"I am Amelia Earhart. Would you like to come fly?" Brad Meltzer adapts his best-selling picture book biography I Am Amelia Earhart into a board book that's perfect to introduce toddlers and preschoolers to the groundbreaking aviator! Simple rhyming text and short sidebars are perfectly crafted for younger readers, while colorful child-friendly art invites kids to follow Amelia through her adventures in the sky. It's a delightful addition to the Ordinary People Change the World biography series. For another board book adaptation from this series, check out I Am Caring: A Little Book about Jane Goodall.
This inspiring oversized board book reminds toddlers that they can do great things — if they dream big! With cheerful, child-friendly illustrations and simple text, Joyce Wan pays tribute to inspiring women like Rosa Parks, Jane Goodall, Zaha Hadid, Junko Tabei, and many more. The final inspiring person? "You. Can’t wait to see where your dreams take you!" Affirming and empowering, this book is a delight to read to little ones and will be a treasured message of encouragement for years to come.
Jane Goodall's love of animals began with a gift from her father: a stuffed chimpanzee named Jubilee. She would go on to live with chimpanzees in their natural habitat, where she would become famous for her pioneering approach to research and for the remarkable discoveries she made that changed the way people understood their place in the world. Today, she is an advocate for animal rights and conservation. This board book adaptation of the picture book biography Jane Goodall (Little People, Big Dreams) is sure to inspire little animal lovers! For more board book biographies of inspiring women, including Frida Kahlo, Jane Austen, Harriet Tubman, Ada Lovelace, and Rosa Parks, visit our My First - Little People, BIG DREAMS Collection.
These eighteen women will encourage young readers to think big! Bestselling author/illustrator Vashti Harrison adapts her picture book Little Dreamers: Visionary Women Around the World into a board book suitable for toddlers and preschoolers. The creators in this book, from artists to inventors to scientists, include people like American modernist painter Mary Blair, Kenyan environmental activist Wangari Maathai, and Chinese astronomer Wang Zhenyi. With Harrison's accessible and appealing illustrations, they're sure to inspire kids to imagine their own bold futures. For another inspiring board book by Harrison, check out Dream Big, Little One.
Katherine Johnson was a whiz with numbers, and she knew that just like 5+5=12 is wrong, so was the idea that women could only be teachers or nurses. She proved that girls and African Americans could be as smart as anyone else, zooming ahead of her school classmates and attending college at fifteen. But it wasn't until NASA hired her as a "computer" that she was able to prove that a woman like her could be a mathematician too — and once she did, her calculations helped take America into space, into orbit, and all the way to the moon! This uplifting biography celebrates a STEM pioneer, and includes back matter with inspiring quotes from Johnson herself.
As a child growing up in Austria, Hedy Lamarr wanted to know how everything worked — she even took apart her toys! But she also loved acting out her favorite scenes from movies. As an adult, the world knew Hedy Lamarr as a glamorous movie star, but she had a secret: she was also an inventor. And in the middle of World War II, she created an invention for the U.S. Navy that would become the foundation for some of today's most important technologies, including WiFi, Bluetooth, and GPS! Author / illustrator pair Laurie Wallmark and Katie Wu, creators of Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code, team up once again for this compelling introduction to a little-known scientific talent.
This book is a rollicking celebration of trucks, planes, trains, and everything that goes — and the girls who drive them! Each page spread depicts three diverse girls in three different vehicles, highlighting what those vehicles can do: a crane builds a giant tower, a tow truck helps a stranded motorist, and an ambulance races to keep people safe. Exuberant text and colorful artwork inspire young readers to become women who change the world — with or without the help of their machines!
Orphan Elisabeth has been raised in one of Austermeer's Great Libraries, where the wardens ensure that magical grimoires — the only thing holding evil beings back from the world — stay protected from the evil sorcerers who would do anything to free them. When she stumbles across the Library's slain director and a freed monster, she takes up the director's sword to defeat it and accidentally implicates herself in the crime. Now she finds herself having to collaborate with Nathaniel Thorn, a notorious sorcerer, and his demonic servant if she wants to save the Libraries and the world. And that challenges everything she knows about sorcerers, the Libraries, and herself. Action-packed and suspenseful, this imaginative fantasy will thrill young adult readers.
It's fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid's Tale, and the Republic of Gilead is starting to crack. The vicious, politically savvy Aunt Lydia continues to grasp what power she can through secrets. Agnes Jemima, who was raised to be a Commander's wife, questions whether everything she's been told is true. And Daisy, who is about to go undercover as a convert to the religion, is hoping to help bring Gilead down from the inside. Gilead will fall, but how, and who will survive? This powerful, poetic sequel to the modern classic dystopian novel explores truth, rebellion, and what you will give up for freedom — your own, or someone else's.
In this searing and raw poetic memoir, bestselling author Laurie Halse Anderson uses her life story to take an unflinching look at how little our culture has changed since she wrote her groundbreaking novel about sexual assault, Speak, twenty years ago. Anderson describes her own sexual assault when she was 13, her father's struggles with PTSD, and more. Anderson's emotionally gripping poems also remind readers that the greatest power in the world comes when you reclaim your own voice; "the rules they fed you/ were the wrong rules," she declares, rallying them to step up, speak out, and make the world different for a new generation of survivors.
To save herself from her husband Hephaestus's accusation of adultery, the goddess Aphrodite narrates this extraordinary story of four mortals caught up in the events of World War I. British pianist Hazel follows her boyfriend James, a would-be architect turned soldier, to France when he is deployed. There, they meet Colette, a Belgian singer, and Aubrey, a gifted African-American ragtime musician and U.S. Army serviceman. The quartet are drawn together, but all too quickly pulled apart. The horrors of war, the grim realities of racism and sexism, and the fear of losing the one you love hang over their heads — but always, they find light and hope. This exquisite historical romance, with its vibrant language and elegant premise, is a tribute to the power of music and love, even in the worst of times.
Where does this girl's musical journey begin? Perhaps it begins because her uncle has a cold, so he gives her his ticket. Or perhaps it begins hundreds of years before, when, "Because a man named Ludwig wrote beautiful music— / a man named Franz was inspired to create his own." And perhaps, when the girl grows up, she will be the "because" for someone else's love of music. Because sometimes it’s the smallest moments that have the biggest impact. Best-selling author Mo Willems' exquisite story captures the magical influence that chance moments have on our hearts, through the eyes of one girl whose musical awakening becomes a life-long passion.
As a teen, Sophie Scholl grew disillusioned by the propaganda of Nazi Germany and decided she could no longer be silently complicit in supporting a tyrannical regime. Sophie and her brother formed a non-violent resistance group called the White Rose and began distributing anonymous leaflets calling on their fellow Germans to oppose the Nazis. Betrayed to the Gestapo, Sophie and her brother were arrested for treason, interrogated, and executed mere hours after a show trial. Today, they are honored among Germany's greatest heroes for their moral courage. This powerful novel-in-verse honors Sophie's courage and others like her who gave their lives in the fight against fascism.
