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Celebrate Women’s History Month!

March 01, 2017

The future is female, but so is the past and present! Women’s History Month is the time to learn about it all. Dive into these books with your class, and explore some amazing female figures! With books of all reading levels about diverse women from different backgrounds and fields of study, there is something to inspire everyone.

Miss Paul and the President
By Dean Robbins, Illustrated by Nancy Zhang
Ages 4–­8

Alice Paul was a mischievous child, but she was always determined. Determined to keep up with the boys. Determined to read every book she could find. Determined to be a leader.

She became a suffragette and vowed to see women gain the right to vote. So when President Woodrow Wilson said there were other matters he needed to handle first, Alice would not be deterred. She organized the National Women’s Party and marched down the streets of Washington, D.C. She held parades and signed petitions and would not quit, because she was determined to be an equal citizen in the country she loved. And though President Wilson did attend to other matters, his daughter Margaret was also an advocate for suffrage and convinced her father to pay attention to Alice and her cause.

With creativity and fortitude, Alice Paul helped change the face of the democratic process. The passage of the Nineteenth Amendment granted women the right to participate in that process, the impact of which still resonates today.

Hillary
By Jonah Winter; illustrated by Raul Colón
Ages 4–8

How did a scrappy little girl from a suburb of Chicago become one of the most important women in American history? Find out in this beautiful and empowering picture-book biography of the incomparable Hillary Rodham Clinton. In vibrant text and captivating artwork, Winter and Colón illuminate Clinton’s distinguished life and career, from her early years as an outspoken student at Wellesley College and Yale Law School, to marrying Bill Clinton and raising daughter Chelsea, to becoming First Lady of the United States, and then a US senator, and then secretary of state. Follow the inspiring story of the woman who was the first female presidential nominee of a major political party in the United States, and who has been a role model to boys and girls all over America.

 

Trailblazers: 33 Women in Science Who Changed the World
By Rachel Swaby
Ages 10 & Up

This middle-grade work, inspired by the author’s Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science—and the World, profiles a cross section of history’s female scientists who have made important strides in the fields of biology, health and medicine, Earth and stars, and technology and invention. Perfect for STEM and classroom use.

 

 

 

 

Alia’s Mission: Saving the Books of Iqaq
By Mark Alan Stamaty
Ages 5–8

The inspiring story of an Iraqi librarian’s courageous fight to save books from the Basra Central Library before it was destroyed in the war.

It is 2003 and Alia Muhammad Baker, the chief librarian of the Central Library in Basra, Iraq, has grown worried given the increased likelihood of war in her country. Determined to preserve the irreplaceable records of her culture and history from the destruction of the war, Alia undertakes the courageous and extremely dangerous task of spiriting away 30,000 books from the library to a safe place.

Told in dramatic graphic-novel panels by acclaimed cartoonist Mark Alan Stamaty, Alia’s Mission celebrates the importance of books and the freedom to read, while examining the impact of war on a country and its people.

Girl Rising: Changing the World One Girl at a Time
By Tanya Lee Stone, in association with Girl Rising
Ages 14 & Up

One girl with courage is a revolution. In collaboration with the makers of the film Girl Rising, this stunning nonfiction book shows how educating girls in developing countries can break the cycle of poverty in just one generation.

Millions of girls around the world face barriers to education, such as poverty, child marriage, domestic slavery, sex trafficking, gender violence and discrimination, and lack of healthcare. Removing these obstacles means not only a better life for girls, but a safer, healthier, and more prosperous world for all. Tanya Lee Stone, an award-winning writer, deftly uses new research to illuminate the facts and stories behind the film. With stunning full-color photos from the film, infographics, and a compelling narrative, Girl Rising will inspire readers of all ages to help change the world.

Your Own, Sylvia
By Stephanie Hemphill
Ages 12 & Up

Your Own, Sylvia draws on Plath’s writing and extensive nonfiction sources, chronicling Hemphill’s interpretation of Plath’s life from infancy to her death by suicide at age 30. The poems are arranged chronologically and each conveys an experience in Plath’s life told via the voice and perspective of family members, friends, doctors, fellow writers, etc.—as interpreted by Hemphill. Each poem is accompanied by an addendum that further explains the factual circumstances of that poem’s subject. The book also includes an Author’s Note, some photos, a section describing the source material for each poem, and suggestions for further reading.