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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 from the Big Words series 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.
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.
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. Parker returns in her second picture book, Parker Shines On.
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 helped 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.
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.
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 was too controversial, they thought, in an America where segregation still ruled. 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.
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.
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. For another picture book about Merian, check out Summer Birds: The Butterflies of Maria Merian for ages 4 to 8.
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.
Mighty Jack has battled dragons, ogres, and more in his role as Protector of Earth — but when the interplanetary hero Zita the Spacegirl shows up with word of an invasion of both giants and Screeds, the two heroes decide to work together to save the day. But when you're used to being in charge of the adventure, it's hard to join forces and work as a team! With the gate between worlds growing weaker by the minute, Zita the Spacegirl and Mighty Jack will have to figure out how to resolve their differences — and the loyalties of their respective sidekicks and allies — to tackle the true enemy. With colorful artwork seamlessly blending fantasy and science fiction worlds into one broader universe, this book will be a hit with fans of either (or both!) characters.
This inspirational poem featuring 24 groundbreaking women reminds young readers that the phrase "like a girl" is an accolade, not an insult! On each page, a rhyming couple is paired with an image of one of these women at work, leading, creating, standing up for their rights... The women profiled here include Rosa Parks, Jane Addams, Malala Yousafzai, Tammy Duckworth, Sally Ride, and many more. Vibrant artwork and compelling verse make this a powerful read-aloud, while mini biographies at the end of the book encourage kids to learn more about the people featured in its pages. It's a testament to international girl power that will leave kids cheering!
Ellen Ochoa dreamed of playing her flute professionally — until she discovered engineering in college and was immediately hooked. People doubted whether she could succeed: a girl from an immigrant family wasn't the right sort of person to become a scientist, they thought. She refused to believe them, and not only did she achieve her career in engineering, but she even became a NASA astronaut. And when she flew into outer space, her flute came with her, so she could play a song for the stars! This appealing biography from the Amazing Scientists series is a colorful tribute to this daring scientist and musician.
The stories of the changemakers in this book remind young readers that, contrary to stereotypes, Muslim girls and women are diverse, courageous, and bold! In this volume, kids will read about nineteen 20th century women, from famous names like Malala Yousafzai and Ilhan Omar, to lesser-known figures like squash player Maria Toorpakai Wazir and teacher Muzoon Almellehan. Each two-page spread introduces one person's story and emphasizes their influence on the world, and features vivid illustrations and an inspiring quote for each. This inspiring title is sure to encourage young readers to learn more about these daring women.
11-year-old Venetia Burney becomes fascinated by the planets after her school's "planet walk," where they place objects to represent the known planets. Then she learns something exciting: a new planet has been discovered, and they're still choosing a name! Venetia draws on her knowledge of Roman mythology and suggests the name Pluto for this planet that spends its time in the dark... and her grandfather loves the idea so much that he writes to the scientists who discover it. And they conclude that Pluto is the perfect name! This charming picture book reminds kids that the spark of curiosity can strike any time — and that anyone can make a contribution to science.
As a girl looks around her, she says thank you for the many gifts that come from nature: delicious hazelnuts, fresh eggs, sweet apples, and more. She thanks the farmers that grow the crops and the bees that make the honey... and when she's done saying thank you, her family has enough ingredients for a delicious apple cake to be thankful for! Elegant illustrations and lyrical text celebrate the power of gratitude — and a recipe for apple cake makes this book extra sweet.
When Lubna and her father arrive by boat at a World of Tents, she grabs hold of a pebble she finds on the beach. Pebble becomes her best friend, and after she draws a happy face with a marker, she tells Pebble all about her home, the war, and all her hopes and fears. When a boy named Amir arrives alone in the tent city, Lubna and Pebble welcome him, and soon the pair are fast friends. And when Lubna learns that she and her father will be resettled — leaving Amir alone — she knows that Amir needs Pebble much more than she does. Deeply emotional but ultimately hopeful, this book celebrates the resilience of children and the power of small acts of kindness and friendship.
