When Alice Paul and Lucy Burns met in a London jail after being arrested in UK suffrage protests, the two American women knew they wanted to reinvigorate the American suffrage battle! The pair organized the DC Women’s March of 1913, a stunning and attention-grabbing parade right before the inauguration of President Woodrow Wilson, and that was just the beginning of their protests. Author Susan Campbell Bartoletti tells the story of the final push towards the 19th Amendment with verve, including archival images, sidebars, and other fascinating details, while illustrator Ziyue Chen captures the feeling of the early 20th century. Filled with captivating storytelling, photos, and artwork, this fascinating book, published for the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, is the perfect introduction to the Suffrage Movement for young readers!
11-year-old Diana is the only child on the island of Themyscira. She's surrounded by adults who are the best at what they do, and nobody has time to play with her — especially not her mother, the queen, who is constantly busy with affairs of state. So Diana decides to try making a playmate out of clay, and awakens Mona. At first, Mona seems to be everything she wanted... but soon the friendship goes sour. "Don't be a wimp," Mona tells Diana when she hesitates at one of Mona's plans. "Aren't Amazons supposed to be brave?" This clever story about Diana before she was Wonder Woman incorporates real-life friendship dilemmas into its superpowered story, which is sure to speak to young readers.
Frances Perkins grew up at a time when girls weren't supposed to speak up, but her grandmother encouraged her to challenge herself: "when somebody opens a door to you, go forward." She discovered her passion in activism, and became a ferocious advocate for working people across America. And when the newly elected President Franklin Delano Roosevelt asked her to bring her wisdom to his cabinet — and hopefully pull the country out of the Great Depression — she answered that she would... if she could "do it her way." This empowering picture book biography of the first woman in a presidential cabinet — and the mastermind behind Roosevelt's New Deal — will encourage kids to imagine how their own voices could change the world.
Shirley Chisholm was determined to be "unbossed and unbought": she was going to fight for change, no matter what! She became the first African American woman elected to Congress in 1968, and four years later, she became the first African American woman to run for president under one of the two big political parties. She may not have won, but she knew what was most important was that everyone across the country saw her, and started to realize that what mattered most wasn't whether you were male or female, or black or white, but whether you had the ability to be a leader. This book from the You Should Meet early reader series includes information about how voting works and the three branches of US government, perfect for newly independent readers to learn about this trailblazing politician!
When Marianne visits the beach, she digs for buried treasure — and the treasure she discovers is a real life dinosaur skeleton. After naming her skeleton Bony, Marianne wishes it would come to life, and to her delight, Bony responds. Now a green-skinned, apatosaurus-like creature who can swim and fly, Bony sets off with Marianne on some amazing adventures, including meeting other children with their own dream dinos! When the night is done, the children return to their homes and the beach.... where they continue digging, the adults none the wiser. This charming celebration of imagination (and dinosaurs) will delight young readers.
Marie Tharp loved science, but in the mid-20th century when she joined the lab at Cambridge University in New York, she wasn't allowed to go on research boats: everyone knew that women at sea were bad luck. Instead, Tharp dove into the information that her colleagues brought back and started drawing a map of the ocean floor. Slowly, her map grew, revealing something even bigger than the Atlantic: a ridge, right down the middle of the ocean! That ridge not only changed what people thought about the ocean floor, but it also proved the new theory of plate tectonics, changing our understanding of how the planet changes over time. This exuberant picture book biography by the author of Shark Lady is a tribute to perseverance and the power of thinking differently!
A father and a daughter meet to build together. Although she is much smaller than him, he knows she is up to the task! They start with a house, "a place to stay when all is lost,/ to keep the things we love the most." Then they build more fantastical things: a road to the moon, a fortress to repel "enemies," and then, when they see their fortress is keeping out potential friends, too, gates to open wide to welcome them in. Most importantly, they are building a future together. World-renowned author/illustrator Oliver Jeffers created this companion to his best-selling book Here We Are as a tribute to the love between parent and child and the endless possibilities of our lives.
It's hard for today's kids to imagine a world in which women had no vote and no voice — and that's thanks to the efforts of suffragists like Susan B. Anthony! In this Step 2 biography reader from the Step Into Reading series, kids will learn why Anthony was so determined to fight for women's rights, from her battle for equal pay to her infamous "illegal" vote. Issued for both Anthony's 200th birthday and the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, this book, with bold illustrations and fascinating facts about this trailblazing woman, will captivate young readers and remind them that, when it comes to justice, "failure is impossible"!
Ella Baker's grandfather was a preacher who questioned his flock: "What do you hope to accomplish?" Ella Baker's mother gave her the answer that everyone should "lift as you climb": use your own success and influence to help others. As an adult, Baker joined the Civil Rights Movement, and took both her relatives' words to heart, educating her fellow African Americans about their rights. She partnered with Martin Luther King, Jr. to create the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and worked with the NAACP and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, too. In this stunning biography in verse about Baker's little-appreciated influence in the fight for equal rights, kids are invited to consider how they, too, will lift others up.
If I Couldn't Be Anne, Anne with an e, what would I be... Anne's boundless imagination takes her on a remarkable journey as she ponders who she would want to be if she wasn't herself. Perhaps she could be a bold tightrope walker, or a princess in a palace — or perhaps something even more magical, like a fairy, and elf, or the wind in the trees! But no matter how wonderful the things she imagines, she knows what she loves most: her friends, Avonlea, and being Anne with an e. This charming picture book, with elegant illustrations by Genevieve Godbout, is a tribute to Anne of Green Gables and to the power of loving yourself as you are.
What does it take to change the world? It takes determination, drive... and curiosity! In this exciting anthology from author Martha Freeman and Google Doodler Katy Wu, kids will meet twenty different female scientists from past and present. Each capsule biography explores the backgrounds and life experiences of these diverse women, and highlights how their curiosity drove their work. From a cure for malaria to a map of the ocean floor, from better zoos to a better understanding of our DNA, this book shows how these women have changed the world — and inspires young readers to imagine how they can change it, too!
Kristy's little sister Karen is bursting with excitement: she's got a new pair of roller skates! And while her parents (and older sister) have warned her to be careful, she's ready to try a few tricks. But when one trick goes wrong, Karen ends up with a broken wrist in a cast. After a challenge from a classmate, Karen is determined to get everyone she knows — plus someone famous — to sign her cast. It isn't going to be easy, but she won't give up until the job is done. And her next door neighbor, Morbidda Destiny — who Karen is sure is a real-life witch — might just turn out to be more helpful than she ever imagined! The second graphic novel in the Baby-Sitters Little Sister series, a spin-off from the best-selling The Baby-Sitters Club graphic novels designed for younger readers and starring Kristy's little stepsister, is fresh, fun, and full of imagination — just like Karen!