Virginia Hall always wanted adventure, but many people thought that she would spend her life behind a desk after she lost her leg in an accident. Instead, when World War II broke out, she wanted to serve: first as part of a French ambulance unit, then as an undercover agent for the British Special Operations Executive. She was such an effective spy that the Gestapo declared "the Limping Lady" to be among the most dangerous spies they pursued. This is the true story of a woman who refused to let anything — or anyone — hold her back.
When Emoni got pregnant in her freshman year of high school, she stopped thinking about her future to focus on her daughter. Now a senior, she balances motherhood (and joint custody with her ex-boyfriend), school, work, and caring for her abuela. Nevertheless, she can't help but imagine life as a chef: her "magical hands" let people who eat her food sample deep memories. But when a high school cooking elective opens up the opportunity for a week-long apprenticeship in Spain — and a possible relationship with Malachi, a new student — Emoni will realize that she is strong enough to pursue dreams that used to feel impossible. Elizabeth Alcevedo, author of the National Book Award winning The Poet X, celebrates perseverance, passion, and the power of sharing food together in this gripping novel.
Today, girls across the country participate in every kind of sport — but it wasn't that long ago that girls were told that physical activity was "unladylike," inappropriate, or even dangerous. In this inspiring title, young readers will learn about the daring women — both athletes and politicians — who fought for women in sports to be taken seriously. Beginning with the first modern Olympic Games, author Debbie Gonzalez introduces readers to pioneering women like Althea Gibson, Donna de Varona, Gertrude Ederle, and more. Then, she introduces the historic Title IX legislation that mandated equal treatment and changed the rules of the game for female athletes. This sweeping overview of the evolution of women's sports is sure to fascinate young readers who can't imagine not being able to go out and play.
It's 1941, and 14-year-old Frankie and her siblings are "half-orphans": children given to orphanages by parents who are struggling financially. Unknown to Frankie, though, someone is watching her: the narrator, Pearl, the ghost of a girl who died not much older than Frankie is. As Frankie explores an illicit romance, Pearl meditates on her own past — and both stories illuminate injustice, poverty, and the cruelty directed towards girls and women. Set during a tumultuous period as the final remnants of the Great Depression gave way to World War II, this absorbing, supernaturally tinged novel — a finalist for the National Book Award — brilliantly tells the story of these two young women, disconnected by time yet connected by the shared desire to live their lives freely and fully no matter the costs.
Jude has discovered that it's easy to acquire power — but tough to retain it. She traded her control over the Faerie king Cardan for power and found herself exiled and powerless instead. Now, to save her sister, she'll have to return to the Faerie Court and confront her feelings for Cardan. But as she re-enters Elfhame, she discovers that a new danger is threatening all of Faerie. What will she have to give up to stop the curse and reclaim what she considers hers? The pulse-pounding finale to The Folk of the Air trilogy will thrill teen readers who will be left gasping to the end.
Kathrine Switzer loved to run: it felt like magic! But when she grew up, girls weren't supposed to sweat, or push themselves to run mile after mile: they were "too weak, too fragile." Switzer knew that wasn't true, and she continued to challenge her limits. The ultimate test was the Boston Marathon — but would a woman be allowed to register? Kathrine Switzer might not be admitted... but K. Switzer was. Wearing race number 261, Switzer became the first woman to officially run the marathon and changed the history of women's sport. This compelling picture book biography with energetic collage art that makes it feel like Switzer is really racing across the page will inspire kids with her love of running and her passion for equal treatment.
The orphaned Kyoshi serves in the mansion of Yun, the Avatar: a person with the gift of bending all four elements, whose purpose is to mediate among the nations and between humans and spirits. But when a negotiation turns violent, Kyoshi reveals unexpected earthbending abilities that cast doubt on Yun's claim that he is the Avatar. When she is forced to flee, Kyoshi must draw on help from both old and new friends in order to keep herself safe, claim her title as the Avatar — and have her revenge. Fans of Avatar: The Last Airbender will thrill at this action-packed first volume in a planned duology by best-selling author F.C. Yee.
Today, Joan of Arc is a semi-mythical figure — one that still fascinates people around the world. In this stunning novel in verse, author David Elliott explores her final hours — through her own eyes, through the eyes of both her accusers and defenders, and through the perspectives of objects in her life, from the sword she wielded to the fire that took her life. Clever use of concrete poetry and medieval poetic forms draw readers into this novel, inviting them to consider attitudes towards youth, gender, and defiance of the status quo, both in the past and the present. With a map, an author's note, and a list of poetic forms included, this evocative book sheds new light on Joan's story.
Young Teresa Carreño loved music, and the piano provided her comfort when she needed it — even when a revolution in her home of Venezuela forced her family to flee to America. She continued to play, and soon the Piano Girl became famous far and wide, bringing music and joy to people in the midst of the Civil War. Eventually, stories about the 10-year-old prodigy reached the White House, and one day, the young refugee played beautiful tunes for Abraham Lincoln and his family. Poetic language and colorful illustrations tell Carreño's story, celebrating the solace that music brings in difficult times.
Anne Shirley returns in the second volume of an early reader chapter book series inspired by the classic novel Anne of Green Gables! Anne is full of hope that Diana, the neighbor girl, will be the kindred spirit she's been dreaming of — and getting to meet her means going to her very first picnic! But when Marilla's brooch goes missing, and Marilla is sure Anne is to blame, the whole adventure may end before it begins. Fortunately, when the misunderstanding is finally resolved, Anne's hopes for friendship come into full bloom with Diana. This sequel to Anne Arrives, adapted by Kallie George and beautifully illustrated by Abigail Halpin, is perfect for fans of Anne with an E.
Zoey and Sassafras' vacation isn't turning out the way they planned — everyone is grumpy! In fact, there are so many bad days that Zoey starts to wonder if something magical is going on. She's determined to find out what's going on before their whole summer is ruined! Fortunately, with her knowledge of the scientific method — and a little help from some friends — Zoey is able to figure out a solution. The seventh book in the Zoey and Sassafras series continues its perfect combination of magical animals, science, mystery, and adventure, while the easy-to-read text and fun illustrations make it the perfect choice for emerging readers.
The Princess in Black — and her friends! — return in the seventh book in this beloved early chapter book series. There is a horrible, stinky cloud over the goat pasture, but every time the Princess in Black and the Goat Avenger get rid of the odor, it just blows to another kingdom. As the other princess heroes show up to help, they'll have to figure out what to do when superpowers won't do the trick. Maybe a good scrub is in order! More hilarious slapstick and friendship power will delight fans of this series.
