In 1905, prairie girl Ruth finds something unexpected on her family's South Dakota land: strange rocks and rubble. They look almost like bones — but bones of what? And why are they so much like stone? Ruth is full of questions, but nobody else seems interested in them, even the scientists she contacts when she's an adult. It's not until 1979 that two paleontologists come to see Ruth's discovery and discover the remains of thousands of dinosaurs! This thrilling picture book celebrates a curious girl who grew up into a woman determined to be heard, and how her persistence ensured scientists could study one of the greatest paleontological discoveries of the 20th century.
Growing up, Jane Austen was funny, a bit of a troublemaker — and gifted with words. She loved writing stories that made people laugh, particularly when they were inspired by life in a country village like hers. But when Jane grew older, facing sadness and loss as well as laughter and joy, she didn't know when she would find her writing voice again. When she did, it was full of humor, satire, and heart — and it made her one of the English language's most popular novelists. This energetic celebration of Austen's life and of creativity itself is perfect for fans of I Dissent and She Persisted.
Growing up, Henrietta Szold watched her mother and rabbi father helping escaping slaves in Civil War Baltimore, and she knew she wanted to help others too. She was inspired by the Purim story of Queen Esther saving the Jews from Haman, and decided she would devote herself to helping the Jewish people. So in 1912, she founded a social justice organization for Jewish women, Hadassah. At first, they worked to provide medical care to mothers and children in Palestine, but when World War II broke out, Hadassah's mission grew, and Szold devoted herself to rescuing Jewish children from the Holocaust and to working for education and women's rights. This captivating story of a courageous, compassionate, and service-driven woman is sure to spark kids' imaginations about how they could rescue people in need someday.
When the state of Kansas gave women the right to vote in municipal elections in 1887, some of the men in the city of Argonia disagreed. They didn't think women deserved to have a say in their next mayor. As a joke — and without telling her — some of them put the name of a local woman, Susanna Salter, on the ballot. But when she found out, she said she would serve if the people elected her. Several supporters of another candidate approached her and offered to campaign on her behalf... and Susanna won by a landslide! Told in the voice of a grandmother recalling the events of that election day to her granddaughter, this book from the She Made History series shows kids the obstacles women faced to vote and run for office — and the determined women who refused to give up.
During the year, Ada lives in the city, where bright lights make it hard to see the stars — but in the summer, she visits her grandparents in Maine, where she can see osprey, paddle kayaks, hunt for shells... and stargaze. But this summer the fog may block the stars altogether! Fortunately, her grandfather has a book full of pictures of galaxies — "a lot of stars swarming around one another like bees" — that capture Ada's imagination.... until the fog parts and she can finally see her beloved stars again. Renowned physicist Alan Lightman collaborates with with author Olga Pastuchiv, illustrator Susanna Chapman, and the Hubble telescope itself to create a tribute to a loving grandparent relationship and to the beauty of the night sky.
A young girl is rapt when she sees a strong woman speaking her mind on TV — but shocked to hear the speaker labeled as "too assertive," "too confident," and "too ambitious." Fortunately, her mother helps her understand that ambition isn't a bad thing: it drove women in the past to fight for the right to vote and the end of segregation, and it helps the girls and women of today strive for their dreams. And when the girl reframes these supposed criticisms for herself, she realizes that she's happy to declare herself ambitious too! Meena Harris, bestselling author of Kamala and Maya's Big Idea, and illustrator Marissa Valdez, work together to create an empowering picture book that reminds young readers to be proud of the ambitions, hopes, and dreams.
"It just takes three world to say, 'It isn't fair,'" this book begins, "And only four to say, 'We'll fight for you.'" As three modern girls look at the founding documents of the United States, they notice how there's no protection against discrimination based on sex... until Title IX. In this simple but powerful introduction to the landmark legislation, best-selling team Helaine Becker and Dom Phumiruk introduce young readers to the history and impact of Title IX — and how adding a few simple words can do so much to protect and uplift the vulnerable and ignored. With extensive back matter about the women behind Title IX — and the work that remains to be done — this picture book is a reminder of the work it took to give girls and women an equal shot.
Now that Anne has settled in to her new home in Avonlea, she's enjoying the first few weeks of school with her best friend and kindred spirit Diana Barry. Then, a boy named Gilbert Blythe joins the class. He may be handsome and smart, but he's also a nuisance, pulling on Anne's braids and calling her "Carrots" because of her red hair. A furious Anne vows never to speak to Gilbert again, but when a game on the pond leaves her stranded in the middle as her plank sinks, it's Gilbert who comes to her rescue. Perhaps her nemesis isn't all bad... The third book in the Anne Chapter Books, lovingly adapted by Kallie George with nostalgic illustrations by Abigail Halpin, is the perfect way to introduce young readers to the beloved Anne of Green Gables.
Aster has started to settle in to her family's new home in the valley — especially now that a wish has given her dog, Buzz, the ability to speak, and she's proved her mettle saving the whole community from a few big magical problems. Plus, her mom's science experiments are kind of interesting, and her dad is even getting better at cooking! But there's no time for Aster to slow down: now she has to face a Sheep Revolution and an argument between the royal beings that preserve the balance of the seasons. Time for Aster to get ready for more adventures... This graphic novel, a sequel to Aster and the Accidental Magic, is full of fun, family, and heart.
8-year-old Val is Astronaut Girl, and she loves conducting experiments and talking about outer space. With the help of her "crew" (also known as her cat and her baby brother) she is always ready to discovery. But when she meets her new neighbor, Wallace, she's horrified to discover that he's more interested in a TV show about space than real space missions! However, when the crew head out on a lunar adventure — and get lost along the way — Val discovers that Wallace has his own useful information to contribute. Astronaut Girl and her crew make an exciting debut in the first book of this series, which includes exciting vocabulary and appealing purple-toned illustrations that are perfect for science-loving new readers!
Get to know Aven Green before the events of Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus in this early chapter book! Because third grader Aven was born without arms, all the extra cells went to her brain instead (or at least that's her theory.) So it's no wonder that she's a natural-born detective, who's already cracked cases like The Mystery of the Cranky Mom. But now she's got two mysteries at once: her teacher's missing lunch bag, and her great-grandma's missing dog. Could the cases be connected? Black and white illustrations sprinkled throughout — including many that show how Aven does day to day tasks with her feet — add visual interest to this book which showcases the main character's witty voice and can-do attitude. It's the perfect early chapter book for aspiring detectives!
Karen is excited when her best friend Hannie gets a brand new kitten: not only is it the cutest thing ever, but also that means that she, Hannie, and their neighbor Amanda all have cats! And inspired by her big sister Kristy, she decides this is the perfect opportunity for her and her friends to start a Kittycat Club, offering their cat-sitting services. But convincing people to hire her and her friends isn't easy... and neither is managing the disagreements, problems, and ego clashes that come with a business. Fortunately, irrepressible Karen is ready to take on the challenge! The fourth volume in the Baby-Sitters Little Sister graphic novel series is full of Karen's unflappable energy.
In the land of Bailiwick, the Berzerkers are a band of warriors who protect the land from monsters — and Barb is one of their newest recruits. But the Berserkers end up targeted by the nefarious Witch Head, who uses his magical sword to capture the Zerks. Barb is the only one to escape, and she managed to steal Witch Head's Shadow Blade along the way. Now she needs to team up with her friend Porkchop the yeti to battle vampire goats fiends, snot goblins, and a giant with foot odor, in hopes of rescuing her friends... before she loses control of the Shadow Blade's power. This laugh-out-loud graphic novel with a determined heroine who confronts both monsters and personal challenges is an introduction to Barb's world that will leave readers eager for the sequel.
When Louise's beloved dog Charlie dies, she knows that life will never be the same. Angry and sad, she rows out to the island on the lake where she and Charlie loved to spend time... only to encounter a bear that roars at her. She roars back, and she sees in its downcast eyes that it, too, has lost something. Strangely, that offers her some comfort, and she returns to the island over and over during the summer and fall. Some days she or the bear feel a little better, while other days one or the other feels worse, but grief and healing take time. And when Bear has to bed down for the winter, Louise comes to realize that life can change for the better, too. This poignant picture book about loss and grief will help young readers understand that the most important thing for healing is time.
"Two satin slippers with bunny-ear toes and stripy pajamas are dreamy dance clothes..." This ballet-loving girl has an extra-special way to get ready for bed! First, she and her stuffed bunny will dance together in the backyard, as the crickets and frogs form the orchestra while birds, bugs, and flowers join her in the dance. Then, with a glissé here and a jeté there, she brushes her teeth, says goodnight to her Mama and her brother, and gets a final tuck-in from her beloved Papa. With playful rhymes that incorporate real ballet terminology, this is a charming celebration of dance and of taking the bedtime routine and making it a little more fun — and all your own.
