Sunday, March 11, 2012

Inspiring Women and Girls: Picturebooks for Children


Anholt, Lawrence. 2006. Stone Girl, Bone Girl: The Story of Mary Anning. Illustrated by Sheila Moxley. Frances Lincoln Books.
Annino, Jan Godown. 2010. She Sang Promise: The Story of Betty Mae Jumper, Seminole Tribal Leader. Illustrated by Lisa Desimini. Washington D.C.: National Geographic.
Benatar, Raquel. 2004. Isabel Allende: Recuerdos para un cuento/Isabel Allende: Memories for a Story. Illustrated by Fernando Molinari.  Houston, TX: Piñata Books.
Bolden, Tonya. 2005. Maritcha: A Nineteenth Century American Girl. New York: Harry Abrams.
Bouler, Olivia. 2011. Olivia's Birds: Saving the Gulf.  Sterling.
Brown, Don. 2003. Uncommon Traveler: Mary Kingsley in Africa. New York: Sandpiper.
Brown, Don. 2000. Alice Ramsey’s Grand Adventure. NY: Sandpiper.
Brown, Monica. 2010. Side by Side/Lado a lado: The Story of Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez/La historia de Dolores Huerta y Cesar Chavez. Illustrated by Joe Cepeda. New York: HarperCollins/Rayo.
Brown, Monica. 2004. My Name Is Celia! The Life of Celia Cruz/Me llamo Celia: La vida de Celia Cruz. Illustrated by Rafael López. Flagstaff, AZ: Luna Rising.
Bruchac, Joseph. 2004. Rachel Carson: Preserving a Sense of Wonder. Illustrated by Thomas Locker. Golden, CO: Fulcrum Publishing.
Coles, Robert, 20120. The Story of Ruby Bridges. Illustrated by George Ford. New York: Scholastic.
Corey, Shana. 2009. The Spectacular True Story of Annette Kellerman, Who Swam Her Way to Fame Fortune & Swimsuit History! Illustrated by Edwin  Fotheringham. New York: Scholastic Press.
Corey, Shana. 2000. You Forgot Your Skirt, Amelia Bloomer: A Very Improper Story. Illustrated by Chelsey McLaren. New York: Scholastic Press.

Demi. 2012. Joan of Arc. Tarrytown, NY: Marshall Cavendish.

Engle, Margarita. 2010. Summer Birds: The Butterflies of Maria Merian. Illustrated by Julie Paschkis. NY: Henry Holt.

Erdrich, Liselotte (Ojibway). 2003. Sacagawea. Illustrated by Julie Buffalohead (Ponca). Carolrhoda Books.

Fradin, Dennis B and Judith Fradin, 2000.Ida B. Wells: Mother of the Civil Rights Movement. New York: Clarion. (Not a picture book).

Gilliland, Judy Heide. 2000. Steamboat!: The Story of Captain Blanche Leathers. Illustrated by Holly Meade. New York: DK Books.

Giovanni, Nikki. 2005. Rosa. Illustrations by Bryan Collier. New York: Henry Holt.
Gonzalez, Lucia. 2008. The Storyteller’s Candle/La velita de los cuentos. Illustrated by Lulu Delacre. San Francisco, CA: Children’s Book Press.
Greenfield, Eloise. 2010. The Great Migration: Journey to the North. Collage by Jan Spivey Gilchrist. New York: Amistad.
Grimes. Nikki. 2002. Talkin’ About Bessie. Illustrated by E. B Lewis. New York: Orchard.
Hopkinson, Deborah. 2009. Michelle. Illustrated by Ag Ford. New York: Katherine Tegen Books.
Hopkinson, Deborah. 2004. Fannie in the Kitchen. Illustrated by Nancy Carpenter. New York: Aladdin.
Isadora, Rachel. 2000.  Isadora Dances. New York: Puffin.
Krull, Kathleen. Hillary Rodham Clinton: Dreams Taking Flight. Illustrated by Amy June Bates. New York: Simon & Schuster.
Krull, Kathleen. 2000. Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World’s Fastest Woman. Illustrated by David Diaz. New York: Sandpiper.
Lang, Heather. 2012. Queen of the Track: Olympic Champion Alice Coachman. Illustrated by Floyd Cooper. Honesdale, PA: Boyds Mills Press.
Lasky, Kathryn. 2003. Vision of Beauty: The Story of Sarah Breedlove Walker. Illustrated by Nneka Bennett. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick.
Lawrence, Jacob. 1997. Harriet and the Promised Land. New York: Aladdin.
from Harriet and the Promised Land.Art by Jacob Lawrence
Lee-Tai. Amy. 2006. A Place Where Sunflowers Grow. Illustrated by Felicia Hoshino. San Fransisco, CA: Children’s Book Press.
Lyons, Mary E. and Clementine Hunter.  1998. Talking with Tebe: Clementine Hunter, Memory Artist.  San Diego, CA: Houghton Mifflin.
Menchu, Rigoberta. 2006. The Honey Jar. Illustrated by Domi. Contributed by Dante Liano. Toronto: Groundwood Books.
Miller, William. 1996. Zora Hurston and the Chinaberry Tree. Illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu. New York: Lee & Low.
Mora, Pat. 2002. Maria Paints the Hills. Paintings by Maria Hesch. Albuquerque, NM: Museum of New Mexico Press.
Mora, Pat. 2002. A Library for Juana: The World of Sor Juana Ines. Illustrated by Beatriz Vidal. New York: Knopf Books.
Moss, Marissa. 2011. Nurse, Soldier, Spy: The True Story o Sarah Edmonds, A Civii War Hero.  Illustrated by John Hendrix. New York: Abrams Books.
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Moss, Marissa. 2004. Mighty Jackie: The Strike Out Queen. Illustrated by C.F. Payne. New York: Simon & Schuster.
Napoli,Donna Jo. 2010. Mama Miti: Wangari Maathai and the Trees..  Illustrated by Kadir Nelson. New York: Simon & Schuster.
Nelson, Marilyn. 2009. Sweethearts of Rhythm. Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney. NY: Dial. 