In Garner County, everyone knows that teenage girls have destructive magical powers — ones which have to be purged for a year before they can take their proper places as brides or slave labor. 16-year-old Tierney is beginning her "grace year" and soon realizes that she can survive the elements on the island where the girls are exiled, and the poachers who murder girls and sell their body parts for their "medicinal" powers, but the way the girls turn on each other in competition for what meager power they can claim may be the most dangerous obstacle. Eerie and immersive, the core of this story of subtle horror is how misogyny and power can twist relationships between those who should support one another.
9-year-old Gittel is planning to travel to America with her mother, and the prospect of moving is hard enough. But when an inspector refuses to allow her mother passage because of an eye infection, the journey gets harder: Mother insists Gittel continue the journey alone, telling her, "Home is not safe for us." She gives Gittel a piece of paper with her cousin's address, but when she arrives at Ellis Island, she discovers water has wiped away the words — and she doesn't even know her cousin's last name. Fortunately, a stroke of luck sees her safely to a new home. Based on two of the author's family's stories of immigration, this heartwarming book captures the loneliness, anxiety, and hope experienced by many immigrants in search of a better life.
16-year-old Bri has to become a great rapper, and not just because her father was shot to death just as he made it big on the hip hop scene. She needs the money her talent could provide to provide for her family, since her mother, a recovering addict, has lost her job. Bri vents her emotions in a song that goes viral, but finds herself portrayed as a thug. She finds herself wondering: would notoriety would be as good as celebrity? Sharp, pointed, at times funny and at times heartwrenching, this novel by the author of The Hate U Give is a compelling look at the choice between living with negative stereotypes — or fighting them.
When 13-year-old Ofelia and her pregnant mother move to the north of Spain in 1944 to join her new stepfather Capitan Vidal, Ofelia thinks it will be difficult enough living in the same house as the brutal officer, who is obsessed with hunting out local resistance fighters. Then, a Faun visits her and tells her that she is the daughter of the Underworld's king — and to return home, she will need to complete three difficult tasks. As the real world and Ofelia's journey through the Labyrinth intertwine, Ofelia must confront both the terrors of Franco's regime and the fearful and wonderful magical world. This powerful collaboration between Oscar winning writer-director Guillermo del Toro and bestselling author Cornelia Funke creates new depth to the folklore of this fascinating and dark world.
Dory Fantasmagory is off on another wildly imaginative adventure in the fifth book of this beloved early chapter book series! In Tiny Tough, Dory's big sister Violet is having friend troubles at school, and Dory is determined to save the day. Violet has lost her friendship bracelet, so naturally, Dory concludes that the problem is pirates who have hidden the bracelet as their treasure! But Dory's imaginary friend Mary is away on vacation, so Dory has to solve this pirate problem alone... Abby Hanlon's creative character faces her toughest challenge yet in this adventure involving both real and make-believe friends.
Ever since Coyote Sunrise's mother and sisters were killed in a car accident, she and her father have been on the road in an old school bus; the only place they'll never go is their old hometown. But then she learns that a park in her old neighborhood is being destroyed — the park where she, her mom, and her sisters buried a memory box. So Coyote decides to trick her father into driving 3,600 miles in four days... without him realizing the destination. Along the way, they'll meet new friends, each of whom help Coyote as she struggles to find a home and a happy ending. Action-packed and charming, this poignant story celebrates the power of reclaiming the past.
At this playful slumber party, a diverse group of girls explore what it means to "dress like a girl"! As the girls play dress-up, they put their own spin on fashion "rules." If you should wear white in the summer, why not a spacesuit? Wear a formal black gown to the symphony — because the conductor should look her best. When it's time for bright colors, the girls don "brave" hues like police officer blue or firefighter red. Author Patricia Toht celebrates a variety of interests, including sports, science, politics, and more, while Lorian Tu-Dean's illustrations capture a vibrant and enthusiastic group of girls who know nothing will hold them back. This uplifting and empowering story reminds readers that the best way to "dress like a girl" is to dress the way that you feel best.
18-year-old Ginny is brilliant (if a bit dramatic) extrovert, while her 15-year-old sister Plum is a loner who quietly takes over everything forgotten by Ginny and their illustrator mother. But when their mother's royalty payments unexpectedly stop — just as their old Victorian home needs major work — everything gets up-ended. Ginny is frantic about how she'll pay for her dream Ivy League college, while Plum, to her surprise, finds herself growing close to outgoing, popular Tate Kurosawa. And just as it seems like things will pull the sisters apart, the revelation of long-held secrets might bring them closer than they've ever been. This witty and heartfelt story inspired by Sense and Sensibility explores how sisters grow together as they grow independently.
From the time she was very young, Maria Mitchell loved looking at the stars. With the encouragement of her father — even though she found her schooling difficult — she studied astronomy, and devoted her nights to sweeping the sky with her telescope. And then, one day, she saw something new: a comet! "Miss Mitchell's Comet" won this trailblazing astronomer international fame that led to her becoming America's first female professional astronomer. Lyrical text and luminous illustrations celebrate a star-gazing scientist who helped set the stage for generations of women after her.
17-year-old Jo Kuan just wants to keep herself and her adoptive father, two of the few Chinese Americans in 1890s Atlanta, safe — even if it means a job as an abused lady's maid. When she learns that the local newspaper needs someone to write an advice column, she applies anonymously and becomes "Miss Sweetie." Her column gives her an opportunity to challenge stereotypes, but that inevitably brings backlash. And when a letter to Miss Sweetie hints at the identities of the parents who abandoned Jo as a baby, she has to decide if the search — which includes seeking help from a notorious criminal — is worth exposing herself. Stacey Lee, the critically-acclaimed author of Under a Painted Sky, explores identity and the effects of discrimination on marginalized people.
Self-proclaimed bookworm and school library volunteer Clara Evans is shocked when she discovers that her prestigious private school, which she attends as a scholarship student, is adding some of her favorite books to their "prohibited media" list. Rather than get rid of them, Clara creates an underground library in her locker, ensuring students can still read the banned titles. But when a book she loves turns out to be deeply hurtful to another student, Clara suddenly finds herself asking whether some books really are "dangerous." Fortunately, she realizes that books — like people — can't be tamed. Both funny and thought-provoking, this book celebrates the power of words — and activism.
Introduce young readers to Greta Thunberg's inspiring work on behalf of the environment with this allegorical picture book! Greta lives in a beautiful forest that's threatened by Giants, who chop down trees to make bigger and bigger cities. She wants to help the animals of the forest — and make the Giants see what they're destroying — but she's not sure how to do it. Kids will enjoy this fairy tale-like story and be intrigued to read the section in the back about Greta's ongoing fight and how they can help. For more books about Greta's global movement, we recommend Greta Thunberg (Little People, Big Dreams) for ages 5 to 8,Our House Is On Fire: Greta Thunberg's Call to Save the Planet for ages 5 to 9 and We Are All Greta: Be Inspired to Save the World for ages 10 and up.