On September 11, 2001, a little girl and her family watch in horror as the planes strike the towers... and the towers fall. In the weeks after the attack, workers discover the branches of a pear tree poking through the rubble. Although the tree is burned and buried, it still lives and grows. The girl grows too; as the tree is moved to a Brooklyn nursery for rehabilitation, she goes to school and a younger sibling joins her family. A memorial is built, and the tree is transplanted there. And by the time 20 years have passed, the tree is healthy and strong, and the girl has become a woman — a firefighter, just like her first-responder uncle. This moving picture book, both poignant and hopeful, is a real-life fable about survival and healing. For another picture book about the Survivor Tree, we recommend This Very Tree: A Story of 9/11, Resilience, and Regrowth.
When the fish in this quiet house accepts Mouse's invitation to play, the unlikely pair soon become close friends! But dangers lurk in the house for both — including a trio of hungry cats. Mouse has an idea that might protect her friend: "It was a wild idea. It was a bold idea. It was a brave idea. But was it a good idea?" First she lures the cats into a pantry to gorge themselves on food, but when Mouse realizes that's only a temporary solution, she comes up with something even bolder: a trip to the river (by teacup) to set her friend the goldfish free! Gorgeous illustrations and an adventurous story make this a winning tale of courage and friendship.
The villagers of Handkerchief are plagued by the sniffling, sneezing, and coughing that comes from Castle Gesundheit's Baron Von Sneeze — but none of them are brave enough to approach the castle. Finally, a girl named Fiona, desperate for sleep, takes the plunge. No one lowers the drawbridge, so she crawls through a cat door and follows the sounds of the "SNIFFLE SNUFFLE SNORK" to the Baron himself. After asking some questions about his health, Fiona comes to the conclusion that the dozens and dozens and DOZENS of cats are triggering an allergy, but the Baron is horrified: "the Von Sneezes have always had cats!" Fortunately, clever Fiona also figures out a solution that works for everyone. This laugh-out-loud tale with a satisfying message about giving a helping hand is sure to produce rousing cries of "ahhh-CHOOO!"
The girl in this book knows change is coming — and that's a good thing! She can hear its hum, but she wants to amplify its voice. So she lifts her own voice... and urges others to do the same. In this stirring picture book by the first-ever National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman, whose inspiring words captivated the nation at President Joe Biden's inauguration, a musical journey becomes a metaphor for community action, and how many people making changes, no matter how big or small, can have a huge impact on the world. With lyrical text accompanied by vibrant illustrations by bestselling illustrator Loren Long, this book is a celebration of all those who work for a better world.
In the early 1900s, Luz Jiménez grew up like any Nahua girl: she learned to grind corn, twist yarn, and weave, and at night, she heard the stories of her people around the fire. But then came the Mexican revolution, and a decision by the government to "modernize" indigenous peoples by forcing them to dress and behave like Europeans. Luz, her mother, and her sisters fled to Mexico City, where Luz became a model for famous artists like Diego Rivera, Jean Charlot, and Tina Modotti. And she spoke to anthropologists about her culture, showing them what real Mexicans were like. This vibrant picture book biography about how Jiménez became "the soul of Mexico" that taught the world about the Nahua people is a celebration of diversity and indigenous cultures.
Mary Golda Ross was the only girl in her college math class, and she proved that she could excel. She taught math at several high schools while taking graduate courses in the summers but she dreamed of finding more opportunities to apply her mathematical talents. In 1942, she succeeded, winning a spot at Lockheed as an aerospace engineer. She thrived, and before long, she had been invited to a super secret team called Skunk Works — one which was working on cutting-edge designs for future space travel! This compelling picture book biography captures the fascinating life of this little-known pioneer in STEM who became the first Native American aerospace engineer, celebrating how she blazed a trail for others behind her.
Elizebeth Friedman had a knack for codes and ciphers — and she wanted to put it to use. She helped debunk the idea that Francis Bacon had written Shakespeare's plays. She cracked the code of gangsters and smugglers, allowing their shipments to be intercepted. And she even took down Nazi spy rings during the second World War, saving thousands of lives! Although she should have been famous — she even created the CIA's first cryptology unit — almost nobody knew about her work until her secret papers were declassified in 2015. In this fascinating, in-depth picture book biography, young readers can learn all about Friedman's life of code breaking — and even try deciphering secret messages of their own!
5-year-old Lydia's family had to leave their home in Colorado to move to Iowa, where her dad hopes to find a job and her mom hopes that Grandma and other family members can host their big family — including Lydia and her six siblings — until they get back on their feet. "I didn't have a home to live in, just houses," she remembers: a few days at Grandma's, a night or two at Aunt Linda's. But one place never changed: the library. There, Lydia found a friendly face behind the desk: a librarian who knew that a little girl needed friendship and support without her having to stay a word. Inspired by the author's real-life childhood experience at the library — one that set her on the path to becoming a librarian herself — this is a moving "thank you" to those who take children in need under their wings, and a celebration of the role that libraries play in our communities.
"Your time on Earth has just begun," begins this tribute to the beauties of nature. "Take in the sights. Take in the sound. Take in the scents that excite and astound." As a girl takes a nature walk, she examines all the wonders to be found in the natural world, from the intricate beauty of a spider's web to the enormous moose who accepts an offered apple. She and her pup find treasures everywhere they look, even in the dirt, where they find worms, bones, and fossils! And when the day is done, there are the glittering stars to admire, far up in the night sky. With vibrant artwork and lyrical text, this book is sure to inspire kids to explore the incredible world we live in.
When Eliza Davis was young, Charles Dickens was the most celebrated writer in England! But the Jewish woman was hurt to see anti-Semitism in so many of his works — and when she read Oliver Twist, where she found an ugly, selfish character referred to repeatedly as "the Jew," she knew she had to do something. So she wrote to Dickens about her concerns and the two went on to exchange several letters. As a result, not only did Dickens change the next printing of Oliver Twist to call the character by his name, Fagin, but his next novel featured Mr. Riah, a Jewish character who was kind, generous, and loyal. This timely book from the She Made History series introduces young readers to the long-standing problem of anti-Semitism and the value that comes from peacefully advocating for positive change.
Etty loves to play pretend and write stories about fairies. Her father, Charles Darwin — THE Charles Darwin — is a firm believer in science and evidence. So on a walk, as they wander down a "thinking path," father and daughter talk and think together. In this imagined conversation, Etty and her father explore science, life, evidence, and fairies, all while enjoying special time together. Inspired by the real life Henrietta Darwin, who wrote fantasy stories on the backs of her father's manuscripts and grew up to be a thoughtful woman who even edited her father's work, this is a charming picture book that celebrates the father-daughter relationship and the importance of balancing scientific rigor with open mindedness and creativity.
"Some people eyes like sapphire lagoons / with lashes like lace trim on ballgowns," observes the Mighty Girl in this story. Her own eyes are different: they "kiss in the corners and glow like warm tea." Her eyes, in fact, look like those of other women in her life: her Mama, who sees her as "a miracle"; her Amah, who has so many stories to tell; her little sister Mei-Mei, who adores her. Her eyes also remind her of her family's traditions, from the folklore Amah shares to the upside-down Fú character by her family's door that brings good fortune. Empowering, poetic, and full of love for both self and family, this is a gorgeous picture book that celebrates the deeper meaning behind our diverse backgrounds and stories.
Born to a wealthy family in 1800s England, Marianne North loved painting and botany. Her mother told her she was wasting her time; she should be looking for an appropriate husband. Although she refused to give up on her dream, she spent many years caring for her ailing father — but when he died, she suddenly found herself with the freedom and the funds to do as she pleased. Not only did North travel the world, drawing and painting what she saw — and pioneering the technique of painting specimens in their natural environment — but she created so many works of art that she created the Marianne North Gallery at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, a gallery that is still open today. This lush picture book celebrates an independent-minded woman whose love of science and art changed the way people saw the natural world.
Daphne Caruana Galizia grew up in Malta, and she dreamed of being a writer — one who shared important stories. When she got older, she was an activist, fighting to change things for the better through peaceful protest. She became a reporter for a national newspaper who exposed criminals and corruption... but that brought threats and danger. Still, she refused to back down: she was fearless. This beautiful picture book tribute by Gattaldo, a friend of Galizia's, explores the life, death, and legacy of this courageous journalist and shows young readers the power of freedom of speech and a free press.
4-year-old Kalia has never known life outside the Ban Vinai Refugee Camp in Thailand, where she and thousands of other Hmong people live after escaping Laos' Secret War. Although Kalia and her cousins play like any children, she recognizes the hardship her family faces in the camp, and the fear everyone has of moving beyond it: "They are scared to return to the old country. They are scared to go to a new country." Finally, when she asks her father what things are like outside the camp, he helps her climb the tallest tree, so she can see the world beyond — and imagine the potential for a better life. Based on the author's real experience as a child, this stunning and poignant story is a celebration of resilience, hope, and a father's love.
