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Three Titles to Kick Off Women's History Month

By: Sarah Cooke | February 28, 2019 |

March is Women’s History Month, and we want to take the opportunity to celebrate the critically important accomplishments and contributions women have made throughout history. Our special collection of Women’s History Month titles features books exploring the impressive achievements of women in science, the arts, sports, government, and more, and we’re highlighting a few of our favorites for you here.

Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13 by Helaine Becker

Grades 2-6

You may have learned about Katherine Johnson’s story in the acclaimed film Hidden Figures. This title explores how she used her mathematical genius to help Apollo 13 return home safely.

Your readers will learn about Johnson’s childhood and how she loved numbers from a young age, often counting the number of steps to get to school, the number of dishes and spoons she washed in the kitchen sink, and more.

From her early days as a gifted student to her impressive achievements at NASA, Counting on Katherine delves into the groundbreaking work of this accomplished mathematician.

"Featuring engaging text and captivating illustrations, this picture book introduces the amazing life of mathematician Katherine Johnson to young readers. Sure to inspire a new generation of mathematicians. A solid addition to biography collections."--School Library Journal

Eleanor Roosevelt, Fighter for Justice by Ilene Cooper

Grades 5-8

In Eleanor Roosevelt, Fighter for Justice, young readers learn how the former first lady evolved from a somewhat unaware young girl into an advocate for those without a voice.

Cooper explores Roosevelt’s insecurities and prejudices, as well as show she worked to overcome them in order to aid in the Civil Rights movement. It’s a fresh and honest look at the life of an iconic woman and the important impact she had on American society.

To learn more about this title, check out our webcast, where The Horn Book’s Roger Sutton interviews Ilene Cooper about the process of writing the book, what she learned, and what she hopes readers take away from it.

"An eye-opening journey through Eleanor Roosevelt’s life, career, and social justice work . . . The author’s meticulous research creates a realistic portrayal of Roosevelt by including her achievements and also recognizing the limitations of her upbringing and status which affected Roosevelt’s social justice work . . . An engaging biography that will greatly enhance middle school collections." --School Library Journal

Votes for Women! American Suffragists and the Battle for the Ballot by Winifred Conkling

Grades 10 & up

For the first 150 years of American history, women didn’t have the right to vote. But that finally changed on August 18, 1920 with the ratification of the 19th Amendment. This title digs into the history of the bold women who marched, protested, and sometimes even broke the law in order to gain right to go to the ballot box and make their voices heard.

The contributions of pioneers like Sojourner Truth, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Susan B. Anthony, as well as the impact of their work on their private lives, are explored in this comprehensive title.

Votes for Women paints a picture of the lives of the women who fought for the right to vote, and illuminates just what it took to make the 10th Amendment a reality.

“The intense drama of the 72-year battle for women’s suffrage springs vividly to life from the pages of this compulsively readable account.”--School Library Journal

It’s our goal to do our best to help you introduce your readers to a wide range of diverse voices, and to provide them with titles that offer an expansive view of historical moments. And with our Women’s History Month titles, we hope to do just that!

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