Today Anne Frank is famous for her optimistic diary, written while she hid from the horrors of the Holocaust. We have that diary thanks to the efforts of another, often unsung woman, Miep Gies. Miep and her husband were integral in protection the Frank family as they lived in the Secret Annex, and when the Nazis arrested the fugitives, she knew that they would be back to pilfer their belongings as well. She couldn't bear the thought of Anne's precious diary being stolen or destroyed, so she hid it, hoping to return it to Anne or her family in time. Sadly, only Anne's father, Otto, survived the concentration camps, but when Miep gave him Anne's writing, it was the first step towards her words being read around the world. This powerful account celebrates everyday heroism and the power of the written word.
Introduce young readers to the fascinating life and influence of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo with this gorgeous book! From her difficult childhood, including life with the aftermath of polio, and the accident that left her with permanent disability and pain, Kahlo emerged with a newfound artistic voice as a painter. Her use of symbolism and vibrant color created some of the most famous paintings in the world. This book explores Kahlo's life through her art, including backmatter with a summary of her most significant works, and will leave kids eager to learn more about Kahlo and her lasting impact and influence.
A little girl and her family are moving, and as she says goodbye to her old neighborhood and gets into the car's backseat, she worries. But when "days are full of things you'd rather not do," there's only one thing to do: you have to be brave! Because when you find that spark of courage you can draw on when you need it — whether it's leaping into a pool for the first time, or moving to a new home — you'll discover that you can handle the scary and uncertain times. This empowering book from best-selling author Pat Zietlow Miller will encourage kids to find their own brave glow.
When Marie Curie was a girl, nobody believed that women could be scientists. Her curiosity and determination knew no bounds, however, and she pursued higher education — first at a secret school for women scientists called the Flying University, and then by leaving her home in Poland and traveling to France. The determined woman changed attitudes to women in science, and she remains the only person ever to win Nobel Prizes in two different scientific disciplines! This inspiring look at Curie's life and work from the best-selling Ordinary People Change the World series makes one of history's great scientists come to life.
After a bad bout with stomach flu, Raina finds herself worrying that she'll throw up — and soon the worry extends to other things, including challenges at school and struggles with friends. As her stomach troubles get worse, she wonders whether there's something really wrong with her. Fortunately, her parents connect her with Lauren, a therapist who helps her figure out how to confront her fears and shows her how her mental health intertwines with her new diagnosis of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. This funny but deeply compassionate graphic memoir is a reminder to kids that counseling and therapy are a valuable tool when you need help — and that you can overcome your anxieties and fears.
Last summer, 13-year-old Leah's brother Sam drowned, and since then, she's felt like a ghost herself, imitating a normal life and lacking support from her parents. Now that it's summer again, all of Leah's friends are away and she has nothing to distract her from her grief. Then she meets 14-year-old Jasper, a gregarious and mysterious redhead who almost seems like she stepped out of a fairy tale, with her overgrown cottage and her chores like doing laundry in the creek. The friendship gives Leah solace, but Jasper is hiding her own painful past — and as both girls' truths come out, they have to figure out if they can save one another. This poignant novel tackles difficult issues with gentleness and grace, and recognizes the strength to be found in friendship.
12-year-old Clementine Morcerous is being groomed to take over for her father, the Dark Lord Elithor, and she's learning everything she needs to be a truly dastardly Evil Overlord (even if she admits to herself that she prefers the light to the dark.) But when her father is cursed by the Whittling Witch, Clementine finds herself unexpectedly having to take over rather early. As her father's magic beings to falter, she relies on new friends, including a bewitched sheep, a paper chicken, and a local boy who dreams of being a hero. The funny premise and clever wordplay draw kids in, while the surprisingly deep story explores community, forgiveness, and what happens when you defy familial expectations to follow your heart. Kids will love the unique characters of this story, and hope to return to Clementine's world soon.
It's been twenty years since Malcolm carried a baby named Lyra in his canoe in The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage — and eight years since Lyra's adventures in His Dark Materials. Lyra, now a 20-year-old undergraduate at St. Sophia's College, believes her adventures are behind her. But when her daemon Pantalaimon witnesses a murder that Malcolm has to investigate — and then leaves, believing Lyra's imagination is lost — Lyra and Malcolm have to travel together once more, this time in search of a city of daemons that may lead them to the truth about Dust. This thrilling sequel captures these beloved characters in a new form — older, and different, yet still the same — and their search will leave readers eager for the upcoming concluding volume.
Fie's Crow caste are the undertakers and mercy-killers, and she's determined to lead them well — and picking up the body of Crown Prince Jasimir seems like the opportunity of a lifetime, since she can channel magic through the bones and teeth of the dead. Except Jasimir isn't dead; he's going into hiding, and promises Fie he'll protect the Crows when he wears the crown if she protects him now. Meanwhile, Jas' bodyguard and body double, Tavin, is beginning to chafe at putting Jas' life before his own... A rich world and and exciting story full of twists and turns will delight young adult fantasy fans.
When 17-year-old Raven Roth is in a car accident, she loses her foster mom and her memory in an instant. Her foster mother's sister Natalia, who lives in New Orleans, takes her in, and her daughter Max happily befriends the quiet girl. Soon, though, it becomes obvious that Raven is more than she seems: not only can she sense the emotions of her classmates, but sometimes her secret dark thoughts become real. With Max and a new friend, Tommy Torres, at her side, Raven will have to face whatever dark force may have its claws in her... This riveting graphic novel origin story is a tribute to the power of trust, friendship, and facing up to who you are.
When Alice Paul Tapper noticed that girls in her class were less likely to participate than boys were, she wondered why. The boys made mistakes too, but for some reason, when a girl made a mistake, she stopped raising her hand, even if she thought she knew the answer. So Alice decided she had to do something to help girls build their confidence and leadership skills, and with the help of her parents and her Girl Scout troop, she came up with an idea: a patch and a pledge that girls across the country could earn if they promised to raise their hands! This spirited and enthusiastic picture book encourages girls to follow Alice's lead and make their voices heard.
Sometimes, even if you give Grandma a very careful list of electronic gadgets you'd like for your birthday... she'll give you a lemon tree instead. If that happens, you should be polite and say thank you, and you definitely should not try to get rid of it (even if you do come up with some clever ideas.) Instead, put it somewhere sunny and give it just enough water, and with a little time, you might just have some delicious home-made lemonade (recipe included)! This wry and clever book about the joys of tending a growing plant is sure to make kids giggle, and give them a new appreciation of all the good things that can come from a little patience.
In 1896, Louise Belinda wonders why her brother gets to ride a bicycle and she doesn't. When she asks why, Joe tells her that girls who ride bikes will develop "bicycle face," a horrible distorted face that lasts forever. Fortunately, Louise Belinda is skeptical, and when she finally gets on a bike, she discovers her bicycle face is really an enormous smile! And it's not long before her example inspires other girls and women to try out their own set of wheels. Set against the backdrop of the Women's Suffrage Movement, and with an afterword about the important connection between bicycles and the fight for women's rights, this picture book shows young readers the power of challenging the status quo and celebrates the freedom of riding a bike.