Nikola-Lisa, W. 2000. The Year with Grandma Moses. New York: Henry Holt.

Nivola, Claire A. 2008. Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathai. NY: Farrar, Strauss and Giroux.

Orgill, Roxanne, 2010. Skit-Scat Raggedy Cat: Ella Fitzgerald. Illustrated by Sean Qualls. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick.

Paul, Ann Whitford. 1999. All By Herself. Illustrated by Michael Sterinagle. Orlando, FL: Harcourt. (14 poems: Amelia Earhart, Mary Jane McLeod, Violet Sheehy, Rachel Carson, Sacajawea, Ida Lewis, Harriet Hanson, Wilma Rudolph, Wanda Gag, Kate Shelley, Pocahontas, Maria Mitchell, Golda Mabovitch (Meir), and Frances Ward.)

Pinkney, Andrea Davis. 2009. Sojourner Truth’s Step-Stomp Stride.  Illustrated by Brian Pinkney. New York: Hyperion.
Pinkney, Andrea Davis. 2000. Let it Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters. Illustrated by Stephen Alcorn. Boston, MA: Harcourt.
Ringgold, Faith. 1995 Aunt Harriet’s Underground Railroad in the Sky. New York: Dragonfly Books.
Robinson, Anthony and Annmarie Young. 2010. Gervelie’s Journey: A Refugee Diary. Illustrated by June Allen. London: Frances Lincoln Children’s books.
Ryan, Pam Munoz. 2002. When Marian Snag: The True Recital of Marian Anderson. Illustrated by Brian Selznick. New York: Scholastic.
Sciurba, Katie. 2007. Oye, Celia! A Song for Celia Cruz. Illustrated by Edel Rodriguez. NY: Henry Holt.
Schroder, Alan. 2009. In Her Hands: The Story of Sculptor Augusta Savage. Illustrated by JaeMe Bereal. New York: Lee & Low.
Shange, Ntozake. 2009. Coretta Scott. Illustrated by Kadir Nelson. New York: Katherine Tegen Books.

Stauffacher, Sue. 2007. Nothing but Trouble: The Story of Althea Gibson. Illustrated by Greg Couch. New York: Knopf.

Tallchief, Maria (Osage) with Rosemary Wells. 1999. Tallchief: America’s Prima Ballerina. Illustrated by Gary Kelley. New York: Viking.

Vernick, Audrey. 2010. She Loved Baseball: The Effa Manley Story. Illustrated by Don Tate. New York: HarperCollins.

Wallner, Alexandra. 2012. Susan B. Anthony. New York: Holiday House.

Warren, Sarah E. 2012.Dolores Huerta:  A Hero to Migrant Workers. Illustrated by Robert Casilla. Tarrytown, NY: Marshall Cavnedish.

Weatherford, Carol Boston. 2006. Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom. Illustrated by Kadir Nelson. New York: Hyperion.

Winter, Jeanette. 2011. The Watcher: Jane Goodall's Life with Chimps. NY: Schwartz & Wade. 

Winter, Jeanette. 2009. Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan. Orlando, FL: Beech Tree Books.

Winter, Jeanette. 2008. Wangari’s Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa. Orlando, FL: Houghton Mifflin.

Winter, Jeanette. 2005. The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq. Orlando, FL: Houghton Mifflin.

Winter, Jeanette. 2004. September Roses. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux. (True story of 2 sisters from South Africa , the roses they bring  for a show in NY, and 9/11.)
Winter, Jonah. 2009. Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx: La juez que crecio en el Bronx. Illustrated by Edel Rodriguez. NY: Atheneum.
Winter, Jonah. 2002. FridaIllustrated by Ana Juan. New York: Arthur A. Levine Books.
Yoo, Paula. 2009. Shining Star: The Anna May Wong Story. Illustrated by Lin Wang. New York: Lee & Low.


  1. My special best appreciations for selecting Betty Mae Jumper and SHE SANG PROMISE for this list.

    1. Love that book. Thank you so much for writing it:)


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