Janet Collins dreamed of being a ballerina, but in the 1930s and 40s, it seemed impossible: most dance schools wouldn't admit an African American student. But she sought out a school that would teach her, and her mother sewed costumes in exchange for tuition. Then, when she was accepted into the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo as a teen, they told her she had to paint her skin white for performances — something she refused to do. Collins would dance flamenco and other styles to fulfill her love of dance, and finally became the first African American prima ballerina in the Metropolitan opera. With gentle, rhythmic verse, Michelle Meadows tells the story of a determined trailblazer who refused to compromise who she was.
As a girl, Emily Roebling was an eager learner — but girls didn't need to know math and science, and certainly not engineering. As an adult, her husband had an ambitious plan for a bridge that would "link Manhattan and Brooklyn," and when construction began, Roebling insisted on learning more about it. And when her husband fell ill, she stepped in, supervising every aspect of the project, and ensuring that the Brooklyn Bridge, one of New York's most iconic landmarks, was finished. This picture book biography celebrates the secret engineer who refused to give up on an architectural wonder.
Sarah E. Goode was born into slavery, and after the Emancipation Proclamation she moved to Chicago and opened a furniture store. But many of her customers didn't have much money or much space; they needed small furniture that was inexpensive to buy and served more than one purpose. Goode came up with an innovative idea: a bed that could fold up into a cupboard, leaving a desk exposed. But when she applied for a patent, she was turned down. She refused to give up, and after years of tweaking and reapplying, she became one of the first African-American women to receive a US patent. This inspiring story of a little-known inventor also includes a timeline of other African-American women patent holders.
When Evelyn Cheesman grew up at the end of the 1800s, a proper English girl stayed neat and tidy; instead, she dug through grubby fields and forests, tracking down her beloved bugs. At a time when girls were expected to marry and raise children, she decided to pursue a career in science. She was hired to care for the insect house at the London Zoo and revitalized the exhibits, filling them with live specimens for visitors to admire! In the early 1920s, when women were expected to stay home, she went on multiple solo expeditions to distant islands, collecting over 70,000 specimens and discovering new species. This exuberant biography of a bug-loving pioneering scientist celebrates those who follow their passions and blaze their own trails.
Anya is growing up in Russia, where only right-handedness is acceptable, so the left-handed girl is forced to learn to do everything with her awkward right hand... except when she's alone, when the budding artist draws with her left hand. When she learns that many famous artists, including Leonardo, Rembrandt, and Michelangelo, were left-handed too, her imagination offers her comfort: she imagines these famous artists joining her to talk, laugh, and draw freely and without criticism. Her secret society sustains her until her family emigrates to America, where she discovers to her delight that she no longer has to conceal her left-handedness, and she can finally reveal all of her true self. Inspired by the author's childhood experiences, this story celebrates individuality and the creative spirit.
When the fearsome supervillain Doctor X-Ray smashes into the beginning of this book, everyone runs away... except for one little girl. "Why?" she asks him. At first, he answers with a villain's trademark monologue, but as every parent knows, "why?" is a question that can be asked over and over again. As the little girl persists in her questions, Doctor X-Ray keeps answering, unexpectedly exploring the reasons behind his villainy that go back all the way to his childhood. In the end, the little girl's "why?" leads to some profound truths about Doctor X-Ray that make him reconsider his dastardly ways. Humorous illustrations keep the tone light, while the story reminds young readers that curiosity and connection are a powerful thing.
Exuberant Lola Dutch is trying to decide what she wants to be when she grows up — but how can she when there are just so many possibilities? She could be an inventor, a performer, a botanist, and more! There's only one solution to this sticky problem, she decides: trying a little bit of everything. With friends like Bear, Gator, Pig, and Crane, she'll test out all the wonders the world has to offer. Fans of Olivia will love this imaginative character and her exciting adventures!
Devoted gardener Mr. Aster likes his routine to be just so, but when a Little Green Girl — a seedling — arrives on the wind, he's still quick to offer his care. As the Little Green Girl grows, Mr. Aster tells her about their "world" within the garden, but it's not long before birds and other animals tell her about other places to explore outside its gates. At first, Mr. Aster tries to curtail her wanderlust, even trimming the vines that reach for freedom. But when she finally convinces him to follow her lead, this unique father-daughter pair discover the joys of travel and the unknown — together. A charming story full of lushly green illustrations celebrates gardens, home, and broadening your horizons.