For Josie O'Malley, a recent immigrant from Ireland, World War II Philadelphia is a grim place: her father is overseas fighting the Nazis, and the caped superheroes she loves have mysteriously disappeared. Eager to help the war effort, the mathematics whiz is quick to apply to a government call for puzzle-solving kids — except that an official tosses her test because she's a girl. But a top-secret organization has its eyes on Josie, and two other applicants, Japanese-American Akiko and African-American Mae. And when the three get together, they're shocked to discover they're transforming into the newest superheroes in town — with a critical mission to fulfill. Hidden Figures meets Wonder Woman in this exciting series opener inspired by comic books and the earliest computer programmers.
For the past year and a half, 16-year-old Hetty and her fellow students at the Raxter School for Girls have been under quarantine because of the Tox, a mysterious infection that mutates living things. The girls receive supplies and wait for the promised cure, but each time there's a flare up, they're changed even more. When Hetty's friend Byatt goes missing, though, Hetty's not content to wait for answers any more. But when she breaks quarantine and braves the Tox-tainted woods, she'll discover that the protection they're being offered may not be what it seems. This mind-bending horror/fantasy novel, which is being called "a feminist Lord of the Flies," will leave you breathless.
11-year-old Mimi feels like the least talented member of her big Indian-American family – but she's planning to change that by winning a local bakery's competition and becoming a celebrity chef, just like her idol. When Mimi meets a mysterious boy named Vik in the woods nearby – who helps her find ingredients you wouldn't expect in a forest in Massachusetts – she thinks it's the key to her success. But as her father and siblings start acting oddly, Mimi starts to wonder if the ingredients might be the cause... Fantasy and wonder draw readers in to this novel, but at its core is a timeless story of family, friendship, and finding your place in the world.
Judy Moody is determined to win the Book Quiz Blowout this year — and she and her brother Stink, along with their fellow Virginia Dare Bookworms, are going to be ready for anything! That means trying all sorts of tricks (including ideas from some of their books, like Pippi Longstocking and The Princess in Black.) But when Judy and her fellow Bookworms learn that they're going up against a fourth grader on an opposing team, their confidence is rattled. Fortunately, you can't hold the irrepressible Judy down! The fifteenth book in the beloved Judy Moody series is perfect for budding book lovers!
12-year-old Audra lives on a quiet family farm in 1893 Lithuania, but her world is turned upside down when occupying Russian Cossack soldiers burn her parents' home to the ground. Her parents send her to escape, carrying an important package: unbeknownst to her, they have been helping Lithuanian book smugglers keep their language and culture alive. Now, as a member of the resistance movement, Audra can help smuggle even more books, using her magician father's tricks as a means to distract those who would catch her and her friends. Still, she wonders if her work for the resistance might not just save her language; perhaps it can save her parents too. Jennifer A. Nielsen, author of A Night Divided and Resistance, creates a compelling story about a little-known time in history that reminds readers about the power of united resistance.
12-year-old Ellie was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at birth, but she's never considered that something that should define her life. She hates when people assume "the kid in the wheelchair" will be all inspirational sayings, or when her overprotective mother or hovering aide get in her way. Instead, she has plans to become a professional baker. But when Ellie and her mother move to help take care of her grandpa, who's suffering from dementia, Ellie finds herself facing existence as the new kid in school, with a wheelchair, who lives in a trailer park. Fortunately, a neighbor named Coralee and a classmate named Bert provide friendships and acceptance that help her prove she can make it in this new town. Author Jamie Sumner drew from her experiences with her son, who has cerebral palsy, to create this realistic portrayal that shows the challenges of life with a disability while also celebrating friendship, acceptance, and delicious baked goods.
Nixie and Grace have been friends since they were two, and now that they're in third grade, they love spending every afternoon together... until Nixie's mom announces that she has a job, so Nixie is going to an after-school program and Grace will go to their classmate Elyse's house. While Nixie enjoys the cooking camp she goes to after school, she's jealous of Grace and Elyse's time together. However, the new friends she makes might help her broaden her definition of friendship beyond after-school time. This charming opener to the After-School Superstars series is perfectly sweet — right down to the included recipe for morning glory muffins.
Sulwe has the darkest skin of anyone in her family, and she wishes that she could be lighter like her mother and sister. Despite her mother's advice that "brightness is just who you are," she tries everything she can think of to be lighter, from eating light colored foods to trying to rub out her blackness with an eraser. But one night, a shooting star darts into her room and tells her a fable about Night and Day, opening her eyes to her own beauty. Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o's picture book debut is a moving story about colorism and self-esteem that will encourage all children to be proud of their uniqueness.
Today Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a feminist icon — but how did she get there? In this graphic biography, Debbie Levy, author of the best-selling picture book I Dissent, highlights how Ginsburg evolved over time, from her shy childhood to a passionate advocate and activist to a celebrated Supreme Court Justice. Expressive illustrations from Whitney Gardner capture both Ginsburg's life and the world around her that helped shape her beliefs. Compelling and empowering, this graphic novel is a detailed introduction to the life of the inspiring RBG!
12-year-old Ollie is struggling to keep her mother's deep depressive episode a secret — even from adults who might support her, like her dad's business partner Apollo. Ollie's dad disappeared weeks ago, running away to France right after he and Apollo quarreled about a statue, so she's not sure Apollo can be trusted any more. With the help of her friends Richard and Alex, Ollie — a talented artist herself — hopes to solve the mystery by finding her father... before time runs out. Set in 1980s SoHo, this debut novel addresses issues about mental illness and the support friendship can give, while also providing a satisfying mystery for young readers.
13-year-old Genesis keeps a list of things she hates about herself — 96 things so far. And sometimes it seems like all of it starts with her dark skin, which makes even her own family call her "charcoal" and "eggplant." When her gambling-addicted father gets the family evicted again, Genesis and her mom have to move in with her grandmother, whose colorist attitudes hurt Genesis deeply enough that she's willing to try painful bleaches if only her skin will get lighter. But at her new school, Genesis' confidence gets bolstered by an encouraging teacher and some new friends. This heartbreaking novel ends with a hopeful reminder that loving yourself gives you the power to start a new story.
When 6-year-old Marvel's father dies, her mother and her seven siblings have to find a new place to live — one where they can support themselves. They find a tar-paper shack in the woods of Wisconsin, and while it looks like it's falling apart, the family sees the possibilities. Over the course of the year, the kids find new ways to have fun when store-bought toys are too expensive; discover unexpected treats, like ripe berries growing nearby; and slowly, find the shack starts feeling like home. Lyrical, with stunning illustrations that lighten as the family finds their feet, this gorgeous picture book based on the Depression-era childhood of New York Times bestselling author-illustrator Eliza Wheeler's grandmother is a celebration of a family's love and how it can make any place beautiful.
