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The books in this category tell the life stories of real people, some famous and others less well known. In many of these books the focus of the biography is the person's contribution to making a better world; in many there is also the theme of obstacles that had to be overcome in order for the person to succeed.
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1.   ...If You Lived When Women Won Their Rights
Anne Kamma (Author), Pamela Johnson (Illustrator)
There was a time that girls and women in the U.S. could not wear pants, play sports on a team, ride a bicycle or go to college. That all began to change in 1848 after the first convention for women's rights. In question-and-answer format, this book tells the story of how women worked for equal rights, culminating in the 19th amendment to the Constitution, giving women the right to vote. Readers find out what life was like for girls in those days and meet pioneering figures in the movement, including Lucy Stone, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Sojourner Truth and Alice Paul.
[Grade Level: 3 - 6]
 
2.   A Fire in Her Bones: The Story of Mary Lyon
Written by
Dorothy Schack Rosen
A story of Mary Lyon, founder of Mount Holyoke College, the first permanent college for women in the United States.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
3.   A Picture Book of Eleanor Roosevelt
David A. Adler (Author), Robert Casilla (Illustrator)
A short biography of the woman who overcame a difficult childhood to become a woman of great accomplishments.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
4.   A Picture Book of Rosa Parks
David A. Adler (Author), Robert Casilla (Illustrator)
The story of the woman who came to be known as the "mother of the Civil Rights Movement." .
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
5.   A Time for Courage: The Suffragette Diary of Kathleen Bowen, Washington, D.C., 1917
Written by
Kathryn Lasky
A diary account of thirteen-year-old Kathleen Bowen's life in 1917 in Washington, D.C. as she juggles concerns for the national battle for women's suffrage, the war in Europe, and her own school work and family.
[Grade Level: 6 & Up]
 
6.   A Woman for President: The Story of Victoria Woodhull
Kathleen Krull (Author), Jane Dyer (Illustrator)
Victoria Woodhull was the first woman to do many things: the first woman to own a newspaper, to speak before Congress, and to have a seat on the stock exchange. But her boldest act was announcing herself as the first female candidate for the presidency of the United States in 1872—before women even had the right to vote. Arguably one of the most revolutionary women in American history, she was breaking boundaries many years ahead of her time.
[Grade Level: 2 - 5]
 
7.   Belva Lockwood Wins Her Case
Drollene P. Brown (Author), James Watling (Illustrator)
This book describes the struggles and triumphs of Belva Lockwood, the teacher, suffragette, lawyer, and peace activist who became the first woman to practice law before the Supreme Court and a candidate for president in 1884 and 1888.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
8.   Beyond the Ridge
Written and Illustrated by
Paul Goble
A Plains Indian woman experiences the afterlife.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
9.   Braving the Frozen Frontier: Women Working in Antarctica
Written by
Rebecca L. Johnson
Day-to-day experiences of several women who work in Antarctica.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
10.   Catching the Moon: The Story of a Young Girl's Baseball Dream
Crystal Hubbard (Author), Randy Duburke (Illustrator)
Marcenia Lyle wants to be a professional baseball player, but her parents make clear that the only jobs available to African American women in that time (the 1930s) are teacher, nurse and maid. When the St. Louis Cardinals manager forms a baseball camp, he denies admission to Marcenia because of her gender. However, Marcenia dazzles him with her skill until he agrees to let her join. An afterword reveals that Marcenia, under the name Toni Stone, became the first female member of an all-male baseball team, filling the spot vacated by Hank Aaron when he joined the Major Leagues.
[Grade Level: 1 - 4]
 
11.   Champion for Children's Health: Dr. S. Josephine Baker
Lydia M. Anderson (Illustrator), Greg Ptacek (Author)
The biography of Dr. S. Josephine Baker who single-handedly established preventive health care for children as a field of medicine.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
12.   Dear Mrs. Parks: A Dialogue with Today's Youth
Rosa Parks (Author), Gregory J. Reed (Author)
Correspondence between Rosa Parks and various children in which the "Mother of the Modern Day Civil Rights Movement" answers questions and encourages young people to reach their highest potential.
[Grade Level: 5 & Up]
 
13.   Eleanor Roosevelt: An Inspiring Life
Written by
Elizabeth MacLeod
In fourteen brief chapters with short blocks of text and many photographs, the author describes Roosevelt’s privileged but sad childhood, her marriage, political and family life, and post-FDR humanitarian work. The importance of Roosevelt’s contributions to the world are emphasized, including her work on civil rights, women’s rights, and her role in creating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
[Grade Level: 3 - 6]
 