At a time when children's books were fairy tales or moral stories, Margaret Wise Brown was... unusual. One of her most famous stories was about a child's room at bedtime — and what child would want to read about that? But Brown always saw children as being with their own inner lives, and she continued to write the books she wanted to tell — over 100 of them in her short life! Fans of Margaret Wise Brown's classic books, like Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny, will be eager to leap into this picture book biography of the groundbreaking author.
Lena loves to dance, but when her teacher announces the dancers need a new costume for a recital, she's worried. She's sure her parents can't afford it: in her home in communist Romania, there are long lines even for basic necessities. Her mother manages to find yellow fabric for the skirt (even if it's not quite the right yellow), but the only slippers they can find are hand-me downs that are brown, not white like Mrs. Pascu wants. As she struggles to find a solution, though, Lena will discover that, slippers or no slippers, what you do is most important of all. Based on an experience from the author's childhood, young dancers will feel for Lena as she worries about getting her costume just right, and leap for joy along with her as her passion for performing shines through.
The poem The Star-Spangled Banner is sure to be familiar — but do you know where it came from? The poet was inspired by a flag made by Mary Pickersgill, an entrepreneur whose all-female shop was charged with making a giant flag, "so large that the British will have no difficulty seeing it from a distance." It took six weeks of hand sewing to make the flag, and after the battle at Fort McHenry it still flew proudly as described in the iconic poem. Beloved author-illustrator Jessie Hartland tells the story of the American flag while also highlighting the indomitable women who helped ensure it flew proudly. For another book about this inspiring moment in American history, check out Long May She Wave: The True Story of Caroline Pickersgill and Her Star-Spangled Creation.
When a little girl visits her grandmother, she wants to see a puma in the wild, something her grandmother calls a "long-dream" because it might not come true. But with her grandmother's help, the girl makes a plan. She uses her allowance money to buy a salt lick, and every day, the pair go to watch and wait. And when the girl finally sees a shy, beautiful puma for herself, she leaves with renewed determination to help protect this threatened creature. Lyrical text, elegant illustrations, and facts about pumas are sure to spark young readers' sense of wonder in nature.
After getting help learning to read from patient library dog Bonnie in Madeline Finn and the Library Dog, Madeline Finn wants a puppy of her own! When her mother says yes, she even gets to pick a pup from one of Bonnie's litters. But she also learns about animal shelters, and wonders how she could help the shelter dogs get the love and attention they deserve. With a little help, Madeline Finn sets up a program that lets kids read to the shelter animals — one that will help other pets find their own forever homes. This sweet story that celebrates the different ways pets join our lives also reminds kids that they can make a difference in their communities. Madeline and Star's adventures continue in Madeline Finn and the Therapy Dog.
"I loved you before I saw you...But before I'd finished imagining who you'd be, you were here. And you were perfect." In this touching celebration of fatherhood, the close bond between parent and child comes to life with heartwarming resonance. Simple moments, like listening to a child's stories or gazing at the stars, become shimmering moments to treasure. The tranquil text paired with tender watercolor illustrations creates a warm look at the joys, fears, and responsibilities of being a dad over the years, making it the perfect picture book for expectant fathers and already-fathers everywhere.
On a sunny day, a woman visiting a local park spots a small dog hiding under a bench. The shaggy pup is obviously a stray, so the woman tries to coax him out, but he is too afraid to emerge. Patiently, she visits over and over, offering a tennis ball and kind words; the ball is tentatively accepted, and that night, the dog even tracks her steps back to her apartment, where he thoughtfully looks up at the window. But it takes a raging storm to give the dog proof that she will always be there — and that her home is his too. No words are required in this touching picture book about a woman, a dog, and the loving warmth of a forever home.
Maria Toorpakai Wazir loved sports — but in Pakistan, girls weren't supposed to be athletic or competitive. Despite being teased and even beaten, she joined a squash club and proved she was a talented athlete. As she grew more famous, though, the risks became greater, and when she received an award from the President of Pakistan, the Taliban threatened her life and the lives of those she cared about. To protect them, she quit the team — and practiced in her bedroom for three long years. This compelling biography from the People Who Shaped Our World series is a celebration of a determined athlete who refused to let anyone stand in her way.