In this fantasy reimagining of the USSR, war seems to be eternal — and people regularly get ground up in its gears. 17-year-old Revna's father was jailed for stealing the materials to make her prosthetic legs; when she's caught using banned magic during an attack, she's afraid the same fate awaits her. Instead, she's offered a role in a women's military flight unit, where she bonds with the other recruits — except for Linné, a daughter's general who disguised herself as a boy to join the army. If Revna and Linné can't learn to fly together, they're sure to die in their first mission... but it soon appears they can trust each other more than they can trust their own country. Loosely inspired by the Night Witch pilots of World War II, this is a stunning and original fantasy about survival and sisterhood in war.
Olive is sure this will be the best summer ever — she and her friend Willow are heading to camp together! But while Olive makes friends fast, Willow struggles, and latches onto Olive for companionship. It's not long before Olive is fed up and they have a full-on fight. Summer camp was definitely not supposed to be the end of their friendship! Fortunately, a little time apart gives them the chance to find their own way — and their way back together. Tween readers will sympathize with both Olive and Willow during this graphic novel sequel to Click that celebrates how summer adventures can help you discover new strength. Olive's story continues in Act.
12-year-old Delsie has always been content living with her kindhearted Grammy in her Cape Cod home, but recently she's started wondering what it would be like to have a "normal" family. And, when Delsie's best seasonal friend, Brandy, returns to her cottage for the summer hanging out with a snobby new friend who scoffs at Delsie's immaturity, Delsie starts to feels like the world doesn't make sense anymore. So when she meets Ronan, a new neighbor who is known as a liar and a thief, she thinks he's just another storm on the horizon. After he stands up for her, however, Delsie discovers that Ronan is caring and courageous but, like her, is lonely and troubled by his own losses. This touching story by the author of Fish in a Tree features a resilient Mighty Girl who discovers that, with real friends and loving family by your side, you can stand strong through just about any weather.
Creatures all over the forest are getting sick, and Charlotte the bunny scientist is determined to figure out why! The stumped doctors and scientists are dismissive of her efforts, but she holds firm to her beloved grandfather's assertion that she will "make a real difference in the world." After some patient interviews and a few samples from the outhouse, Charlotte realizes that all the sick animals have been munching on carrots contaminated by 'Funky Forest Fungi.' A quick clinical trial later, and Charlotte has saved the tummies of all her friends! This delightful sequel to Charlotte the Scientist Is Squished celebrates the ability of determined girls to change the world.
Social media can help you stay connected, but it can also become addictive or stressful if you don't know how to set boundaries. Some teens become so worried about missing online updates that they miss out on real-life opportunities instead! In this workbook, you'll use evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to manage the stress caused by excessive social media use, and learn to separate your friends from your followers so you can spend time with the people who really matter. This encouraging workbook will empower teens to set down their phones and get engaged with the here and now.
Life has changed for Serafina, the now teenaged Guardian of Biltmore Estate. Braeden has left for boarding school, leaving her feeling more alone than ever, and she finds it hard to believe that Biltmore's seeming peace and tranquility is real. When Mr. Vanderbilt invites her to move upstairs, the kind gesture seems to start a nightmare, as mysterious and fantastical creatures begin attacking people on the estate — and seem to be targeting the Vanderbilt's baby daughter, Nell. But how can Serafina solve the mystery when she's can't trust herself — and without Braeden by her side? The fourth book in the best-selling Serafina series is the darkest, most exciting volume yet!
A a child in Stamps, Arkansas, Maya Angelou seemed ordinary — even though she faced brutal trauma that left her feeling like a caged bird. But Angelou's love of the written and spoken word helped her survive her emotional pain, triumphing over all the forces that could have ground the inspiration out of her. In this luminous picture book, lyrical text by Bethany Hegedus and metaphorical illustrations by Tonya Engel create a unique, vibrant portrait of one of the 20th century's most distinctive voices. This powerful picture book biography for tween readers, written for the 50th anniversary of the publication of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, is both comprehensive and emotionally moving.
Anastacya Mikhailov is the crown princess of the Cyrilian Empire — but she's on the run. Her father has been murdered and she's been framed for his death; the only way to clear her name is to find the real killer. And the only ally she has is Ramson Quicktongue, a crime lord who is on his own quest for revenge. She also has a secret: she is an Affinite, one of the indentured and trafficked people with magical gifts to control the elements. As she and Ramson work together on their quests, they both learn more about the corruption in Cyrilia and the rebellion that seeks to overthrow it. This dark fantasy, perfect for fans of Shadow and Bone and An Ember in the Ashes, conveys a powerful message about the importance of choice.
In the midst of World War II, Josef Stalin made the Soviet Union the first country in the world that allowed female pilots to fly in combat. Three regiments of women, led by Marina Raskova, took to the skies, including the 588th Night Bomber Regiment, which would be nicknamed the "night witches." But facing the horrors of war and discrimination and pressure on the ground wasn't easy for these pilots, many of whom were still in their teens. Elizabeth Wein, the author of the best-selling historical fiction novel Code Name Verity, sets her sights on non-fiction in this compelling story about these daring pilots and the sisterhood they formed as they changed the world.
From an early age, Billie Jean King loved sports. She discovered a love for tennis and became determined to be the best tennis player in the world. But as she got older, she also realized that people didn't take women athletes seriously — no matter how well they could play. So when retired player Bobby Riggs claimed that he could beat any woman tennis player — even one on the top of her game — King decided to show the world that everyone deserved a chance to play! The seventeenth picture book in the New York Times bestselling series Ordinary People Change The World celebrates the world champion tennis player who fought successfully for women's rights.
Twins Iris and Lark are identical but not the same: Iris is the sensible, capable counterpart to her brilliant and dreamy sister, and has grown accustomed to protecting Lark after a series of illnesses. But in fifth grade, the twins suddenly find themselves not just in different classrooms, but in different after-school activities too. Suddenly, everything feels wrong — strange things are happening in the city, including items going missing. If the sisters are going to save one another — and everyone else — they may have to realize that being apart isn't the same as growing apart. An eerie mystery, deep symbolism, and a mysterious narrator combine in this powerful story about the struggles of growing up.
Wilma Mankiller grew up "dirt poor" in Oklahoma, but her Cherokee community practiced Gadugi, helping each other, so there was always support nearby. But when the federal government moved her family to California in 1956, they lost their sense of community. Mankiller eventually found the Indian Center in San Francisco, where she realized how important her tribe was — and that she wanted to fight for what they needed. Mankiller became an activist and a leader, overcoming resistance to female leadership and a life-threatening accident to become the first female chief of the Cherokee Nation. Inspiring and eye-opening, this book will introduce kids to a groundbreaking Native American woman who transformed her people.
