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corey_here come the girl scoutsCorey, Shana Here Come the Girl Scouts!: The Amazing All-True Story of Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low and Her Great Adventure
Gr. K–3    40 pp. Scholastic

Illustrated by Hadley Hooper. Corey highlights how Juliette Gordon Low’s go-getter attitude led to her founding of the Girl Scouts one hundred years ago. Appropriately retro illustrations, saturated with the greens and blues of the outdoors, help establish time and place. This picture book biography crams a lot of information into its forty pages and succeeds in presenting “Daisy” as an unusually spunky and special woman.
Subjects: Individual Biographies; Women—Feminists; Girl Scouts; Low, Juliette Gordon; Adventure and adventurers; Women—Biographies; Feminism

mccann_girls who rocked the worldMcCann, Michelle Roehm and Welden, Amelie Girls Who Rocked the World: Heroines from Joan of Arc to Mother Teresa
High school   248 pp. Simon/Aladdin

New ed., 2000, Beyond Words. From Harriet Tubman to Natalie Portman, this revised and expanded volume focuses on young people who made their marks before the age of twenty. Notable figures span geography and chronology; their short, engaging bios are punctuated by lively sidebars and humorous cartoons, as well as real teens’ own aspirations to “rock the world.” Reading list, websites.
Subjects: Collective Biographies; Women—Biographies; Heroes

DaredevilMcCarthy, Meghan Daredevil: The Daring Life of Betty Skelton
Gr. K–3   48 pp Simon/Wiseman

In the 1940s, Betty Skelton wanted to become a commercial pilot or to fly in the navy, but those avenues were closed to females, so she went on to aerobatic flying, always accompanied by her dog, Little Tinker. The soaring tale is brought to life with the help of illustrations featuring charming bug-eyed characters and a vivid palette. Timeline. Bib.
Subjects: Individual Biographies; Skelton, Betty; Pilots; Women—Pilots; Women—Biographies; Sports—Automobile racing; Gender roles

schwartz_girls rebelSchwartz, Heather E. Girls Rebel!: Amazing Tales of Women Who Broke the Rules
Gr. 4–6, middle school
  64 pp. Capstone

Tougas, Shelley Girls Rock!: Amazing Tales of Women in Music
Gr. 4–6, middle school
  64 pp. Capstone

Savvy: Girls Rock! series. An eclectic and ethnically diverse mix of history-changing women from the nineteenth century to today — opera singer Maria Callas to rap group Salt-N-Pepa; Iranian activist Shirin Ebadi to astronaut Sally Ride — fill the pages in this girl-empowering series. Using a jam-packed magazine format, the accessible texts are informative; sporadic first-person narratives lend a more intimate vibe. Reading list, timeline. Ind.
Subjects: Collective biographies; Women—Biographies; Women—Musicians; Musicians; Music

stone_who says women can't be doctors_239x300Stone, Tanya Lee Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors?: The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell
Gr. K–3   40 pp. Holt/Ottaviano

Illustrated by Marjorie Priceman. Doctor Elizabeth Blackwell’s early life is outlined in trim conversational prose in this lively picture-book treatment. A choice handful of biographical elements are arranged artfully to develop Blackwell’s character within the expectations and challenges of her time. Priceman’s gouache illustrations lend a perfect framework of energy and pacing to the text and draw upon its provocative and often humorous tone. Bib.
Subjects: Individual Biographies; Women—Biographies; Medicine; Women—Doctors; Gender roles; Doctors; Blackwell, Elizabeth

From the March 2014 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book.

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