Carpenter Katie Hughes was often the only woman on a construction site, and she knew that teaching girls to use tools would help. Her non-profit, Girls Build, invites girls ages 8 to 14 to develop confidence and construction skills — and now her first book encourages girls everywhere to do the same! Inside you'll find photos of 45 builder girls, each accompanied by information about her favorite build, her top tips for new builders, and more. Then, check out the how-to guide full of techniques and safety tips for common tools, and use your new skills to create thirteen do-it-yourself projects from picture frames to playhouses. This empowering guide is sure to help a new generation of girls discover they can build anything!
14-year-old Daisy's family is feeling the effects of World War I, even in her small Minnesota town. They're worried about her sister Elsie's fiance, who has just deployed to fight, and about their livelihood after her father's newspaper was shut down for criticizing U.S. participation in the war. They've heard stories about the Spanish Flu, a severe illness that's spreading rapidly and seems to be hardest on the young and healthy. When the pandemic arrives, will Daisy be able to protect the people she loves from the illness? This book from the Girls Survive series puts a personal face on the stories of the 1918 flu pandemic, and includes back matter including nonfiction support material and a glossary.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg 's mother taught her that she should strive for independence — and the brilliant young woman did. But when she graduated from law school, she faced discrimination for both her gender and her Jewish heritage. She refused to give up, and build a career based on high-profile cases tackling laws that allowed discrimination — laws she overturned time and again. And in 1993, she became the second woman ever to sit on the United States Supreme Court, where her fierce intellect and ferocious dissents have made her a cultural icon. In this inspiring book from the Big Words series, author Doreen Rappaport combines her own prose with Ginsburg's quotes, and Eric Velasquez provides vibrant illustrations that encourage kids to imagine themselves as champions for justice, just like RBG.
Zoey is back in the eighth book of the Zoey and Sassafras series! The roses in the forest aren't doing well this year — and that's dangerous for the newborn hippogriffs, who depend on the roses for their first meal! Zoey puts on her Thinking Goggles to take a look, but at first she, Pip the magical frog, and Sassafras the cat are stumped. She'll have to draw on her scientific know-how to figure out how to save the roses and the hippogriffs! This best-selling illustrated early chapter book series combines real-life STEM knowledge with magical adventures, for a whimsical blend young readers will love.
Meet an alphabet of women artists in this inspiring book of twenty-six capsule biographies! Within its pages, you'll meet painters, sculptors, photographers, and more. The letters don't refer women's names, but to short phrases that summarize her iconic work: "D is for Dots" for Yayoi Kusama, "S is for Spider" for Louise Bourgeois. An additional paragraph provides a few more details about each artist's life, work, and influence. With a diverse selection of women both past and present, this book, perfect for fans of Rad American Women A-Z, is sure to pique an interest in these creative women.
Get a new perspective on Laura Ingalls Wilder’s journey from the Big Woods to her happy golden years with this companion to the classic Little House series! In this helpful guide, author Annette Whipple gets kids thinking about how the stories portray the Ingalls and Wilder families, as well as what life on the frontier was actually like. Chapter-by-chapter story guides, "Fact or Fiction" sidebars, and archival photographs help kids explore the difference between Wilder's stories and the actual history, while 75 "Live Like Laura" activities get kids making crafts, recipes, and more. This thoughtful and thought-provoking book is a must-have addition to kids' exploration of these books.
As a girl, Sophie Kowalevski was fascinated by her father's discarded pages of mathematical equations. She discovered that she had a knack for numbers — and an equal gift for writing. And her two talents strengthened each other, keeping her thinking flexible. She wanted to do mathematics research, but in the late 1800s, most universities wouldn't even look at her papers. But she refused to let that stop her, and not only became the first woman to receive a doctorate degree in math, but went on to hold a university chair in mathematics and be editor for a major scientific journal! This picture book is a tribute to a woman who saw the value of both the arts and the sciences — and refused to be held back because of who she was.
Third-grader Meena is an exuberant, creative, color-loving kid.... but recently, she's been feeling a little more blah. Her best friend since kindergarten, Sofía, has stopped playing with her, and she doesn't know why. Worse, she's noticing weird things happening: stretches of time she can't remember, jerky arms, and more. When Meena has a seizure, it means hospitalization, medical tests, and a diagnosis of epilepsy. As she grapples with managing her condition, Meena becomes even more determined to find a way to bring the color back into her life. That means figuring out what's going on with Sofía — and understanding her own part in what happened. This charming illustrated chapter book, perfect for fans of Ramona Quimby, explores friendship, personal secrets, and the ups and downs of life. Meena's adventures continue in Never Fear, Meena's Here.
Emma Lilian Todd loved tinkering — even as a child, she took apart clocks and reassembled them to figure out how they worked. As an adult, she worked at the Patent Office, typing up patents for other inventors... and imagining how she would improve them. In the early 1900s, most people didn't think women could be inventors, but Lilian was determined to prove them wrong — by designing he very own airplane! This picture book biography of a nearly-forgotten engineer whose visionary thinking and determination helped her invention take flight.
"Water is the first medicine, Nokomis told me," this little girl remembers. It is an element that connects all of us, and all the other living creatures on our planet. So when our water is threatened, this girl takes a stand to defend it: she becomes a water protector. Ojibwe author Carole Lindstrom and Tlingit/Haida illustrator Michaela Goade were inspired by the many Indigenous-led movements to protect this precious resource for this award-winning book, but they also remind readers that this issue is goes beyond a single community, country, or race: "we are all related," they point out, and if we take action, we can all be water protectors.
As a girl, Emily Dickinson loved small things, like flower petals and rays of light — but she asked big questions. She also loved the written word, so when the adults in her life told her "to believe without knowing why," she turned to writing to help her explore what she could see and understand. In time, she retreated to her room, but her words helped her world keep feeling big — and left a treasure trove of astounding poetry that's still beloved today. This lyrical biography, which incorporates lines of Dickinson's own poetry and features stunning artwork by Becca Stadtlander, is a whimsical and wondrous look at one of the world's greatest poets.
World-record-holding rock climber Ashima Shiraishi provides a lesson in perseverance and resilience, straight from the rock face! In rock climbing, a boulder is called a "problem," and just like any other problem, it can seem "tremendously endless" when you're looking up at it. As the illustrations depict 13-year-old Ashima tackling a challenging rock face — complete with a boldly depicted, breathless fall — she talks about how you can overcome these obstacles, including with help from your family's inspiration. And when she makes it to the top of her problem, Ashima reminds young readers that achieving your goal is the best feeling in the world. This inspiring picture book includes back matter about Ashima's groundbreaking climbing career.
When Beatrix Potter was growing up, girls didn't go to school, work, or have money of their own. She spent her summers enjoying the English countryside, and wishing she could do something important. She ended up coming up with a charming little story, full of her own illustrations, called The Tale of Peter Rabbit — and it was a smash hit! She earned enough money from her books that she could do as she pleased... and when developers threatened her beloved countryside, she used it to buy farms and bequeath them to U.K.’s National Trust. This elegant picture book biography celebrates Potter's beloved children's books and her little-known work to protect the land she loved.