Every day is an adventure; every day is a chance to be fierce! This exuberant young narrator starts her day by putting on "armor" (a rainbow sweater) and prepares to face the challenges of her world. From monsters (dogs on a walk) to giants (big kids at the bus stop), she knows there's no beast she can't overcome. Her courage can also help others, like when she refuses to let a classmate sit alone in the cafeteria. After a busy day, she returns home to rest... after all, tomorrow, she'll be fierce again! This joyous celebration of bravery, compassion, and imagination is a reminder that you can be a hero every day.
12-year-old Mina's home of Alorria enjoys beautiful weather, thanks to the storm beasts and their bonded human guardians, who ensure the climate stays warm and pleasant. Mina is eager to have a storm beast of her own, but everyone is shocked when she hatches a lightning beast: lightning guardians are normally "brash and loud and brave." Mina may be quiet, but she is brave, which she proves when she and Pixit, her lightning beast, discover that her country's weather comes at a terrible price. A unique fantasy setting and appealing dragon-like storm beasts will leave readers wishing they could leap into Mina's world. For another compelling middle grade fantasy from this author, check out The Stone Girl's Story for ages 9 to 13.
Now that Shannon is part of The Group, her school's in crowd, she's sure sixth grade will be perfect. Except being in The Group is more exhausting than fun: the rules about everything from what TV shows to watch to who's cool to talk to seem to shift as often as the weather. At the same time, she struggling with feelings of anxiety and occasional compulsive behavior that she doesn't know how to stop. Soon, Shannon starts to wonder whether these rules are a necessary part of her life — or if it's worth striking out on her own. In this follow-up to Real Friends, author Shannon Hale and illustrator LeUyen Pham explore the challenges of middle school, including social struggles, first loves, and figuring out who you are.
In 1979, four years after Raymie, Louisiana, and Beverly became friends in Raymie Nightingale, now-14-year-old Beverly is running away for real. Buddy, the dog they rescued, has died, and Beverly is tired of dealing with her mother's drinking. With a single lie about her age, Beverly gets a job in a restaurant and a place to stay with the elderly Iola in exchange for driving her around. As she becomes closer to the people in her new community, Beverly slowly opens up — and learns how to come to terms with what she's lost and move towards the future. This final novel in Kate DiCamillo's sequence about the Three Rancheros is full of heart and hope.
Aven Green is off to high school, where she's expecting 3,000 new kids to stare at her missing arms. Her friend Connor has moved across town, where he goes to a different school, and Aven is missing his support. Worse, a cruel prank by a high school bully has left her insecure and struggling with depression. As she feels more self-conscious about "lack of armage," she can't help but wonder if people who do seem to like her — like her friend Zion's cute older brother — are only befriending her out of pity. Fortunately, the resilient girl is able to stay true to herself! This sequel to Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus takes a frank but funny look at first love, life with a visible disability, and "the sucktastic beast known as high school."
A young girl looks longingly at the pairs of sisters she sees playing nearby, and dreams of a sister of her very own: someone loving, clever, and kind who will be by her side, no matter what. In time, her wish is granted – but her baby sister doesn't quite live up to her dream at first! She reminds herself that to be a good sister, she needs to be loving and kind and patient too... and as the days and years go by, the pair become inseparable. This charming, lyrical picture book by bestselling authors and former first daughters Jenna and Barbara Bush, filled with whimsical artwork by Ramona Kaulitzki, is a touching tribute to the support and love that sisters have to offer to one another, in childhood and throughout their lives.
In 1964, Maureen Wilton's brother brought home a running race ribbon — and the 10-year-old girl decided she wanted one too. But people believed running was dangerous for women's health. Maureen was determined to prove them wrong, in 1967, the 13-year-old broke the women's world marathon record. She was dubbed "Mighty Moe" by the press, but her win kicked off a storm of public disapproval that made her quit running. However, her example proved that girls could run — and Mighty Moe herself finally found her way back to the sport decades later. This inspiring story of a running pioneer includes a foreword by Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to officially register for the Boston Marathon.
When Nancy Grace Roman was a girl, she dreamed of studying the stars. No matter what challenges she faced, whether she was struggling with weak eyesight or being told studying science wasn't "ladylike," she persisted and became an astronomer... and that was just the beginning. As the chief of astronomy at NASA, she had an idea: a telescope in orbit which would finally allow her and other astronomers to look deeper into the reaches of space than anyone had ever imagined. This elegant picture book biography of the "Mother of Hubble," complete with extensive back matter, is a must-read book for kids who love the stars!
When a photo of 2-year-old Parker Curry, mesmerized by Amy Sherald's portrait of Michelle Obama in the National Portrait Gallery, went viral, people everywhere wondered how that moment of representation had affected that little girl. Now, Parker and her mother, Jessica Curry, tell the story of that moment. As the little girl and her friend pass portraits, still lifes, and more, their imaginations run wild — and when Parker sees the Michelle Obama's portrait, her imagination turns to what she herself might become in the future. This moving picture book includes a foreword by Sherald and back matter about the paintings Parker sees.
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and award-winning artist Rafael López celebrate kids of different abilities and the power of inclusion in this affirming picture book! Sotomayor encourages kids to ask if they are curious about another child's differences, introducing physical conditions like her own experience with diabetes and Lopez's use of an inhaler for asthma, then broadening the conversation to include neuroatypical conditions like Tourette's and autism; learning disabilities like dyslexia; and even a nut allergy. Throughout, the children in her story work together to create a garden as a powerful visual reminder that we all have the power to make the world more beautiful.
Wu Chien Shiung's name meant "Courageous Hero," and her parents supported her in achieving her dreams: at a time when most girls in China didn't attend school, they encouraged her love of science. When she faced prejudice, they urged her to "Just put your head down and/ keep walking forward." Wu would end up traveling to the US, where her work on parity and beta decay help drive physics forward — but because of prejudice against both her race and her sex, she was overlooked for both promotions and the Nobel Prize. This bittersweet but inspiring biography from the People Who Shaped Our World series introduces young readers to a little-known trailblazing women in physics.
Pokko is an exuberant frog who lives in a mushroom with her parents, who tell her that "we don't like drawing attention to ourselves." Pokko's adventures, however, seem designed to draw attention, and when her parents give her a drum, Pokko's father quickly regrets their decision. Rather than let her bang the drum inside their home, he sends her into the woods — with a reminder not to be too loud, of course. When Pokko can't resist beating the drum, though, she attracts a banjo-playing raccoon, a rabbit with a trumpet, and even a wolf to join her band (although the latter does require a reminder, "No more eating band members or you're out of the band.") In the end, even Pokko's father gets swept away by the excitement! Lush illustrations and a celebration of uniqueness, art, and persistence will inspire young readers to follow their own beat.
