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Civil Rights Movement Books on Heroic Girls

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The Story of Ruby Bridges - Robert Coles; George Ford (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0439472261
Publication Date: 2010-09-01
For months six-year-old Ruby Bridges must confront the hostility of white parents when she becomes the first African American girl to integrate Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans in 1960

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Child of the Civil Rights Movement - Paula Young Shelton; Raúl Colón (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0375843140
Publication Date: 2009-12-22
Paula Young Shelton shares her memories of the civil rights movement and her involvement in the historic march from Selma to Montgomery.

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Coretta Scott - Ntozake Shange; Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780061253645
Publication Date: 2009-01-06
Examines the life of Martin Luther King's wife, Coretta, who in her own right, was a civil rights pioneer who experienced the injustices of the segregated South and who continued her husband's mission after his assassination.

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Through My Eyes - Ruby Bridges
ISBN: 0590189239
Publication Date: 1999-09-01
Ruby Bridges recounts the story of her involvement, as a six-year-old, in the integration of her school in New Orleans in 1960.

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Let It Shine - Andrea Davis Pinkney; Stephen Alcorn (Illustrator)
ISBN: 015201005X
Publication Date: 2000-09-01
Tells the stories of ten African-American women freedom fighters

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Voice of Freedom - Fannie Lou Hamer - Carole Boston Weatherford; Ekua Holmes (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0763665312
Publication Date: 2015-08-04
Presents a collage-illustrated treasury of poems and spirituals inspired by the life and work of civil rights advocate Fannie Lou Hamer.

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Rosa - Nikki Giovanni; Bryan Collier (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0805071067
Publication Date: 2005-10-01
On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks boarded a Montgomery, Alabama city bus and refused to give up her seat to a white man, an act that ignited a movement that changed modern history.

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Freedom on the Menu - Carole Boston Weatherford; Jerome Lagarrigue Lagarrigue (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0142408948
Publication Date: 2007-12-27
"Connie likes to shop downtown with her mother. When they feel tired and hot, they stop in at Woolworth's for a cool drink, but stand as they sip their sodas since African Americans aren't allowed to sit at the lunch counter. Weatherford tells the story from the girl's point of view and clearly captures a child's perspective. Connie wants to sit down and have a banana split, but she can't, and she grumbles that, "All over town, signs told Mama and me where we could and couldn't go." When her father says that Dr. King is coming to town, she asks, "Who's sick?" She watches as her brother and sister join the NAACP and participate in the Greensboro, NC, lunch counter sit-ins."

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A Sweet Smell of Roses - Angela Johnson; Eric Velasquez (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0689832524
Publication Date: 2005-01-01
Minnie and her sister hear about a freedom march and leave their home to go to their city's downtown area where they listen to Dr. Martin Luther King and join the march, all the while smelling roses.

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White Socks Only - Evelyn Coleman; Tyrone Geter (Illustrator)
ISBN: 080758956X
Publication Date: 1996-01-01
Grandma tells the story about her first trip alone into town during the days when segregation still existed in Mississippi

 

Books on Powerful 21st Century Women of Today

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Hillary Rodham Clinton - Kathleen Krull; Amy June Bates (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781416971290
Publication Date: 2008-08-26
Before Hillary Clinton was in the running to be president, she was a young girl growing up outside Chicago who lost the election for student-body president. She wanted to be an astronaut, to soar as high as the stars above. She kept reaching up and up as she grew. There were people who told her no—most of them simply because she was a girl—but she didn’t listen to them. There were people who didn’t think she could do it. But she believed in herself. And Hillary has been making history ever since. This is the inspiring story of a girl with dreams as big as the open sky.

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Sonia Sotomayor - Jonah Winter; Edel Rodriguez (Illustrator); Argentina Palacios Ziegler (Translator)
ISBN: 1442403039
Publication Date: 2009-11-10

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Malala Yousafzai - Karen Leggett Abouraya; L. C. Wheatley (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781630833169
Publication Date: 2014-01-01
This is the true, inspiring story of Malala Yousafzai, a young Pakistani girl who was shot by the Taliban for speaking out for every child's right to education. Malala spoke before the United Nations on her 16th birthday in 2012, just nine months after she was shot

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Malala, a Brave Girl from Pakistan/Iqbal, a Brave Boy from Pakistan - Jeanette Winter (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781481422949
Publication Date: 2014-11-04
Two stories of bravery in one beautiful book! Meet two brave young heroes of Pakistan who stood up for the right to freedom and education in this inspirational nonfiction picture book from acclaimed author-illustrator Jeanette Winter. One country: Pakistan. Two children: Iqbal Masih and Malala Yousafzai. Each was unafraid to speak out. He, against inhumane child slavery in the carpet trade. She, for the right of girls to attend school. Both were shot by those who disagreed with them--he in 1995, she in 2012. Iqbal was killed instantly; Malala miraculously survived and continues to speak out around the world. The stories of these two courageous children whose bravery transcended their youth are an inspiration to all"--

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Oprah - Carole Boston Weatherford; London Ladd (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780761456322
Publication Date: 2010-03-01
An illustrated biography that depicts television host Oprah Winfrey's childhood, covering her desire from a young age to talk for a living and other details of her upbringing

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Michelle Obama - David Bergen Brophy
ISBN: 9780061779916
Publication Date: 2009-01-06
Recounts how Michelle Robinson, who came from a modest neighborhood in Chicago, became a Harvard-educated lawyer and the wife of Barack Obama, and describes her role in his rise to the presidenc

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Madam President - Catherine Thimmesh; Douglas B. Jones (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0618971432
Publication Date: 2008-02-18
An introduction to women, some better known than others, who have influenced politics and policies in the United States and in the world

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Nancy Pelosi - Hal Marcovitz
ISBN: 0791077373
Publication Date: 2004-04-01
Describes the life and career of Nancy Pelosi, from her childhood in Baltimore and early political career to her rise as the first female Speaker of the House of Representatives.

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Meet My Grandmother - Lisa Tucker McElroy; Eileen Feinstein Mariano; Joel Benjamin (Photographer)
ISBN: 9780761317210
Publication Date: 2000-03-01
Describes the busy life of Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, seen through the eyes of her six-year-old granddaughter.

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Finding Susie - Sandra Day O'Connor; Tom Pohrt (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780375841033
Publication Date: 2009-06-23
On a ranch in the American Southwest, Sandra longs for a pet but each time she tries to adopt a wild animal, she concludes that it will be better off where it belongs

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Firebird - Misty Copeland; Christopher Myers (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780399166150
Publication Date: 2014-09-04
American Ballet Theater soloist Misty Copeland encourages a young ballet student, with brown skin like her own, by telling her that she, too, had to learn basic steps and how to be graceful when she was starting out, and that some day, with practice and dedication, the little girl will become a firebird, too. Includes author's note about dancers who led her to find her voice.

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Condoleezza Rice - Mary Dodson Wade
ISBN: 0761326197
Publication Date: 2003-01-16
Introduces former National Security Advisor, Condoleezza Rice, from her childhood in Birmingham, Alabama, to her scholarly and musical accomplishments and involvement in foreign affairs.

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Mo'ne Davis: Remember My Name - Mo'ne Davis
ISBN: 9780062397546
Publication Date: 2016-03-01
At the age of thirteen, Mo'ne Davis became the first female pitcher to win a game in the Little League World Series and the first Little Leaguer to be featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated. A month later she earned a place in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

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Grace, Gold and Glory - Gabrielle Douglas; Michelle Burford
ISBN: 9780310740612
Publication Date: 2012-12-19
The Olympic gold medalist shares the story of her life and how her faith allowed her to persevere and reach her dreams.

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America's Champion Swimmer - David A. Adler; Terry Widener (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0152019693
Publication Date: 2000-03-01
Describes the accomplishments of Gertrude Ederle, the first woman to swim the English Channel and a figure in early women's rights.

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Queen of the Track - Heather Lang; Floyd Cooper (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781590788509
Publication Date: 2012-03-01
Tells the story of Alice Coachman, an athlete from rural Georgia who made history as the first African American woman to win an Olympic medal in 1948.

 

More Great Girl Power Books

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Amelia to Zora - Cynthia Chin-Lee; Megan Halsey (Illustrator); Sean Addy (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1570915229
Publication Date: 2005-02-01
Profiles the lives of twenty-six women who, through their acts and deeds, helped shape and change the world during their lifetime, including pilot Amelia Earhart and anthropologist Zora Neal Hurston.

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Rad American Women A-Z - Kate Schatz; Miriam Klein Stahl (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780872866836
Publication Date: 2015-05-01
Presents a collection of short biographies of notable American women representing each letter of the alphabet, from Angela Davis and Billie Jean King to Yuri Kochiyama and Zora Neale Hurston.

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A Is for Abigail - Lynne Cheney; Robin Preiss Glasser (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0689858191
Publication Date: 2003-09-16
Each letter of the alphabet is represented by an important woman in the history of the United States, as well as others in her same field of accomplishment.

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Founding Mothers - Cokie Roberts; Diane Goode (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780060780029
Publication Date: 2014-01-28
Presents an adaptation of the author's adult book that highlights an engaging cast of revolutionary founding mothers, including Martha Washington, Abigail Adams, and Dolley Madison.

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For the Love of Music - Elizabeth Rusch; Lou Fancher (Illustrator); Steve Johnson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781582463261
Publication Date: 2011-02-08
Looks at the life of Maria Anna Mozart, the older sister of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and a musical prodigy in her own right, who was forced by their father to put aside her talent and become a piano teacher to support his ambitious plans for her brother.

 

More Humorous Girls

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Marisol Mcdonald Doesn't Match / Marisol Mcdonald no Combina - Monica Brown; Sara Palacios (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0892392355
Publication Date: 2013-04-01
Marisol McDonald is a nonconformist, Peruvian-Scottish-American with brown skin and red hair, and she knows exactly what she likes. Polka dots with stripes? Absolutely! Writing in both print and cursive at the same time? Why not? Playing soccer while simultaneously pretending to be a pirate and a princess? It's the best! But when she is teased by her classmates because she never matches, Marisol decides to give blending in a go...with unhappy, but thankfully temporary, results. -

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Clementine - Sara Pennypacker; Marla Frazee (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0786838833
Publication Date: 2008-02-15
While sorting through difficulties in her friendship with her neighbor Margaret, eight-year-old Clementine gains several unique hairstyles while also helping her father in his efforts to banish pigeons from the front of their apartment building.

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Eloise - Kay Thompson; Hilary Knight
ISBN: 0689839901
Publication Date: 2000-10-01
A compilation of four stories includes "The Absolutely Essential Edition," "Eloise in Paris," "Eloise at Christmastime," and "Eloise in Moscow.".

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Clarice Bean, That's Me - Lauren Child (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763647957
Publication Date: 2010-02-09
A girl describes the hectic life she leads among the members of her large family, and her search for a little peace and quiet.

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I Like Myself! - Karen Beaumont; David Catrow (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0152020136
Publication Date: 2004-05-01
In rhyming text, a little girl expresses confidence and joy in her uniqueness, no matter her outward appearance.

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Marisol Mcdonald Doesn't Match / Marisol Mcdonald no Combina - Monica Brown; Sara Palacios (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0892392355
Publication Date: 2013-04-01
Marisol McDonald is a nonconformist, Peruvian-Scottish-American with brown skin and red hair, and she knows exactly what she likes. Polka dots with stripes? Absolutely! Writing in both print and cursive at the same time? Why not? Playing soccer while simultaneously pretending to be a pirate and a princess? It's the best! But when she is teased by her classmates because she never matches, Marisol decides to give blending in a go...with unhappy, but thankfully temporary, results. -- Description by Ellen Foreman.

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Yoko - Rosemary Wells (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1423119835
Publication Date: 2009-05-12
When Yoko brings sushi to school for lunch, her classmates make fun of what she eats--until one of them tries it for himself.

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Chrysanthemum - Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0061119741
Publication Date: 2007-10-02
Summary: Starting school can be a real test of one's mettle, especially for those with unusual names. Wee mouse Chrysanthemum has always loved the "absolutely perfect" name her parents gave her, but most of her kindergarten classmates have names like Joe and Sue and Bill, and they tease her for having the same name as a flower. Poor Chrysanthemum is terribly unhappy at school until the day the students meet their music teacher —

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Knuffle Bunny - Mo Willems (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0786818700
Publication Date: 2004-09-01
After a day with Daddy at the laundromat, Trixie quickly notices that her cherished Knuffle Bunny is missing and turns to her father to help her get him back.

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Sophie's Squash - Pat Zietlow Miller; Anne Wilsdorf (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0307978966
Publication Date: 2013-08-06
A celebration of the special love between a child and her favorite toy follows the whimsical experiences of a little girl who adopts a squash from the farmers' market and who ignores her parents' warnings until the squash starts to go bad as the colder season progresses.

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Daisy Dawson at the Beach - Jessica Meserve (Illustrator); Steve Voake
ISBN: 9780763659462
Publication Date: 2012-04-10
Spending the whole summer at the beach, Daisy, who can communicate with animals, and her new friends--a dancing crab and two baby rabbits--join forces to help a dolphin in distres

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Ivy + Bean - Annie Barrows; Sophie Blackall (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780811849098
Publication Date: 2007-05-03
When seven-year-old Bean plays a mean trick on her sister, she finds unexpected support for her antics from Ivy, the new neighbor, who is less boring than Bean first suspected.

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The Doll Shop Downstairs - Yona Zeldis McDonough; Heather Maione (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780142416914
Publication Date: 2011-08-04
When World War I breaks out, nine-year-old Anna thinks of a way to save her family's beloved New York City doll repair shop. Includes brief author's note about the history of the Madame Alexander doll, a glossary, and timeline.