"Once we were part of Outside and Outside was part of us," this book begins. "Now sometimes even when we’re outside... we’re inside." But is that really true? In this contemplative book, a little girl recognizes the many ways that our lives interconnect with nature, even when we're not outdoors: a snail sneaks in on produce, while the wood in her table and chairs used to be trees. Finally, she and her pet cat take their first step outside, ready to discover the wonders of nature first-hand. This lyrical book, accented with stunning illustrations, is sure to entice young readers into the outdoors — and encourage them to think about their world a little differently.
Young Misty has just started taking ballet classes when her teacher introduces the class to the story of Coppélia, a ballet about a toymaker with a plot to bring a doll to life — and she is captivated. She's desperate to play the heroine, Swanilda, but she's just beginning to learn dance, so she's worried she won't be up to standard in time for auditions. Fortunately, with the help of her fellow "bunhead" dancers, Misty and her class put on an amazing show! The first in a series of picture books by prima ballerina and New York Times bestselling author Misty Copeland about her early experiences with ballet, this charming story celebrates dance and the courage it takes to take on a new challenge.
When Ruth Bader Ginsburg was growing up, she didn't have the same opportunities as a boy. At her school, girls learned to cook and sew while boys learned to build things, and many parents didn't see the point in sending a girl to college. Fortunately, her own parents supported her dream of fighting for equal rights. And after years of hard work and study, she became the second woman, and the first Jewish woman, to be a United States Supreme Court Justice. This Little Golden Book biography teaches Ginsburg's story in a way that's accessible to preschoolers, inspiring them to imagine what new ground they could break when they grow up!
Sy Montgomery has written about all sorts of animals, from dogs and pigs to gorillas and octopuses — and they each had something important to teach her. In this delightful adaptation of her adult memoir Becoming A Good Creature, Montgomery adapts her stories for a picture book audience, showing them how animals have taught her to be patient, respect others, and even find her own family. Full of poignant revelations and powerful truths, this picture book is a reminder that we are just one of many animals on Earth, and by observing the other living things that share our planetary home, we can become better than we are.
Bear wants to be friends with the other forest animals, but they all think he's frightening because he's so big. His human friend, Coco, decides to help, and latches onto her grandmother's advice that "When life gets dark as winter’s night, share some kindness, bring some light.” The pair take her words literally, and try to deliver cookies and lanterns... but the animals don't trust Bear enough to take them. It's not until they're on their way home, and rescue Baby Deer from being stuck in the snow, that the other animals discover there's more to Bear than they thought! Glowing illustrations and a sweet story of selflessness combine beautifully in this charming picture book.
Imagine learning to read at the age of 116! When Mary Walker was born into slavery in 1848, she wasn't allowed to learn to read — and even once she was freed at the age of 15, there was too much work to do to learn... or so she thought. But she was healthy and strong, and at the age of 114, she had outlived all her other family. It was time, perhaps, to follow that long-held dream: "Could someone her age learn to read? She didn’t know, but by God, she was going to try." Walker was certified the nation's oldest student twice over, and at 116, she learned! This inspiring story proves that, with perseverance and dedication, there's nothing you can't achieve.
When Woodrow Wilson was inaugurated as President, Alice Paul was waiting — and knew he would meet his match! Paul was determined to win the battle for women's suffrage, and she battered Wilson with clever protests, articulate arguments, and a ferocious refusal to quit. In this thrilling picture book biography, author Barb Rosenstock captures the struggle between Paul and Wilson as a four-round boxing match — in which Paul's clever strategy defeats him at every turn! With colorful, period-inspired illustrations from Sarah Green, and extensive back matter providing additional detail about Paul's work and legacy, this compelling book highlights just how fierce the fight for the vote was.
Earth isn't just the planet we live on: Earth is our friend! In this stunning picture book by Newbery Award-winning author Patricia MacLachlan, Earth is imagined as a giant waking from a winter's sleep. As she travels around the world, she cares for animals large and small (including humans) and tends to habitats and growing things. And just as she nurtures us, we need to tend and care for her too! With lyrical text and vibrant illustrations — complete with flaps and die-cuts that entice readers to explore further — this poetic book encourages us to ensure we are good friends to the Earth, just as she is with us.
When Mary Anning was a girl, she joined her father hunting for fossils near her home in England — a way for the family to make a little extra money. The sharp-eyed girl discovered something even more exciting: dinosaur bones! Anning's discoveries rocked the world, because they proved that life was far older than people thought — and that some creatures had gone extinct. But because people believed women couldn't be scientists, she rarely got credit for what she found. Today, though, we recognize her influence on our understanding of the world! This vibrant picture book telling of Anning's life includes fascinating back matter about Anning, plus lots of fossil facts!
Dayeon's Grandma is a haenyeo, one of the Korean women who dive with no oxygen tanks to harvest abalone, octopuses, and sea urchins by hand; to Dayeon, she's "like a treasure-hunting mermaid." Most of the haenyeo are over 70 years old, but now Dayeon wants to learn the tradition too... but she has to overcome fears about sharks, big waves, and a previous attempt at an ocean swim that resulted in inhaling sharp, salty water. Fortunately, her reassuring Grandma — and Grandma's fellow haenyeo community — give Dayeon the encouragement she needs to appreciate the beauties of the ocean. This stunning picture book with its loving grandmother-granddaughter relationship also encourages perseverance and a respect for the power of nature.
Kamala Harris was still using a pacifier when she joined her parents at civil rights marches! As she grew up, she also grew a belief in freedom and justice — one which drove her to become a lawyer and a politician, using her voice to speak for those who could not. When the time came for the Democratic Party to choose a candidate for president, she threw her hat in the ring... and even though she wasn't chosen, she knew her story wasn't over. Before long, she was setting her sights on a new role: the vice presidential nominee for the 2020 election. Nikki Grimes' elegant poetry, which frames the story as a conversation between a girl and her mother, and luminous illustrations by Laura Freeman, create a portrait of a woman who knows that she will never give up on what matters.
After day after day of cold, loneliness, and dark, a little girl wishes that things would change — and discovers a fallen star! The star's light is "beautiful and warm and perfect" but she's not sure what to do to keep it that way. In fact, wrapped in her sweater, it seems to get dimmer by the moment. But when she discovers that sharing helps brighten the star, she starts doing small good deeds wherever she can — leading to a chain of kindness that not only give light to the star, but also to all of the town! With vibrant illustrations that slowly brighten as the girl helps bring light to others, this is a powerful metaphorical tale about how small kindnesses can make the whole world better.