Introduce kids to a groundbreaking ballerina — and the qualities that make her such a great role model — in this book from the I Look Up To... board book series! This detailed board book explores Misty Copeland's story through her important traits. Each page spread includes vibrant artwork and a quote from Copeland herself that will inspire kids to follow in her footsteps. It's an empowering book to add to any preschooler's bookshelf!
As a child, Mary Browne Robinson loved to paint and draw — she even had a color in her name! As an adult, now Mary Blair, she dreamed of being an artist — not an easy thing in a time when men dominated the art world. But her vibrant illustrations attracted the attention of Walt Disney Studios, and Blair's work would become key concept art for animated classics like Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, and Peter Pan. This gorgeously illustrated picture book biography celebrates Blair's story and love of color in a way that's sure to inspire young artists.
12-year-old Lizzie wants to be invisible, so that nobody finds out that they lost their house after her dad was arrested for embezzlement — or that she's living in a transitional housing shelter. But nearby Birchwood Stables opens Lizzie's eyes to possibility when she unexpectedly connects with a terrified pony named Fire. She starts working at the stable in exchange for lessons, slowly allowing herself to connect more with the people around her — and realizing that she has more strength and determination than she thought. This poignant novel reminds readers of the hidden struggles that exist in their community, but celebrates finding your place and making home wherever you are.
Gyo Fujikawa always felt like an outsider, even when she was growing up in California, and she dreamed of an America where people would see themselves represented on every page. Then, in World War II, while she worked in New York as an illustrator, her family was forced into an internment camp in Arkansas. It made her even more determined to create an inclusive world. Her book Babies was rejected by her publisher at first — a spread with black and white babies together is too controversial, they think, in an America where segregation still rules. But she persisted, and Babies would sell almost two million copies, paving the way for a vibrant, diverse world. Kyo Maclear and Julie Morstad have created an elegant book — part picture book biography, part celebration of racial diversity — that will inspire both kids and adults.
68.5 million people in our world are displaced — fleeing poverty, violence, and war — and many of them are young. Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai recounts the stories of just some of the refugee girls she has met in her global role as an education activist, and connects them to her own story — both becoming an Internally Displaced Person as a young child in Pakistan, and then being forced to flee the homeland she loved after the infamous attempt on her life. This powerful and personal exploration of the real people behind the immigration crisis and border conflict stories provides a new perspective on these issues to today's teens.
When Pura Belpré came to America in 1921, she brought with her the cuentos folklóricos of Puerto Rico. When she took a job at the New York Public Library as a bilingual assistant, she transformed library services by sharing diverse stories, championing bilingual literature, and publishing her tales so that she could "be like Johnny Appleseed [and] plant my story seeds across the land." This lush and colorful book celebrates Belpré's life and legacy, and encourages young storytellers to keep sharing their tales with the world. For a Spanish-language edition of this book, check out Sembrando historias: Pura Belpré: bibliotecaria y narradora de cuentos.
Kamala Khan, Squirrel Girl, Captain Marvel, Shuri... the Marvel Universe is full of daring, courageous, and heroic girls! In this exciting volume from comic book expert Lorraine Cink, kids will learn about both famous and little-known girls and women of Marvel. Interesting facts and inspiring stories from both comics and the Marvel Cinematic Universe are paired with vibrant and dynamic illustrations by Alice X. Zhang that encourage new readers to dive in — and longtime fans to dive deeper — into the girl power of Marvel.
In 12-year-old Aisulu's Mongolian Kazakh community, roles for girls and boys are still sharply divided, but she chafes at the boundaries. When her brother Serik develops a limp that won't go away, her parents take him to a distant hospital, leaving Aisulu with her aunt and uncle — and secretly caring for an orphaned baby eagle, just like the traditional eagle hunters do. Her aunt says that 'there have been women with eagles since ancient days'; Aisulu isn't sure that her father will agree. But when Serik needs expensive treatment, Aisulu hopes that a win at the Eagle Festival will not only pay for his care, but also prove that she deserves to be an eagle hunter. Lyrical and ultimately hopeful, middle grade readers will soar along with Aisulu as she finds her place in her community.
Maria Sibylla Merian had to defy convention to pursue her passions. She was fascinated by bugs, but in the mid-1600s, people believed that bugs were evil creatures that sprung from the dirt. She wanted to be a scientist, but everyone knew that girls shouldn't study nature. But she refused to give in, and as she studied and painted the insects she loved, she not only became one of the first entomologists, she also discovered the miraculous process of metamorphosis. This vibrantly illustrated biography pays tribute to a groundbreaking scientist who changed the way the world thought about insects everywhere.
Biruté Mary Galdikas was only 25 years old when she traveled to the rainforests of Borneo to study orangutans in the wild. Like her colleagues, Jane Goodall and Dian Fossey, she faced skepticism about whether a woman could do the job — and her research prompted a fierce determination to protect these beautiful animals and their precious and ever-shrinking habitat. In this stunning book, award-winning author Anita Silvey introduces young readers to this little-known primatologist, and the remarkable primates that Galdikas has dedicated her life to understanding.
Clea wants to be focused, but her brain seems to get in the way. When the seventh-grader impulsively blurts out something that her best friend and chess teammate Red wanted kept a secret, it even affects their friendship. Her teachers and school counselor suggest that the cause might be ADHD, but Clea doesn't even want to think about it. However, when another chess teammate, Sanam, tells Clea about her own struggles with a learning disability, Clea begins to realize that just because a problem is "all in your head" doesn't mean that it's not real — and that it can't get better. Alyson Gerber, the author of Braced, draws on her own experiences with ADHD to create this novel about tackling problems head on.
Since the founding of the United States, women have wanted to serve in the United States Army — and they were willing to break gender and racial barriers, and face skepticism and prejudice, to do so! In this book from the popular Women of Action series, teens will learn about bold women who took their place in the ranks during the Revolutionary War, World Wars I and II, and in the modern Army of today. It's sure to inspire girls who dream of their own time serving the country they love!
In this unique look at Ruth Bader Ginsburg, author Victoria Ortiz interweaves Ginsburg's life story, influences, and landmark court cases together to create a multifaceted portrait of an American icon! Each of the ten chapters highlights one court case alongside one aspect of Ginsburg's life, from her childhood to the influence of her faith on her work to her judicial career. Readers also get a better picture of how America's legal system works, and how cases reach the Supreme Court. This engaging biography, complete with black and white archival photographs, is perfect to encourage a new generation to question, argue, and dissent!
If you love Ramona Quimby then you know the name Beverly Cleary! But you might be surprised to learn that when Beverly was a girl, she struggled with reading. Not only did she find it hard, but the books she had to read were boring — she wanted to read stories about kids like her! With the help of supportive parents and an encouraging teacher, she learned to read and discovered a gift for writing, eventually becoming a beloved and award-winning writer — one of the most famous children's authors of all time. This narrative nonfiction picture book introduces young readers to Cleary's life and urges them to consider what their own futures might hold.