 

Multicultural Cinderella Books and Stories

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The Egyptian Cinderella - Shirley Climo; Ruth Heller (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0064432793
Publication Date: 1992-02-28
K–Gr. 3. Rhodopis, a Greek slave girl living in Egypt, is teased by the servants about her coloring. Eventually, one of her rosy-gold slippers is carried to the pharaoh's court. He searches for, and finds, the girl. Based partly on fact (a slave named Rhodopis did marry Pharaoh Amasis) and partly on folk legends, this story is remarkable for its details of life in ancient Egypt and for the Egyptian-style illustrations. An endnote distinguishes historical background from the influences of other folktales and legends in shaping this tale.

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Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters - John L. Steptoe (Illustrator); Clarita Kohen (Translator)
ISBN: 0688040454
Publication Date: 1987-03-31
K–Gr. 3. Nyasha must put up with a nagging, bad-tempered sister. But when both girls are tested, Nyasha's kindness wins her the prince. Breathtaking illustrations crown this intriguing story with a twist at the end. Translations of character names, a note about the illustrations, and information on the origins of this tale are included in the author’s notes.

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The Rough-Face Girl - Rafe Martin; David Shannon (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0399218599
Publication Date: 1992-04-29
Preschool–Gr. 3. A young Indian girl, whose face and hands have been burnt from tending the fire, wishes to marry the Invisible Being. Tested by his sister, she alone of all the village maidens is found worthy. This beautiful, haunting retelling of a tale from the Algonquin tradition is enhanced by exquisite illustrations and a helpful source note.

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The Turkey Girl - Penny Pollock; Ed Young (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0316713147
Publication Date: 1996-04-01
Preschool–Gr. 3. An orphan girl who herds turkeys is rewarded for her kindness with beautiful clothes for a sacred dance. Set in a Southwest pueblo, this story has a very different ending from the usual “happily ever after” closing of more-familiar Cinderella variants. An author’s note includes information on the collector of many Zuni folktales.

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Sootface - Robert D. San Souci
ISBN: 044041363X
Publication Date: 1997-05-12
Preschool–Gr. 3. This tale features a girl who is overworked by her sisters and who wishes to meet the invisible warrior. Because of her goodness and inner vision she sees him and becomes his bride. This retelling is not as dark a story as Martin's telling. It also includes notes on the versions of the tale the author consulted.

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Yeh-Shen - Ai-Ling Louie; Ed Young (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0698113888
Publication Date: 1996-05-07
Here the hardworking and lovely girl befriends a fish, which is killed by her stepmother. Yeh-Shen saves the bones, which are magic, and they help her dress appropriately for a festival. When she loses her slipper after a fast exit, the king finds her and falls in love with her. This sad and beautiful story, with gentle illustrations, is retold from one of the oldest Cinderella stories. A source note includes the story as it appears in Chinese script from the ninth century.

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The Gospel Cinderella - Joyce Carol Thomas; David Diaz (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780060253875
Publication Date: 2004-05-11
A variation on the traditional Cinderella story set in a Southern swamp and with a Great Gospel Convention instead of a ball.

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The Orphan - Anthony Manna; Christodoula Mitakidou; Giselle Potter (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780375866913
Publication Date: 2011-10-11
In this variation on the Cinderella story set in Greece, a girl mistreated by her stepmother and stepsisters manages to captivate the prince, with help from Mother Nature and her children.

 

More Powerful Girl Books

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Ruby's Wish - Shirin Yim Bridges; Sophie Blackall (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0811834905
Publication Date: 2002-07-01
In China, at a time when few girls are taught to read or write, Ruby dreams of going to the university with her brothers and male cousins.

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Drum Dream Girl - Margarita Engle; Rafael López (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0544102290
Publication Date: 2015-03-31
Follows a girl in the 1930s as she strives to become a drummer, despite being continually reminded that only boys play the drums, and that there has never been a female drummer in Cuba. Includes note about Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, who inspired the story, and Anacaona, the all-girl dance band she formed with her sisters.

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Stella by Starlight - Sharon M. Draper; Sarah Jane Coleman (Cover Design by)
ISBN: 9781442494978
Publication Date: 2015-01-06
When a burning cross set by the Klan causes panic and fear in 1932 Bumblebee, North Carolina, fifth-grader Stella must face prejudice and find the strength to demand change in her segregated town.

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Fish in a Tree - Lynda Mullaly Hunt
ISBN: 9780399162596
Publication Date: 2015-02-05
Ally's greatest fear is that everyone will find out she is as dumb as they think she is because she still doesn't know how to read"--.

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The War That Saved My Life - Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
ISBN: 9780803740815
Publication Date: 2015-01-08
A young disabled girl and her brother are evacuated from London to the English countryside during World War II, where they find life to be much sweeter away from their abusive mother.

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One Crazy Summer - Rita Williams-Garcia
ISBN: 0060760907
Publication Date: 2011-12-27
In the summer of 1968, after travelling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp.

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Becoming Naomi Leon - Pam Muñoz Ryan
ISBN: 0439269970
Publication Date: 2005-10-01
When Naomi's absent mother resurfaces to claim her, Naomi runs away to Mexico with her great-grandmother and younger brother in search of her father.

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Girl Wonder - Deborah Hopkinson; Terry Widener (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781416913931
Publication Date: 2006-03-01
In the early 1900s, Alta Weiss, a young woman who knows from an early age that she loves baseball, finds a way to show that she can play, even though she is a girl.

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Mighty Jackie - Marissa Moss; C. F. Payne (Illustrator, Translator)
ISBN: 9780689863295
Publication Date: 2004-02-01
In 1931, seventeen-year-old Jackie Mitchell pitches against Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in an exhibition game, becoming the first professional female pitcher in baseball history.

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Dirt on Their Skirts - Doreen Rappaport; Lyndall Callan (Illustrator); Earl Lewis (Illustrator); E. B. Lewis (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780803720428
Publication Date: 2000-03-01
Margaret experiences the excitement of watching the 1946 championship game of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League as it goes into extra innings.

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Players in Pigtails - Shana Corey; Rebecca Gibbon (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780439183055
Publication Date: 2003-03-01
Katie Casey, a fictional character, helps start the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, which gave women the opportunity to play professional baseball while America was involved in World War II.

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Basketball Belles - Sue Macy; Matt Collins (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780823421633
Publication Date: 2011-02-07
Raised on a cattle ranch, Agnes Morley was sent to Stanford University to learn to be a lady. Yet in no time she exchanged her breeches and spurs for bloomers and a basketball; and in April 1896 she made history. In a heart-pounding game against the University of California at Berkeley, Agnes led her team to victory in the first-ever intercollegiate women's basketball game, earning national attention and putting women's basketball on the map.

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Wilma Unlimited - Kathleen Krull; David Diaz (Illustrator); Alma Flor Ada (Translator); F. Isabel Campoy (Translator)
ISBN: 9780152020989
Publication Date: 2000-02-01
A biography of the African-American woman who overcame crippling polio as a child to become the first woman to win three gold medals in track in a single Olympics.

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Nothing but Trouble - Greg Couch (Illustrator); Sue Stauffacher
ISBN: 9780375865442
Publication Date: 2011-01-11
Although considered a troublesome child by family and friends alike, Buddy Walker sees the raw talent of this Harlem native and decides to take her under his wing to build her tennis skills--challenging her to become a great player who eventually earns the title of the first African-American to ever play at and win the celebrated Wimbledon Cup.

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A Girl Named Dan - Dandi Daley Mackall; Renee Graef (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781585363513
Publication Date: 2008-05-01
Dandi enjoys nothing more than baseball, and so after the boys at school tell her their lunchtime game is now boys only, she enters an essay contest hoping to become a bat boy for the Kansas City A's, not realizing the contest is for boys only. Includes author's note on Title IX.

 

Powerful Historical Girls Series

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Meet Addy - Connie Rose Porter; Dahl Taylor (Illustrator); Roberta Johnson (Editor); Renee Graef (Illustrator); Luann Roberts (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781562470753
Publication Date: 1993-09-01
Nine-year-old Addy Walker escapes from a cruel life of slavery to freedom during the Civil War.

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Meet Samantha - Susan S. Adler; Renee Graef (Illustrator); Dan Andreasen (Illustrator); Jeanne Thieme (Editor)
ISBN: 9780937295045
Publication Date: 1988-03-01
In 1904, nine-year-old Samantha, an orphan living with her wealthy grandmother, and her servant friend Nellie have a midnight adventure when they try to find out what has happened to the Black seamstress who suddenly left her job.

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Meet Felicity - Valerie Tripp; Dan Andreasen (Illustrator); Luann Roberts (Illustrator); Keith Skeen (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781562470043
Publication Date: 1991-09-01
In Williamsburg in 1774, nine-year-old Felicity rescues a beautiful horse who is being beaten and starved by her cruel owner. Includes essay: "Looking back: 1774."

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Meet Kit - Valerie Tripp; Walter Rane (Illustrator); Susan McAliley (Contribution by); Tamara England (Editor)
ISBN: 9781584850168
Publication Date: 2000-09-01
When her father's business closes because of the Great Depression forcing Kit to make changes in her life, the nine-year-old responds with resourcefulness.

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Meet Josefina - Valerie Tripp; Jean-Paul Tibbles (Illustrator); Susan McAliley (Contribution by); Peg Ross (Editor)
ISBN: 9781562475154
Publication Date: 1997-09-01
Nine-year-old Josefina, the youngest of four sisters living in New Mexico in 1824, tries to help run the household after her mother dies.

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Meet Caroline - Kathleen Ernst
ISBN: 9781593698829
Publication Date: 2012-09-04
When Caroline Abbott's father is taken prisoner during the War of 1812, she tries to stay strong by helping her mother run the family's shipyard and aiding American soldiers when the British attack her village.

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Meet Rebecca - Jacqueline Dembar Greene; Jennifer Hirsch (Editor); Robert Hunt (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781593695200
Publication Date: 2009-07-01
In 1914 New York City, nine-year-old Rebecca is determined to show her family that she is old enough to light the Shabbos candles and go to the movies.

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Meet Julie 1974 - Megan McDonald; Susan McAliley (Illustrator); Robert Hunt (Illustrator); George Sebok (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781593692575
Publication Date: 2007-09-01
In 1974, after Julie's parents divorce, she moves to a new San Francisco neighborhood where the school does not have a girls' basketball team, so she fights for the right to play on the boys' team

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Meet Kit - Valerie Tripp; Walter Rane (Illustrator); Susan McAliley (Contribution by); Tamara England (Editor)
ISBN: 9781584850168
Publication Date: 2000-09-01
When her father's business closes because of the Great Depression forcing Kit to make changes in her life, the nine-year-old responds with resourcefulness

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Meet Kaya - Janet Beeler Shaw; Bill Farnsworth (Illustrator); Susan McAliley (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781584854241
Publication Date: 2002-09-01
In 1764, when Kaya and her family reunite with other Nez Perce Indians to fish for the red salmon, she learns that bragging, even about her swift horse, can lead to trouble. Includes historical notes on the Nez Perce Indians.

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Meet Molly - Valerie Tripp; Jeanne Thieme (Editor); Nick Backes (Illustrator); Keith Skeen (Illustrator); Renee Graef (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0937295817
Publication Date: 1986-01-01
While her father is away fighting in World War II, Molly finds her life full of change as she eats terrible vegetables from the "victory garden" and plans revenge on her brother for ruining her Halloween.

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Hannah's Way - Linda Glaser; Adam Gustavson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 076135137X
Publication Date: 2012-01-01
After Papa loses his job during the Depression, Hannah's family moves to rural Minnesota, where she is the only Jewish child in her class. When her teacher tries to arrange carpools for a Saturday class picnic, Hannah is upset. Her Jewish family is observant, and she knows she cannot ride on the Sabbath. What will she do? A lovely story of friendship and community.

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The Sandwich Swap - Tricia Tusa (Illustrator); Queen Rania of Jordan Al Abdullah Staff; Kelly DiPucchio; Kirstie S. Kelly; Rania Al Abdullah
ISBN: 1423124847
Publication Date: 2010-04-20
Best friends Lily and Salma disagree over their preferred foods, but after trading sandwiches to see how they taste, the girls change their minds.

 

Great Independent Powerful Books on Girl Princesses!

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Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots? - Carmela Lavigna Coyle; Mike Gordon (Illustrator); Carl Gordon (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0873588282
Publication Date: 2003-02-01
When a little girl asks her mother about princesses, she learns that they are much like herself.

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The Paper Bag Princess - Robert Munsch; Michael Martchenko (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0920236162
Publication Date: 1980-05-01
When Ronald, the prince she was to marry, was stolen from her by a fierce dragon, Elizabeth donned a paper bag to cover her singed body, and set off to rescue him.

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Olivia and the Fairy Princesses - Ian Falconer (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1442450274
Publication Date: 2012-08-28
"Olivia is having an identity crisis! There are too many ruffly, sparkly princesses around these days, and Olivia has had quite enough. She needs to stand out! She has to be special! What will she be? Join Olivia on a hilarious quest for individuality inthis latest book of the OLIVIA series, and rest assured, you won't find THIS pig in pink!"--.

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The Princess and the Pony - Kate Beaton
ISBN: 0545637082
Publication Date: 2015-06-30
Princess Pinecone would like a real war horse for her birthday, instead of which she gets a plump, cute pony--but sometimes cuteness can be a kind of weapon, especially in a fight with dodgeballs and spitballs and hairballs and squareballs.

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Princess Grace - Mary Hoffman; Cornelius Van Wright (Illustrator); Ying-Hwa Hu (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0803732600
Publication Date: 2008-01-10
Grace has been chosen to dress up as a princess and ride on her school's float in the town parade! At first, she asks her Nana to make her a frilly pink storybook-princess dress, but she reconsiders after learning about real princesses from history, including Amina of Zaria (now known as Nigeria) and Pin-Yang of China. On parade day, Grace wears the kente cloth of Gambia and shares the float with kids representing princes and princesses from all over the world.

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The Princess Knight - Cornelia Funke; Kerstin Meyer (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0439536308
Publication Date: 2004-03-01
Envious of her brothers who are in training to become knights, young Violetta disguises herself as a boy in order to take part in the big jousting contest in the hopes of showing everyone that she is just as capable.

