Wilma Unlimited by Kathleen Krull
A biography of the African-American woman who overcame crippling polio as a child to become the first woman to win three gold medals in track in a single Olympics
A Dance Like Starlight: One Ballerina’s Dream by Kristy Dempsey
A young girl growing up in Harlem in the 1950s, whose mother cleans and stitches costumes for a ballet company, dreams of becoming a prima ballerina one day, and is thrilled to see a performance of Janet Collins, the first “colored” prima ballerina.
Jazz Age Josephine by Jonah Winter
A tribute to the life of the iconic jazz entertainer depicts her disadvantaged youth in a segregated America, her unique performance talents, and the irrepressible sense of style that helped her overcome racial barriers.
I am Rosa Parks by Brad Meltzer
Recounts Rosa Parks’ daring effort to stand up for herself and other African Americans by helping to end segregation on public transportation.
Here Come the Girl Scouts! by Shana Corey
A one hundreth anniversary tribute to the Girl Scouts founder describes how she rejected the conventions of Victorian culture and introduced her pioneer family’s passion for service, adventure, and independence to the girls of her time.
I Dissent! Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy
Traces the achievements of the celebrated Supreme Court justice through the lens of her many famous acts of civil disagreement against inequality, unfair treatment, and human rights injustice.
Frida by Jonah Winter
Discusses the childhood of Frida Kahlo and how it influenced her art.
Helen’s Big World by Doreen Rappaport
An introduction to the life and legacy of Helen Keller and her teacher Annie Sullivan
When Amelia Earhart Built a Roller Coaster by Mark Weakland
Engaging text and fun illustrations tell the story of Amelia Earhart’s childhood
Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors? the Story of Elizabeth Blackwell by Tanya Stone
An introduction to the life and achievements of the first American female doctor describes the limited career prospects available to women in the early nineteenth-century, the opposition Blackwell faced while pursuing a medical education, and her pioneering medical career that opened doors for future generations of women