Three outdoor-loving friends — Wren, El, and Hattie, along with Bean the dog — are going on a hike. It's their "favorite thing to do," but each of them has different talents to bring to bear: Wren brings her sketchbook, while El shows them how to make leaf baskets, and Hattie, the smallest, is the best at using their map to find her way. On their route, they observe the flora and fauna of the Western woodland, labeled in the illustrations; scientific backmatter, including a glossary, encourages kids to imagine what they might discover in their own backyards. This picture book is a tribute to friendship, exploration, and adventures in the great outdoors.
It's a cold winter's night, and Mother Shrew is worried about her son, who is sick. She knows one thing that's sure to cure him: wild honey from the moon. So she grabs her red umbrella and sets out into the unknown, where she refuses to be dissuaded by the threatening owl, the "night mares," and even the drones guarding the Moon's Queen Bee: "My dear sick son needs your honey to be well. So step aside." This elegantly illustrated short chapter book that follows a mother's epic journey is a tribute to parental love and courage.
A woman plans a 300-mile solo journey down the Hudson River in this stunning book by Caldecott Honor winner Elisha Cooper. Although the narrator wonders "Can she do this?" the paddler herself knows "she is strong, and she knows what she’s doing." Along the way, she sees nature's wonders: a moose rising out of the river, a beaver dam, rapids, and more. When she makes her way home, her sketchbook and journals are full of ideas for a story. Lyrical text and absorbing illustrations will leave kids dreaming of their own journey by canoe — and the maps and other information about the Hudson River might give them a place to start.
Getting a man on the moon didn't just take scientists: it took seamstresses! Eleanor “Ellie” Foraker loved to sew and took a job at ILC Dover, a clothing company best known for Playtex bras and baby wear. But when NASA announces a competition to create the spacesuit that will be used for the moon mission, Ellie is asked to lead a team to compete. Nobody believes they can do it, and the list of requirements for a space suit is long and complex: heat resistant, comfortable, light, and precise to within 1/64th of an inch. But Ellie's team proves their mettle, making a key contribution to the space race. This picture book is a reminder that all trades and skills need to work together to achieve greatness.
Every night, when papi gets home, Daisy Ramona comes running out with their helmets: it's time for a motorcycle ride! Together, they ride through her vibrant immigrant community. The neighborhood is changing — from new construction being built by her papi and his friends, to empty stores they used to love, like the shaved ice shop. But one thing will never change: the love between father and daughter. Isabel Quintero and Zeke Peña create a touching tribute to Mexican-American culture and the memories that stick with us throughout our lives — particularly about people we love.
Rebecca Solnit, author of adult bestsellers like Men Explain Things To Me, creates a fresh reimagining of the classic fairy tale in her first children's book! Ella does indeed meet her fairy godmother and go to the ball, but the prince she meets becomes a friend (who wishes he was a farmer), and her stepsisters later apologize before seeking out pursuits that make them happy. Solnit encourages young readers to challenge the idea of "happily ever after," instead urging them to find fulfillment in the places that fit them best. Accompanied by gorgeous vintage silhouettes by Arthur Rackham, this is a unique Cinderella story that readers will treasure.
When author Jules Verne wrote Around the World in 80 Days, New York reporter Nellie Bly thought, "I could do it in less!" Sponsored by her newspaper, The World, she set out on a ship across the Atlantic in 1889. What she didn't know was that, at the same time, another New York paper put one of their writers, Elizabeth Bisland, on a train going west — trying to beat Bly's time. As the race heated up and readers around the world followed their stories avidly, these two journalism pioneers knew they were making history. This thrilling picture book, part biography and part travel tale, will leave kids on the edge of their seats wondering who will win the race!
"Hey, water! I know you!" declares this little girl. But water doesn't always look the way you might expect! As young readers follow her exploration through this book, they'll see how water can take many forms, from steam to ice, from a tear to a snowman. It may fall from the sky, or it may come out of a tap. Bold illustrations complement exciting vocabulary like trickle, gurgle, drift, and more. Award-winning author/illustrator Antoinette Portis, creator of lyrical books like Now, encourages kids to explore the amazing properties of this often overlooked aspect of our world — and provides backmatter that includes tips about how to keep our water clean.