Beloved author Patricia Polacco shares a story of a transformative year in elementary school — and the power of supportive friendships. On the first day of school, separated from her friends, Paricia breaks out in a rash and gets nicknamed "Cootie" by her class bully. Fortunately, a boy named Thom and a girl named Ravenne step in to comfort her. Thom's graceful manner and love of ballet make him a particular target, but he responds with poise and humor, helping Patricia see that she can overcome the bullying — and for many years to come, the three friends support one another as they find their passions and achieve success. This is a powerful anti-bullying tale that celebrates girl-boy friendships.
As a child, Laura Wheeler Waring loved mixing paints to get the perfect shade — especially if it was to capture the skin colors of people in her family. But she couldn't help but notice that museums didn't show paintings of people with brown skin. Defying prejudice, she studied art at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and then in Paris, where work by Matisse and Gaugin encouraged her to paint the people she knew. And when she returned home to America, her portraits of famous African American people would become classic works of art that still inspire visitors to the National Portrait Gallery. This beautiful picture book about a trailblazing artist celebrates self-expression, diversity, and welcoming different points of view.
There are few things as special as the first moment of connection between friends! This little girl's new friend seems made for her: "when i say la la la/ she says la la la." They explore one another's likes and dislikes, and make forays into imaginary games where each contributes their part. And while she's never had a best friend before, this girl says "i think she is a really good best friend/ because when we were drawing/ she drew me/ and i drew her." Bestselling author Julie Fogliano and award-winning illustrator Jillian Tamaki come together to create a joyful tribute to the heady first moments of friendship.
Anne Frank was just an ordinary girl with a brand new diary when her world was turned upside down. When the Nazis invaded Holland, she and her Jewish family had to go into hiding in a secret space in her father's old office. Through two years of fear, hunger, and danger, Anne wrote in her diary, never losing her sense of optimism or her faith in the goodness of people. This entry in the best-selling Ordinary People Change the World picture book biography series celebrates Anne's inspirational courage and hope, which have touched millions of people around the world.
Aspiring veterinarian Jasmine Green loves animals, whether they're pets, wildlife, or farm animals! But sometimes following her vet mother around introduces her to the tougher side of farming. On one house call, Jasmine gets to see a brand-new littler of piglets, only to discover a forgotten runt that's so tiny it can't get milk — and the farmer doesn't think it's worth saving. So Jasmine decides to smuggle the pig home and see if she can rescue him! Raising Truffle will be tricky, especially if he's a secret... This early chapter book series opener, with appealing black ad white illustrations, captures the bustling life of a family farm and the determination of one animal-loving girl.
Mootilda the cow is having the worst day: she's in a bad mooood! From hay in her hair to a spilled bucket of milk to a belly flop in the water, everything seems to go wrong. It's not until she sits down and commiserates with some chickens, who are having their own bad day (which observant readers will note is closely tied to Mootilda's misfortunes) that she realizes that talking things out with a willing ear can make all the difference! Before long, Mootilda has opened her own "cow-nseling" service for other creatures who need to talk. Corey Rosen Schwartz, author of The Three Ninja Pigs, teams up with Kirsti Call to take on the universal experience of having a bad day in this laugh-out-loud picture book.
When Jane Goodall arrived in Gombe, nobody had ever studied chimpanzees in the wild up close. In order to learn about them, she had to earn their trust — and when she did, she discovered amazing things, from the way they interacted in their group to their creation and use of tools. Her discoveries would change the way people looked at chimpanzees — and humans. This book from the I Can Read series, which is geared for newly independent readers who need simple text and sentences, includes a timeline and historical photos that are sure to inspire primate-loving kids!
Helga may be a farmer's daughter, but she dreams of being a ferocious warrior just like her favorite hero, Ingrid the Axe! So despite her parents' claims that "warriors do not come from small mountain villages like ours," Helga is quick to respond when she learns that Ingrid is looking for new recruits. At first, she seems out of her element at the warrior trials, and her competitors make fun of her clothing and her pet wolverine, Wolvie, but she perseveres — and when her talents shine through, Ingrid even bestows her with a warrior's nickname: Helga the Howler! This laugh-out-loud story of perseverance and empowerment is a reminder that great might doesn't always mean large size.
A farm family works together, sawing, hammering, and putting beams and rafters in place — and Bess the barn is born! Sturdy, safe, and warm, she protects the farm's animals for year after year. But when a new farmer buys the farm, he only sees a creaky, slumping building, and figures a shiny new corrugated steel barn is in order. However, it turns out that when a bad storm comes, Bess' welcoming walls prove there's still plenty to love about an old barn! This charming story about farm life, changes over time, and the value of things built to last includes warm artwork that invites kids to examine every detail.
When Margaret's family moves to a cottage by the sea to help her grandmother, she feels lonely and lost... until the day she sees unicorns on the seashore! When they disappear, as quickly as they came, she realizes that one baby unicorn has been left behind. The kindhearted girl cares for him, and over the fall and winter, the two provide comfort and companionship to one another. And when Margaret returns the unicorn to his family in the spring, she's sad to see him go — but she realizes that she's starting to feel at home, and they'll both be where they belong. With a classic feel and a dash of magic, this cozy picture book is perfect for unicorn lovers and anyone who wants a little reassurance that friendship will come in time.
Ella Fitzgerald had a gorgeous voice that captivated jazz audiences — and one of her fans was an actress named Marilyn Monroe, who was fighting against sexism for better roles and more voice in her career. When Marilyn got a role with lots of singing, she listened to Ella's recordings to prepare. Her success helped her negotiate better pay and more creative control, and she wanted to thank Ella in person. And when she learned that Ella got turned away from the biggest club in town because she was black, Marilyn knew she could help Ella's voice be heard too. This powerful true story about these two close friends celebrates how far we can go when we lift one another up.
This little girl has always loved Mermaids, even when her classmates laughed at the very idea. And one day, at the beach, she actually meets one! Mermaid becomes a best friend, despite the challenges they face living in two different worlds, and they share adventures from tea parties to saving sea turtles. But when a stormy night stirs up pollution that threatens the Mermaid's life, the pair have to part. However, the little girl promises to help care for the ocean — leading to a joyful reunion many years later! This gorgeous quietly environmental tale by Soosh, best-selling author/illustrator of Dad By My Side, also celebrates the power of belief and the enduring strength of friendship.
Kate T. Parker, the photographer behind Strong Is The New Pretty, creates another inspiring photo book, this one drawing from the lessons you can learn while kicking a soccer ball! Parker's photos capture players from ages 3 to 63, from brand new kickers to some of women's soccer's top athletes. Each picture includes a quotation that captures the spirit, drive, and determination of these dauntless players. Packed with confident, resilient, and proud girls and women, this book will encourage and empower both children and adults!
Della Dupree feels pressured to match up to her famous namesake, the legendary founder of witchcraft school Ruthersfield Academy — and her magic doesn't seem up to the task. When she accidentally chants information about the founding of the school by an open closet of time travel amulets, she ends up swept back in time to 1223. Now, Della will have to muster enough self-confidence to use her spells to get her back home — which might help her believe she deserves her name. This delightful story, set in the world of The Power of Poppy Pendle, will speak to any kid with big shoes to fill! For other books set in this magical world, which are interrelated but can be read as stand-alone novels, check out our Poppy Pendle Collection.
