate, and to the United States Congress. She also used it to give voice to the marginalized people around her, fighting for civil rights and equality. This powerful picture book biography celebrates the power of raising your voice and owning your confidence.
Introduce little readers to the Buffyverse with this picture book starring Buffy the Vampire Slayer! Once upon a time, the Slayer was a kid just like you — and she didn't feel very brave. But when she heard mysterious noises in her closet, she knew what to do: she invited her friends Willow and Xander for a sleepover so they could investigate! The silly story and cute illustrations in this title are perfect for longtime fans of Buffy to share with a new generation.
In this clever retelling of the Hansel and Gretel story, author / illustrator Bethan Woollvin asks: what about the witch's side? Willow is a good witch, and she would never hurt innocent children... but Hansel and Gretel are far from innocent. Not only do they take bites out of her house and mess with her spellbooks, but they decide that they want the house all to themselves — and try to get it by shoving Willow into an oven! That's when it turns out Willow isn't always a good witch... and her patience can be pushed to its limits. Woollvin's wicked humor and striking illustrations are the perfect fit in this follow-up to creator of Little Red and Rapunzel.
When MacKenzie gets teased yet again about her hair, she knows exactly who to talk to: Miss Tillie next door, whose house has a glorious garden — and whose hair is shiny and strong. So MacKenzie asks her: can her hair ever be long and pretty? Miss Tillie does indeed have advice, and uses the backyard garden she tends as a metaphor both for the patience and care required to grow healthy hair — and to show MacKenzie that her natural hair has its own beauty. This empowering book also includes detailed hair-care tips and two home made hair product recipes girls can try.
The little girl in this book loves her mommy's khimar, a flowing scarf that she wears on her head. But while her mother uses it as a headscarf, the girl uses it for dress-up, becoming a queen, a star, a mama bird, and even a superhero! No matter what the khimar becomes, the little girl can feel her mother's love in every thread. With lyrical text and light-filled illustrations, this celebration of the mother-daughter bond also provides a charming introduction to this Muslim family's traditions.
Before most people in the world had even seen a movie, Alice Guy-Blaché was making them! The innovative filmmaker — the first female filmmaker in the world — would stop at nothing to create a truly exciting movie, experimenting with sounds, special effects, and more. She was also one of the first filmmakers to create a narrative fiction film — the precursor to the movies we enjoy so much today! In this vibrant picture book biography, Mara Rockliff introduces young readers to a creative force who changed the future of cinema forever.