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The Magic Nesting Doll - Jacqueline K. Ogburn; Laurel Long (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0803724144
Publication Date: 2000-09-01
After her grandmother dies, Katya finds herself in a kingdom where the Tsarvitch has been turned into living ice and she uses the magic nesting dolls her babushka had given her to try to break the curse.

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The Princess in Black - Shannon Hale; Dean Hale; LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)
ISBN: 076366510X
Publication Date: 2014-10-14
Hiding her secret identity as a monster-fighting superhero, Princess Magnolia interrupts her fancy tea with the unsuspecting Duchess Wigtower to stop a big blue monster from endangering her kingdom's goats.

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The Princess and the Admiral - Charlotte Pomerantz; Tony Chen (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1558615687
Publication Date: 1993-01-01
When a fleet of warships attacks the Tiny Kingdom on the eve of its celebration of a hundred years of peace, the princess uses the tides to salvage the kingdom's record and celebration.

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The King's Equal - Katherine Paterson; Vladimir Vagin (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0060224975
Publication Date: 1992-09-01
In order to wear the crown of the kingdom, an arrogant young prince must find an equal in his bride. Instead, he finds someone far better than he

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The Best of Girls to the Rescue - Bruce Lansky (Editor)
ISBN: 0689024681
Publication Date: 2002-11-01
A collection of stories about heroic girls

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Harriet the Invincible - Ursula Vernon
ISBN: 0803739834
Publication Date: 2015-08-18
Never a conventional princess, Harriet becomes an adventurer after learning she is cursed to fall into a deep sleep on her twelfth birthday, but after two years of slaying ogres, cliff-diving, and more with her riding quail, Mumfrey, things go awry at home and she must seek a prince to set things right.

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Tuesdays at the Castle - Jessica Day George
ISBN: 1599906449
Publication Date: 2011-10-25
Eleven-year-old Princess Celie lives with her parents, the king and queen, and her brothers and sister at Castle Glower, which adds rooms or stairways or secret passageways most every Tuesday, and when the king and queen are ambushed while travelling, itis up to Celie--the castle's favorite--with her secret knowledge of its never-ending twists and turns, to protect their home and save their kingdom.

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The Princess and the Goblin - George MacDonald
ISBN: 1619492253
Publication Date: 2011-12-19
A little princess is protected by her friend Curdie from the goblin miners who live beneath the castle

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The Ordinary Princess - M. M. Kaye
ISBN: 0670035440
Publication Date: 2002-03-18
At her christening, a princess is given the gift of "ordinariness" by a fairy, and the consequences of that eventually take her to a nearby palace where, as the fourteenth assistant kitchen maid, she meets the prince for her

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A Brave Little Princess - Beatrice Masini; Octavia Monaco (Illustrator); Diana Handley (Translator)
ISBN: 1841482676
Publication Date: 2000-10-01
Little Princess Leonora is laughed at because she is so small, but with great courage and special gifts from her grandmother, she sets out to face a dragon, a sorcerer's spell, and a flock of hungry vultures

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The Emperor and the Kite - Jane Yolen; Ed Young (Illustrator); Ted Lewin (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0698116445
Publication Date: 1998-07-20
Largely ignored by her own family, Princess Djeow Seow spends her days playing with a kite made from paper and sticks. But when the Emperor is imprisoned in a high tower, only the Princess can save the day, flying her kite high up into the sky to rescue her father.

"It is rare to find a book where the beauty of the language and image are so finely meshed as in this tale of loyalty and love."

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A Princess, a Pirate, and One Wild Brother - Cornelia Funke; Kerstin Meyer (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780545042413
Publication Date: 2008-04-01
Collects three short stories about a princess who becomes a knight, a band of pirates who take an unusual captive, and a brother who protects his older sister from monsters

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The Red Wolf - Margaret Shannon (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0618737448
Publication Date: 2006-11-13
Roselupin, a princess locked in a tower by her overprotective father, uses yarn to knit a red wolf suit to free herself

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Princess Pigsty - Cornelia Funke; Kerstin Meyer (Illustrator)
ISBN: 043988554X
Publication Date: 2007-04-01
Tired of being a princess, the youngest of three sisters throws her crown out the window and finds happiness working in the royal kitchen and pigsty

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Princess Prunella and the Purple Peanut - Margaret Atwood; Maryann Kovalski (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0761101667
Publication Date: 1995-01-09
Prunella, a proud, prissy, princess, plans to marry a pinheaded prince who will pamper her--until a wise old woman's spell puts a purple peanut on the princess's pretty nose

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Princess Penelope Takes Charge - Todd Mack; Julia Gran (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0439673801
Publication Date: 2006-04-01
Princess Penelope is going to be a big sister soon and she wants a little sister, but when her mother brings home a little brother, she learns that he can be just as special

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Princesses Are Not Quitters! - Kate Lum; Sue Hellard (Illustrator); Susan Hellard (Illustrator)
ISBN: 158234762X
Publication Date: 2003-04-05
Three bored princesses decide to become servants for a day and learn what hard work is all about.

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Not All Princesses Dress in Pink - Jane Yolen; Heidi E. Y. Stemple; Anne-Sophie Lanquetin (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1416980180
Publication Date: 2010-06-15
Rhyming text affirms that girls can pursue their many interests, from playing sports to planting flowers in the dirt, without giving up their tiaras.

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Princess Furball - Charlotte Huck; Anita Lobel (Illustrator); Charlotte Huck
ISBN: 0688131077
Publication Date: 1994-03-29
A princess in a coat of a thousand furs hides her identity from a king who falls in love with her

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Princess Academy - Shannon Hale
ISBN: 1599900734
Publication Date: 2007-04-17
While attending a strict academy for potential princesses with the other girls from her mountain village, fourteen-year-old Miri discovers unexpected talents and connections to her homeland

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The Two Princesses of Bamarre - Gail Carson Levine
ISBN: 006440966X
Publication Date: 2012-04-24
With her adventurous sister, Meryl, suffering from the Grey death, meek and timid Princess Addie sets out to find a cure and encounters monsters and other dangers along the way.

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The Poppy Lady - Barbara Walsh; Layne Johnson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781590787540
Publication Date: 2012-09-01
Recounts the efforts of Moina Belle Michael to launch a national campaign establishing the red poppy of Flanders Fields as a reminder of the sacrifice and courage of America's soldiers.

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Dolley Madison Saves George Washington - Don Brown (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780618411993
Publication Date: 2007-10-22
With the war getting closer to her home with each passing day, Dolley Madison fears that time has come to move away, but refusing to let the English destroy her portrait of George Washington, she takes it with her and saves a piece of American history in the process.

 

Classic Girl Books

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A Little Princess - Frances Hodgson Burnett; Lynne Sharon Schwartz (Afterword by)
ISBN: 0451525094
Publication Date: 1990-12-04
Sara Crewe, a pupil at Miss Minchin's London School, is left in poverty when her father dies, but is later rescued by a mysterious benefactor

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The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
ISBN: 1613821433
Publication Date: 2011-10-01
Ten-year-old Mary comes to live in a lonely house on the Yorkshire moors and discovers an invalid cousin and the mysteries of a locked garden

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Anne of Green Gables - L. M. Montgomery
ISBN: 055321313X
Publication Date: 1982-04-01
Anne, an eleven-year-old orphan, is sent by mistake to live with a lonely, middle-aged brother and sister on a Prince Edward Island farm and proceeds to make an indelible impression on everyone around her.

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Heidi - Johanna Spyri
ISBN: 1613821263
Publication Date: 2011-10-01
A Swiss orphan is heartbroken when she must leave her beloved grandfather and their happy home in the mountains to go to school and to care for a wheelchair-bound disabled girl in Frankfurt, Germany.

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Pollyanna - Eleanor H. Porter; Scott McKowen (Illustrator); Arthur Pober (Afterword by)
ISBN: 9781402797187
Publication Date: 2013-08-06
When an eleven-year-old orphan comes to live with her austere and wealthy Aunt Polly, her philosopy of gladness brings happiness to the aunt and unloved members of the community.

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Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
ISBN: 9781405271790
Publication Date: 2015-02-01
Chronicles the joys and sorrows of the four March sisters as they grow into young women in nineteenth-century New Englan

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The Middle Moffat - Eleanor Estes; Louis Slobodkin (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0152025294
Publication Date: 2001-04-01
Follows the adventures and misadventures of ten-year-old Jane Moffat living with her widowed mother and three siblings in their new home in Cranbury, Connecticut, in the early twentieth century.

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Betsy-Tacy - Maud Hart Lovelace; Lois Lenski (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0064400964
Publication Date: 2007-08-14
After Tacy Kelly moves into the house across the street from Betsy Ray, the five-year-olds become inseparable friends.

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All-of-a-Kind Family - Sydney Taylor; Helen John (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0440400597
Publication Date: 1984-12-01
It's the turn of the century in New York's Lower East Side and a sense of adventure and excitement abounds for five young sisters -- Ella, Henny, Sarah, Charlotte and Gertie. Follow along as they search for hidden buttons while dusting Mama's front parlor, or explore the basement warehouse of Papa's peddler's shop on rainy days. The five girls enjoy doing everything together, especially when it involves holidays and surprises. But no one could have prepared them for the biggest surprise of all!

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Charlotte's Web - E. B. White; Garth Williams (Illustrator); Kate DiCamillo
ISBN: 0064400557
Publication Date: 2012-04-10
The story of Wilbur, the pig, smallest of the litter, who is raised by the farmer's daughter, and who finds a friend in Charlotte, the spider.

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Matilda - Roald Dahl; Quentin Blake (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0142410373
Publication Date: 2007-08-16
Child genius, Matilda, applies her untapped mental powers to rid the school of the evil, child-hating headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, and restore her nice teacher, Miss Honey, to financial security.

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Harriet the Spy - Louise Fitzhugh
ISBN: 0440416795
Publication Date: 2001-05-08
Eleven-year-old Harriet, who wants to be a writer, writes down everything she sees, but alienates her friends in the process.

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Little House on the Prairie - Laura Ingalls Wilder; Garth Williams (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0061958271
Publication Date: 2010-09-28
A family travels from the big woods of Wisconsin to a new home on the prairie, where they build a house, meet neighboring Indians, build a well, and fight a prairie fire.

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A Madeline Treasury - Ludwig Bemelmans
ISBN: 0451470516
Publication Date: 2014-04-03
Madeline, smallest and naughtiest of the twelve little charges of Miss Clavel, wakes up one night with an attack of appendicitis.

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The Secret of the Old Clock - Carolyn Keene
ISBN: 9780448095011
Publication Date: 1930-05-01
Nancy Drew's keen mind is tested when she searches for a missing will.

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Blueberries for Sal - Robert McCloskey (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0670175919
Publication Date: 1948-09-17
Little Sal and Little Bear both lose their mothers while eating blueberries and almost end up with the other's mother.

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A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle
ISBN: 0312367546
Publication Date: 2007-05-01
Meg and Charles Wallace set out with their friend Calvin in a search for their father. His top secret job as a physicist for the government has taken him away and the children search through time and space to find him.

The Wizard of Oz - L. Frank Baum; Greg Hildebrandt (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780881010183
Publication Date: 1985-09-01
After a cyclone transports her to the land of Oz, Dorothy and her dog Toto are befriended by a scarecrow, a tin man, and a lion, who accompany her to the Emerald City to look for a wizard who can help her return home

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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - L. Frank Baum; W. W. Denslow (Illustrator); Peter Glassman (Afterword by); Baum
ISBN: 9780060293239
Publication Date: 2000-10-03
After a cyclone transports her to the land of Oz, Dorothy and her dog Toto are befriended by a scarecrow, a tin man, and a lion, who accompany her to the Emerald City to look for a wizard who can help her return home to Kansas.

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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass - Lewis Carroll; Hugh Haughton (Editor, Foreword by); John Tenniel (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780141439761
Publication Date: 2003-04-29
A little girl falls down a rabbit hole and discovers a world of nonsensical and amusing characters.

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When I Was Young in the Mountains - Cynthia Rylant; Diane Goode (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0140548750
Publication Date: 1993-01-01
Reminiscences of the pleasures of life in the mountains as a child.

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Strawberry Girl - Lois Lenski (Illustrator); Lenski
ISBN: 0064405850
Publication Date: 2005-04-26
In 1945, in Florida, ten-year-old Birdie Boyer and her family struggle to make their new farm prosper despite heat, droughts, cold snaps, and rowdy neighbors.

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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (Puffin Modern Classics) - Mildred D. Taylor
ISBN: 9780142401125
Publication Date: 2004-04-12
A Black family living in the South during the 1930s is faced with prejudice and discrimination

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The Secret of the Ruby Ring - Yvonne MacGrory; Terry Myler (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780915943920
Publication Date: 1994-03-11
When she makes a wish on a special ring, almost eleven-year-old Lucy is transported from her pampered present to a somewhat turbulent time in Ireland in 1885, where she must work as a servant for a wealthy family until she can find a way back home.

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Caddie Woodlawn - Carol Ryrie Brink
ISBN: 9781416940289
Publication Date: 2006-12-26
Adventures of an eleven-year-old tomboy living in Wisconsin in 1864.

 

Women's History Month 2017

 

Women's History Sarah Dix Hamlin Founder of Hamlin School

 

Western Girls

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Swamp Angel - Anne Isaacs; Paul O. Zelinsky (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0140559086
Publication Date: 2000-01-01
Along with other amazing feats, Angelica Longrider, also known as Swamp Angel, wrestles a huge bear, known as Thundering Tarnation, to save the winter supplies of the settlers in Tennessee.

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Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crockett - Steven Kellogg (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0688140424
Publication Date: 1995-09-27
Sally Ann, wife of Davy Crockett, fears nothing--and proves it when braggart Mike Fink tries to scare her.