August, 1920: Tennessee's legislature is about to cast a history-making vote. If they approve the 19th Amendment, it will be ratified and women across the country will be assured of their right to vote. If they don't, the suffragists have more battles ahead. The decision came down to a single vote, and a shocking moment when Harry Burns — previously a staunch opponent of suffrage — voted in favor of suffrage. And he did so because of a letter from his indomitable mother, Febb Burns, who said "Vote for suffrage and don't forget to be a good boy." This inspiring picture book celebrates a defining moment of American history — and the determined woman whose letter helped give all women a voice in politics.
7-year-old Sophia had adored bugs ever since she was 2 1/2 — but when she got to school, not everyone appreciated her love of insects, especially in a girl. And when she brought a beautiful grasshopper — her favorite bug — to school, some of the kids even knocked it off her shoulder and killed it. Heartbroken, Sophia stopped talking about bugs... until her mom wrote to an entomological society looking for a bug scientist pen pal. The society created the hashtag #BugsR4Girls, and before long, hundreds of scientists were talking to Sophia, encouraging her to keep up her love of entomology. This charming picture book, written by the real-life Sophia, celebrates curiosity, scientific passion, being true to yourself — and of course, bugs!
When Greta Thunberg learned about how human activity was affecting our environment, she was so shocked she couldn't speak. Why weren't people pushing for change? Then she realized that if other people weren't, she could... and she started protesting outside the Swedish Parliament. Today, her "School Strike for Climate" protest includes millions of people around the world, including many children and teens — a reminder that "No one is too small to make a difference." This exciting book from the Little People, BIG DREAMS series introduces kids to a young woman who is changing the world — right now — helping them see how they too could become trailblazers and history makers.
Sofia Valdez and her friends the Questioneers are excited: they're getting a class pet! Since they're all going to share responsibility for taking care of it, Miss Lila Greer says it's time for a vote: turtle or bird. And Sofia will be Election Commissioner overseeing the whole process! But after the campaign is done and the votes are cast, there's a tie... and one missing vote. Sofia and her friends are determined to track down what happened to that vote so they can ensure democracy runs smoothly. This book in the The Questioneers early chapter book series will get kids thinking about the electoral process — and how they can play their part. For younger kids, check out Sofia's picture book, Sofia Valdez, Future Prez.
Cora is constantly plagued with nervous questions — the Whatifs! These sneaky little creatures like to make her worry about everything, from little things — what if my crayon breaks? — to big ones — what if my dog runs away? Backstage before her piano recital, Cora is particularly plagued with Whatif worries. Fortunately, her friend Stella reminds her that not all Whatifs are negative, and by turning her Whatifs around, Cora is able to get out on stage... and even recover when she hits a wrong note. This charming picture book introduces real-life cognitive behavioral therapy techniques in a playful way, perfect to reassure kids that they can thrive even when the Whatifs loom!
Even as a child, Ethel Payne loved hearing stories — and the best ones were the true ones. Her English teacher encouraged her writing, and her chance came when she got a job as a correspondent in Japan for a Chicago newspaper. An article she wrote about discrimination in the military made nationwide news, and soon she was breaking all kinds of gender and racial barriers for women in journalism. She wasn't afraid to ask the tough questions — even once she received a White House press pass — and it wasn't long before she was known as the "First Lady of the Black Press." This is an inspiring story of a woman who defied expectation and dedicated herself to truth and progress.
As a child in the 1940s, Patricia Bath became fascinated by caring for vision when she saw a beggar with cloudy eyes. Most people then thought a girl — particularly an African American girl — couldn't be a doctor, but she proved them wrong and became an ophthalmologist. Through her pioneering work in laser eye surgery, her work as cofounder of the American Institute for the Prevention of Blindness, and her innovative concept of community preventative eye care, Dr. Bath would save the sight of people around the world. This inspiring book from the People Who Shaped Our World series is a fitting tribute to this compassionate woman.
Words disappear when people don't use them — so when Mimi realizes some of her favorite nature words, like apricot, willow, and dandelion, are disappearing, she appoints her granddaughter Brook as the Keeper of the Wild Words! Together, the pair go on an adventure through the woods, searching for the sight, sound, smell, and taste of the missing words so that Brook can keep these treasures safe. Readers will love the vibrant illustrations that implore them to get out and find real-life examples of these wild words, while an author's note explains that the story was inspired by nature words cut from The Oxford Junior Dictionary. This heartfelt story celebrates nature, literacy, and the love between a grandmother and granddaughter.
In the fields of a farm, a little girl works with her family, loading their beat-up but faithful pickup truck full of the veggies they grow. At night, she imagines what else the truck might be up to: perhaps it sails across the ocean or chases stars across the sky! Time takes its toll on the truck, and soon it's rusted and motionless, hidden in tall grass and overgrown with weeds... until the girl, now grown, tows it out, repairs and repaints, and proudly gets her childhood companion back to work — alongside her own little girl. With appealing retro illustrations and a nostalgic story that celebrates perseverance, creativity, and hard work, this book will make kids look at "old" things in a new way.
Beatrix Potter loved the living world — and she wanted to know all about it. She made observations and recorded what she saw in both words and pictures, even studying the bones of pets when they died. But people didn't think a woman could be a scientist in her time; she had to teach herself, and even when she made discoveries and wrote scientific papers, they were turned away. However, she eventually turned her talents to writing children's books starring the wild animals she loved, including a little bunny named Peter Rabbit. This book doesn't shy away from the challenges facing a woman scientist in Potter's day, but celebrates how combined her talents and her passions, both to make new discoveries and to write some of the world's most beloved children's books.
The Princess in Black is back in an adventure that's going to take even more princess power! The Princess in Black is enjoying play in the snow with her friends the Goat Avenger and the Princess in Blankets when a giant foot squashes their snow monster. A giant is wandering through the kingdom, and doing a lot of damage along the way! But even the three heroes can't handle a giant alone. Fortunately, the Princess in Blankets knows just what to do: light the Sparkle Signal and summon all their other hero friends! The eighth book in the best-selling early chapter book series has a snowy winter setting, lots of heroic adventure, and a twist ending that kids will love.
Imagine being told that you would never be able to achieve your dreams — and doing it anyway! The third book in the best-selling She Persisted series celebrates women athletes who have dared to defy stereotype, prove their mettle, and take home gold. Featuring athletes past and present, including Gertrude Ederle, Wilma Rudolph, Mia Hamm (and her 1996 Olympic soccer teammates), Ibtihaj Muhammad, and many more, this book is a tribute to the girls and women who have excelled in sports and paved the way for millions of girls to come after them.
