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Mighty Girl Biographies

Mighty Girl Biographies

ADVENTURERS, DAREDEVILS AND FIRSTS

Amelia Lost Barreling Over Niagara Falls Brave Harriet: the first woman to fly the English Channel Daredevil: the daring life of Betty Skelton Fly High the Story of Bessie Coleman
Flying Solo: how Ruth Elder soared into America's heart Mrs. Harkness and the panda Sky high: the true story of Maggie Gee Soar, Elinor! Uncommon Traveler: Mary Kingsley in Africa

ARTISTS

Imogen: the mother of modernism and three boys My name is Georgia: a portrait Restless spirit: the life and work of Dorothea Lange Stand there! she shouted: the invincible photographer Julia Margaret Cameron Through Georgia's Eyes

ATHLETES

America's champion swimmer : Gertrude Ederle Basketball belles Dirt on their skirts Fearless : the story of racing legend Louise Smith Mermaid Queen
Nothing but trouble : the story of Althea Gibson Tillie the terrible Swede Touch the sky Wilma Unlimited

MUSICIANS

Streg Nona: Her Story

Josephine the dazzling life of Josephine Baker 1492664 9781452103143 2014
Leontyne Price 1551998 9780375856068 2014
Little Melba and Her Big Trombone 1518733 9781600608988 2014
My name is Celia : the life of Celia Cruz = Me llamo Celia : la vida de Celia Cruz 986492 9780873588720 2004
Skit-scat raggedy cat : Ella Fitzgerald 1263124 9780763617332 2010
When Marian sang : the true recital of Marian Anderson, the voice of a century 869555 9780439269674 2002

NATURE & the OUTDOORS

Mama Miti : Wangari Maathai and the trees of Kenya 1233649 9781416935056 2010
Nature’s Storyteller by Morrow
Rachel Carson and her book that changed the world 1364243 9780823423705 2012
The tree lady : the true story of how one tree-loving woman changed a city forever 1468562 9781442414020 2013
The watcher : Jane Goodall’s life with the chimps 1295876 9780375967740 2011

SCIENTISTS, INVENTORS & DOCTORS

Dive! : my adventures in the deep frontier 597108 9780792271444 1999
The elephant scientist 1308347 9780547053448 2011
In the bag! : Margaret Knight wraps it up 1324021 9781770492394 2011
Julia Morgan : built a castle 1072942 9780670059645 2006
Life in the ocean : the story of oceanographer Sylvia Earle 1362902 9780374380687 2012
Look Up!: : Henrietta Leavitt, pioneering woman astronomer 1422365 9781416958192 2013
Marvelous Mattie : how Margaret E. Knight became an inventor 1041719 9780374348106 2006
Mother to Tigers 880326 9780689842214 2003
Of numbers and stars : the story of Hypatia 1057121 9780823416219 2006
Rosalind Franklin: the Dark Lady of DNA Joe Fox
Sally Ride: Life on a Mission 1536796 9781442488540 2014
Spic-and-span! : Lillian Gilbreth’s wonder kitchen 1535090 9781770493803 2014
Stone girl, bone girl : a story of Mary Anning of Lyme Regis 1091486 9781845077006 2007
Temple Grandin : how the girl who loved cows embraced autism and changed the world 1369531 9780547443157 2012
Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors? The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell 1422372 9780805090482 2013

SOCIAL CHANGE LEADERS & ACTIVISTS

Brave girl : Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909 1417389 9780061804427 2013
Childhood of Famous Americans: Clara Barton 500084 9780020418207 1962
Claudette Colvin : twice toward justice 1194814 9780374313227 2009
Coretta Scott 1181712 9780061253645 2009
Dear Malala We Stand With You 1552576 9780553521207 2015
Dolores Huerta : a hero to migrant workers
Eleanor, quiet no more : the life of Eleanor Roosevelt 1181720 9780786851416 2009
Elizabeth leads the way : Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the right to vote 1151988 9780805079036 2008
The Forbidden Schoolhouse : the true and dramatic story of Prudence Crandall and her students. 1032651 9780618473021 2005
The girl from the tar paper school : Barbara Rose Johns and the advent of the civil rights movement 1494382 9781419707964 2014
I could do that : Esther Morris gets women the vote 1038001 9780374335274 2005
Ida M. Tarbell : the woman who challenged big business–and won! 15211369780547290928 2014
Susan B. Anthony 1356366 9780823419531 2012
The librarian of Basra : a true story from Iraq 981455 9780152054458 2005
Mary Walker wears the pants : the true story of the doctor, reformer, and Civil War hero 1424248 9780807549902 2013
My name is Gabriela : the life of Gabriela Mistral = Me llamo Gabriela : la vida de Gabriela Mistral 1084710 9780873588591 2005
Nasreen’s Secret School
Paiute princess : the story of Sarah Winnemucca 1376879 9780374398972 2012
Separate is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez & her Family’s Fight for Desegregation 1510676 9781419710544 2014
Side by side : the story of Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez = Lado a lado : la historia de Dolores Huerta y César Chávez 1270747 9780061227813 2010
Sonia Sotomayor : a judge grows in the Bronx = la juez que creció en el Bronx 1228338 9781442403031 2009
That’s not fair! : Emma Tenayuca’s struggle for justice = No es justo! : la lucha de Emma Tenayuca por la justicia 1166410 9780916727338 2008