Girls all around the world do amazing things! In this alliterative alphabet picture book, girls from 26 countries from Argentina to Zambia celebrate the character traits that make them special, from adventurous Alba and Ayelen to inventive Indu and Ishani, to zealous Zahra and Zena. As young readers learn about these diverse and empowered girls, they'll also develop a new appreciation for countries around the world — and the way that we are all connected, even though we seem different on the surface. Endpapers with a map showing all the girls' faces will encourage kids to imagine themselves traveling all over the world! This is a joyful celebration of girlhood and diversity.
Goldilocks loves inventing things — but today, it seems like all of her ideas hit a dead end. She has inventor's block! To clear her head, she heads out for a walk, leaving all her projects — a porridge-stirring bowl, a remote-control rocking bed, and more — on her workbench. When Papa Bear, Mama Bear, and Baby Bear discover the house, they know just how to tweak and fix the devices so they work. Kids will giggle at this STEM-themed fairy tale, with its peppy rhyming text and colorful illustrations, and learn that teamwork can be the key when you're stuck. For two more fractured fairy tales by this author-illustrator team, check out Mary Had A Little Lab and The Princess and the Petri Dish.
When World War I broke out, the military needed people to help communicate messages between American and French headquarters, and from officers to the battlefield. But who could ensure the communications got through to the right people? Grace Banker was a 25-year-old telephone switchboard trainer from New York who was asked to help. She would become the Chief Operator of a group of 32 women — officially the Signal Corps, but affectionately known as the "Hello Girls" — who braved freezing weather, fires, battle, and more to ensure that critical messages were relayed. This absorbing and exuberant picture book celebrates Banker and her Hello Girls, overlooked heroes of World War I who are finally getting their due.
Hallie Morse Daggett grew up in the forest around California’s Siskiyou Mountains, and she knew just how dangerous fire could be. So when she heard that the US Forest Service hired people as fire spotters, she thought it was the perfect job: she could live in the great outdoors and protect the forest she loved. But in thee 1880s, the Forest Service didn't hire women, and turned down her application time and again. When they finally agreed to give her a chance, the men took bets on how long it would take for her to quit; instead, she spotted 40 fires in her first season... and went on to work there for many more years. This appealing introduction to the first woman fire guard is a celebration of a woman who blazed trails, both in the wilderness and for the women who came after her.
"The air is full of waiting. The sky is full of breeze. The trees gust and billow. All before it rains." When the raindrops start to fall on this little girl's house, she's thrilled: it's time to get on her rain gear and head outside! The rain makes flowers bloom and creates puddles for jumping in, and she's amazed that so many people hurry home "when the sky is an adventure." She admires the colorful umbrellas and the many shapes of the raindrops... and when she's done, a rainy day is the perfect time to curl up at home with a book and hot chocolate! Acclaimed author Kyo Maclear and printmaker Chris Turnham team up for a celebration of rainy days that will remind you that all weather is beautiful in its own way.
A young girl is delighted by the bright stars in the sky — until she learns that one bright light is a dying star, which will dim and eventually go out. "Hello, Star," she whispers to it. "I know you're scared, but you're not alone." Every night she checks on her stellar friend, while by day she learns everything she can about stars and planets. She goes to university and learns about neutron stars and black holes, all while watching her star slowly dim. And she becomes an astronaut, so that when she sets foot on the Moon, she can finally tell her star, "I'm here." With lyrical text — packed with facts about space — and stunning illustrations by bestselling artist Vashti Harrison, this touching picture book is a reminder of how a moment of empathy and a childhood fascination can provide the path for a life's work.
In a beautiful forest, a pine tree and a girl are close companions, each providing the other with comfort and friendship. But when a lightning storm ignites a forest fire, the girl and her family have to flee the fire... and so do all the other forest creatures. But the tree can't run; all it can do is wait. The tree survives, and finds itself alone in a barren, charred landscape. Over time, though, the animals and insects slowly return — and so do the people, carefully doing what they can to restore the forest. This contemplative picture book, inspired by the 2013 Black Forest fire, celebrates the power of human connection with nature.
It's World War II, and Hettie knows that Adolf Hitler's Nazis are attacking all over Europe — and they have their sights set on Great Britain, too. Although she's just a schoolgirl, she sees the adults worrying and listens in to every whisper. And she helps make preparations, too, building a bomb shelter by her father's side and learning gas mask drills. When the bombs fall, she will be as ready as possible... but can she survive the Blitz? This thrilling installment in the Girls Survive series captures the day-to-day challenges facing everyone — including kids just like them — during World War II.
In Vienna in the 1930s, a young girl named Lisa Jura discovered a talent for music, and dreamed of becoming a concert pianist. But when the Nazis bombs started to fall, it became obvious that Vienna was dangerous — particularly for Jewish people like her. Lisa's parents made a painful decision and sent her to London through the Kindertransport, a rescue effort dedicated to relocating Jewish children. At the home for refugee children on Willesden Lane, she yearned for her family... and found that her music could provide her with the solace she needed, while also giving hope to others. Lisa's story, originally published for adult readers as The Children of Willesden Lane, will inspire young readers to contemplate what they would hold onto when they needed it most.
Young Hope's father is a carpenter on board a 19th century clipper ship, and he comes home from his journeys with tales of adventure and excitement! So one day, Hope decides she wants to go to sea herself... and stows away. Her father quickly finds her, but fortunately, forgives her just as quickly, introducing her to shipboard tasks and giving her a cozy berth. And when a storm threatens the entire crew, it's Hope's loving community that helps guide them home... and her father who figures out one more way to use the wrecked ship. Part thrilling voyage, part cozy tale of home and family, this gorgeous picture book is a tribute to seafaring souls and the love between father and daughter.
Frida Kahlo grew up in Mexico, and her childhood wasn't easy: she was the only girl who attended her school, and a bout with polio left her with a permanently weakened leg. Then, as a young adult, she survived a bus crash, but was left in serious pain. As she recovered, she started to paint — starting the path to becoming one of the most famous painters of the 20th century, and a feminist icon! This book from the Ordinary People Change the World biography series introduces young readers to the inimitable Frida, and invites them to imagine how their own traits and talents could make history.
"I loved you before I met you./ Before I held you in my arms,/ I sang you down from the stars." Drawing from the Inniniwak Nation's traditional belief that babies choose their parents, this gentle story follows a mother as she prepares the sacred bundle that will bring a baby to her family. Each item — a feather, cedar, sage, a river stone — offers gifts to the child: strength, family, and a whole community. And the baby will bring its own gifts to the mother, including the slow and magical growth of love. Indigenous creators Tasha Spillett-Sumner and Caldecott Medalist Michaela Goade have created a resonant story about parenthood that will speak to both Native and non-Native parents alike.
This little girl has a project in mind: she's going to knit a pair of mittens! The first step, naturally, is to get a sheep, who spends the winter in a cozy barn growing nice, thick wool. By the time spring has rolled around, the girl is getting fond of her sheep — but there's more to do. She shears the sheep, she cards and spins the wool, and then she chooses to dye it yellow... which means growing marigolds for dye (and sharing cold drinks and jumping rope with her new animal friend.) Finally, it's time to knit, and by the time she's done, she's got a cozy pair of mittens for the next winter... plus a matching hat for her sheep! This clever picture book will get kids thinking about all the steps it takes to make something as "simple" as mittens, but mostly they'll love its celebration of the warmth of friendship.
Dorothy Ann Willis learned as a child to speak up about the things that mattered — no matter who wanted her to keep quiet! During her high school years in Texas, where she dropped the Dorothy so she could just be Ann, she traveled to Washington, D.C., where she discovered the importance of civic duty and political office. As she worked her way up the political ladder, from county commissioner to governor of Texas, she surrounded herself with people who represented the communities she served. And when people thought she should run for president, she decided otherwise: there was "still work to be done in Texas." This vibrant and folksy picture book celebrates the legendary politician and the many women politicians today she inspired to greatness.
Ivy & Bean are back! Today it's Career Day, but the girls think they have that all figured out — they each know for sure what they want to do when they grow up. Except then they meet Herman the Treasure Hunter and discover a passion for treasure hunting... along with everyone else in the second grade. But while everyone else seems to be finding treasure, Ivy and Bean's hunt is coming up empty. And when some older kids laugh at what the pair does manage to find, they quickly discover the truth behind "one person's trash is another person's treasure"! In the 12th and final story in the best-selling early chapter book series, these two best friends discover that, with a friend by your side, you can overcome any challenge.