Zura's school is celebrating Grandparents Day, and her Ghanaian grandmother Nana Akua is "her favorite person in the whole universe" — but she's still hesitant to invite her. Nana Akua's family are Akan, and she has traditional tribal markings on her face. "What if someone at school laughs at you or acts mean?" Zura worries. Fortunately, Nana Akua reassures Zura, and when it's her turn to speak, her poise and gentle explanation help ease her classmates' uncertainty about the markings. Before long, she's painting Adinkra symbols on the faces of anyone who wants one! This charming story about cultural diversity and explaining differences celebrates the special connection grandparents can provide to ancestral culture.
When Abigail was born, girls were supposed to be meek and quiet — but she refused. She asked questions, and she married who she pleased: a country lawyer named John Adams. When the Revolutionary war broke out, she managed his farm and demanded that John and his fellow Founding Fathers "remember the ladies." And when it was time to represent their new country to the nobility of Europe, she didn't flinch from standing shoulder to shoulder with kings and queens! This bombastic tribute to a forward-thinking and independent-minded woman from early American history has plenty of verve — just like its subject.
Jennifer Keelan was just an ordinary girl who happened to use a wheelchair. But she knew her life would be a lot easier if people would think about what people with disabilities needed — like cuts in a curb, lifts and elevators, and most importantly, acceptance from others. She joined adult activists in the disability rights movement, and on March 12, 1990, as Congress contemplated the Americans with Disabilities Act — a law that would make public spaces accessible — she got out of her wheelchair at the bottom of the steps to the Capitol Building and climbed — all the way to the top. This inspiring picture book reminds young readers that anyone, no matter their age, can make an impact.
Gwendolyn Brooks fell in love with poetry at a young age, thanks to her father's recitations and her mother's encouragement. She first picked up a pen to write her own poems when she was 7. Unlike many poets, she wrote about real life: about love and loneliness, the poverty of the Great Depression and the family that helped her survive. For many years, her published poetry earned little money — but in 1950, she became the first Black poet to with the Pulitzer Prize! This beautiful picture book biography explores how race, gender, and poverty intersected in Brooks' life, and celebrates the power of self-expression and creativity in difficult times.
It's a big day for Little Crab: the first trip out of the tidepool to see the ocean! Little Crab is full of excitement: "This is going to be so great." But then the ocean WHOOSHES with a giant wave, and Little Crab isn't so sure any more... Fortunately, Very Big Crab is there to encourage Little Crab along: "Don’t worry, Little Crab…. I’m here." When Little Crab takes the encouragement and musters the courage to step in, another wave whooshes over and reveals a gorgeous world to explore! This sensitive and empathetic book from the creator of Shh! We Have a Plan is an excellent reminder for young readers that new experiences can be scary — but with a little courage and help from the people you trust, they'll lead you to wonderful new things.
The stage is set with newspaper headlines: the world is at war, and women are going to work on the factory floor. And at one factory, a batch of scrap metal is melted, molded, and welded into a tractor named Rosie. Rosie is shipped to England, where she diligently works in the fields alongside Land Army women — even when it means hiding from enemy planes. The crops she grows help feed the troops, and when the war is over, she still has a place growing healthy food for all! Inspired by Rosie the Riveter in the US and the British Women's Land Army, this delightful picture book is a tribute to courage, strength, and the power of determined women!
Penelope Rex from We Don't Eat Our Classmates is back! She's frustrated that her classmates always seem to see her as a dinosaur first, rather than seeing the things she loves to do, like reading, drawing, and most importantly, playing the guitar. A school talent show seems like the perfect solution: she'll rock out on stage in front of everyone! But when someone asks "Can dinosaurs even play guitar?" at the dress rehearsal, she has a crisis of confidence. Fortunately, her father urges her to keep at it, and on the day of the show, several of her friends invite her to join their band, so they can rock the school — together! This charming picture book is a headbanging celebration of music and individuality.
The war may be over, but for Anneliese and Peter, life will never be the same: their father has died and their home city of Munich is in ruins. When they follow a line of people waiting to enter a building, they discover a hall full of children's books — and they can read as much as they want. The lady with the books invites them to return as often as they please, and it's not long before her hall becomes a haven — one which helps the siblings heal. Based on the real life work of Jella Lepman, who founded the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) and the International Youth Library, this book is a testament to the power of reading and the importance of international aid — with a portion of proceeds going to IBBY's Children in Crisis Fund.
When Sylvia Townsend saw Swan Lake on TV, she was captivated. She borrowed books about dance from the bookmobile and taught herself — and picked the skills up so quickly that she started teaching other kids, too! When her fourth grade teacher offered to pay for lessons, Sylvia discovered another, unexpected obstacle: in the 1950s, dance studios won't teach an African American girl. But eventually, Sylvia found a teacher who did appreciate her talent — and she grew up to teach other children who are ready to fly! This inspiring picture book biography is a celebration of dance and determination — and a reminder of the value of libraries.
In 1778, George Washington knew that, if he was going to win the Revolutionary War, he needed information — and that meant spies. When Major Benjamin Tallmadge formed the Culper Ring, he recruited one woman: Anna Smith Strong. She had Loyalist relatives; who would believe she was a spy? The clever woman used her position to listen in on British officers, and she came up with an ingenious signalling method — using laundry on a clothesline! Strong's work helped turn the tide of the war, and the British never suspected her. This exciting story of a woman putting her ingenuity to work for her new nation even includes one of the Culper Ring's spy codes so kids can send their own coded messages!
When Beate Sirota Gordon was 5 years old, her family left Europe to avoid rising anti-Semitism — and ended up in Japan. Gordon grew up immersed in her new country, learning its language fluently. But that didn't mean she loved everything about its culture, particularly not the way it treated girls and women. During World War II, she went to college in California, and learned more about American battles for women's rights, and when she was selected for a job as a translator for the delegation helping draft Japan's post-war constitution — at the age of only 22 — she made the bold choice to ensure that women's suffrage and equality were enshrined within it. This vibrant, detailed picture book biography celebrates Gordon's story, nearly forgotten because so much of her work was classified, and how women can support one another in their fight for rights.
Olive's mother died when she was 1, and a silent elephant has followed her father around ever since, weighting him down with sadness. She wishes she could help, but she doesn't know how. When Olive has an accident while in her maternal grandfather's care, she realizes that a tortoise has started following her grandfather, she and her best friend Arthur try to get rid of it — and it works! Now Olive has an even bigger goal: with the help of Arthur and her grandfather, it's time to help her father get rid of the elephant too. This sensitive illustrated chapter book explores a child's response to a loved one's depression, and how love and family can help people struggling with mental health.
Astrid Lindgren had a marvelous childhood on an old farm in Sweden — but the moment that changed her life was the first time a friend read her a story. It was like giants, witches, fairies, and more sprung out of the pages! Astrid learned to read and devoured books... and when she ran out of stories to read, she decided to write her own. Lindgren would go on to become a best-selling author, the creator of many beloved characters including Pippi Longstocking. This charming picture book biography from the Little People, BIG DREAMS series is a celebration of imagination and storytelling.