14.   Elizabeth Cady Stanton: A Biography for Young Children
Janice Bond (Illustrator), Barbara Metzger (Author), Carol Hilgartner Schlank (Author)
A biography about one of the nation's first leaders in the women's rights movement.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
15.   Ellen Ochoa: First Latina Astronaut
Lila Guzman (Author), Rick Guzman (Author)
Part of the Famous Latinos series, this easy-to-read biography describes the life of the first Hispanic woman in space. The daughter of Mexican immigrants, Ochoa excelled in school and went on to be an electrical engineer, inventor and pilot, but dreamed of being an astronaut. Ochoa pursued her goal, even after being turned down twice by NASA, and was accepted into the space program in 1990. Using simple text, numerous photographs, a timeline and glossary, the authors describe Ochoa’s training and experiences as an astronaut. The book is also available in a Spanish language edition, Ellen Ochoa: La Primera Astronauta Latina.
[Grade Level: 2 - 4]
 
16.   Fireflies in the Dark: The Story of Friedl Dicker-Brandeis and the Children of Terezin
Written by
Susan Goldman Rubin
The story of Friedel Dicker, a Jewish woman from Prague, who taught art to children at the Terezin concentration camp.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
17.   First Woman President of the United States of America!: When Will We Get One? Who Will It Be?!
Carole Marsh (Author), Vicki DeJoy (Illustrator)
“It has to happen sooner or later—Americans will elect a woman to be president of the United States!” Beginning with this assertion, Marsh explores the history of women in politics and the road they have paved toward the White House. The book presents information, and also invites students to note their ideas on a variety of topics, including the job of the presidency, how a woman might be different in this role, and other countries who have had female leaders. Marsh profiles past female U.S. presidential candidates and prominent women in U.S. politics, including a special feature on Hillary Clinton.
[Grade Level: 3 - 6]
 
18.   Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom
Rae Bains (Author), Larry Johnson (Illustrator)
The biography of a girl whose fight to freedom was the first step in her becoming "conductor" on the underground railroad.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
19.   Hiding from the Nazis
David A. Adler (Author), Karen Ritz (Illustrator)
The true story of Lore Baer, a four-year-old Jewish child placed with a Christian family in the Dutch farm country to avoid persecution by the Nazis.
[Grade Level: 2 - 4]
 
20.   Hillary Rodham Clinton
JoAnn Bren Guernsey (Author), Margaret J. Goldstein (Author)
This portrait of the former First Lady and current senator from New York covers Clinton's many achievements, from her efforts to reform health care to writing books to working as a successful lawyer. Guernsey includes controversial aspects of her subject's story, from her husband's impeachment trial to Clinton's "imaginary conversations" with Eleanor Roosevelt. The text also enumerates the criticism she has received, but balances it with positive comments.
[Grade Level: 5 - 9]
 
21.   I Am Rosa Parks
Rosa Parks (Author), Jim Haskins (Author), Wil Clay (Illustrator)
The woman whose acts of civil disobedience led to the 1956 Supreme Court order to desegregate buses in Montgomery, Alabama, explains what she did and why.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
22.   I Could Do That!: Ester Morris Gets Women the Vote
Linda Arms White (Author), Nancy Carpenter (Illustrator)
“I could do that,” says six-year-old Esther as she watches her mother making tea. Start her own business at the age of nineteen? Why, she could do that, too. But one thing Esther and other women could NOT do was vote. Only men could do that. With lively text and illustrations, this picture book biography shows how one girl’s gumption propels her through a life filled with challenges until, in 1869, she wins the vote for women in Wyoming Territory -– the first time ever in the United States.
[Grade Level: 2 - 4]
 