Julia, her mythological creature friends, and her flying house have been looking for the Perfect Spot — and Julia thinks she's finally found it, way off in the distance. But on the way there, disaster strikes when the house trips, spilling Julia and all the creatures out as it tumbles down a mountain. Undeterred, Julia sets off to find her friends (adding a few new ones along the way — "we'll make room") and her house... but when she discovers that all that's left of her beloved house is the sign, a doorknob, and the front step, her confidence is shaken. Fortunately, the creatures she's shown so much kindness to know just how to return it: by working together to build Julia's Town, with room enough for everyone. This poignant and satisfying conclusion to the Julia's House trilogy of picture books is a reminder that the Perfect Spot is what we make it — and that everything is better when we welcome people in.
As a child, Zora Neale Hurston's mother told her to "jump at de sun" if she wanted something: even if she didn't reach it, she'd get off the ground. Zora took that advice to heart as she listened to folktales in her hometown of Eatonville, then went to college at Howard University, and then moved to Harlem in the big city. As an anthropologist and folklorist, she captures the stories shared by African Americans — ones which had never been written down before. And as an author of fiction, she captured their world in a way that no one had before. This picture book biography is just as extraordinary as Hurston herself.
June Almeida loved science, even as a young girl growing up in Glasgow, Scotland. But even though she was a top student, her family struggled financially and she had to leave school at the age of 16. She was determined, though, to find a way to pursue a scientific career and she was hired by a local hospital to work in its lab. There, she proved that she had an incredible talent for using a microscope to examine cells, making discoveries that helped doctors treat patients. And after years of working with electron microscopes and identifying viruses, she made a very special discovery — the first human coronavirus! This fascinating picture book, which includes a timeline and photos of June and her historic virus photographs in the back matter, celebrates a pioneering virologist whose groundbreaking work continues to help researchers today in the fight against illnesses caused by viruses, including COVID-19.
When Kate Kaird met John walker, the keeper of the Sandy Hook Lighthouse, she wasn't sure if the life of an assistant lighthouse keeper would be for her; she didn't even unpack her trunks at first. But she grew to love the isolated but beautiful Robbins Reef. Several years later, her husband died, and his last words to her were, "Mind the light, Kate." And she was determined to do just that, fighting with the Lighthouse Board until she was allowed to keep her position. And for 34 more years, she tended the light, saving more than 50 people. This gorgeous picture book, full of atmospheric watercolor and ink illustrations that capture the majesty and ferocity of the sea, is a unique introduction to one of the first women on the Eastern seaboard to be put in charge of an offshore lighthouse.
Before she was First Lady Lady Bird Johnson, Claudia Alta Taylor was a lonely, shy girl. But she loved nature, leading to her nickname, Lady Bird. She overcame her shyness to run a company — at a time when few women did — and she took charge of her family's finances, too. And when her husband, Lyndon Baines Johnson, became president, she decided to use her new position as First Lady for something special: preserving America's natural beauty. She encouraged policies that kept roadways and waterways beautiful — and in the process, made people proud of where they lived. This vibrant picture book biography of Johnson will inspire young environmentalists to find their own ways to care for their world!
Before these pioneering Latinas inspired people around the world, they were kids just like those who read this book — and childhood moments set them on the path to becoming the role models they are today! In this gorgeous book, Juliet Menéndez provides capsule biographies of 40 women from the U.S. and Latin America: artists, engineers, activists, entertainers, and many more. She shows how their young lives shaped their careers, and how their work has changed the world. Featuring figures ranging from Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to singer Selena Quintanilla to NASA’s first virtual reality engineer, Evelyn Miralles, and accented by Menéndez's hand-painted illustrations, this compelling book is a celebration of Latina heroes!
Mona Golabek's stunning book for older readers, The Children of Willesden Lane, is now available in an early chapter book format! Musical prodigy Lisa dreams of being a concert pianist, but with World War II looming, Vienna is no longer safe for Jewish families like hers. Her parents make the difficult decision to send her to London through the Kindertransport. In a home for refugee children, Lisa desperately misses her family, but her music provides her — and all of those around her — with comfort. Adapted for newly independent readers, and including additional material about Holocaust history and the Kindertransport, this book will encourage young readers to imagine what they would do in Lisa's shoes. For a picture book version of the story, check out Hold On To Your Music: The Inspiring True Story of the Children of Willesden Lane for ages 5 to 8.
When Jocelyn Bell Burnell was a girl, she wanted to understand all about how the world worked — even though many people thought girls shouldn't be scientists. As a Ph.D. student, she built a radio telescope for her supervisor to study distant stars... and noticed something strange. One signal repeated in the sky, at perfect intervals. She had discovered the first pulsar! And while she was left off of the Nobel Prize awarded for her discovery — still one of the most hotly debated Nobel decisions — Burnell just kept studying, making more discoveries and inspiring a generation of women in science. This picture book biography of the pioneering astrophysicist, with artwork that includes luminous depictions of a mysterious and wonderful night sky, will leave kids eager to make their own discoveries about our universe.
Little Witch Hazel is a tiny figure who lives in a cozy cottage in the woods — and devotes herself to helping the creatures around her. Through a year of four seasons in Mosswood, readers will follow Little Witch Hazel's adventures: rescuing an orphaned egg in the spring, takes a day off in summer; and investigates a mysterious cry from a (maybe haunted?) stump in autumn. And in winter, when Little Witch Hazel gets trapped in a blizzard during a busy day of doctoring her neighbors, one of her acts of kindness will be the key to her rescue! With beautiful illustrations and a gentle, evocative view of the natural world, this gorgeous book by award-winning author-illustrator Phoebe Wahl celebrates friendship, wildness, and seasonal changes.
As the Civil War rages, the four March sisters and their mother face the challenges and difficulties of life during the 1860s... and growing up at any time. Little Women has been a beloved classic since it was first written in 1868, and now it comes alive through Francesca Rossi's gorgeous illustrations. As readers follow Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy, — each very different from the other but bound together by a ferocious love for their family — they will recognize girls just like them, with big dreams and youthful shortcomings. And together, the March family knows they can weather just about any storm. With a modern and original presentation and text that's accessible to younger readers, this is a beautiful introduction to Alcott's treasured story.
Mary Anning grew up combing the cliffs near her home for fossils that her impoverished family could sell. She had a knack for finding the best fossils — including the first complete skeleton of an ichthyosaur! Anning kept discovering more and more fossils, but because she was a woman, she wasn't allowed to study with men, or be admitted into their scientific societies. Still, she kept making major discoveries, and today she's considered the mother of paleontology. Young dinosaur-lovers will be delighted with this book from the Little People, BIG DREAMS series, which encourages them to imagine how their own talents and passions could change the world.
Growing up in Iran, Maryam Mirzakhani loved reading — math was so boring compared to the exciting characters and stories on the pages of a book! But then she discovered geometry, where the numbers became shapes, and "every number held a story." Soon, the math prodigy was studying mathematics at Harvard, then teaching others to love math as a professor. And her innovative research solving some of math's trickiest puzzles won her the Fields Medal, mathematics' highest award — the first time that a woman had won. This gorgeous picture book, imbued with Mirzakhani's love of math and passion for storytelling, is a vibrant celebration of a pioneering woman in STEM.
Quirky Marisol Rainey names household objects and "rescues" stuffed animals from the local claw machine — but that's not the only thing that sets her apart in her Louisiana town. Her mother was born in the Philippines, her father lives part-time on an oil rig, and she's too scared to climb trees... unlike every other kid in town. But this summer, Marisol is determined to have fun with her best friend Jada, get Evie Smythe to finally leave her alone, and even to climb Peppina, the biggest tree in her backyard! In this charming chapter book series opener, with black and white illustrations throughout, kids will follow Marisol as she slowly builds courage and confidence — and see that there's nothing with going your own pace.
Meesha struggles with making friends — she doesn't know what to say, and she doesn't understand the social cues that other kids seem to get easily. So she makes her own friends with paper, paint, scissors, and glue... even if they're not quite like having real friends. When her mother takes her to a "noisy, chaotic, and unpredictable" party, Meesha feels overwhelmed, so she finds a quiet corner to make more friends... only to discover that her talent for art is the key to connecting with the other kids! Empathetic and thoughtful, this new volume in Tom Percival's Big Bright Feelings series encourages kids to be accepting of differences, and reminds them of the value of staying true to themselves.
When Mel the kingfisher fledgling marches to the end of a branch, she spreads her wings... and plummets. As kids follow her fall down the vertically-oriented pages, though, they'll notice that even as Mel's friends rush to try to catch her, and even as her speed picks up as she races towards the ground, she keeps her eyes closed and a smile on her beak. When she crashes into the water, it seems like her fall was a failure... but when she emerges from the water, soaring back into the sky with a fish in her mouth, it turns out her dive was actually a great success! This charming tale, with its vivid illustrations and innovative format, is a celebration of self-confidence and taking a deep breath and making a leap into your first time trying something new.