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Thunder Rose - Jerdine Nolen; Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0152060065
Publication Date: 2007-09-01
One stormy night, Thunder Rose came into the world with "the power of thunder and lightning coursing through her veins." From this auspicious beginning, the diminutive African-American cowgirl goes on to perform many amazing feats, from constructing thunder bolts and creating lightning balls to capturing cattle rustlers and transforming a pair of tornadoes into rain clouds. --

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Dust Devil - Anne Isaacs; Paul O. Zelinsky (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0375867228
Publication Date: 2010-09-14
Having moved to Montana from Tennessee in the 1830s, fearless Angelica Longrider--also known as Swamp Angel--changes the state's landscape, tames a wild horse, and captures some desperadoes.

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Rough, Tough Charley - Verla Kay; Adam Gustavson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781582461847
Publication Date: 2007-05-01
Rhyming text tells how Charley became one of the stagecoach drivers in the West, joined a men's club, and voted in the presidential election, all while disguising the fact that she was a woman.

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The Courage of Sarah Noble - Alice Dalgliesh; Leonard Weisgard (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780689715402
Publication Date: 1991-10-30
“Keep up your courage, Sarah Noble,” were the words her mother repeated, but Sarah couldn’t help but fear leaving her family in Massachusetts to travel with her father into the wilderness. This true story takes place in 1707 and follows Sarah Noble and her father on their quest to build a new home for their family. Feeling brave turns out to be very hard! Eight-year-old Sarah cares for her father and befriends the Indians as she learns that balancing fear and bravery might be the most courageous thing of all. Perfect for history-loving kids who are transitioning to chapter books, Dalgliesh’s story flows beautifully without overwhelming the emerging chapter-book reader.

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Rachel's Journal - Marissa Moss (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780152021689
Publication Date: 2001-05-01
In her journal, a ten-year-old girl chronicles her family's adventures along the Oregon Trail in 1850.

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Emma's Journal - Marissa Moss (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780152163259
Publication Date: 2001-05-01
From 1774 to 1776, Emma describes in her journal her stay in Boston, where she witnesses the British blockade and spies for the American militia. Features hand-printed text, drawings, and marginal notes.

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Rosie the Riveter - Penny Colman
ISBN: 9780517885673
Publication Date: 1998-02-10
An account, based on interviews and other sources, of the women who replaced men in defense plants, factories, and offices and on farms during the Second World War.

 

More Multicultural Cinderella Books and Stories

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The Korean Cinderella - Shirley Climo; Ruth Heller (Illustrator)
ISBN: 006020432X
Publication Date: 1993-05-30
K–Gr. 3. Pear Blossom must perform impossible tasks for her stepmother, such as filling a leaky water jar and polishing grains of rice. She succeeds with the help of a frog and birds. A magistrate who notices her on the road traces her to her house using her sandal. Illustrations inspired by temple patterns enliven the book. Notes by both the author and the illustrator illuminate some of the cultural references in the story.

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Angkat - Jewell R. Coburn; Eddie Flotte (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1885008090
Publication Date: 1998-03-01
Gr. 1–3. Capturing the flavor of the culture, this Southeast Asian tale has a quiet beauty in text and image and includes many recurrent themes. Having helped a fish, the mistreated child of the ashes is helped by the Spirit of Virtue in overcoming a plot against her forged by her wicked stepmother. In this variant, it is a stolen slipper that leads the prince to Angkat.

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The Golden Slipper - Darrell Lum; Makiko Nagano (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0816734062
Publication Date: 2003-03-01
Preschool–Gr. 2. This retelling of the Tam and Cam story features the dutiful daughter, Tam, despised by her stepmother and her half-sister, Cam. Tam is helped by her animal friends, allowing her to attend the autumn festival, where she meets and marries the prince. Straightforward, easy-to-understand text for younger listeners or readers and a source note explaining the origins of the tale complete the book.

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The Way Meat Loves Salt - Nina Jaffe; Louise August (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0805043845
Publication Date: 1998-09-15
K–Gr. 2. Text and pictures combine to vividly depict the Eastern European Jewish culture. Mireleh, a rabbi's daughter, is driven from her house when she tells her father she loves him the way meat loves salt. Eventually, a young man traces her missing magic shoe to her and she is reunited with her father at her wedding. A Yiddish pronunciation guide and an extensive author’s note citing the origin of the story are provided.

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The Golden Sandal - Rebecca Hickox; Will Hillenbrand (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0823413314
Publication Date: 1998-03-15
K–Gr. 3. Maha, who works hard for her stepmother and stepsister, receives a gown of silk and golden sandals from a magic fish to wear to a wedding. This lively story will have listeners enthralled. Illustrations give a real flavor of the Middle East, with a touch of humor. An author’s note includes comments on derivations of the Cinderella story and references to Middle Eastern versions of the tale.

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Big Red Lollipop - Rukhsana Khan; Sophie Blackall (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780670062874
Publication Date: 2010-03-04
Having to take her younger sister along the first time she is invited to a birthday party spoils Rubina's fun, and later when that sister is asked to a party and baby sister wants to come, Rubina must decide whether to help.

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The Name Jar - Yangsook Choi (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780440417996
Publication Date: 2003-10-14
After Unhei moves from Korea to the United States, her new classmates help her decide what her name should be.

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My Name Is Yoon - Helen Recorvits; Gabi Swiatkowska (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781250057112
Publication Date: 2014-06-10
Disliking her name as written in English, Korean-born Yoon, or "shining wisdom," refers to herself as "cat," "bird," and "cupcake," as a way to feel more comfortable in her new school and new country.

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One Green Apple - Eve Bunting; Ted Lewin (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780618434770
Publication Date: 2006-06-12
While on a school field trip to an orchard to make cider, a young immigrant named Farah gains self-confidence when the green apple she picks perfectly complements the other students' red apples.

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The Seven Chinese Sisters - Kathy Tucker; Grace Lin (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780807573105
Publication Date: 2003-01-01
When a dragon snatches the youngest of seven talented Chinese sisters, the other six come to her rescue.

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I Love My Hair! - Natasha Anastasia Tarpley; E. B. Lewis (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780316523752
Publication Date: 2001-09-01
A young African American girl describes the different, wonderful ways she can wear her hair.

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Crossing Bok Chitto - Tim Tingle; Jeanne Rorex Bridges (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781933693200
Publication Date: 2008-04-01
In the 1800s, a Choctaw girl becomes friends with a slave boy from a plantation across the great river, and when she learns that his family is in trouble, she helps them cross to freedom.

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Shining Star - Paula Yoo; Lin Wang
ISBN: 9781600602597
Publication Date: 2009-06-01
"A biography of Chinese American film star Anna May Wong who, in spite of limited opportunities, achieved her dream of becoming an actress and worked to represent her race on screen in a truthful, positive manner"--Provided by publisher.

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Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel - Nikki Grimes; R. Gregory Christie (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780142415559
Publication Date: 2010-03-04
Spunky third-grader Dyamonde Daniel misses her old neighborhood, but when she befriends a boy named Free, another new student at school, she finally starts to feel at home.

 

Parodies and Humorous Cinderella Stories

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Dinorella - Pamela Duncan Edwards; Henry Cole (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0786803096
Publication Date: 1997-09-01
K–Gr. 4.Hilarious illustrations and generous use of alliteration make this Cinderella story, told with a cast of dinosaurs, one to giggle over.

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Cinder Edna - Ellen B. Jackson; Kevin O'Malley (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0688123228
Publication Date: 1994-04-29
Gr. 3–5. Bet you didn't know that Cinderella had a neighbor, Cinder Edna. Edna has saved her money and educated herself, and she is ready for anything. This witty treatment of the familiar tale has an obvious message.

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Bigfoot Cinderrrrrella - Tony Johnston; James Warhola
ISBN: 0399230211
Publication Date: 1998-10-26
Preschool–Gr. 3. Imagine that Cinderella is big, hairy, and, well . . . smelly. Luckily, her prince matches that description, too. This humorous version of the tale mixes the Bigfoot legend with environmental concerns, and even includes a glossary of the plants and animals mentioned in the story.

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Cinderhazel - Deborah Nourse Lattimore
ISBN: 0590202324
Publication Date: 1997-09-01
Gr. 1–3. This is one Cinderella who doesn't mind the dirt. Fortunately, the prince loves a mess just as much as she does. Stepsisters, a fancy ball, and the requisite godmother make up the familiar elements of the story, but all have a distinctly witchy feel.

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Cinderella's Rat - Susan Meddaugh (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0395868335
Publication Date: 1997-09-15
Preschool–Gr. 3. The old tale takes on a new, silly guise when seen through the eyes of one of the rats who was changed into a coach boy by Cinderella’s fairy godmother. A bumbling wizard adds more humorous twists to the story.

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Cinder-Elly - Frances Minters; G. Brian Karas (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0670844179
Publication Date: 1994-04-01
Preschool–Gr. 3. In this city version of Cinderella, Elly hopes to go to the big basketball game. Her godmother even gives her glass sneakers! Told in rapping rhyme, this story of Prince and Elly is ultramodern, enhanced by entertaining illustrations.

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Yoon and the Jade Bracelet - Helen Recorvits; Gabi Swiatkowska (Illustrator); H. Recorvits
ISBN: 0374386897
Publication Date: 2008-08-05
Although she really would have liked a jump rope for her birthday, Yoon is happy to receive a Korean picture book and a jade bracelet passed down from her grandmother, and when she wears the bracelet to school it seems as if her wish for a jump rope and a friend is about to come true.

 

Girls Musicians and Vocalists

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Little Melba and Her Big Trombone - Katheryn Russell-Brown; Frank Morrison (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1600608981
Publication Date: 2014-09-01
A biography of African American musician Melba Doretta Liston, a virtuoso musician who played the trombone and composed and arranged music for many of the great jazz musicians of the twentieth century. Includes afterword, discography, and sources"--Provided by publisher.

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The Little Piano Girl - Maryann MacDonald; Ann Ingalls; Giselle Potter (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0618959742
Publication Date: 2010-01-18
A child prodigy at the piano sprinkles her music with a little jazz. Based on the life of the twentieth-century jazz musician, Mary Lou Williams.

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Ella Fitzgerald - Andrea Davis Pinkney; Brian Pinkney (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0786805684
Publication Date: 2002-04-01
"Scat Cat Monroe" narrates a celebration of the life and career of the first lady of song, noting her distinctive style and far-ranging impact upon contemporary music.

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When Marian Sang - Pam Muñoz Ryan; Brian Selznick (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0439269679
Publication Date: 2002-10-01
An introduction to the life of Marian Anderson, extraordinary singer and civil rights activist, who was the first African American to perform at the Metropolitan Opera, whose life and career encouraged social change.

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Leontyne Price - Carole Boston Weatherford; Raúl Colón (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0375856064
Publication Date: 2014-12-23
An introduction to the life and career of the African American opera singer.

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Harlem's Little Blackbird - Renée Watson; Christian Robinson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0375869735
Publication Date: 2012-10-23
A tribute to Harlem Renaissance performer Florence Mills covers her youth as a child of former slaves, her performances that inspired songs and entire plays, and the racism that prompted her advocacy of all-black theater and musicals.

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Violet's Music - Angela Johnson; Laura Huliska-Beith (Illustrator); Huliska-beith Laura (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780803727403
Publication Date: 2004-01-05
From the days she banged her rattle in the crib, Violet has been looking for friends to share her love of music.

 

More Powerful Girl Picture Books

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Mrs. Biddlebox - Linda Smith; Marla Frazee (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780060286903
Publication Date: 2002-09-01
With baking magic, Mrs. Biddlebox uses fog, dirt, sky, and other ingredients of a rotten day to transform it into a sweet cake

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My Name Is Not Isabella - Jennifer Fosberry; Mike Litwin (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781402243950
Publication Date: 2010-09-01
From breakfast to bedtime, a young girl imagines being different women who made history, and ends the day empowered to be herself. Includes brief biographical information about the women cited

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Girls A to Z - Eve Bunting; Suzanne Bloom (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781620910283
Publication Date: 2013-03-01
From Aliki the astronaut to Zoe the zookeeper, Bunting’s alphabet book encourages girls of all backgrounds to follow their dreams. Bunting incorporates rhyming, wordplay and alliteration, while Bloom manages to create a captivating collection of vibrant and inspiring images. This book, especially the last page, motivates all children to be the best “me” they can be in order to unleash their potential and achieve their goals.

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Imogene's Antlers - David Small (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780517562420
Publication Date: 1988-09-12
One Thursday Imogene wakes up with a pair of antlers growing out of her head and causes a sensation wherever she goes.

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A Bad Case of Stripes - David Shannon (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780439598385
Publication Date: 2004-06-01
Camilla Cream was always worried about what other people thought of her, but her troubles really began the day she awakened to find herself covered with stripes.

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Winners Never Quit! - Mia Hamm; Carol Thompson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0060740523
Publication Date: 2006-04-25
Soccer star and Olympic gold medalist Mia Hamm tells the story of how Mia, a competitive child in a large family, learns to be part of a team and work together with her six brothers and sisters.

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Grace for President - Kelly DiPucchio; LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781423139997
Publication Date: 2012-03-06
Grace campaigns for president of her grade, but when her competition seems to have the support of all the male voters, she must use all her campaigning skills to win them over by showing that she is the best person for the job.

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Minou - Mindy Bingham; Itoko Maeno (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780911655360
Publication Date: 1987-05-01
A cat who does not know how to take care of herself is abandoned in the streets of Paris and discovers self-reliance by working as a mouser at the Notre Dame Cathedral.

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Ladybug Girl - Jacky Davis; David Soman (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780803731950
Publication Date: 2008-03-13
After her brother tells her she is too little to play with him, Lulu, dressed as Ladybug Girl, makes her own fun.

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The Wednesday Surprise - Eve Bunting; Donald Carrick (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0899197213
Publication Date: 1989-03-20
On Wednesday nights when Grandma stays with Anna everyone thinks she is teaching Anna to read.

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Night Flight - Robert Burleigh; Wendell Minor (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1416967338
Publication Date: 2011-02-22
An account of Amelia Earhart's dangerous 1932 flight across the Atlantic Ocean from Newfoundland to Ireland, in which she survived bad weather and a malfunctioning airplane. Includes a brief biography

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Owl Moon - Jane Yolen; John Schoenherr (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0399214577
Publication Date: 1987-10-23
On a winter's night under a full moon, a father and daughter trek into the woods to see the Great Horned Owl.