Maria Montessori grew up at a time when girls and boys were taught different things — but she went on to study medicine anyway. She focused her career on early childhood, and came to realize that the problem with education wasn't just that it was unequal for girls and boys: teachers also needed to learn to think about teaching a whole new way. Montessori's revolutionary educational theories changed the way thousands of schools worked and improved the lives of millions of children. This book from the Little People, BIG DREAMS series introduces young readers to an innovator who dared to change education forever. For a simplified board book version of Montessori's story, we recommend Maria: My First Maria Montessori.
When this little girl gets asked — over and over — where she is really from, she feels insecure about what her answer should be. For help, she turns to her loving Argentinian abuelo. His answer captures images of a beautiful land she's never seen, of a family's pride in a vibrant culture, but most importantly, of the love between people: "You’re from here, from my love and the love of all those before us.... You are from all of us." This lyrical picture book that celebrates identity and individuality also provides a beautiful conversation starter for either home or classroom.
Ruby loves her family's farm, but with Oklahoma devastated by a drought, her family doesn't have enough to eat, and they make the tough choice to travel in search of work. As they move from camp to camp, it's hard to sustain hope, even when other migrant workers share what they can to help everyone survive. But when photographer Dorothea Lange arrives and takes several pictures of Ruby's family, her "Migrant Mother" photograph will galvanize the nation to demand social supports for those in need. This powerful picture book highlights the poverty of the Depression and reminds young readers of the important protections for working people today.
Katherena and her mother have moved to a new home, and Katherena is struggling; she doesn't even feel like drawing. Then, she meets Agnes, an elderly neighbor who works with clay, encouraging Katherena to start creating again. The intergenerational pair bond quickly, with Katherena teaching Agnes Cree-Métis words, while Agnes teaches her about gardening. But when winter comes, Agnes starts to weaken, and in the spring she's not able to go outside. Fortunately, Katherena has a gift for her that will allow Agnes to enjoy the spring anyway. Sparse but luminous artwork and a celebration of art and nature make this an affecting treasure of a book, perfect for sharing between generations.
Anna Atkins loved collecting specimens from the natural world, including shells, leaves, and flowers. She grew up to become a botanist, and in a world without photography, that meant detailed illustrations of all of the plant life she studied. But when Atkins learned about cyanotype photography, she knew she had to experiment with this new way of capturing images of the world. Atkins' 1842 book Photographs of British Algea: Cyanotype Impressions is the first book of photographs ever published. This elegant picture book biography celebrates the blend of art and science that made this groundbreaking woman's work unique.
This class of young astronauts is off to explore the moon! But while her classmates jump trenches and visit craters and mountains, one girl settles down to draw some pictures and falls asleep, only to wake up and discover she's accidentally been left behind. While she waits for rescue, though, she makes a remarkable discovery: a group of aliens, the same grey as the moon's surface, who marvel at the many colors of her box of crayons. The young artist is happy to share, and when her class finally comes to pick her up, she has only one crayon left: grey, just right for drawing pictures of her new friends. This whimsical wordless story, published for the fiftieth anniversary of the first moon walk, is a tribute to art and imagination.
For Faizah's big sister Asiya, the first day of school is also her first day wearing hijab, with a beautiful blue fabric she picked that reminds Faizah of "the ocean waving to the sky." But at school, both a classmate's whispered curiosity and a bully's nasty taunts shake Faizah's confidence. How can people see her sister's hijab as anything but beautiful? Fortunately, with Asiya's example to encourage her, Faizah discovers new strength and pride in the things that make her family unique. Olympic fencing medalist and social justice activist Ibtihaj Muhammad teamed up with S.K. Ali to create this lyrical, uplifting text, while Hatem Aly's vibrant illustrations depict a world of diverse people, supportive friends, and a pair of sisters who are always there for one another.
When this little mouse dreams of reaching the fabled High Places, Grandfather Frog gives her a gift: long legs, perfect for jumping! But as the grateful mouse sets off on her journey, she meets other creatures in need: a buffalo that can't see, and a wolf that can't smell. Jumping Mouse is happy to help them, but to do so, she must give up her own senses. Without them, can she ever reach the High Places? Fortunately, Grandfather Frog recognizes her selflessness and kindness and transforms her in a way that ensures she'll be able to soar. Striking illustrations that use photographs of ash-fired ceramic sculptures make this a fresh retelling of a classic folk tale.