It's Anne Shirley's first Christmas in Avonlea and she's grateful for so many things from the feathery frosts and the silvery seas to festive holiday wreaths but, most of all, for her adoptive parents Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert and her bosom friend Diana! But she feels sad that she doesn't have anything to give to these kindred spirits who have given her so much and welcomed her into their hearts. On top of that, she's feeling nervous about her role in the upcoming Christmas recital. Fortunately, the creative and irrepressible Anne manages to find the perfect way to overcome her jitters and show how her kindred spirits just how much she loves them! Filled with charming artwork by illustrator Genevieve Godbout, this heartwarming picture book by bestselling author Kallie George draws on the original story of Anne of Green Gables to create a joyous holiday story perfect for celebrating the season.
Betty White wanted to be a star — and she loved making people laugh! When she first started her entertainment career, Hollywood told her she was "not photogenic," so she became a hit on radio and television instead of the silver screen. She became the first woman in history ever to produce a sitcom at only 28 years old! And as she became a bigger star, she also used her money and fame to fight for issues that mattered to her, including her longtime advocacy for animal rights. In this Little Golden Book biography, released in honor of her 100th birthday, young children can learn all about this pioneering entertainer... and realize that they, too, could grow up to be someone amazing.
Today, Dolly Parton is a world-famous entertainer, a generous philanthropist, and an advocate for literacy — but she didn't start out in a life of fortune and fame. In fact, Parton's singing and songwriting helped her and her family escape from poverty... and she's never forgotten where she came from. Today, she's an award-winning entertainer, an actress, an author, and she even has her own theme park! With simple language and appealing illustrations, this picture book biography from the beloved Little Golden Book series is the perfect way to introduce preschoolers to Parton's inspiring story.
Fern is a super-smart, STEM-loving unicorn who can do anything from coding software to repairing machines... but her fellow unicorns, who prefer splashing in waterfalls or jumping through rainbows, don't appreciate her gifts. In fact, even when Fern is helping them fix their broken devices, they tease her and call her a nerdycorn! So finally, Fern puts her foot down: if they don't appreciate her, she's not helping any more. At first, the other unicorns don't even notice, but when the confetti machine, the rainbow synthesizer, and the starlight bedazzler all break down right before the Sparkle Dance Party, they suddenly realize just how valuable Fern's skills are. This sweet story about being yourself, setting boundaries, and apologizing when you've hurt a friend is sure to delight unicorn lovers and STEM fans alike.
Growing up in LA, Niki Nakayama's Japanese-born parents loved fusing Japanese culture and American food — and Niki decided she wanted to be a chef, doing the same and sharing what she made with people everywhere! Using the thirteen courses of a traditional kaiseki meal, authors Debbi Michiko Florence and Jamie Michalak show how Niki evolved from making snacks as a child to making fancy meals in her Michelin-starred restaurant, n/naka. They highlight the sexism she faced along the way, but also her determination to prove everyone wrong: "Kuyashii!" she exclaimed, "I'll show them!" With vivid illustrations by Yuko Jones, and a recipe for wonton pizza for kids to try at home, this is a delicious celebration of a rising star master chef!
In North Carolina, a little girl named Eunice Kathleen Waymon learned to sing before she could talk. She started playing the piano as a tiny child, and with the help of her family and community, she took lessons that introduced her to some of the great classical composers. But she also saw early on how racial discrimination affected everyone. As an adult, she took the stage name Nina Simone, and as her star rose, so did the Civil Rights Movement — and she added her voice to the chorus, speaking out about discrimination, racial inequality, and the need for change. This exuberant picture book, with stunning illustrations by Caldecott Honoree Christian Robinson, is a tribute to Simone's legacy of music and activism.
When Osnat was born in 1590, most people believed in miracles — but they didn't believe that a girl should read, and they certainly didn't believe that she could lead. But Osnat convinced her father, a renowned Jewish scholar, to teach her: "You don’t have any boys. If your daughter wants to learn, why not teach her?" She later convinced him to help her marry a man who would let her study the Torah, and after her father and her husband died, she started leading their religious school, making her the first female rabbi. Author Sigal Samuel weaves in some of the miracles attributed to Osnat in legend, but emphasizes that her greatest legacy is how she opened the door for girls and boys to do things that no one has done before. With lush illustrations, this book is a compelling portrait of a quietly heroic Jewish woman.
One day, just before spring was going to come, something changed: everyone who was outside... went inside. In this poignant book, Caldecott honoree LeUyen Pham explores the way the streets emptied to protect the vulnerable among us. Powerful illustrations show the different roles people took on: "Some of us worked a little, some of us worked a lot... and some of us couldn’t work at all." Other pages reference the people lost during the crisis. Although neither Covid nor a virus are specifically mentioned in this title, Pham captures the power of communities working together for the common good,
"because everyone knew it was the right thing to do."
After being inspired by a portrait of Michelle Obama in Parker Looks Up, the dance-loving girl is now getting to start ballet classes! But she finds some of the moves tricky, and a new student, Mira, seems to be able to pull them off with ease. To reassure herself, Parker looks up at the posters of famous Black ballerinas — and to improve, she practices non-stop (even when she gets interrupted by her younger siblings.) But on the day of the recital, Mira gets a bad bout of stage fright. Fortunately, Parker knows just how to ensure she and Mira can both shine! This uplifting story is a celebration of friendship, dance, and kindness.
Penelope Strudel's Uncle Derek has hidden a birthday surprise somewhere in Custard Manor — and it's up to you to help her find it! But there are 11 naughty puffins making a mess in every room, plus a hidden letter, Crumble the dog and Lawrence the cat, and clues about which room to search next... and somewhere in the book there's the troublesome Puffin King! As kids explore each page of this fun, eccentric puzzle book they'll find codes to decipher, mazes to run, word searches to complete, and much more (plus lots of hilarious details in the illustrations.) This is an engaging, interactive read that's perfect to keep minds busy — no matter how many times you read it!
Abby adores her new friend Phoebe, who is perfect in her eyes: she's fast, she's smart, she loves science and art and singing. So when she invites Phoebe over for tea, Abby knows the party has to be just as perfect as Phoebe is! She sets a table, prepares special snacks, and even instructs her dog, Louie, about proper behavior. But when Phoebe arrives, everything seems to go wrong, from a tipped tray of treats to Louie shaking pool water all over everything! Fortunately, the two girls take it as a sign that they should let loose a little — and discover that sometimes the imperfect is much more fun! Rollicking rhyme and adorable illustrations combine to create a sweet story of how friendship can help us handle anything life throws at us!
In 17th century England, Anne dreamed of being a writer — but Puritan girls were supposed to devote themselves to keeping house. Still, her father encouraged her love of poetry, and let her listen in as he and his friends discussed music, astronomy, and medicine. When she married, her husband also encouraged her love of learning, even when they traveled to America to start life in a new land. While her children slept, Anne would write poetry... and when a family friend had her poems published, she became the first published poet in America, famous in both the New World and in England! This lovely picture book, written by one of Bradstreet's descendants, introduces young readers to Bradstreet's inspiring story of creativity and perseverance.
Regina the T. rex is ferocious and bold... and deeply offended when her mother tells her to stay in the nest and be mama's good little carnivore. Regina isn't little, she's BIG! Plus she has a predator's stare, a bellowing roar, and the ability to camouflage, just like her Mama. So she decides to set off on her own, but her initial attempts go badly awry: gnawing on a triceratops' tail just makes him scowl, and the ankylosaurus patiently waits for her to realize she'll never get through the armor. Just as Regina is starting to worry she'll have to be a herbivore, Mama appears to help Regina learn a bit more about what it takes to be an adult T. rex. This laugh-out-loud funny story, with its adorably fierce main character, will speak to kids who are eager for independence but still want the comfort of home.
Rosalind Franklin was a scientist when few women were, and she perfected techniques in X-ray crystallography that allowed her to take pictures of molecules more detailed than anyone had managed before! At King's College London, she and Maurice Wilkins decided to work on finding the structure of DNA — but after a disagreement, he showed her "photo 51" to another researcher, Francis Crick. Crick and his colleague James Watson would later be credited with "discovering" DNA's double helix; Franklin's contribution wasn't recognized until after her death. Today, though, she's recognized for her critical role in one of the most important discoveries of the 20th century. This book from the Little People, BIG DREAMS series is a must-have introduction to a scientist who's finally getting her due.
Growing up in Hawaii, Sarah Gerhardt learned to surf on little waves, the kind that most people surf on. But the bigger they were, the more fun she had! So she slowly started surfing on bigger and bigger waves, until eventually she was regularly surfing on waves 50 feet high. It was hard being a female surfer: she had to use gear designed for men, and plenty of people didn't think she could surf a really big wave like the ones at the Mavericks surf break in California. But in 1999, after years of practice, she rode the biggest wave of her life — and became the first woman to conquer Mavericks. This stunningly illustrated picture book is a tribute to the excitement of surfing, the power of the ocean, and the determination of this female surfing trailblazer.