Little Bo dreams of being a ferocious monster hunter, just like her big brothers, Erik and Ivar, but they laugh at the very idea: "You’re far too little." So she sneaks out of the castle to prove her mettle. Except the first two "monsters" she encounters, a kraken and a griffin, seem polite and kind... and the third, a roaring dragon, is actually wailing over her stolen baby. Bo has to quickly reassess what really makes someone a monster — and soon, she's leading her newfound friends on a quest to set things right. Bethan Woollvin, best-selling author-illustrator of clever reimaginings of Little Red, Rapunzel, and Hansel and Gretel, creates an original fairy tale that encourages kids to put their courage to good use in this vibrant picture book!
Sometimes, even a little mistake can grow out of proportion! This girl has made a mistake, and every time she worries about it, it grows and grows. Soon, it's a giant whale, following her everywhere she goes! She doesn't know what she'll do until she pauses to look up at the night sky... and realizes that mistakes aren't as rare as she thinks. As she begins to gain perspective on her mistake, the whale shrinks again, and finally swims away. Author/illustrator Ioana Hobai's clever text encourages self-reflection, and her dreamlike artwork helps illustrate how inner turmoil makes a mistake seem bigger — and more insurmountable — than it is.
When the boys in CeCe's neighborhood tell her she can't be a pirate, she knows just who to ask: her seafaring grandfather, who has tattoos just like a REAL pirate. So Grandpa uses his tattoos to teach her about qualities that are important for little girls as well as pirates: being brave, independent, and fun. And most importantly, he says, they need to be confident... the kind of confidence that comes from having a loving grandfather with a heart tattoo that says "CeCe." This imaginative, rollicking adventure conveys an important message about what it takes to achieve your dreams, even when obstacles get in your way, and the power of a loving grandparent to buoy a girl for a life of adventure!
“My name is Mother Jones, and I’m MAD" begins this fiery picture book about a groundbreaking American activist! Irish immigrant Mary "Mother" Jones may be in her sixties, but she's sick and tired of watching children being forced to work like adults, with long hours and dangerous conditions. Her protests would earn her the name "the most dangerous woman in America" — and in her most famous one, the Children's Crusade of 1903, she led 100 girls and boys on a march from Philadelphia to Long Island, stopping only when they reached President Theodore Roosevelt's doorstep! Told in the first person, and accented by illustrations that capture the indomitable Mother Jones, this powerful picture book will open kids' eyes to American labor history — and to the fight for rights of child laborers around the world today.
Mari and her mother are going to a march, so Mari is making a sign with crayon. Her mother says they are making "a message for the world," one they'll take out into a big crowd full of people. "How will the whole world hear?" Mari asks. Her mother answers: "They'll hear because love is powerful." Inspired by a girl who joined the 2017 Women's March in New York City, this uplifting and empowering picture book reminds children that their voices matter — and that when we work together, our love can promote change, equality, and peace.
Katharine Lee Bates grew up during the Civil War, so she saw her country at its most divided — but even when the war was over, she knew America wasn't unified. Girls were treated differently than boys; immigrants struggled to get education and help; and while some enjoyed prosperity, others struggled to make ends meet. On an 1893 train trip, she saw some of America's greatest beauties... and turned it into a poem that expressed her vision of the country as one family, working together for the good of all. This exquisite picture book explores Bates' history as a college professor, founder of a settlement house, suffragist, and peace activist, and how her political opinions helped her forge one of the nation's most beloved songs.
Before she became the first — and only — woman to play a game in the National Hockey League, Manon Rhéaume was a little girl who loved hockey. At 5 years old, she begged her father to let her be the goalie for the team he coached in Lac-Beauport, Quebec, Canada. "People aren’t ready to see a girl play on a boys’ team," he told her. "But don’t let that stop you." Although she faced plenty of skepticism and sexism along the way, Rhéaume would achieve first after first — including becoming the first woman to play in an NHL game, for the Tampa Bay Lightning in 1992. With dynamic illustrations that capture the speed and movement of hockey, and an afterword by Rhéaume herself, this inspiring book celebrates the power of a girl with a love for the game.
Lotta is visiting Norway for the first time ever this Christmas — and she's meeting Oldemor, her great-grandmother Erika, for the first time too. She's quickly rapt to hear Oldemor's stories about a life as a Sami reindeer herder! But after a tiring day, Lotta wakes up to discover she's now fallen into one of the stories, living the life of a girl in a community herding the reindeer to the breeding grounds. Not only must she keep herself and the adult reindeer safe in the freezing winter weather, but when a calf is born unexpectedly, she'll have to save it too. And, of course, she needs to find her way home! With a charming adventure story and additional information about reindeer and life in Norway, this book from the Winter Journeys series will delight young readers.
Pearl loves watching the birds, so she has three bird feeders to entice them close enough to see. But a squirrel shows up, scaring off the birds and scarfing down all the peanuts she put in her favorite feeder! Pearl vows that this means war: it's girl versus squirrel. No matter how creative her solutions, though (and Pearl admits that a wily adversary prompts plenty of ingenuity) the squirrel keeps winning the day. And when Pearl realizes that the squirrel is a mama squirrel feeding her babies, she decides to concede defeat — and salute the furry mother's determination! This laugh-out-loud story is a celebration of perseverance, empathy, and a love of nature.
When journalist Marjory Stoneman Douglas returned to Florida after World War I, she was shocked at the difference in her home: where once the Everglades were lush with life, now they were disappearing — and taking the plant and animal life along with them. But how could she protect this unique place from destruction by developers? She put her pen into action and became an activist for conservation in Florida, helping the Everglades become a national park — one created not for sightseeing, but for preservation. With vibrant artwork that captures the beauty of the Everglades, and back matter including environmental tips, this is a gorgeous tribute to Douglas' life and work.
Elizabeth Jennings lived in New York, a "free state" where slavery was outlawed — but that didn't mean she was equal. That truth became shockingly clear one day in 1854 when she was in a rush for church. She boarded a streetcar, only to be ordered off by the conductor because it was a "whites only" car. When she refused to leave, she was thrown off the streetcar. Jennings decided to take her case to court — complete with testimony from a white witness — and won the first legal victory for equal rights on public transportation. This compelling picture book about Jennings' famous case also features back matter about how Jennings' case set a precedent for future battles, including Rosa Parks' future transit protest.
Ernestine has a big adventure planned for this weekend: her first camping trip! Her single dad helps her pack everything on the list her aunt Jackie gave, and even helps her make some special trail mix. But when she gets to the campsite with Jackie and her cousin Samantha, Ernestine gets intimidated. Putting up a tent is hard, there are FISH in the lake she's supposed to swim in, and everything is so quiet and big. Fortunately, with a little encouragement (and a few s'mores), Ernestine realizes that she's up for these challenges! This exuberant story about both the joys and the downsides to a first camping trip provides a powerful lesson about the confidence that comes from getting out of your comfort zone.
