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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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  ...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]
  Adventurous Spirit: A Story about Ellen Swallow Richards
Jennifer Hagerman (Illustrator), Ethlie Ann Vare (Author)
Ellen Swallow Richards was the first professional woman chemist. This book talks about her career, her youth and her contributions as an infamous environmentalist.
[Grade Level: 3 - 6]
  After the Holocaust
Written by
Howard Greenfield
Eight Jewish men and women who survived the Holocaust as children, tell about their experiences immediately following their liberation. The book uses archival photographs.
[Grade Level: 6 & Up]
  Allen Jay and the Underground Railroad
Marlene Targ Brill (Author), Janice Lee Porter (Illustrator)
The true story of a young boy who helped a runaway slave.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
  Am I Blue? Coming Out From the Silence
Marion Dane Bauer (Editor), Beck Underwood (Illustrator)
A collection of sixteen short stories about gay adolescent experiences. This book is appropriate for a wide range of readers as it depicts different settings, characters and styles of writing.
[Grade Level: Young Adult]
  Arctic Explorer: The Story of Matthew Henson
Written by
Jeri Ferris
The story of Matthew Henson, co-discoverer of the North Pole.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
  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]
  Beyond the Ridge
Written and Illustrated by
Paul Goble
A Plains Indian woman experiences the afterlife.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
  Books for Children of the World: The Story of Jella Lepman
Sydelle Pearl (Author), Danlyn Iantorno (Illustrator)
After World War II, Jella Lepman returned to her home country of Germany and realized that in addition to clothing, shelter and food, the children hungered for books. In order to fulfill her dream of using books as a way to promote peace and hope, Lepman solicited donations from publishers around the world and created an exhibition of children's books that traveled throughout Germany. Lepman went on to estbalish the International Youth Library in Munich, which today contains over 500,000 children's books in 130 langauges.
[Grade Level: 3 - 6]
  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]
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