In 1818, Jeanne Power was a former dressmaker who became a self-taught naturalist after moving from Paris to Sicily. She was fascinated by the life forms in the ocean — but while it was easy to study animals on land, how could she study the ones in the sea? Power built a glass box — an aquarium — that she could use to examine aquatic creatures, and she made groundbreaking discoveries doing so! And even when men tried to take credit for her work, she argued her case and made sure she got her due. This vibrant picture book biography celebrates a little known pioneer of science whose legacy lives on in every aquarium found in homes, research facilities, and zoos around the world.
Brenda Berkman was tired of hearing that there were some jobs that girls just couldn't do. She wanted a challenging job where she could put her intelligence and physical strength to work — she wanted to be a firefighter! But the New York City Fire Department didn't want to admit women, — and even when they grudgingly complied with the law and let women take the FDNY exam, they changed the test so that women couldn't pass it &mdash ; and neither could many of the men. Brenda took the FDNY to court, and in 1982, they finally made a fair test... which she and 41 other women passed. Brenda went on to work as a firefighter for 25 years, and even served as a first responder during the 9/11 attacks. This inspiring picture book is a celebration of a woman who insisted on fighting fires — and fighting for what was fair.
Maria Povika Martinez learned pottery with her ko-ōo, her aunt Nicolasa, who knew traditional techniques that her people had used for hundreds of years. While other children played with toys, she practiced shaping clay, making pots, and more! As an adult, Maria wanted to combine these traditions with something new. She developed a new firing technique that made pots black and shiny — something the world had never seen. Before long, she was the most renowned Native American potter of her day! This gorgeous picture book from the She Made History series celebrates creativity, innovation, and how combining old and new can create something beautiful.
When Sharice Davids was a girl, there weren't many women in Congress — and there weren't many Native Americans there, either. But she grew up loving to talk, proud of her identity as part of the Ho-Chunk nation, and determined to find a path to walk that was all her own. When she finally decided to run, there were plenty of people who thought a woman like her couldn't represent Kansas... but there were plenty more people who did! In this inspiring autobiographical picture book, Davids, one of the first Native American women elected to Congress and the first LGBTQ congressperson to represent Kansas, tells her story. With vivid illustrations by Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley, an Ojibwe Woodland artist, this book is a reminder that a child's "big voice" can become the voice that fights for change.
As a child in Scotland, Williamina Fleming loved light, from her photographer father's images to the stars in the night sky. As an adult, she moved to America, and hoped to become an astronomer, but she faced many obstacles: after her husband disappeared, she was left as a single mother, and as a woman, she wasn't allowed to use the Harvard Observatory telescope. But she persevered, becoming one of Harvard's "human computers" analyzing data... and created a map of the universe that became the foundation for modern astronomy! Newbery Honor-winning author Kathryn Lasky captures both the sexism that blocked Fleming's work, and the love of the stars that allowed her to persist in her work, celebrating the passion and determination of this trailblazer.
Florence Merriam Bailey loved birds: she adored spending time outside, watching and listening to her feathered friends. But when she grew up, she learned that most ornithologists of her day studied birds that had been stuffed and mounted, and never set foot outside their labs except to trap even more birds. Bailey proposed the modern system of birdwatching, even writing one of the first field guides to American birds, Birds Through An Opera-Glass. She was also an advocate for conservation, encouraging women to refuse to wear feathers in their fashion and fighting for laws that protected wild spaces. Author Andrea D'Aquino's elegant text and gorgeous collage illustrations tell the story of this pioneering scientist and how her innovative perspective changed the world.
This first volume of an early chapter book biography series inspired by Chelsea Clinton and Alexandra Boiger's bestselling She Persisted series introduces newly independent readers to an American hero! Harriet Tubman was born enslaved, but with her family's love to support her, she knew she deserved to be free. Not only did she escape herself, but she rose up to become a successful and famous "conductor" on the Underground Railroad — and to fight in the Civil War, helping to ensure freedom for everyone. Written by bestselling and award-winning author Andrea Davis Pinkney, with black and white illustrations by Gillian Flint, this is the perfect book for young readers eager to learn more about Tubman's courage and persistence — and how it changed the world.
Virginia Apgar wanted to become a doctor when very few women did — and she wasn't going to let prejudice stand in her way. She was discouraged from studying surgery, so she started working in anesthesiology, where there was lots of research to be done to find the best ways to help patients. And while working with pregnant women and newborn babies, she created a quick, easy to remember test that assessed a newborn's health: the Apgar score. Her test is still used around the world — and it's saved millions of lives! This chapter book biography inspired by Chelsea Clinton's bestselling She Persisted series, with black and white illustrations throughout, is a fascinating introduction to a pioneering woman in medicine and the story of how she rose up against the odd.
Selena loved to sing, and she loved how music brought people together — but being a professional musician, and especially proving herself in male-dominated Tejano music, would take work and determination! Selena learned to sing in Spanish, designed her own clothes, and started singing everywhere she could. And as she not only made a name for herself in Tejano music, but also on mainstream radio stations, she went from singing at local quinceañeras to performing at the Houston Astrodome! This vibrant and exuberant picture book biography of about Queen of Tejano music celebrates how Selena became an inspiration to Latinas everywhere. This book is also available in Spanish as Canta conmigo: La historia de Selena Quintanilla.
Starla Jean is a determined girl who never backs down from a challenge. So when she sees a skinny chicken wandering around the park — and her father says, "if you can catch it, you can keep it," — she knows just what to do! When she succeeds in catching the chicken (to the dismay of her dad,) she names her Opal Egg and sets out to learn everything she can about her new best friend. But in the process, she starts to worry. What if Opal Egg already belongs to somebody? With laugh-out-loud storytelling from Elana K. Arnold and charming illustrations throughout, this is an irresistible series opener that's perfect for kids ready for early chapter books.
Beanie the girl and Stretchy McHandsome the cat are the perfect pair! Both of them have orange hair, and both of them have one green eye and one blue eye. They're surely destined to be the best of friends. But when Beanie decides that Stretchy needs to learn to be the perfect pet, Stretchy resists: he doesn't want to learn math or dance, he hates riding in a stroller, and he definitely does NOT want a harness. It's not until Stretchy gives up trying to hide and explodes in a catly expression of displeasure that Beanie realizes that being a good friend means accepting someone as they are! A rollicking rhyme and light-hearted illustrations make this a fun read aloud that explores power dynamics and learning to respect a pet's boundaries.
This girl and her family are spending the summer in Alaska — 4,000 miles from home. Alaska isn't just a place where she'll see grizzly bears and sockeye salmon; it's also a place where she can finally join her family's fishing crew! The job requires waking up at midnight, gathering supplies, and hauling full nets out of the ocean, none of which are easy... but with the help of her family, she can do it all, and grow stronger and more confident with every day. This stunning picture book that celebrates the capability of kids — who are sometimes ready for more than we think they are! — and includes extensive back matter about Alaska and traditional fishing practices that families just like this one still participate in today.
Lily has to move to Gran's farm in the middle of nowhere — without her parents — and she's anxious and sad, feeling "complaints starting in her belly again, coming up her throat, and nearly out her mouth." Fortunately, her wise Gran suggests an idea: find ten beautiful things along the way. Lily doesn't think she'll see anything beautiful until she spots the glorious sunrise which takes her breath away. Soon, she's finding plenty more, including beautiful thing number ten: change is hard, but Gran is there to help see her through. The reason for Lily's move, and the absence of her parents, isn't specified, helping children facing many different challenges see themselves in Lily's shoes — and reminding them that the people who love us will always be there.
This little girl has decided to make a "thankful chain": strips of paper, each with something she's grateful for written on them, looped together to create a chain of gratitude. And there are so many things that make her thankful! She has a loving family; she has a safe home. She has a friend and a heart that beats. And around her, there are even more things to appreciate: "love and dreams, night and morning... a moon and sun that always come back." With hand-built diorama illustrations packed with detail that make the girl's world feel deeply real, this is a beautiful story about the wonders and joys of life — and the power of taking a moment to notice them.
In this stunning fable, a little girl meditates on the big bad wolf that her mother invited to stay: "He didn’t need to huff, or puff/ or blow the house down.../ The big bad wolf just walked in the door." Although the wolf seems kind at first, she can't help but notice his cold eyes. When her mother arrives home late one day, the wolf starts to yell — and it's not long before things get worse. The girl becomes an expert at trying to keep the peace, at concealing the bruises from when the wolf grabbed her arm, and at hiding her heart behind a wall of bricks. Finally, when mother and daughter escape to a shelter, the girl can finally feel safe again. Valérie Fontaine and Nathalie Dion have created a powerful story, tinged with hope for the future, that masterfully addresses the experiences of children who survive violence in the home.
