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Empowering girls and women

Conkling, Winifred  Votes for Women!: American Suffragists and the Battle for the Ballot Middle school, high school    310 pp.    Algonquin    2018 This fascinating chronological account of the bumpy road to women’s suffrage in the U.S. begins with the 1848 Women’s Rights Convention and culminates with ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment. Over half the book focuses […]

What would RBG, Sonia Sotomayor, and Laurie Halse Anderson do?

The following books focus on women Supreme Court justices and — to borrow the name of a new series, below — some pitfalls of “Being Female in America.” Reviews are from the Horn Book Guide Online from the time of the books’ publications. Picture Books Hannigan, Kate A Lady Has the Floor: Belva Lockwood Speaks […]

Local Women Authors in Conversation at the Cambridge Public Library

Last week the Cambridge (MA) Public Library hosted a panel of Local Women Authors in Conversation. Moderated by Professor Susan Tomlinson of the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and editor of the scholarly journal Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers, the panelists were middle-grade writer Susan Tan (author of the Cilla Lee-Jenkins books and Horn Book […]

Hbook Podcast 2.2 – Fries, Elections, and Librarians

In episode two of the new season, Siân and Roger discuss politics, “rock star” librarians, and wanting fries with that. People we talk about K-Fai Steele Adam Rex (thread) Dan Santat Links Diana Gabaldon (“Recent statistics from the New York Federal Reserve detailing employment outcomes by college major shows that English students have a 7.5 percent […]

Editorial: “We’re with Her”

At the time of this writing, we don’t yet know the outcome of the presidential election. (Anyone with a time-travel device, please let us know things turned out okay.) But it sure has been A Year for women. We’ve been quite busy with our roaring and our woman-card-playing and our Lemonade-making (who runs the world? […]

The power of the image: photographs in biographies

Striking photographs in biographies can draw in, engage, and inform young readers on a deep level. In addition, they can serve as outstanding primary sources. Whether the photographs are current, colorful, high quality prints, or old, sepia, grainy shots, they reveal much about the subject, the setting, and the social/historical context. The two books below […]