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One Grain of Rice - Demi
ISBN: 059093998X
Publication Date: 1997-04-01
A reward of one grain of rice doubles day by day into millions of grains of rice when a selfish raja is outwitted by a clever village girl.

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O'Sullivan Stew - Hudson Talbot; Hudson Talbott (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0698118898
Publication Date: 2001-01-15
When the witch of Crookhaven, a village on the zigzagging coast of Ireland, has her horse stolen by the King and strikes back with famine and disaster, Kate decides to save the day by getting the horse back for her.

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Rumpelstiltskin's Daughter - Diane Stanley (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0064410951
Publication Date: 2002-05-28
Rumpelstiltkin's daughter may not be able to spin straw into gold, but she is more than a match for a monarch whose greed has blighted an entire kingdom.

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The Brave Little Seamstress - Mary Pope Osborne; Giselle Potter
ISBN: 0689844867
Publication Date: 2002-05-01
A seamstress who kills seven flies with one blow outwits the king and, with the help of a kind knight, becomes a wise and kind queen.

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The Legend of Old Befana - Tomie dePaola
ISBN: 0152438173
Publication Date: 1980-09-02
Because Befana's household chores kept her from finding the Baby King, she searches to this day, leaving gifts for children on the Feast of the Three Kings.

 

Great Historical Books on Girls!

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You Forgot Your Skirt, Amelia Bloomer! - Shana Corey; Chesley McLaren (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0439078199
Publication Date: 2000-03-01
Amelia Bloomer, who does not behave the way nineteenth-century society tells her a proper lady should, introduces pantaloons to American women to save them from the discomfort of their heavy, tight dresses

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Elizabeth Leads the Way - Tanya Lee Stone; Rebecca Gibbon (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0312602367
Publication Date: 2010-02-16
This inspiring story is about an extraordinary woman who changed America forever because she wouldn't take no for an answer

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Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride - Pam Muñoz Ryan; Brian Selznick (Illustrator)
ISBN: 059096075X
Publication Date: 1999-10-01
A fictionalized account of the night Amelia Earhart flew Eleanor Roosevelt over Washington, D.C. in an airplane

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Eleanor, Quiet No More - Doreen Rappaport; Gary Kelley (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0786851414
Publication Date: 2009-02-03
A biography of Eleanor Roosevelt, the most socially and politically active -- and controversial -- First Lady America had ever seen. Ambassador, activist, and champion of civil rights, Eleanor Roosevelt changed the soul of America forever. Includes selected quotes from Eleanor's own writings

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Heart on Fire - Ann Malaspina; Steven James (Illustrator)
ISBN: 080753188X
Publication Date: 2012-07-01
Recounts the suffragist Susan B. Anthony's first trip to the ballot box on November 5, 1872, her subseque

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Unspoken - Henry Cole (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0545399971
Publication Date: 2012-11-01
In this wordless picture book, a young Southern farm girl discovers a runaway slave hiding behind the corn crib in the barn and decides to help him.

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Ballots for Belva - Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen; Courtney A. Martin (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780810971103
Publication Date: 2008-09-01
Recounts the life and accomplishments of Belva Lockwood, the first woman to practice law before the Supreme Court and to officially run for the presidency of the United States in 1884 and 1888.

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A Woman for President - Kathleen Krull; Jane Dyer (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0802789080
Publication Date: 2004-08-01
Traces the life and accomplishments of the American suffragist who became the first successful female stockbroker and later started a newspaper and ran for president.

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I Could Do That! - Linda Arms White; Nancy Carpenter (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0374335273
Publication Date: 2005-09-06
In 1869, a woman whose "can-do" attitude had shaped her life was instrumental in making Wyoming the first state to allow women to vote, then became the first woman to hold public office in the United States.

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Marching with Aunt Susan - Claire Rudolf Murphy; Stacey Schuett (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1561455938
Publication Date: 2011-12-01
Not allowed to go hiking with her father and brothers because she is a girl, Bessie learns about womenÕs rights when she attends a suffrage rally led by Susan B. Anthony

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Independent Dames - Matt Faulkner (Illustrator); Laurie Halse Anderson
ISBN: 0689858086
Publication Date: 2008-06-03
Combines historical facts and humor to pay homage to the ladies who played important roles in the founding of our nation.

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Only Passing Through - Anne F. Rockwell; R. Gregory Christie (Illustrator)
ISBN: 044041766X
Publication Date: 2002-12-10
Presents a biography of the woman who was born a slave with no status and became one of the most powerful voices in the abolitionist movement.

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Thank You, Sarah - Laurie Halse Anderson; Matt Faulkner (Illustrator)
ISBN: 068985143X
Publication Date: 2005-10-01
Relates how Sarah Hale, a magazine editor and author, persuaded President Lincoln to transform Thanksgiving Day into a national holiday.

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Molly, by Golly! - Dianne Ochiltree; Kathleen Kemly (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1590787218
Publication Date: 2012-09-01
Introduces the first known female firefighter, Molly Williams, an African American cook for New York City's Fire Company 11, who one winter day in 1818 with many volunteers sick with influenza jumped into action to stop

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Mary McLeod Bethune - Eloise Greenfield; Jerry Pinkney (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0064461688
Publication Date: 1994-07-21
Biography of Mary Jane McLeod Bethune who made numerous contributions to education for Afro-Americans.

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Phillis's Big Test - Catherine Clinton; Sean Qualls (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0618737391
Publication Date: 2008-03-21
Story of Phyllis Wheatley of Boston, Mass., a slave, who published a book of poetry in 1773

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A Voice of Her Own - Kathryn Lasky; Paul Lee (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0763602523
Publication Date: 2003-01-01
In 1761, a young African girl was sold to the Wheatley family in Boston, who named her Phillis after the slave schooner that had carried her. Kidnapped from her home in Africa and shipped to America, she’d had everything taken from her - her family, her name, and her language.

But Phillis Wheatley was no ordinary young girl. She had a passion to learn, and the Wheatleys encouraged her, breaking with unwritten rule in New England to keep slaves illiterate. Amid the tumult of the Revolutionary War, Phillis Wheatley became a poet and ultimately had a book of verse published, establishing herself as the first African American woman poet this country had ever known. She also found what had been taken away from her and from slaves everywhere: a voice of her own.

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An Apple for Harriet Tubman - Glennette Tilley Turner; Susan Keeter (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780807503959
Publication Date: 2006-01-01
Biography of a little slave girl whipped for eating an apple, who later grew up to become a famous "conductor" for the underground railroad

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Moses - Carole Boston Weatherford; Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0786851759
Publication Date: 2006-08-08
Describes Tubman's spiritual journey as she hears the voice of God guiding her north to freedom on that very first trip to escape the brutal practice of forced servitude. Tubman would make nineteen subsequent trips back south, never being caught, but none as profound as this first one

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Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt - Deborah Hopkinson; James E. Ransome (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0679874720
Publication Date: 1995-07-10
A young slave stitches a quilt with a map pattern which guides her to freedom in the North

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Anne Frank - Josephine Poole; Angela Barrett (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0375832424
Publication Date: 2005-08-23
A chronicle of the life of Anne Frank, a young Jewish girl, who kept a diary during her family's attempts to hide from the Nazis in the 1940s. Important dates in the life of Anne Frank and notes from the author are included.

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Mighty Jackie - Marissa Moss; C. F. Payne (Illustrator, Translator)
ISBN: 0689863292
Publication Date: 2004-02-01
In 1931, seventeen-year-old Jackie Mitchell pitches against Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in an exhibition game, becoming the first professional female pitcher in baseball history.

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She Loved Baseball - Audrey Vernick (Illustrator); Don Tate (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780061349201
Publication Date: 2010-10-19
The first (and, so far, only) woman to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame was African-American Effa Manley. Manley loved baseball as a girl, and she grew up to work in the sport, breaking ground as a business manager and co-owner of the Newark Eagles Negro League team, where she fought for racial equality. --

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The Bravest Woman in America - Marissa Moss; Andrea U'Ren (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1582463697
Publication Date: 2011-07-12
Describes the life of Ida Lewis and how her father taught her to be the official keeper of Lime Rock Lighthouse in Newport, Rhode Island.

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China's Bravest Girl - Charlie Chin (As told by); Tomie Arai (Illustrator); Wang Xing Chu (Translator)
ISBN: 0892391200
Publication Date: 1993-10-01
The legend of Hua Mu Lan, who goes to war disguised as a man to save the family honor and becomes a great general.

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Through Georgia's Eyes - Rachel Victoria Rodriguez; Julie Paschkis (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0805077405
Publication Date: 2006-02-07
Discusses the influence of nature and color on the American artist and how she demonstrated these feelings through her paintings.

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Me, Frida - Amy Novesky; David Diaz (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0810989697
Publication Date: 2010-10-01
Artist Frida Kahlo finds her own voice and style when her famous husband, Diego Rivera, is commissioned to paint a mural in San Francisco, California, in the 1930s and she finds herself exploring the city on her own.

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Vinnie and Abraham - Catherine Stock (Illustrator); Dawn FitzGerald
ISBN: 1570916446
Publication Date: 2009-02-01
The true story of Vinnie Ream's courage and persistence in the service of art, and in the service of a friend."--Dust jacket, front flap.

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Nurse, Soldier, Spy - Marissa Moss; John Hendrix (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780810997356
Publication Date: 2011-03-01
A story of a nineteen-year-old woman who disguised herself as a man to avoid an unwanted marriage and who distinguished herself as a male nurse during the Civil War, and later as a spy for the Union Army.

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The House That Jane Built - Tanya Lee Stone; Kathryn Brown (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0805090495
Publication Date: 2015-06-23
Presents the story of Jane Addams, founder of the children's charity known as Hull House, and the first American woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

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Miss Moore Thought Otherwise - Jan Pinborough; Debby Atwell (Illustrator)
ISBN: 054747105X
Publication Date: 2013-03-05
Examines the story of how librarian Ann Carroll Moore created the first children's room at the New York Public Library.

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Different Like Coco - Elizabeth Matthews (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763625481
Publication Date: 2007-02-13
Simple text and color illustrations present the life of Coco Chanel

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Virginia Wolf - Kyo Maclear; Isabelle Arsenault (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781554536498
Publication Date: 2012-03-01
Vanessa's sister, Virginia, is in a "wolfish" mood -- growling, howling and acting very strange. Vanessa tries everything she can think of to cheer her up, but nothing seems to work. Loosely based on the relationship between author Virginia Woolf and her sister, painter Vanessa Bell.

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Yours for Justice, Ida B. Wells - Philip Dray; Stephen Alcorn (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781561454174
Publication Date: 2008-01-01
Biography of Ida B. Wells-Barnett, a journalist and teacher who wrote about and spoke against the injustices suffered by African-Americans

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Just Being Audrey - Margaret Cardillo; Julia Denos (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780061852831
Publication Date: 2011-01-25
Short biography of actress Audrey Hepburn.

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The Daring Nellie Bly - Bonnie Christensen (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0375815686
Publication Date: 2003-10-14
Introduces the life of Nellie Bly who, as a "stunt reporter" for the New York World newspaper in the late 1800s, championed women's rights and traveled around the world faster than anyone ever had.

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Girl Wonder - Deborah Hopkinson; Terry Widener (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780689833007
Publication Date: 2003-03-01
In the early 1900s, Alta Weiss, a young woman who knows from an early age that she loves baseball, finds a way to show that she can play, even though she is a girl.

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Abigail Adams - Alexandra Wallner (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780823414420
Publication Date: 2005-03-01
The wife of one president and the mother of another, she believed that a country fighting for independence should not have slaves, and that women should have the same rights as men.

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Liberty's Voice - Stacey Schuett (Illustrator); Erica Silverman
ISBN: 9780525478591
Publication Date: 2011-02-03
Portrays the life of the American poet who wrote the poem inscribed on the statue of liberty.

Barbara Frietchie - John Greenleaf Whittier; Nancy Winslow Parker (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0688098290
Publication Date: 1992-03-01
An illustrated edition of the poem describing Barbara Fritchie's dramatic stand with the Union flag against the rebel troops invading her town.

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Helen's Big World - Doreen Rappaport; Matt Tavares (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780786808908
Publication Date: 2012-10-16
An introduction to the life and legacy of Helen Keller and her teacher Annie Sullivan

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Queen of the Falls - Chris Van Allsburg
ISBN: 9780547315812
Publication Date: 2011-04-04
Recounts the turn of the nineteenth century, retired charm school teacher Annie Edson Taylor planned and executed her daring feat to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel, earning her the name of "Queen of the Falls"

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Nurse, Soldier, Spy - Marissa Moss; John Hendrix (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780810997356
Publication Date: 2011-03-01
A story of a nineteen-year-old woman who disguised herself as a man to avoid an unwanted marriage and who distinguished herself as a male nurse during the Civil War, and later as a spy for the Union army.

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Vinnie and Abraham - Catherine Stock (Illustrator); Dawn FitzGerald
ISBN: 9781570916588
Publication Date: 2007-02-01
The true story of Vinnie Ream's courage and persistence in the service of art, and in the service of a friend.

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A Picture Book of Sacagawea - David A. Adler; Dan Brown (Illustrator)
ISBN: 082341485X
Publication Date: 2000-01-01
A biography of the Shoshone woman who joined the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

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Pocahontas - Ingri D'Aulaire (Illustrator); Edgar Parin D'Aulaire (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0385074549
Publication Date: 1985-03-05
Presents the life of Pocahontas, a Powhatan Princess, describing how she saved the life of Captain John Smith.

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Kate Shelley - Robert D. San Souci; Max Ginsburg
ISBN: 0803712898
Publication Date: 1995-09-01
A biography of the fifteen-year-old Iowa teenager who helped avert a train disaster in 1881 and became a national heroine.