A little girl and her grandmother, Baachan, go on a walk for a very special tradition: the bath house! Her aunties come along too, clopping down the street in wooden sandals. Together, they wash their hair, scrub their backs, and then, finally, sink into the glorious warmth of the bath. There, girls and women with bodies of all kinds — slender and stout, old and young — enjoy a sense of community and togetherness. Inspired by author Kyo Maclear's childhood visits to Japan, and with gorgeous illustrations by Gracey Zhang that feature age-appropriate nudity of diverse bodies, this is a celebration of sisterhood, body love, and the moments that connect generations.
Little Owl isn't even a year old when her home — a big, beautiful pine tree — is cut down by people who say it will be the perfect Christmas tree. Holding tight to her branch, Little Owl thinks to herself that this "Christmas" can't be all that great if it means destroying the only home she's ever known! But when she's discovered and sent to a woman named Ellen, whose warm home, decorated for the holiday, is full of birds who need someone to take care of them, Little Owl starts to realize that the holiday's messages of kindness and giving may be the most important part of Christmas. Co-written by Ellen Kalish, who cared for the little saw-whet owl nicknamed Rockefeller after it was found in the 2020 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, this is a sweet story about compassion and giving.
Kitty O'Neil loved sports as a child, even after becoming deaf from a fever at the age of 2 — and nothing was going to stop her from pursuing her passions. She learned to read lips and to communicate with sign language, and she also learned to jump, run, race, and swim. She set speed records in water skiing and boating, and became a stuntwoman on films like Wonder Woman, but she still wanted more. So she decided to become a racecar driver, which took even more time and training as she learned to control her rocket-powered vehicle Motivator. And in 1976, she raced at over 600 miles per hour, breaking the land speed record! This high-powered picture book biography, which includes back matter about O'Neil's Cherokee heritage, the Motivator, and other speed records, is sure to inspire would-be daredevils.
Hazel Ying Lee was one of eight siblings — but everyone agreed that she was the fearless one! And when she took her first ride in an airplane at the age of 19, she knew she wanted to be a pilot. But in a time when women didn't fly — and when Chinese Americans were required to carry identification at all times — being a pilot seemed out of reach; plus, her mother thought it wouldn't be ladylike. Lee disagreed, and when the Women Airforce Service Pilots were established during World War II, she finally got the chance to achieve her dream. This picture book biography of the first Chinese American woman to fly for the US military is a celebration of passion and a tribute to a groundbreaking woman who refused to take no for an answer.
As a child, Beatrice Shilling would rather take apart machines than play with the other girls — so when she grew up, she decided to study engineering, even if she would be the only woman there. She proved her mettle more than once, but plenty of people were still skeptical about a woman engineer. When World War II broke out, though, Britain's planes needed help — and that meant new ideas. Shilling figured out a solution to a tough problem with their fuel release systems, allowing pilots to maneuver safely... and helping them win the war! This inspiring picture book biography of a engineering pioneer (who also raced motorcycles on the side!) will inspire kids to celebrate the value of individuality and persistence.
Lauren loves dogs, but she can't have one of her own — her stepfather is allergic. So instead, she and her friends Ruby, Myka, and Emelyn decide to volunteer at the local shelter, where they can read to all the pups! But they soon discover just how hard it can be for older dogs to get adopted: Lauren's favorite, Rhett, has been there for weeks. When the girls can't track down people they know to adopt Rhett and other older dogs, they decide to hold a special event at Lauren's uncle's cupcake shop. On the big day, things don't work out as planned — but fortunately, these determined girls know they can save the day... and the dogs! This early chapter book series opener, which features spot illustrations throughout, even includes a selection of profiles about real-life animal activists around the world.
Meg Lowman was a shy child who rarely spoke in school — but she adored the natural world, and particularly the trees and the many organisms that lived in their branches and leaves. So she decided she wanted to become a scientist and study the canopies in the rain forest. There were many obstacles in her way, from the inaccessibility of the treetops to the sexism she faced in the scientific community to the logging and clearing that threatened this precious ecosystem. But Lowman persevered, and "Canopy Meg" not only created her own future, but helped ensure the rainforests had a future too. With vibrant illustrations (that conceal fascinating facts about rainforests in their leafy designs) and text drafted with the help of Lowman herself, this picture book is a detailed and exciting portrait of a pioneering scientist and the incredible world she loves.
When Robin meets a small red bird she calls Poppy, something amazing happens: each of them recognizes "the light" within the other, connecting them even though they are so different. Instant friends, the pair watch clouds, climb trees, and even share snacks. And then, suddenly, Poppy is gone, leaving Robin with only a feather and memories. When Poppy visits in her dreams, though, Robin magically takes flight alongside her, which provides a lasting reminder that "the light in you will always be part of the light in me." This gentle, metaphorical book about love, loss, and friendship offers the comforting reassurance that the people we love stay with us in their own way.
Years ago, a king and queen wished for children, and their wish was finally granted when an engineer and a gift gave them a wooden robot and a log princess. The pair of siblings were as close as two children could be, and the robot soon learned to wake his sister — who turns into a log every night — with the words "Awake, little log, awake." But when someone mistakes the princess for an ordinary log, the family is separated, and the log robot goes on a quest to find her. Together, the pair will have to take turns dealing with the many obstacles on their journey home. Acclaimed graphic novelist Tom Gauld turned a bedtime story he invented for his own children into a stunning comic-style picture book that is both modern and timeless.
Gertie the yak has the curliest wool and the grippiest hooves...but she's the smallest yak in her herd, and she wants to be BIG. Despite her mother's advice that "BIGNESS can come in all sorts of disguises," Gertie creates a growing-up plan that includes lots of healthy foods, plenty of exercise, and even reading to grow big thoughts... but she stays stubbornly small. Then the herd faces an emergency: a yak stuck on a cliff — and only a small yak can save the day. It turns out that Gertie has "bigness inside" that's more important than physical size! This rollicking picture book, with cozy artwork packed with adorable yaks in woolly hats and coats, is a charming story that celebrates the different talents that make each of us unique.
Maya has been dreaming of the perfect cozy fort in the woods, where she can read, dream, and play — so she decides to turn her dreams into reality! She drafts a plan and gathers supplies, but when she gets to the woods, she realizes that it's difficult to build a fort alone. Fortunately, she discovers some new woodland friends willing to help: the beavers cut down logs, the bears help lift them in place, and the birds help weave branches together. And when they're done, she not only has the fort of her dreams, but also a space where she and her new animal friends can spend time together! This charming, gorgeously illustrated picture book celebrates leadership, creativity, and a can-do spirit.
Young Roberta takes pride in her role as a rescuer of tiny creatures: insects and bugs that find themselves in harm's way, that just need a helping hand to set themselves right again. But a lot of her classmates think her interest in bugs is weird (and the earthworm slime on her hands is gross!) Then a swam of baby spiders appears in her school, and everyone is freaked out — except Roberta. With a little information, she's sure she can show them these little creatures aren't scary — and convince them to be rescuers of tiny creatures too. Kids will love Roberta's compassion and love of bugs, and this quirky and cute story will put a new spin on the value of insects!
10-year-old orphan Mary Lennox doesn't think much of Misselthwaite Manor, the estate on the Yorkshire Moors where she has to live under the guardianship of her Uncle Craven who she barely even sees. But as she explores the estate, she finds her body strengthened by time spent out in the fresh air... and her curiosity piqued by the mysteries of the manor, including a locked garden and crying she hears at night. With the help of a sickly cousin she didn't know she had, the maid's younger brother, and the guidance of a friendly robin, Mary will discover a love for growing things — and the power of human connection. Adapted from Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic The Secret Garden by the author of Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel, this gorgeous graphic novel is the perfect way to introduce a new generation to this much beloved charming tale.
Vera Rubin started her career watching the stars as a child, from her bedroom window; when she grew up, she was the only female astronomy major at Vassar College, determined to make a career for herself. Although her painstaking calculations led to multiple discoveries, many male astronomers dismissed her work... but she kept going. And when she proved that there was mass that wasn't visible in the galaxies overhead — dark matter — she changed the way we understood the universe. With vivid illustrations of the night sky and real quotes from Rubin herself, this stunning picture book celebrates a woman in STEM who changed her field forever.
Patti McGee started learning to ride on a homemade skateboard after seeing a group of boys riding real skateboards — and she was good at it, too! She joined a skateboarding team (all boys) and learned some amazing tricks. And in 1964, she attended the National Skateboard Championship for Women, winning with a perfect score and a trick that would become her signature move: the rolling handstand. This energetic portrait of the first female professional skateboarder — complete with dynamic illustrations that illustrate and label a wide variety of skateboard tricks — is sure to get young readers eager to strap on a helmet and pads and take their own boards for a ride.
This young girl lives in the haunted house... or so she's been told. In truth, she's never seen a ghost — so she asks the readers to help her look for them! Beloved picture book creator Oliver Jeffers has created a unique, interactive picture book experience that's both hilarious and spooky! Jeffers uses line drawings on black-and-white photographs of an 18th century mansion to create the ghost-hunting girl, and transparent pages that lay overtop to make the apparitions appear — jumping on the bed, peeking out behind a couch, or even making faces behind the girl's back. Sometimes the things you want to see the most are the hardest to find... This captivating, original picture book is the perfect Halloween treat!
