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Colors of Awesome!: 24 Bold Women Who Inspired the World

by Eva Chen (Author) Derek Desierto (Illustrator)

Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

From Kamala Harris’ white pantsuit to Judy Garland’s ruby slippers to Mamie Johnson’s blue baseball uniform, powerful and inspiring women from throughout history have proved that awesome comes in all colors!

A Is for Awesome provided an ABC of amazing women from throughout history. 3 2 1 Awesome counted down some of their most amazing accomplishments. Now with their third concept board book original, Colors of Awesome!, the New York Times-bestselling dynamic duo Eva Chen and Derek Desierto pairs groundbreaking feminist icons with all the colors of the rainbow and beyond. With Desierto’s bold and vibrant art, Eva fans and readers of all ages will be transported through history in style.

There Goes Patti McGee!: The Story of the First Women’s National Skateboard Champion

By Tootie Nienow (Author) Erika Rodriguez Medina (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

Tootie Nienow’s There Goes Patti McGee! is an uplifting picture book biography of the first-ever professional female skateboarder and winner of the 1964 National Skateboard Championship for Women.

Brought to life by Erika Medina’s dynamic and joyful illustrations, There Goes Patti McGee! walks us through Patti first place win in the women’s division of the 1964 National Skateboard Championship. She wowed the judges with what would become her signature move–the rolling handstand. Inspiring and unapologetic, Patti McGee proves that anyone can skate.

Ida B. Wells, Voice of Truth: Educator, Feminist, and Anti-Lynching Civil Rights Leader

by Michelle Duster (Author) Laura Freeman (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

Ida B. Wells, Voice of Truth is an inspiring picture book biography of the groundbreaking journalist and civil rights activist as told by her great-granddaughter Michelle Duster and illustrated by Coretta Scott King Award Honoree artist Laura Freeman.

Ida B. Wells was an educator, journalist, feminist, businesswoman, newspaper owner, public speaker, suffragist, civil rights activist, and women’s club leader. She was a founder of the NAACP, the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs, the Alpha Suffrage Club, and the Negro Fellowship League. She wrote, spoke, and traveled, challenging the racist and sexist norms of her time. Faced with criticism and threats to her life, she never gave up. This is her extraordinary true story, as told by her great-granddaughter Michelle Duster and beautifully brought to life by Coretta Scott King Award Honoree artist Laura Freeman.

An Equal Shot: How the Law Title IX Changed America

by Helaine Becker (Author) Dow Phumiruk (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

This nonfiction picture book provides an introduction to the history and importance of Title IX as civil rights legislature, featuring illustrations by Dow Phumiruk. You’ve likely heard of the law Title IX. It protects the equal rights of students, athletes, and professionals in America regardless of gender. But do you know about the women who fought to enact this new law? Here is the rousing account of how Title IX was shaped at the hands of brave politicians who took risks to secure women’s dreams and their futures under the Constitution. Told in simple, commanding prose, An Equal Shot celebrates the power of words to defend and unite vulnerable people.

Bold Women in Science: 15 Women in History You Should Know (Biographies for Kids)

by Danni Washington (Author)

Reading Level: 4th – 5th Grade

Series: Biographies for Kids 

Women have always been at the forefront of scientific discovery. This collection of biographies for kids explores 15 of these women and their extraordinary accomplishments–even in the face of huge challenges. See how they bravely followed their dreams and revolutionized what we know about technology, our bodies, and even the universe!

Explore talented women in history who helped us:

  • Change medicine–Learn the stories of chemists like Alice Ball and Marie Daly, and how they helped cure disease and figure out the workings of the human heart.

  • Understand the Earth–Discover botanists like Janaki Ammal and marine biologists like Sylvia Earle who created new species of plants and explored beneath the ocean.

  • Advance technology–Find out how Ada Lovelace and Gladys West both made major advances in data science, even though they lived more than 100 years apart.

Go further than other history books and read about those who are often overlooked with Bold Women in Science.

Women Who Led the Way: Great Explorers and Adventurers

by Mick Manning (Author) Brita Granström (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 4th – 5th Grade

From a wide range of historical periods (the 9th century to the present) and countries, this book reveals 33 intrepid women who broke the boundaries of society as well as geography to explore places, peoples and customs. Some of them took up personal challenges, like climbing the world’s highest mountains or crossing oceans and deserts; others have joined space programs or pursued scientific research. Some were seeking new places to live. All were and are pioneers. While some are world-famous, others deserve to be better-known. Among them are Jeanne Baret (France), first woman to circumnavigate the globe; Amelia Earhart (USA) pioneer pilot; Junko Tabei (Japan) first woman to climb Everest; Aud ‘the Deep-Minded’ (Scandinavia), leader of settlement in Iceland; Mae Carol Jemison (USA), first black woman in space; Mary Anning (England), fossil discoverer; Sylvia Earle (USA), underwater explorer and ocean conservation campaigner; Arunima Sinha (India), first female amputee to climb Mount Everest.