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When Esther Morris Headed West - Connie N. Wooldridge; Jacqueline Rogers (Illustrator)
ISBN: 082341597x
Publication Date: 2001-01-01
Celebrates the life and work of Esther Morris who succeeded in pressuring Wyoming legislator into becoming the first state to grant suffrage to women, and who went on to become the first woman to hold a judicial position in the United States.

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Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes - Eleanor Coerr
ISBN: 0399237992
Publication Date: 2002-02-18
Hospitalized with the dreaded disease from a bomb disease, leukemia, a child in Hiroshima races against time to fold one thousand cranes to verify that by doing so a sick person will become healthy.

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Annie and Helen - Raúl Colón (Illustrator); Deborah Hopkinson
ISBN: 9780375857065
Publication Date: 2012-09-11
Introduces Hellen Keller and Annie Sullivan, focusing on their relationship and interspersed with letters that Annie wrote home detailing Helen's early communication progress.

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Frida - Jonah Winter; Ana Juan (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780590203203
Publication Date: 2002-02-01
Identifies the tragedies and suffering that Frida Kahlo overcame throughout her life by using her skill as an artist to express her pain and depression--and eventually, her joys and triumphs.

 

Great Women in American History

 

Women in sports

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Players in Pigtails - Shana Corey; Rebecca Gibbon (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0439183057
Publication Date: 2003-03-01
Katie Casey, a fictional character, helps start the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, which gave women the opportunity to play professional baseball while America was involved in World War II.

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A Girl Named Dan - Dandi Daley Mackall; Renee Graef (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781585363513
Publication Date: 2008-05-01
Dandi enjoys nothing more than baseball, and so after the boys at school tell her their lunchtime game is now boys only, she enters an essay contest hoping to become a bat boy for the Kansas City A's, not realizing the contest is for boys only. Includes author's note on Title IX.

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Dirt on Their Skirts - Doreen Rappaport; Lyndall Callan (Illustrator); Earl Lewis (Illustrator); E. B. Lewis (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0803720424
Publication Date: 2000-03-01
Margaret experiences the excitement of watching the 1946 championship game of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League as it goes into extra innings.

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Catching the Moon - Crystal Hubbard; Randy Duburke (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781584302438
Publication Date: 2005-09-01
A picture book biography highlighting a pivotal event in the childhood of African American baseball player Marcenia "Toni Stone" Lyle Alberga, the woman who broke baseball's gender barrier by becoming the first female roster member of a professional Negro League team

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Girl Wonder - Deborah Hopkinson; Terry Widener (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0689833008
Publication Date: 2003-03-01
In the early 1900s, Alta Weiss, a young woman who knows from an early age that she loves baseball, finds a way to show that she can play, even though she is a girl

 

Abigail Adams Second First Lady

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Abigail Adams in Her Own Words - Blair Belton
ISBN: 9781433998706
Publication Date: 2014-01-01

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Founding Mothers - Cokie Roberts; Diane Goode (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780060780029
Publication Date: 2014-01-28
Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies reveals the incredible accomplishments of the women who orchestrated the American Revolution behind the scenes. Roberts traces the stories of heroic, patriotic women such as Abigail Adams, Martha Washington, Phillis Wheatley, Mercy Otis Warren, Sarah Livingston Jay, and others. Details are gleaned from their letters, private journals, lists, and ledgers. The bravery of these women's courageous acts contributed to the founding of America and spurred the founding fathers to make this a country that "remembered the lad

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Remember the Ladies - Jeri Chase Ferris; Ellen Beier (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1575055589
Publication Date: 2000-01-08
Biography of Abigail Adams, 1744-1818

 

Women in the Military

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The Secret Soldier - Ann McGovern; Harold Goodwin (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780590430524
Publication Date: 1990-06-01
Biography of Deborah Sampson Gannett, a young woman who, disguised as a man, served in the army during the American Revolution.

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Faking It - Joseph K. Smith
ISBN: 9781451276664
Publication Date: 2010-11-01
Deborah Sampson was a courageous woman who lived during the American Revolutionary War. Deborah wanted to fight for her country, but women were not allowed to join the military, at that time. She disguised herself as a man, and successfully enlisted in the army. Later, she became the first American woman who went on a lecture tour, and the first woman to collect a military pension in the United States. Deborah Sampson was a brave woman whose story will inspire boys, and girls to go for their dreams

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Florence Nightingale - David R. Collins; Edward Ostendorf (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780880621267
Publication Date: 1985-01-01
Florence Nightingale revolutionized the world of medicine by emphasizing cleanliness, food that was hot and nutritious, and organization in hospitals. What began as an attempt to make army hospitals safer and more effective became a lifelong mission, and remains relevant today.

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Florence Nightingale - Demi (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780805097290
Publication Date: 2014-02-04
"Florence Nightingale revolutionized the world of medicine by emphasizing cleanliness, food that was hot and nutritious, and organization in hospitals. What began as an attempt to make army hospitals safer and more effective became a lifelong mission, and remains relevant today. This new picture book biography of Florence Nightingale, from celebrated author and artist Demi, beautifully portrays the story of Florence's life and explores the long-lasting effects of her career. "--.

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Sky High - Marissa Moss; Carl Angel (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781582462806
Publication Date: 2009-09-08
Presents the life and career of the Chinese American woman who dreamed of flying as a child and who went on to become one of only two Chinese American Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) to serve during World War II

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The Scarlet Stockings Spy - Trinka Hakes Noble; Robert Papp (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1585362301
Publication Date: 2004-10-14
In 1777 Philadelphia, young Maddy Rose spies for General Washington's army by using an unusual code to communicate with her soldier brother

 

Sojourner Truth "Ain't I a Woman"

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A Picture Book of Sojourner Truth - David A. Adler; Gershom Griffith (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0823410722
Publication Date: 1994-03-01
An introduction to the life of the woman born into slavery who became a well-known abolitionist and crusader for the rights of African Americans in the United States.

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Only Passing Through - Anne F. Rockwell; R. Gregory Christie (Illustrator); Nancy Siscoe (Editor)
ISBN: 0679891862
Publication Date: 2000-12-26
Sojourner Truth traveled the country in the latter half of the 19th century, speaking out against slavery. She told of a slave girl who was sold three times by age 13, who was beaten for not understanding her master's orders, who watched her parents die of cold and hunger when they could no longer work for their keep. Sojourner's simple yet powerful words helped people to understand the hideous truth about slavery. The story she told was her own.

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Sojourner Truth - Patricia C. McKissack; Fredrick L. McKissack
ISBN: 0590446916
Publication Date: 1994-01-01
Published to coincide with African-American History Month, here is the stirring, award-winning biography of Sojourner Truth--preacher, abolitionist, and activist for the rights of African-Americans and women.

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Hidden Figures - Margot Lee Shetterly
ISBN: 9780062662385
Publication Date: 2016-11-29
During this time of racial and gender inequality, these women used their mathematical talent to serve their country.

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Wolf Hollow - Lauren Wolk
ISBN: 9781101994825
Publication Date: 2016-05-03
America at a crossroads and a young girl's strength during World War I

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Magic in the Mix - Annie Barrows
ISBN: 9781619634824
Publication Date: 2014-09-16
If magic is supposed to set things right, why is about to ruin Miri's and Molly's lives?

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Breakaway - Andrea Montalbano
ISBN: 9780142419038
Publication Date: 2011-06-02
LJ is a star on the soccer field, and she knows it.

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Moon Runner - Carolyn Marsden
ISBN: 076362117X
Publication Date: 2005-03-03
When Mina discovers that she can run faster than her atheltic friend, Ruth, she thinks she must choose between running and friendship.

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Finding Serendipity - Angelica Banks; Stevie Lewis (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781627791540
Publication Date: 2015-02-03
When Tuesday McGillycuddy and her beloved dog,Baxteer, discover that Tuesday's mother-the famous author Serendipity Smith --has gone missing, they venture to the myserious and unpredictable place that stories come from.

 

More Chapter Book Fiction on Girls Worth Knowing!

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B Is for Betsy - Carolyn Haywood (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0152049754
Publication Date: 1939-03-16
Betsy experiences an interesting first year and looks forward to summer vacation at her grandfather's farm.

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Back to School with Betsy - Carolyn Haywood (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0152055126
Publication Date: 1943-08-19
Third grader Betsy and her friend Billy seem to always be getting into scrapes both inside and outside of school.

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Betsy and the Boys - Carolyn Haywood
ISBN: 0152069445
Publication Date: 1945-07-19
Betsy and her fourth grade friends discover football.

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Just Grace - Charise Mericle Harper
ISBN: 9780618646425
Publication Date: 2007-04-23
Misnamed by her teacher, seven-year-old Just Grace prides herself on being empathetic, but when she tries to help a neighbor feel better, her good intentions backfire.

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Just Grace and the Terrible Tutu - Charise Mericle Harper
ISBN: 9780547152240
Publication Date: 2011-01-17
Eight-year-old Grace is excited to learn that her best friend, Mimi is going to become an older sister, but when both try to be"mother's helpers" for a family renting a house on their street, little Lily likes Grace best, causing Mimi to doubt herself and Grace to form a plan to fix things.

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Just Grace Goes Green - Charise Mericle Harper
ISBN: 9780618959570
Publication Date: 2009-02-16
Grace can do many things..but can she save the planet?

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Violet Mackerel's Brilliant Plot - Anna Branford; Elanna Allen (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781442435858
Publication Date: 2012-08-28
When a creative seven-year-old spots the blue china bird that she desperately wants, she forms an imaginative plan for getting it.

 

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More Women's History Books

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Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine - Laurie Wallmark; April Chu (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781939547200
Publication Date: 2015-10-13

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Ada Lovelace - Diane Stanley; Jessie Hartland (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781481452496
Publication Date: 2016-10-04
A fascinating look at Ada Lovelace, the pioneering computer programmer

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A Is for Abigail - Lynne Cheney; Robin Preiss Glasser (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0689858191
Publication Date: 2003-09-16
Each letter of alphabet is represented by an important woman in the history of the United States, as well as others in her same field of accomplishment

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A Is for Abigail - Lynne Cheney; Robin Preiss Glasser (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0689858191
Publication Date: 2003-09-16
Each letter of alphabet is represented by an important woman in the history of the United States, as well as others in her same field of accomplishment

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Ragtime Tumpie - Alan Schroeder; Bernie Fuchs (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0316774979
Publication Date: 1989-10-01
Tumpie, a young black girl who will later become famous as the dancer Josephine Baker, longs to find the opportunity to dance amid the poverty and vivacious street life of St. Louis in the early 1900s

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A Bad Case of Stripes - David Shannon (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0590929976
Publication Date: 1998-03-01
In order to ensure her popularity, Camilla Cream always does what is expected, until the day arrives when she no longer recognizes herself

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A Bad Case of Stripes - David Shannon (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0590929976
Publication Date: 1998-03-01
In order to ensure her popularity, Camilla Cream always does what is expected, until the day arrives when she no longer recognizes herself

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A Brave Little Princess - Beatrice Masini; Octavia Monaco (Illustrator); Diana Handley (Translator)
ISBN: 1841482676
Publication Date: 2000-10-01
Little Princess Leonora is laughed at because she is so small, but with great courage and special gifts from her grandmother, she sets out to face a dragon, a sorcerer's spell, and a flock of hungry vultures

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A Girl Named Dan - Dandi Daley Mackall; Renee Graef (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781585363513
Publication Date: 2008-05-01
Dandi enjoys nothing more than baseball, and so after the boys at school tell her their lunchtime game is now boys only, she enters an essay contest hoping to become a bat boy for the Kansas City A's, not realizing the contest is for boys only. Includes author's note on Title IX.

 

Classic Women's History Books

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A Little Princess - Frances Burnett; Graham Rust (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0879237848
Publication Date: 2000-02-01
Sara Crewe, a pupil at Miss Minchin's London school, is left in poverty when her father dies but is later rescued by a mysterious benefactor

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Anne of Green Gables - L. M. Montgomery; Lauren Child (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780141321592
Publication Date: 2008-09-11
The Cuthberts are in for a shock. They are expecting an orphan boy to help with the work at Green Gables - but a skinny red-haired girl turns up instead. Highly spirited Anne Shirley charms her way into the Cuthberts' affection with her vivid imagination and constant chatter, and soon it's impossible to imagine life without her. A favourite classic with cover and introduction by the inimitable Lauren Child, award-winning creator of Clarice Bean

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Pippi Longstocking - Astrid Lindgren; Florence Lamborn (Translator); Louis S. Glanzman (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780142402498
Publication Date: 2005-04-21
Tommy and his sister Annika have a new neighbor, and her name is Pippi Longstocking. She has crazy red pigtails, no parents to tell her what to do, a horse that lives on her porch, and a flair for the outrageous that seems to lead to one adventure after another!

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Beauty and the Beast - Angela Barrett (Illustrator); Max Eilenberg (Retold by)
ISBN: 0763631604
Publication Date: 2006-11-14
Through her great capacity to love, a kind and beautiful maid releases a handsome prince from the spell which has made him an ugly beast

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The Secret of the Old Clock - Carolyn Keene
ISBN: 9780448095011
Publication Date: 1930-05-01
The Secret of the Old Clock is the mystery that began it all for America's favorite teenaged slueth. The accidental rescue of a little girl who lives with her two great-aunts leads to an adventurous search for a missing will.

 

Great Books on Science Loving Girls!

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I Want to Be an Astronaut - Byron Barton (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0064432807
Publication Date: 1992-02-28
A young child thinks about what it would be like to be an astronaut and go out on a mission into space.

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11 Experiments That Failed - Jenny Offill; Nancy Carpenter (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0375847626
Publication Date: 2011-09-27
Is it possible to eat snowballs doused in ketchup -- and nothing else -- all winter? Can a washing machine wash dishes? By reading the step-by-step instructions, kids can discover the answers to such all-important questions along with the book's curious narrator. Here are 12 "hypotheses," as well as lists of "what you need," "what to do," and "what happened" that are sure to make young readers laugh out loud as they learn how to conduct science experiments (really!).