23.   I Speak for the Women
Brian Liedahl (Illustrator), Stephanie Sammartino McPherson (Author)
A story about Lucy Stone, powerful speaker for women's rights and the abolition of slavery.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
24.   Ida B. Wells-Barnett: A Voice against Violence
Ned O. Berkeley (Illustrator), Frederick McKissack (Author), Patrick McKissack (Author)
A biography of the female journalist who campaigned for the civil rights of women and other minorities and was a founder of the NAACP.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
25.   If a Bus Could Talk: The Story of Rosa Parks
Written by
Faith Ringgold
A contemporary schoolgirl boards the bus on which Rosa Parks rode in 1955, and the bus tells the girl about Rosa's story, from growing up with the constant threat of a Ku Klux Klan attack to her act of passive resistance against the segregation of bus passengers.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
26.   Jackie Joyner Kersee: Superwoman
Margaret J. Goldstein (Author), Jennifer Larson (Author)
A biography of the track-and-field star who has had medal-winning performances in three Olympics.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
27.   Julia Ward Howe
Written by
Elizabeth Raum
A biography of the nineteenth-century peace and social justice activist who wrote the Mother’s Day Proclamation in 1870 calling for a “Mother’s Day for Peace,” which eventually led to the holiday known today as Mother’s Day. Ward is most famous for writing the poem that became "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" and is also known for her work against slavery and in support of a woman’s right to vote.
[Grade Level: 2 - 4]
 
28.   Jump at de Sun: The Story of Zora Neal Hurston
Lucy Ann Hurston (Author), A. P. Porter (Author)
The story of author Zora Neale Hurston and her battles against racism and poverty.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
29.   Learning about Fairness from the Life of Susan B. Anthony
Written and Photographed by
Kiki Mosher
Biography of Susan B. Anthony.
[Grade Level: 2 - 6]
 
30.   Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters
Stephen Alcorn (Illustrator), Andrea Davis Pinkney (Author)
Let It Shine is a collection of short biographies celebrating the contributions of 10 black women who moved forward the cause of civil rights in America. Following a preface that describes her own family roots in the civil rights movement, Pinkney presents her heroines chronologically in verbal portraits that capture the subjects' faith, strength of character, and determination in the face of hardships and racial injustice. The subjects—who are depicted in full-page oil paintings — include Sojourner Truth, Biddy Mason, Harriet Tubman, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Mary McLeod Bethune, Ella Josephine Baker, Dorothy Irene Height, Rosa Parks, Fannie Lou Hamer, and Shirley Chisholm.
[Grade Level: 3 - 6]
 
31.   Lives of Extraordinary Women: Rulers, Rebels (and What the Neighbors Thought)
Kathleen Krull (Author), Kathryn Hewitt (Illustrator)
This book focuses on twenty women down through history who have held political power and influence, including Cleopatra, Joan of Arc, Elizabeth I, Harriet Tubman, Eleanor Roosevelt and Eva Peron. These biographical pieces showcase queens, warriors, prime ministers, first ladies, and revolutionary leaders. Some are notorious, others revered, and all were noteworthy women who succeeded in making their way through a male dominated society.
[Grade Level: 3 - 8]
 
32.   Madam President: The Extraordinary, True (and Evolving) Story of Women in Politics
Catherine Thimmesh (Author), Douglas B. Jones (Illustrator)
This book provides 23 thumbnail sketches of women involved in politics in the United States and abroad. The subjects are divided into six categories and tied together by cartoon vignettes of a young girl who wants to be president. The author briefly highlights each individual's primary achievements and importance, and includes a quotation from each one. Subjects include Abigail Adams, Eleanor Roosevelt, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Sandra Day O'Connor, Geraldine Ferraro, Margaret Thatcher, Vigdis Finnbogadottir, Nancy Pelosi, and Mrs. J. L. Burn.
[Grade Level: 3 - 6]
 
33.   Marian Wright Edelman
Written by
Steve Otfinoski
A biography of the lawyer and social reformer who is known for her work on behalf of children's rights.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
34.   Mom's Best Friend
Sally Hobart Alexander (Author), George Ancona (Illustrator)
The true story of a woman, her family, and her guide dog.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
35.   Native American Doctor: The Story of Susan Laflesche Picotte
Written by
Jeri Ferris
The story of Susan LaFlesche Picotte, the first Native American woman to earn a medical degree.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
36.   Peace and Bread: The Story of Jane Adams
Written by
Stephanie Sammartino McPherson
The story of Jane Addams, who overcame many obstacles to make Chicago's Hull House a thriving community center.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
37.   Rosa Parks
Wil Mara (Author), Jeanne Clidas (Author)
A short introduction to the life of the woman whose actions led to the desegregation of buses in Montgomery, Alabama, in the 1960s and who was an important figure in the early days of the civil rights movement.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
38.   Rosa Parks, My Story
Jim Haskins (Author), Rosa Parks (Author)
The story of a woman whose decision not to give up her seat on a bus in 1955 turned the Civil Rights Movement into a national cause.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
39.   Rosa Parks: From the Back of the Bus to the Front of a Movement
Written by
Camilla Wilson
This book takes a close look at Parks' early life, and follows her political career after the Montgomery bus boycott.
[Grade Level: 3 - 6]
 
