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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Picture Books: Girl Power

What is all this about books for kids?

Having a number of girls in my life, and having been a girl once myself, I search out books with female characters. Especially of the self-rescuing princess type.

There is again a good deal of overlap with other posts.

Girl Power

Andrea Beaty: Rosie Revere Engineer (2013)

Ada Twist Scientist (2016)

Cynthia Chin-Lee: Amelia to Zora (2008)

Barbara Cooney: Miss Rumphius (1983)

The Lupine Lady lives in a small house overlooking the sea. In between the rocks around her house grow blue and purple and rose-colored flowers. The Lupine Lady is little and old. But she has not always been that way. I know. She is my great-aunt, and she told me so.

Demi: One Grain Of Rice: A Mathematical Folktale

Long ago in India, there lived a raja who believed that he was wise and fair, as a raja should be.

Paul Goble: The Girl Who Loved Horses

Kathleen Krull: Wilma Unlimited (2000)

No one expected such a tiny girl to have a first birthday. In Clarksville, Tennessee, in 1940, life for a baby who weighed just over four pounds at birth was sire to be limited.

But most babies didn’t have nineteen older brothers and sisters to watch over them.

Most babies didn’t have a mother who knew home remedies.

Rafe Martin: Rough Faced Girl

Mal Peet: Cloud Tea Monkeys (2000)

Tashi and the monkeys met in their usual place, where the endless rows of tea bushes were broken by a jumble of rocks and a tree spread its shadow on the ground. Here she sat and crossed her legs. The monkeys watched her with their deep, serious eyes.

Doreen Rappaport: Elizabeth Started All the Trouble (2016)

Elizabeth Cady Stanton couldn’t go to college but more importantly, she couldn’t vote.

A brief look at the start of the Women’s Suffrage Movement–and a time when women were still often treated as property rather than citizens.

Allen Say: Tea with Milk (1999)

From the window in her room, the girl could see the city of San Francisco. She imagined that it was a city of many palaces. And one day her father would take her there, he had promised, riding on a paddle steamer across the shining bay.

Her parents called her Ma-chan, which was short for Masako, and spoke to her in Japanese. Everyone else called her May and talked to her in English.

Ashley Spires: The Most Magnificent Thing (2014)

Tanya Lee Stone: The House that Jane Built

Jane Addams was the first American woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for her social activism.

Deborah Underwood: Intersteller Cinderella

Laurie Wallmark: Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine (2015)

Any geek worth their salt knows that Ada Lovelace was the mother of computing. But if you aren’t a geek, then you may never have heard of the daughter of Lord Byron who created programming and changed the world to come.

Jonah Winter: Frida (Art) (2002)

I am a heathen. I know next to nothing about art, and generally don’t appreciate it. But even I know of Frida Kahlo.

Click through on any of the title (or book covers) to see the books on Amazon. (And if you buy, I get a few parts of pennies to build up towards a book for me!)

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