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Infinity and Me - Kate Hosford; Gabi Swiatkowska (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0761367268
Publication Date: 2012-01-10
After the sight of a night sky filled with stars makes eight-year-old Uma feel very small, she asks people how they think about infinity and gets a variety of answers before realizing the comfort in knowing that some things go on forever

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Rosie Revere, Engineer - Andrea Beaty; David Roberts (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1419708457
Publication Date: 2013-09-03
A young aspiring engineer must first conquer her fear of failure.

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Oh No! - Mac Barnett; Dan Santat (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1423123123
Publication Date: 2010-06-01
After winning the science fair with the giant robot she has built, a little girl realizes that there is a major problem.

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Summer Birds - Margarita Engle; Julie Paschkis (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0805089373
Publication Date: 2010-04-27
Documents the work of Maria Merian, who lived during the Middle Ages and disproved the theory of spontaneous generation by observing caterpillars as they spun cocoons and emerged as butterflies and moths in the spring.

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Velma Gratch and the Way Cool Butterfly - Alan Madison; Kevin Hawkes (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0375835970
Publication Date: 2007-10-09
When Velma starts first grade and wants to become as well known as her older sisters, her interest in butterflies helps her achieve that goal.

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The Most Magnificent Thing - Ashley Spires (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1554537045
Publication Date: 2014-04-01
A little girl has a wonderful idea. With the help of her canine assistant, she is going to make the most magnificent thing! She knows just how it will look. She knows just how it will work. But making the most magnificent thing turns out to be harder than she thinks.

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Maria's Comet - Deborah Hopkinson; Deborah Lanino (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0689856784
Publication Date: 2003-02-01
As a young girl, budding astronomer Maria Mitchell dreams of searching the night sky and some day finding a new comet.

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Marvelous Mattie - Emily Arnold McCully
ISBN: 0374348103
Publication Date: 2006-02-21
Mattie Knight loved to make things ranging from a foot warmer for her mother or toys for her older brothers. Or, when she was 12, a metal guard to prevent shuttles from shooting off looms and hurting workers. Later, Mattie invented a machine that could cut and glue the square-bottomed paper bags we still use today. Meet the woman known as "the Lady Edison."

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The Watcher - Jeanette Winter (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0375867740
Publication Date: 2011-04-05
This book traces out the life and career of Jane Goodall as a watcher of English fauna to her adult work as scholar of animal behavior in Africa

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The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate - Jacqueline Kelly
ISBN: 031265930X
Publication Date: 2011-01-04
In central Texas in 1899, eleven-year-old Callie Vee Tate learns about love from the older three of her six brothers and studies the natural world with her grandfather which leads to

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Girls Think of Everything - Catherine Thimmesh; Melissa Sweet (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0618195637
Publication Date: 2002-03-11
Tells the story of how women throughout the ages have responded to situations confronting them in daily life by inventing such items as correction fluid, space helmets, and disposable diapers.

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Girls Who Looked under Rocks - Jeannine Atkins; Paula Conner (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1584690119
Publication Date: 2004-03-01
Contains profiles of six girls who displayed an early interest in nature, and who grew up to be award-winning scientists and writers

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Rachel - Amy Ehrlich; Wendell Minor (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0152162275
Publication Date: 2003-03-01
Describes the life and work of Rachel Carson, the biologist and writer whose book, "Silent Spring," prompted today's environmental movement.

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Stone Girl Bone Girl - Laurence Anholt; Sheila Moxley (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1845077008
Publication Date: 2006-12-28
A brief biography of the English girl whose discovery of an Ichthyosaurus skeleton in 1811 when she was twelve led to a life-long interest in fossils and other important discoveries.

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Life in the Ocean - Claire A. Nivola (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0374380686
Publication Date: 2012-03-13
A picture book biography tells the story of Sylvia Earle's growing passion for the wonders of the sea and how her ocean exploration and advocacy have made her known around the world.

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Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors? - Tanya Lee Stone; Marjorie Priceman (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0805090487
Publication Date: 2013-02-19
An introduction to the life and achievements of the first American female doctor describes the limited career prospects available to women in the early nineteenth-century, the opposition Blackwell faced while pursuing a medical education, and her pioneering medical career that opened doors for future generations of women.

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Sally Ride - Jane Hurwitz; Sue Hurwitz
ISBN: 044990394X
Publication Date: 1989-08-12
Describes the life and work of Sally Ride, the first American woman in space"--.

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Vision of Beauty - Kathryn Lasky; Nneka Bennett (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0763618349
Publication Date: 2003-01-01
A biography of Sarah Breedlove Walker who, though born in poverty, pioneered in hair and beauty care products for black women, and became a great financial success.

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Mae Jemison - Della A. Yannuzzi
ISBN: 0894908138
Publication Date: 1998-05-01
Introduces the life and legacy of the astronaut, who was the first African American woman to travel into space.

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Amelia Earhart - Shelley Tanaka; David Craig (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780810970953
Publication Date: 2008-08-01
Describes the life of aviator Amelia Earhart from age eleven, when someone points out a plane to her, to the day she disappears on an airplane, accompanied by illustrations, photographs, and quotes.

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Talkin' about Bessie - Nikki Grimes; E. B. Lewis (Illustrator); B. Moser (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0439352436
Publication Date: 2002-11-01
A biography of the woman who became the first licensed Afro-American pilot.

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Ruth Law Thrills a Nation - Don Brown
ISBN: 0395664047
Publication Date: 1993-08-02
Describes the record-breaking flight of a daring woman pilot, Ruth Law, from Chicago to New York in 1916.

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Sky High - Marissa Moss; Carl Angel (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781582462806
Publication Date: 2009-09-08
Presents the life and career of the Chinese American woman who dreamed of flying as a child and who went on to become one of only two Chinese American Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) to serve d to serve during World War II

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Marie Curie - Vicki Cobb; Dorling Kindersley Publishing Staff
ISBN: 0756638313
Publication Date: 2008-08-04
Marie Curie tells the story of the discoverer of radium, from her childhood in Warsaw, to her experiments with radioactivity in Paris, to her recognition as one of the preeminent scientists of her time.

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Steamboat! - Judy H. Gilliland; Holly Meade (Illustrator); Dorling Kindersley Publishing Staff
ISBN: 0789425858
Publication Date: 2000-02-15
Describes how Blanche Douglas Leathers studies the MIssissippi River and passed the test to become a steamboat captain in 1894.

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Soar, Elinor! - Tami Lewis Brown; François Roca (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780374371159
Publication Date: 2010-10-12
chronicles the life of a woman who not only earned her pilot's license at a time when people thought women shouldn't pilot planes, but also performed a risky stunt in the skies of New York City to prove that she had what it takes to fly.

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Betsy Ross - Alexandra Wallner (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0823410714
Publication Date: 1994-03-15
An introduction to the life of the Philadelphia seamstress credited with sewing the first American flag.

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The Tree Lady - H. Joseph Hopkins; Jill McElmurry (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781442414020
Publication Date: 2013-09-17
Documents the true story of the nature pioneer and activist who, after becoming the first woman to earn a degree from the University of California, took a teaching position in the desert region of San Diego and single handedly launched a movement to transform the area with trees and gardens.

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Seeds of Change - Jen Cullerton Johnson; Sonia Lynn Sadler (Illustrator)
ISBN: 160060367X
Publication Date: 2013-04-01
A biography of Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize winner and environmentalist Wangari Maathai, a female scientist who made a stand in the face of opposition to women's rights and her own Greenbelt Movement, an effort to restore Kenya's ecosystem by planting millions of trees"-

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No Room for Dessert - Hallie Durand; Christine Davenier (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781442403604
Publication Date: 2011-06-21
Eight-year-old Donahue "Dessert" Schneider is feeling completely ignored and unloved at home, but she is certain that will change when her invention wins the Thomas Edison Contest at school.

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The Junkyard Wonders - Patricia Polacco (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780399250781
Publication Date: 2010-07-08
Inspired by a teacher who believes each of them is a genius, a class of special-needs students invents something that could convince the whole school they are justifiably proud to be "Junkyard Wonders.".

 

Humorous and Funny Girls

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Bink and Gollie - Kate DiCamillo; Alison McGhee; Tony Fucile (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0763659541
Publication Date: 2012-04-10
Two roller-skating best friends--one tiny, one tall--share three comical adventures involving outrageously bright socks, an impromptu trek to the Andes, and a most unlikely marvelous companion

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Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon - Patty Lovell; David Catrow (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0399234160
Publication Date: 2001-08-27
Even when the class bully at her new school makes fun of her, Molly remembers what her grandmother told her and she feels good about herself.

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Chloe and the Lion - Mac Barnett; Adam Rex (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1423113349
Publication Date: 2012-04-03
Mac, the author, fires Adam, the illustrator, over their artistic differences about Chloe, the main character of their book, until Mac realizes both of their talents are needed and they must work together or their story about Chloe will never be finished.

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Pippi Longstocking - Astrid Lindgren; Florence Lamborn (Translator); Louis S. Glanzman (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0142402494
Publication Date: 2005-04-21
Escapades of a lucky little girl who lives with a horse and a monkey--but without any parents--at the edge of a Swedish village

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Gooney Bird Greene - Lois Lowry
ISBN: 0440419603
Publication Date: 2004-03-09
A most unusual new student who loves to be the center of attention entertains her teacher and fellow second graders by telling absolutely true stories about herself, including how she got her name.

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Ramona Quimby, Age 8 - Beverly Cleary; Alan Tiegreen (Illustrator); Jacqueline Rogers (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0380709562
Publication Date: 2016-01-26
Ramona Quimby lives with her family and sister Beatrice (known as Beezus) on Klickitat Street in Portland Oregon. Follow the imaginative and misunderstood Ramona through elementary school as she grows up.

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Clementine - Sara Pennypacker; Marla Frazee (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0786838833
Publication Date: 2008-02-15
Clementine is a likeable third-grader who notices a lot of things but not always what she's supposed to be paying attention to, which means trouble finds her, especially at school! Readers will enjoy plenty of laugh-out-loud moments getting to know what's going on inside the head of this energetic girl in these short chapter books packed with funny illustrations.

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El Deafo - Cece Bell; David Lasky (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1419712179
Publication Date: 2014-09-02
The author recounts in graphic novel format her experiences with hearing loss at a young age, including using a bulky hearing aid, learning how to lip read, and determining her "superpower."

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Roller Girl - Victoria Jamieson
ISBN: 0803740166
Publication Date: 2015-03-10
A graphic novel adventure about a girl who discovers roller derby right as she and her best friend are growing apart"--.

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Fancy Nancy - Jane O'Connor; Robin Preiss Glasser (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780060542092
Publication Date: 2005-12-13
A young girl who loves fancy things helps her family to be fancy for one special night.

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Pinkalicious - Victoria Kann (Illustrator); Elizabeth Kann
ISBN: 9780060776398
Publication Date: 2016-01-05
A little girl who is obsessed with the color pink eats so many pink cupcakes that she herself turns pink.

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The Gingerbread Girl - Lisa Campbell Ernst (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780525476672
Publication Date: 2006-09-21
Like her older brother, the Gingerbread Boy, who was eventually devoured by a fox, the Gingerbread Girl eludes the many people who would like to eat her but also has a plan to escape her sibling's fate.

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Evangeline Mudd and the Great Mink Escapade - David Elliott; Andrea Wesson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763622954
Publication Date: 2006-02-14
When Evangeline Mudd's primatologist parents travel without her to the Ikkinasti Jungle to study the golden-haired apes, Evangeline and the world-famous Dr. Aphrodite Pikkaflee are eventually called upon to rescue the Mudds and save the jungle from the evil schemes of Aphrodite's money-mad brothe

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Nim's Island - Wendy Orr; Kerry Millard (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780385736060
Publication Date: 2008-02-12
An iguana, a sea lion, a dad and e-mail … what else could a girl possibly need? Meet Nim: daughter of a renowned scientist living on a remote island with pets and pen pals (via e-mail) for friends. Autonomously confident and skillfully savvy, Nim mimics a modern-day Robinson Crusoe and isn’t afraid or lonely when her father leaves her for a three-day trip to study plankton. When her father’s communication is disabled, it’s up to her and her author pen pal to avoid disaster. Kids everywhere will admire this strong female role model as the book (and Nim) gains a gripping momentum.

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Was in a Mood - Peter H. Reynolds (Illustrator); Megan McDonald
ISBN: 9780763648497
Publication Date: 2010-01-26
Third grader Judy Moody is in a first day of school bad mood until she gets an assignment to create a collage all about herself and begins creating her masterpiece, the Me collage.

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Amber Brown Is Not a Crayon - Paula Danziger; Tony Ross (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780142406199
Publication Date: 2006-09-07
The year she is in the third grade is a sad time for Amber because her best friend Justin is getting ready to move to a distant state.

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Ruby Lu, Brave and True - Lenore Look; Anne Wilsdorf (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781416913894
Publication Date: 2006-01-01
"Almost-eight-year-old" Ruby Lu spends time with her baby brother, goes to Chinese school, performs magic tricks and learns to drive, and has adventures with both old and new friends.

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The Mystery of the Stolen Diamonds - David A. Adler; Susanna Natti (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780142400104
Publication Date: 2004-07-22
A fifth-grader with a photographic memory, and her friend, Eric, help solve the mystery of the stolen diamonds.

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Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer - Kelly Jones; Katie Kath (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780385755528
Publication Date: 2015-05-12
Through a series of letters, Sophie Brown, age twelve, tells of her family's move to her Great Uncle Jim's farm, where she begins taking care of some unusual chickens with help from neighbors and friends.

 

More Multicultural Cinderella Stories and Books

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Domitila - Connie McLennan (Illustrator); Jewell Reinhart Coburn
ISBN: 1885008139
Publication Date: 2000-03-01
Preschool–Gr. 3. The emphasis in this story is on Domitila’s accomplishments as a cook and leather artist, skills enhanced by the love her mother taught her to include in every task she undertook. It is her dead mother’s spirit and the legacy of her training on which Domitila depends, not a fairy godmother. The rich young man who searches for her is at first enamoured of Domitila’s cooking, but learns to appreciate and love her deeper qualities.