Pip has always thought of herself as a normal pig, but then a new pig joins her class and points out all the ways she's different: her spots, her paintings, and even her lunch, which "stinks!" When another pig notices Pip's mother is grey and asks if she's her babysitter, it proves too much for Pip, who starts begging for "a normal lunch" to stop the teasing. Instead, Pip's mother takes her on a family excursion to the city, where Pip realizes that pigs come in all sorts of incredible variety — and that "normal" is a lot bigger than she thought! This charming story celebrates diversity and fosters an appreciation for differences.
Ava and her mother have a very special Saturday routine that's just for them, including storytime at the library, hairdos at the salon, a picnic at the park... and this week, a very special puppet show! But today, everything goes wrong. At each step, Ava's mother reminds her of what they do to calm down when something goes wrong: "They paused, closed their eyes, and — whew! — let out a deep breath." But when it's Mom's mistake that ruins the last part of their day, Mom feels like she's going to fall apart — until Ava is able to remind her that the important thing about Saturday is that they are together. The author / illustrator behind Thank You, Omu! returns with a sweet story, full of radiant artwork, that reminds kids that the love between parent and child is more powerful than any disappointment.
During World War II, everything had to be done with paper and pencil — but people hoped that an early computer called ENIAC might give America an edge during the war effort. Three women — Betty Snyder, Jean Jennings, and Kay McNulty — were assigned to figure out how to use the machine, with no instructions and almost no access to the computer itself. Through trial and error, they brought their talents to bear... and their work would bring the world one step closer to today's computer age. This vibrant illustrated history of three computer pioneers will inspire the next generation of programmers!
Sofia loves walking to school with her Abuelo, but when Abuelo hurts his ankle at the local landfill, Sofia has to walk alone. She spends the walk thinking about what she could do about the dangerous trash heap, and she concludes that it's time for the town to turn it into a park. When she arrives at City Hall, plans in hand, the clerk turns her away — a kid can't build a park, after all. Sofia thinks otherwise, and before long, she discovers the power of community organizing... and perhaps a future career in politics! This empowering book by the creators of Rosie Revere, Engineer and Ada Twist, Scientist stars a determined girl who knows that the key to making dreams reality can be political action.
Beverley Bass dreamed of being a pilot, but when she was a girl in the late 1950s, her parents told her girls just didn't do that. Still, they supported her by taking her to an airport to watch the planes. As a teenager, she got her pilot's license, and she fought through decades of prejudice before getting her big break with American Airlines, first as a flight engineer, then as a co-pilot, and finally as their first female captain. She was even one of the pilots forced to land in Gander, Newfoundland on September 11, 2001 — which brought her story to the world through the hit musical Come From Away! This vivacious biography, told by Bass herself, is a soaring tale of refusing to give up on your dreams.
Helen Frankenthaler's wealthy Manhattan family nurtured her creative gifts, but when she went to art school, she faced two big obstacles: art was supposed to be realistic, and artists were supposed to be men. But Frankenthaler had a vision: fields of glorious color, splashes and stains that held their own kind of beauty. She would develop a "soak stain" technique that watered oil paints down with turpentine, and her art would help create the "Color Field" style of abstract expressionist painting. This exuberant picture book biography of Frankenthaler is as vibrant and electrifying as the artist's work.
The Scare family lives in a haunted house for four, but with only Papa, Mama, and Baby in it, it always feels like something is missing. When Papa's alpha-bat soup is too hot one night, they go out for a walk with their bloodhound — and a zombie named Moldilocks follows her nose to something that smells delicious... and familiar. Moldilocks may cause the same havoc as her fairy-tale counterpart, but it turns out that she's just what the Scares have been looking for! This funny and heartwarming tale celebrates home and family — whatever form they take.
Every day, young Nya goes on a two-hour walk to fetch water for her South Sudanese family. Today, her little sister Akeer comes along... but on their way bad, Akeer collapses from illness. Nya despairs; her sister and the water vessel are too heavy to carry together. Sheer determination takes her, one step at a time, back to Mama, and then to the clinic several days' walk away. And when they return, a new well offers promise of fewer long walks — and healthier water to drink. This picture book companion to the bestselling novel A Long Walk to Water gently introduces young readers to the determination required in many countries just to get water to drink.