WRITERS

The Brontë sisters : the brief lives of Charlotte, Emily, and Anne 1408190 9780547579665 2012
Brown Girl Dreaming 1530941 9780399252518 2014
Bylines : a photobiography of Nellie Bly 1227439 9781426305146 2009
Ida B. Wells : let the truth be told 1172785 9780060277055 2008
Liberty’s voice : the story of Emma Lazarus 1286797 9780525478591 2011
Little author in the big woods : a biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder 1537221 9780805095425 2014
A voice of her own : the story of Phillis Wheatley, slave poet 892577 9780763602529 2003
Wanda Gag: the Girl Who Lived to Draw 1175347 9780670062928 2008
Write on, Mercy! : the secret life of Mercy Otis Warren 1362952 9781590788226 2012
Zora! : the life of Zora Neal Hurston 1396940 9780547006956 2012

MISC.

Bon appetit! : the delicious life of Julia Child 1379305 9780375869440 2012
Different like Coco 1100927 9780763625481 2007
Here come the Girl Scouts the Amazing all true story of Juliette Gordon Low 1343842 9780545342780 2012
Miss Moore thought otherwise: how Anne Carroll Moore created libraries for children 1429290 9780547471051 2013
Nurse, soldier spy: the story of sarah Edmonds a civil war nurse 1291007 9780810997356 2011
Oprah : the little speaker 1244176 9780761456322 2010
Shooting for the moon : the amazing life and times of Annie Oakley 810739 9780374368432 2001
What to do about Alice? : how Alice Roosevelt broke the rules, charmed the world, and drove her father Teddy crazy! 1147342 9780439922319 2008

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Staff Pic – El Deafo

Staff Pic – El Deafo

El Deafo

A poignant graphic tale based on the creator’s own experiences with hearing loss follows the adventures of young Cece, who develops “superpowers” to manage the challenges of making friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid that sometimes lets her hear things she shouldn’t. 2015 Newbery Medal Honor Book

Imagine suddenly no longer being able to hear the sounds of anything around you. And then, through the magic of the Phonic Ear (hearing aid), sound reappears, but nothing sounds the same. In her graphic memoir, Cece Bell shares the story of her childhood through El Deafo – a superhero with super hearing powers! She captures both the humorous and difficult parts of growing up with a hearing loss – the challenges of lipreading, the unexpected private conversations heard when the teacher forgets to turn off the microphone outside of the classroom, the complexities of making friends, and so much more – as well as the trials and tribulations that every child goes through.
Deaf or not, every child will find some part of Bell’s experience that they can relate to. This book is a must-read.

Recommended By: Janet Spaulding – Selection Services

 

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2015 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Winner: Firebird

2015 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Winner: Firebird

FirebirdAmerican 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.

Firebird, Christopher Myers

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Staff Pick Zane and the Hurricane Doriene Smither East Washington

Staff Pick Zane and the Hurricane Doriene Smither East Washington

Zane and the Hurricane

A twelve-year-old boy and his dog become trapped in New Orleans during the horrors of Hurricane Katrina.

Zane Dupree has travelled with his dog Bandit from his home in New Hampshire to New Orleans to meet a great-grandmother he never knew he had. He arrives just days before Hurricane Katrina hits. As he and his great-grandmother try to evacuate the city, they get separated, and Zane finds himself alone in a city he knows nothing about, with no one but his dog to help him. As the hurricane rages, he and Bandit shelter in Zane’s great-grandmother’s house. After the winds die down, the levees break and they must climb into the attic of the house to escape the flooding and hope that the water stops rising before they become trapped up there. Bandit’s barking attracts the attention of a man and girl in a canoe, and Zane is rescued from the roof of the house. But as they float through the water of the city in unbearable heat, with very little food or water, and “stuff so awful it made a dog hide his nose,” Zane begins to understand that the danger is far from over. The water is full of snakes, raw sewage and worse, and the devastation in the city is so immense that there is no help to be had from the police, the fire department or any other organization. The three people and Bandit must find their own way, carefully and cautiously, to safe high ground, food and water, and a telephone to call for help. During their journey, Zane experiences the best and the worst in people. He discovers that people who could and should be good do not always choose to be, and that bad people can do good things. He learns to trust when he can, run or hide when he must, and carry on even when he is afraid.

Recommended By: Doriene Smither – East Washington Library

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