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Moss Gown - William H. Hooks; Donald Carrick (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0395547938
Publication Date: 1990-10-01
K–Gr. 4. From North Carolina comes the story of Candace, who is banished from her father's house. Aided by a witch-woman who gives her a moss gown, she finds work and eventually love with the master of the house. Motifs from the stories of Cinderella and King Lear are combined in this folktale, along with elements of magic, southern culture, and Elizabethan history, and an extensive author’s note traces these origins.

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Jouanah - Jewell R. Coburn; Anne Sibley O'Brien (Illustrator); Tzexa Cherta Lee (As told to)
ISBN: 1885008015
Publication Date: 1997-03-01
A beautiful young girl is helped by a gentle cow that is really the girl’s mother. The son of the village elder finds Jouanah and her missing shoe and rescues her from a cruel stepmother and stepsister. While similar to some of the other Asian variants of the tale, this story provides insight into the Hmong culture.

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The Persian Cinderella - Shirley Climo; Robert Florczak (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0060267631
Publication Date: 1999-04-07
Preschool–Gr. 4. This author has chosen to retell the Cinderella stories of many locales and cultures, and here, the venue is the ancient Middle East. Beautiful Settareh finds a fairy in a magic jar, and the fairy uses her powers to dress the girl appropriately for the Royal New Year celebration. As custom dictates that the women celebrate separately, the prince can only glimpse Settareh. But, through her lost diamond bracelet, he finds her and overcomes a plot by her wicked sisters to kill her.

 

More Great Girl Power Books

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The Hundred Dresses - Eleanor Estes; Louis Slobodkin (Illustrator); Helena Estes (Introduction by)
ISBN: 0152052607
Publication Date: 2004-09-01
None of her classmates pay much attention to Wanda Petronski, a Polish-American girl, until she announces she has 100 dresses in her closet. Everyone laughs and teases her so much that she stops coming to school. Then, her classmates discover she really does have 100 dresses and discover something about teasing and themselves.

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The Rag Coat - Lauren A. Mills (Illustrator); Dennis Nolan (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0316574074
Publication Date: 1991-09-03
Minna proudly wears her new coat made of clothing scraps to school, where the other children laugh at her until she tells them the stories behind the scraps.

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The Orange Shoes - Trinka Hakes Noble; Doris Ettlinger (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1585362778
Publication Date: 2007-09-01
Delly Porter enjoys the feel of soft dirt beneath her feet as she walks to and from school, but after a classmate makes her feel ashamed of having no shoes she learns that her parents and others, too, see value in things that do not cost money.

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Miss Rumphius - Barbara Cooney
ISBN: 0140505393
Publication Date: 1985-11-06
As a child Great-aunt Alice Rumphius resolved that when she grew up she would go to faraway places, live by the sea in her old age, and do something to make the world more beautiful--and she does all those things, the last being the most difficult of all.

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The Gardener - Sarah Stewart; David Small (Illustrator)
ISBN: 031236749X
Publication Date: 2007-05-01
A series of letters relating what happens when, after her father loses his job, Lydia Grace goes to live with her uncle Jim in the city but takes her love for gardening with her.

 

Girls of Spirituality Power

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Sister Anne's Hands - Marybeth Lorbiecki; Wendy Popp (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0140565345
Publication Date: 2000-11-29
Seven-year-old Anna has her first encounter with racism in the 1960's when an African-American nun comes to teach at her parochial school.

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Joan of Arc - Diane Stanley (Illustrator); Stanley
ISBN: 0064437485
Publication Date: 2002-02-05
A biography of the fifteenth-century peasant girl who led a French army to victory against the English, witnessed the crowning of King Charles VII, and was later burned at the stake for witchcraft.

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When Mindy Saved Hanukkah - Eric A. Kimmel; Barbara Mcclintock (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0439769906
Publication Date: 2005-10-01
A tiny Jewish family living behind the wall of a synagogue must battle a frightening cat if they want candles for their Hanukkah menor

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The Trees of the Dancing Goats - Patricia Polacco (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0689838573
Publication Date: 2000-10-01
During a scarlet fever epidemic one winter near Union City, Michigan, the grandparents in a Jewish family help make Christmas special for their ailing Christian neighbors by making their own Hanukkah miracle. Based on a memory from the author's childhood.

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When Jessie Came Across the Sea - Amy Hest; P. J. Lynch (Illustrator)
ISBN: 076361274X
Publication Date: 2003-09-29
A thirteen-year-old Jewish orphan reluctantly leaves her grandmother and immigrates to New York City, where she works for three years sewing lace and earning money to bring Grandmother to the United States, too.

 

More Girl Power Picture Books

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I Can Fly - Ruth Krauss; Mary Blair (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780307001467
Publication Date: 2003-09-09
Simple and adorable. A little girl imitates animals and other creatures using some imagination. On the list by virtue of great illustrations and having a little girl as the main character.

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A Birthday for Frances - Russell Hoban; Lillian Hoban (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780064430074
Publication Date: 1976-04-28
Love these humorous from childhood. Has anyone ever listened to the audio from back in the day? They are delightful.

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Thunder Cake - Patricia Polacco (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780698115811
Publication Date: 1997-08-25
Grandma finds a way to dispel her grandchild's fear of thunderstorms.

The Keeping Quilt - Harcourt School Publishers Staff
ISBN: 9780153052125
Publication Date: 1995-01-01
A homemade quilt ties together the lives of four generations of an immigrant Jewish family, remaining a symbol of their enduring love and faith.

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Flossie and the Fox - Patricia C. McKissack; Rachel Isadora (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780803702509
Publication Date: 1986-10-30
A wily fox, notorious for stealing eggs, meets his match when he encounters a bold little girl in the woods who insists upon proof that he is a fox before she will be frightened.

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Tia Isa Wants a Car - Meg Medina; Claudio Muñoz (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763641566
Publication Date: 2011-06-14
Tia Isa and her niece try to save enough money to buy a car to take the whole family to the beach.

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Fred Stays with Me! - Nancy Coffelt; Tricia Tusa (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780316077910
Publication Date: 2011-01-04
A child describes how she lives sometimes with her mother and sometimes with her father, but her dog is her constant companion.

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The Librarian of Basra - Jeanette Winter (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0152054456
Publication Date: 2005-01-01
Presents the true story of how Alia Baker, the librarian of the Basra library, and her friends managed to save the books of the library before the library was burned to the ground during the 2003 Iraq War.

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The Butterfly - Patricia Polacco
ISBN: 0142413062
Publication Date: 2009-02-05
During the Nazi occupation of France, Monique's mother hides a Jewish family in her basement and tries to help them escape to freedom.

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The Cats in Krasinski Square - Karen Hesse; Wendy Watson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0439435404
Publication Date: 2004-09-01
Two Jewish sisters, escapees of the infamous Warsaw ghetto, devise a plan to thwart an attempt by the Gestapo to intercept food bound for starving people behind the dark Wall.

 

Great Books on Girl Dancers

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Ballet for Martha - Jan Greenberg; Sandra Jordan; Brian Floca (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1596433388
Publication Date: 2010-08-03
Tells the story behind the creation of "Appalachian Spring," describing Aaron Copland's composition, Martha Graham's intense choreography and Isamu Noguchi's set design.

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Beautiful Ballerina - Marilyn Nelson; Susan Kuklin (Photographer)
ISBN: 9780545089203
Publication Date: 2009-09-01
Poetry and illustrations celebrate the beauty and grace of young African-American ballerinas.

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Invitation to Ballet - Carolyn Vaughan; Rachel Isadora (Illustrator); Edgar Degas (Contribution by)
ISBN: 9781419702600
Publication Date: 2012-06-01
An introduction to ballet juxtaposes works of art by French impressionist painter Edgar Degas with illustrations of modern-day ballet students, in a volume that includes a brief history of ballet and a biography of Degas.

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Tallchief - Rosemary Wells; Maria Tallchief; Gary Kelley (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0142300187
Publication Date: 2001-10-01
Ballerina Maria Tallchief describes her childhood on an Osage reservation, the development of her love of dance, and her rise to success in that field.

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Jazz Age Josephine - Jonah Winter; Marjorie Priceman (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1416961232
Publication Date: 2012-01-03
A tribute to the life of the iconic jazz entertainer depicts her disadvantaged youth in a segregated America, her unique performance talents and the irrepressible sense of style that helped her overcome racial barriers.

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A Dance Like Starlight - Kristy Dempsey; Floyd Cooper (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0399252843
Publication Date: 2014-01-02
A young girl growing up in Harlem in the 1950s, whose mother cleans and stitches costumes for a ballet company, dreams of becoming a prima ballerina one day, and is thrilled to see a performance of Janet Collins, the first "colored" prima ballerina.

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Dancing in the Wings - Debbie Allen; Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0142501417
Publication Date: 2003-12-01
Sassy tries out for a summer dance festival in Washington, D.C., despite the other girls' taunts that she is much too tall.

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My Mama Had a Dancing Heart - Libba Moore Gray; Raúl Colón (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0531071421
Publication Date: 1999-09-01
A ballet dancer recalls how she and her mother would welcome each season with a dance outdoors.

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Ballet Shoes - Noel Streatfeild
ISBN: 0679847596
Publication Date: 1993-11-23
Relates the fortunes of three adopted sisters who take dancing and stage training, one to become an actress, the second a ballet dancer, and the third an airplane pilot.

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Becoming a Ballerina - Lise Friedman; Mary Dowdle (Photographer, Illustrator)
ISBN: 0670013927
Publication Date: 2012-10-11
Traces the daily experiences of a thirteen-year-old ballerina who is preparing to perform the lead role in the Boston Ballet's production of The Nutcracker.

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Plum Fantastic - Whoopi Goldberg; Nancy Cato (Illustrator); Maryn Roos (Illustrator); Deborah Underwood
ISBN: 9780786852604
Publication Date: 2008-10-21
Although she does not want to be a ballerina, Alexandrea's mother enrolls her at the Nutcracker Ballet School where she is chosen for the starring role in the school recital even though she is a terrible dancer, gets stage fright, and needs encouragement from her classmates to make it through the first show.

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My Name Is Celia - Monica Brown; Rafael López (Illustrator)
ISBN: 087358872X
Publication Date: 2004-10-30
The "Queen of Salsa" describes her childhood in Cuba, her musical career, and her move to the United States, and explains how her music brought her native Cuba to the world.

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Tallulah's Tutu - Marilyn Singer; Alexandra Boiger (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780547173535
Publication Date: 2011-03-21
Tallulah takes ballet lessons and eagerly awaits her coveted tutu, which, she learns, she must work hard to earn.

 

Great Books on Contemporary Girls

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Saige - Jessie Haas; Sarah Davis (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781609581664
Publication Date: 2012-12-27
Upset that her New Mexico school can only afford music and art teachers in alternate years, fourth-grader Saige works with her grandmother, Mimi, to plan a fundraiser but when Mimi has an accident, Saige relies on new friend Gabi to help.

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Isabelle - Laurence Yep; Anna Kmet (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781609583712
Publication Date: 2014-01-01
Isabelle, who attends a performing arts school in Washington, D.C., with her older sister, Jade, has a passion for ballet dancing but lacks self-confidence.

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McKenna - Mary Casanova; Brian Hailes (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781593699949
Publication Date: 2011-12-27
Seattle fourth-grader McKenna Brooks, who lives for gymnastics, struggles with school work until Josie, a tutor confined to a wheelchair, helps her with reading comprehension and much more.

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Lanie - Jane Kurtz; Robert Papp (Illustrator); Jennifer Hirsch (Editor)
ISBN: 9781593696825
Publication Date: 2010-01-01
Lanie Holland loves science and nature, and so she wants to go camping and have adventures in the wilderness, while her family wants to stay home, but Lanie finds someone else who loves the outdoors when her Aunt Hannah visits.

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Mia - Laurence Yep; Tamara England (Editor); Robert Papp (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781593694098
Publication Date: 2008-03-01
Mia grew up playing ice hockey with her brothers, but now wants to see if she has what it takes to compete as a figure skater.

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Nicki - Ann Howard Creel; Doron Ben-Ami (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781593692599
Publication Date: 2007-03-01
When ten-year-old Nicki Fleming, who is a natural with animals, volunteers to help her mother train a service dog, she doesn't realize how much responsibility she's taking on and how much she'll have

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Jess - Mary Casanova
ISBN: 9781593690168
Publication Date: 2005-12-01
When ten-year-old Jess McConnell meets a new friend on her trip to the ancient Maya ruins in Belize, she is invited on an eco-adventure and makes some real discoveries--about the dangers in the Belizean jungle, about the people who have lived there sincelong ago, and about herself.

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Chrissa - Mary Casanova; Richard Jones (Illustrator); Tamara England (Editor)
ISBN: 9781593695668
Publication Date: 2009-03-01
When Chrissa starts fourth grade at a new school, some of the girls in her class play mean tricks on her, but when their teasing of another girl, Gwen, goes too far, Chrissa knows that she has to do something about it.

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Lea Dives In - Lisa Yee; Sarah Davis
ISBN: 9781609589974
Publication Date: 2016-01-01
Excited for her family's trip to Brazil, Lea is worried about going into the ocean, but when a new friend encourages her to embrace all that Brazil has to offer, fun turns to danger and she must prove to herself, and her brother, that she is brave.

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Lindsey - Chryssa Atkinson
ISBN: 9781584854500
Publication Date: 2001-09-01
Ten-year-old Lindsey is continually getting into trouble despite her well-meaning, impulsive efforts to rescue a classmate from bullies, cheer up her depressed uncle, help with her brother's upcoming bar mitzvah, brighten up her neighborhood, and spark a romance between two teachers.

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Marisol - Gary Soto; Tamara England (Editor); Richard Jones (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781584859727
Publication Date: 2005-01-01
When her parents move away from their close-knit central Chicago neighborhood and thus her dance classes, Marisol--a lively ten-year-old who loves to dance--realizes that she can keep her passion for dancing no matter where she lives.

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