Every girl wants to read about girls just like her — and in this thoughtful picture book poetry collection by Vanessa Brantley-Newton, every girl will see herself! Each poem, which range in length from a few lines to a full page, captures the diverse and complex experiences of girls. Some of these girls are struggling, others feel happy and powerful; some reflect on their family's wisdom and others dream of the family they wish they had. But each poem affirms their worth, encourages them to persevere, and celebrates the power of working together. This vibrant and inspiring poetry collection is perfect for fans of Dear Girl and I Am Enough.
When young Rosita and her mother move from Puerto Rico to New York, she faces bullying for everything about her, from the color of her skin to her accent. She perfected her English just so she could talk back to the bullies — and she put the same determination into learning to sing and dance. On stage, she lit up the room, but as she fought for a Hollywood career, she faced stereotyping over and over. And then, one day, a strong, inspiring Puerto Rican role appeared: Anita in West Side Story. Rosita — now known as Rita Morena — soared in the role, and became the first Latinx person ever to win an Oscar. This gorgeous and inspiring picture book about the trailblazing entertainer is a tribute to the power of dreams.
Little piglet Alice has almost everything she would want living with her grandmother — except a sister, a brother, or ANYONE her size. So she writes a note and tucks it into a bottle, and throws it into the Seine river, where it finds it way to François the dog at a faraway lighthouse. Soon, the pair are writing back and forth daily... until Alice's grandmother dies, and Alice is too consumed by grief to write. François worries about her silence, but Alice's new guardian, the kindly Miss Clément, knows just what Alice needs — and soon the friends get to meet in person. Gentle and emotionally complex, this book explores grief, love, and the power of friendship to get us through the hardest of times.
At the age of three, Shirley Chisholm was leading games in her Brooklyn neighborhood; by college, she was a debate team champion who never backed down when she knew her point was sound. She fought for the rights of women and minorities in her community, but she wanted to do more. So in 1964, she became the first black woman elected to the New York State Assembly — and then in 1968, the first black women elected to Congress. She fought for anyone who was neglected: children, students, people in poverty, Native Americans, and many more. And in 1972, she pushed even further, and became the first black woman to run for president of the United States. This inspiring picture book biography celebrates a trailblazing woman who opened doors for generations still to come.
Aretha Franklin was born to perform: even as a child singing in her father's church choir, she astounded everyone with her powerful voice and her incredible stage presence. As an adult, she started singing rhythm and blues, captivating audiences wherever she went — particularly with a song by Otis Redding called "Respect," which became an anthem for African-American women like her. Aretha would go on to be called the "Queen of Soul" and was the first woman installed in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! This book from the best-selling Little People, BIG DREAMS series includes back matter with a timeline, historical photos, and inspiring facts about this pioneering artist.
There are dozens of tadpoles in this pond — but Tad is the smallest of them all. But she's strong, and she's clever, and she refuses to be scared by stores of Big Blub the tadpole eating fish (although she does find a few hiding places... just in case Big Blub is real.) As time goes on, though, more and more of her tadsiblings grow arms and legs and leave their little sister behind. Fortunately, when Big Blub shows up, Tad's smarts pay off... and she develops her legs just in time! This charming story that captures many kids' worries about meeting (or not meeting) milestones alongside their friends is also a reminder that you don't have to be biggest to be mighty!
From the moment Alice Ramsey put her hands on the steering wheel of a car, she was hooked! But in 1909, few women drove cars — so the Maxwell-Briscoe Company asked Alice if she'd be part of an ad campaign: driving across the country to prove even a lady could drive their cars. She found several other adventurous women to join her, and over two months, they drove nearly 4,000 miles on a bumpy, thrilling, cross-country trip. Writer Sarah Glenn Marsh and illustrator Gilbert Ford capture a little-known part of women's (and automotive history) in this picture book tribute to daring women travelers.
When Sharon Langley was almost a year old, she got to ride a carousel — and she had no idea that ride represented a civil rights victory. In the early 1960s, most amusement parks in the South were segregated, so few African-American families had the chance to enjoy the fun. In the summer of 1963, Gwynn Oak Amusement Park in Maryland desegregated, and Sharon was the first African-American child to ride — on the same day as Martin Luther King Jr.'s March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. In this picture book retelling of the story, Langley explores how her ride represented the possibilities of the dream of equality: "Nobody first and nobody last, everyone equal, having fun together."
As a child, Selena imitated her music-loving family and sang using a hairbrush as a "microphone." When she was nine, she started singing in the family band. She was determined to be a star — but people told her that she couldn't succeed in male-dominated Tejano music. She ignored them, learned to speak (and sing) in Spanish, and created fun dance steps to accompany the music her older brother wrote. And before long, her band, Selena Y Los Dinos, were playing everywhere! This vibrant, heavily detailed picture book is a fitting tribute to this iconic musician, and celebrates her lingering cultural and musical influence. For another book about Selena, we recommend Who Was Selena? for ages 8 to 12.
Danbi is excited for her first day of kindergarten — at a new school in America! But when she arrives, she gets a case of nerves: everyone stares when she arrives, and while she tries to join in, she doesn't know the routines of the dances or the rules of all the games. How will she ever find a way to fit in? The answer, it turns out, is food — her classmates are fascinated and delighted by her traditional Korean lunch! Soon, she's teaching them to use chopsticks (with hilarious results) and leading everyone on a fun-filled parade. This exuberant character conveys a powerful message about navigating two cultures, including the reminder that when we share the things that make us unique, we can find friendship wherever we go.
After one time-out too many, Sophia decides to run away to the moon. She writes a letter back home to tell her mom about all the things she gets to do there: eating starlight soup, riding moonicorns, and more. And her mother writes back, with a few little nudges to encourage her to come home — spaghetti for dinner, fresh-baked cookies, her favorite story — before finally saying that, since Sophia is staying on the moon, she's taken in a moon runaway named Grorg. That provides the opening Sophia needs to arrange a moon reunion! Tongue-in-cheek humor combined with unconditional love make this charming book the perfect reminder that parents love their children to the moon... and back again.
As a child, Aretha Franklin was shy — but she had a powerful voice! She started by singing at home, then in her church choir, and later moved to New York City to become a singer. It took years of work and performing before she made it big, but she held true to the values of equality and justice she learned at home, refusing to sing in segregated spaces and often performing to raise money for the Civil Rights Movement. This inspiring picture book biography captures all the key moments of Franklin's life, celebrating the talent and perseverance that drove her to become the Queen of Soul and the first woman ever to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. To introduce middle grade readers to Franklin's life, we recommend Who Is Aretha Franklin? for ages 8 to 12.