Neela and her amma love cooking together — and Neela especially loves when they cook family recipes, which help her feel closer to her paati who lives far, far away in India. Today, they're at the green market buying tomatoes to make Paati's famous sauce! Neela learns about all the different kinds of tomatoes they could choose from, and helps Amma choose just the right ones... and when they're done making the delicious sauce, Neela savors both the flavor and the knowledge that, someday soon, she'll get to share it with Paati! Bestselling author and TV host Padma Lakshmi and Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator Juana Martinez-Neal have created a stunning tribute to food, family, and the joy of connecting with other cultures.
Tola lives in Lagos, Nigeria, where she shares an apartment with her smart sister, her speedy brother, and her bossy grandmother — and Tola is the smallest of the lot. But being small in size doesn't matter when you have a big heart! In this illustrated early chapter book, masterful storyteller Atinuke follows Tola through three adventures: carrying Grandmommy's very, very full grocery basket; collecting water from the local well despite the interference of a mean bigger kid; and helping her neighbor Mr. Abdul take measurements for Eid finery after he breaks his leg. Young readers will love this book, rich with the flavor of Nigeria, full of universal emotions and situations, and packed with characterful spot illustrations, and rejoice in Tola's irrepressible spirit!
When Frieda Caplan started working at the Seventh Street Product Market in LA in 1956, she wanted to add something new to the sea of apples and potatoes; she thought she'd start with mushrooms. "Nobody eats those!" declared the men who ran grocery businesses, but she thought people might — if they could give them a try. Soon people were calling her the "Mushroom Queen"... but she wasn't done yet! She introduced even more foods: snap peas, seedless watermelon, kiwis... and blood oranges, purple potatoes, and habanero peppers. She not only became a successful shop owner; she changed the way people in America eat. This picture book biography is a celebration of a trailblazer in business and the joy of finding something deliciously new!
When Tu Youyou was a child growing up in China, her family would treat her sicknesses with traditional remedies. She was fascinated by science, so she decided she wanted to study medicine. By the time she was an adult, more and more people around the world were being infected with a strain of malaria that was resistant to the medicines people usually used. She decided to find a new treatment — and she wondered if a traditional remedy might be the key. With the help of her team, Tu Youyou started poring through home remedies for symptoms of malaria and one of them, artemisinin derived from sweet wormwood, would be the cure she had been searching for. This picture book from the She Made History series is an inspiring introduction to the Nobel Prize-winning malariologist whose work has saved millions of lives.
Joyce and Judith Scott were as close as twin sisters could be — but Judith was born with Down syndrome, and was deaf and unable to speak. So when Joyce went to school, Judith was sent to an institution by their parents. Years later, though, Joyce brought Judith home... and realized she was a talented artist. With the support of a family who appreciated her abilities, Judith started creating stunning works with fiber and found objects — artwork that won acclaim from buyers and critics alike! She became famous around the world for her creative gift, helping to prove that people with Down syndrome deserved a chance to achieve their dreams. This poignant picture book, told by Joyce with Brie Spangler and stunningly illustrated by Caldecott Honor artist Melissa Sweet, is a tribute to a trailblazing artist and the power of giving people a chance to succeed.
After dreaming of one another in Uni the Unicorn, and meeting in the Land of Unicorns in Uni the Unicorn and the Dream Come True, it's time for Uni to come to visit her best friend in the real world! That will finally prove that unicorns exist. But even when Uni arrives, the little girl's family and friends can't see her. It's not until a glint of light hits Uni's magic horn — and a little boy spots it — that the magic of belief begins to grow... and all the kids begin to believe in magic. Now, not only can they see Uni, but other magical creatures appear everywhere! Paris Rosenthal, daughter of the late Amy Krouse Rosenthal, wrote this beautiful trilogy finale as a tribute to her mom and a celebration of belief and love.
On New Year's Day in 1953, a woman gave up her name and her home forever. After witnessing World War II, she had been training for a new plan: to walk thousands of miles, all over America, to spread the word about the value of peace. And she took a new name to do it: Peace Pilgrim. In this inspiring picture book, bestselling author Kathleen Krull tells the story of this determined and quietly courageous activist, who wanted to show her country what could happen when people chose kindness and peace. With inviting illustrations by Annie Bowler, this book celebrates Peace Pilgrim's creed: "Overcome evil with good, falsehood with truth, and hatred with love."
On a road trip through Ohio, a young girl is embarrassed when her Chinese-American parents spot wild watercress by the side of the road — and stop to collect it. To her, free means second-hand clothes and furniture, and a reminder that she's not as well off as her peers; why can't they just buy their food at the store? She refuses to even sample the watercress at first, but then her mother brings out a family picture, telling her daughter a story about a famine in China — one that cost her younger brother's life. The story gives the girl a new perspective on how lucky they are... and helps her forge a new connection with her parents. Based on a true story from author Andrea Wang's childhood, this is a poignant story of immigration, gratitude, and the joy of connecting with your heritage.
This is going to be a busy summer for Ryan — and she's not sure all of it will be good! She's looking forward to a new baby sister, but her mother's pregnancy isn't going smoothly. Money is still tight, even though her dad has a new job. And when she goes to a much-anticipated church camp with her friend Amanda, it turns out that Amanda has invited another friend, Red, to go along too! Sometimes Ryan feels sad about all of these changes, but by the end of the summer, she realizes that looking on the bright side also means allowing space in your life for all sorts of love. This sequel to Ways to Make Sunshine is full of charm and more of Ryan's trademark optimistic outlook!
Flo, Mary, and Diana were friends who grew up in the projects of Detroit — but they had big dreams and the ambition to become superstars. But in 1960, it's not easy for a singing group made up of three African American women to get taken seriously, and on their first big audition for a Motown Records label, the manager doesn't think they can hit it big. But they persevered, and soon The Supremes were born! They would become famous both across America and around the world, making them the US' most successful vocal group ever. And even though they sometimes disagreed, their friendship helped them stay strong. This inspiring picture book from the Friends Change The World series celebrates three friends whose pioneering careers made beautiful music.
Whether they're breaking records, overcoming obstacles, or challenging the world to see women athletes in a new light, one thing is for sure: women athletes have got game! In this collection of capsule biographies, you'll meet a diverse group of athletes who pursued their love of their sport and inspired girls around the world. Featuring groundbreaking figures like dancer Misty Copeland, parathlete Tatyana McFadden, soccer star and activist Megan Rapinoe, and many more, these stories will encourage young readers to follow their dreams in sport — whether they're continuing one they already love, or trying out something new!
This little girl knows that too many people miss one of the best things about the great outdoors: rocks! After all, you can do a lot with a rock. As readers follow her through the pages, she skips rocks, sorts them, builds with them, and admires them... and best of all, shares them with someone who appreciates rocks as much as she does. Best-selling author Pat Zietlow Miller and acclaimed illustrator Katie Kath have created a main character whose infectious love of the stones under her feet becomes a tribute to creativity, outdoor play, and friendship.
Zoey and Sassafras are back in another STEM-based adventure helping magical creatures! When Pip the frog shows up with an unexpected new look, Zoey and her cat Sassafras realize that something unusual is going on in the forest of magical creatures. But to figure out what happened, they'll have to retrace his steps... and when they do, they see another magical friend change right before their eyes! In the ninth adventure in this STEM-focused, kid-friendly illustrated early chapter book series, Zoey will have to put on her Thinking Goggles to figure out why the creatures are changing — and how to change them back!
The same day that Zee Cooper is born, a little Douglas fir breaks through the soil at her family's Christmas tree farm. And it soon turns out that the girl and the tree grow in parallel ways! Just as Zee goes to preschool, the tree is ready to move from the nursery to the beds outdoors. On her fourth birthday, both Zee and the tree are shorter than their peers... and then they both have growth spurts! All the while, Zee works side by side with her parents, helping protect and care for her tree... until, on her 8th birthday, it's finally tall enough to be a Christmas tree. With plenty of fascinating facts about trees — including back matter about ways to enjoy a tree for the holidays without cutting one down — this charming story will inspire kids to see the connection between themselves and the trees around them.
Zonia is Asháninka, and she lives next to the Amazon rain forest, where she goes to play every day. The forest is always full of life, lush with green plants and full of animals that Zonia examines and imitates. She knows that the forest can talk to you, if you listen. So when she stumbles across an area that's been clear-cut, she realizes that the forest is crying for help. She will answer, of course: "we all must answer." This stunning picture book by award-winning author-illustrator Juana Martinez-Neal is both a tribute to the beauties of nature and a reminder of the importance of caring for our planet.