When Gloria Steinem was a girl, women weren't allowed to do things that men could do, like open their own bank account. And even things they could do, like go to college or get a job, were often discouraged. So she decided to change that. She studied at university, worked as a journalist instead of getting married, and founded Ms. magazine — and along the way she became a feminist icon. This detailed picture book provides a glimpse at the realities of life before the women's liberation movement, and celebrates Steinem's influential role in it.
When Flory Jagoda's ancestors were forced to leave Spain during the Spanish Inquisition, they fled with two precious possessions: the Ladino language of Sephardic Jews, and the key to the home they left behind. In their new home in Bosnia, the family lived for centuries, and Flory was born to a home full of music and joy. Then the horrors of World War II strike, and Flory flees to begin a new life in America. She may not have the key, but she has Ladino, her harmoniku, and her love of music to share with her new country. This powerful picture book biography of Ladino singer Flory Jagoda celebrates the importance of preserving connections to the past, even when you must travel to a new country.
Dasher and her family of reindeer are trapped in a traveling circus, and spend their days under hot sun in miserably tight pens. She's sustained by her mother's stories about their cold, snowy homeland and by the kindness of children who slip carrots through the bars. When a stroke of luck allows Dasher to escape, she goes looking for the life she's been dreaming of — and meets Santa, whose sleigh is being pulled by a single, exhausted horse named Silverbell. When Dasher volunteers to help pull the sleigh, she gets her "best wish yet" — one that frees her family and ensures Santa's sleigh can always fly! Exquisite illustrations and a timeless story will make this a Christmas story to treasure.
My heart is a window. My heart is a slide. My heart can be closed... or opened up wide. There are so many emotions that can live in your heart, and this thoughtful picture book explores them all. Corinna Luyken, the author-illustrator of The Book of Mistakes, explores how kids can care for their own heart — and the hearts of others — in the way they live every day. This meditative ode to love, self-acceptance, and empathy with empower young readers to heed the lessons their heart has to give.
When Leonora Carrington was a girl, she loved to draw — so much so that she ignored her teachers, getting expelled from boarding school after boarding school. Her grandmother told her tales of legends and fantasy, and she wanted to capture it all in her art! When she met the surrealist painters in London, she leapt into the genre, traveling to Paris to work alongside Max Ernst, and then, when the Nazis invaded France, to Mexico where she met Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. She not only painted imaginative creatures: she also painted women who did more than pose for art. A compelling story illustrated with child-friendly surrealist artwork, this picture book biography of the groundbreaking painter is sure to intrigue young art lovers!
From Hermione Granger and Luna Lovegood, to Minerva McGonagall and Tonks, there are plenty of inspiring women who made their mark in the history of the Wizarding World! This full-color guidebook celebrates all the female characters of the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts franchises, complete with fun facts, photographs of iconic movie moments, and more. There are even specific tributes to girls who ruled on the Quidditch pitch, women who ran Hogwarts, and even the Wizarding World's dastardly female villains. It's the perfect handbook for anyone who's dreamed of getting their Hogwarts letter!
From an early age, Isabella Bird suffered unexplained sicknesses... except when she got to explore. By the age of 22, she realized that she couldn't stay in one spot any longer, and she left her home in Victorian England to see the world. She went to America and Canada... then Africa, Asia, Australia, and more. Everywhere she went, she described the things she saw, so that those who couldn't follow her explorations could still feel the wonder of the world. This exciting picture book biography of the first female member of the Royal Geographic Society celebrates a woman who embraced her own convention-defying, authentic life.
Little Gondra is an unusual dragon: her father is from the east, where the dragons breathe mist and use magic to fly, while her mother is from the west, where they breathe fire and fly with wings. She's inherited a mixture of both traits, which she adores — even as her mother and father tease one another lovingly about their differences: Mom says mists are "kind of boring" while Dad notes that he never gets tired when they fly long distances. Most importantly, they love her just as she is, something that reminds her that she can grow up to be exactly the dragon she is! This charming story, complete with its quirky and adorable main character, celebrates multicultural families, uniqueness, and self-love.