40.   Shirley Chisholm
Written by
Jill S. Pollack
Shirley Chisholm's rise to prominence in the U. S. political arena is depicted in this addition to the First Book series. The readable, large-print text focuses on the varied political aspects of Chisholm's career, including her election as the first black woman to Congress and her run for the presidency.
[Grade Level: 3 - 5]
 
41.   Story of Sacagawea: Guide to Lewis and Clark
Written by
Della Rowland
A non-romanticized biography that provides ethnographic information as well as historical background on the Lewis and Clark expedition.
[Grade Level: 3 - 6]
 
42.   Susan Butcher Sled Dog Racer
Written by
Ginger Wadsworth
A biography of the woman who won the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race four times.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
43.   The Story of Ruby Bridges
Robert Coles (Author), George Ford (Illustrator)
The story of a young girl who confronted the hostility of the white community when she became the first African-American in Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans in 1960.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
44.   The Voice That Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights
Written by
Russel Freedman
This book is a chronological account of one of the nation's greatest African-American vocalists, from her childhood in Philadelphia through her acclaimed U.S. and European concert tours in the 1920s and 1930s. Though Anderson did not set out to be a political activist, her prominence put her in a position to expose the injustices of segregation. Anderson’s historic 1939 Easter concert at the Lincoln Memorial—a response to the Daughters of the American Revolution's refusal to allow her to appear at Constitution Hall—is a milestone in both musical and civil rights history. The book includes archival photographs and a selected bibliography and discography.
[Grade Level: 4 - 9]
 
45.   The Workers' Detective: A Story About Dr. Alice Hamilton
Stephanie Sammartino McPherson (Author), Janet Schulz (Illustrator)
A story about Dr. Alice Hamilton, social worker and doctor, whose work brought attention to the health risks associated with certain jobs.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
46.   Walking the Road to Freedom
Jeri Ferris (Author), Peter E. Hanson (Illustrator)
A story about Sojourner Truth.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
47.   When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson
Pam Muñoz Ryan (Author), Brian Selznick (Illustrator)
Marian Anderson is best known for her historic concert at the Lincoln Memorial in 1939, which drew an integrated crowd of over 75,000 people in pre-Civil Rights America. While this momentous event showcased the uniqueness of her character, and the struggles of the times in which she lived, it is only part of her story. This portrait of Anderson takes us from her childhood, singing in church, to her rejection from a music school that barred "colored" people, to her rise to prominence despite the racial barriers of the times. The book includes evocative illustrations and lyrics from some of Anderson's songs.
[Grade Level: 1 - 5]
 
48.   Wilma Mankiller: Chief of Cherokee Nation
Written by
Pamela Dell
Describes the life of the Native American leader who made history in 1985 when she became the first woman Principal Chief of the Cherokee, and later signed an agreement with the U.S. government granting the Cherokee Nation self-governance. The biography traces Mankiller's birth in rural Oklahoma, her adolescence and early adulthood in San Francisco, and discusses how she overcame many hardships to become an activist and leader of her people. The book, which includes source notes and a timeline, also features Mankiller’s more recent accomplishments since stepping down as Principal Chief, which include working to find jobs, improve education, and preserve the traditions of the Oklahoma Cherokee.
[Grade Level: 4 - 8]
 
49.   Women Suffrage Movement 1848-1920
Written by
Shirley Keller
Introduces women leaders who fought for the right to vote.
[Grade Level: 2 - 6]
 
50.   You Wouldn't Want to Be a Suffragist!: A Protest Movement Thats Rougher Than You Expected
Fiona MacDonald (Author), David Antram (Illustrator)
This book tells the story of the struggle for a woman's right to vote through the voices of two feisty aunts-- Edith from the U.S. and Mabel from the U.K.--who describe the movement to their young American niece in 1920. Using cartoon-like illustrations and timelines, the author introduces readers to the pioneers of the suffrage movement, important events of the time and the tactics used by suffragists and protesters to win equal rights.
[Grade Level: 2 - 5]
 
51.   Zora Hurston and the Chinaberry Tree
Ying-Hwa Hu (Illustrator), William Miller (Author), Cornelius Van Wright (Illustrator)
The story of young Zora Hurston and the lessons she learned from her mother.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
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