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Heading to the library

Last week, the American Library Association announced their Youth Media Awards, which includes the Newbery and Caldecott Awards. I always keep an eye on these announcements because a) I like to read! and b)there’s always a lot of love for historical fiction. They also release a list of Recommended Books in different categories, including Non-Fiction, the Amelia Bloomer List (“well-written and well-illustrated books with significant feminist content”), and Books for Reluctant Readers. As educators, we’re always on the lookout for great books about history to recommend to families. Though we haven’t had time to read all of the books listed below, here are some of the ones that caught our eye. Below are some books that both Elaina (Education Assistant) and I have added to our to-read list, and they’re all picture books. Perfect for sharing! Have you read any of these? What catches your eye?

Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909 by Michelle Markel. Picture book told from the view of the organizer, Clara Lemlich.

Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors?: The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell by Tanya Lee Stone. A picture book featuring the story of the first female doctor in the United States. You can think of her when you visit our Doctor’s Office.

Miss Moore Thought Otherwise: How Anne Carroll Moore Created Libraries for Children by Jan Pinborough. Can you imagine libraries without children?

Silent Star: The Story of Deaf Major Leaguer William Hoy by Bill Wise. Baseball in the 1870s!

Fifty Cents and a Dream: Young Booker T. Washington by Jabari Asim. George Washington Carver as a child and his transition from slavery to college.
Emma’s Poem: The Voice of the Statue of Liberty by Linda Glaser. Biography of Emma Lazarus. Lots of information about 1880s immigration, New York and Jewish life.
Unspoken: A Story From the Underground Railroad by Henry Cole. Wordless book about the Underground Railroad through the eyes of a little girl.
Barnum’s Bones: How Barnum Brown Discovered the Most Famous Dinosaur in the World by Tracey Fern. Did you know the first T-Rex skeleton was discovered in 1902? Lots of information about that find and a very relatable way to talk about science at the turn of the century.
Here Come the Girl Scouts!: The Amazing All-True Story of Juliette ‘Daisy’ Gordon Low and Her Great Adventure by Shana Corey. We helped local Girl Scouts celebrate the Centennial of Girl Scouting last year. So of course, this book looks like great fun!
Ellen’s Broom by Kelly Starling Lyons. A young girl learns a new meaning for freedom during the time of Reconstruction.
Heart on Fire: Susan B. Anthony Votes for President by Ann Malaspina. Susan B. Anthony’s bold action to vote inspired like-minded friends to do the same even though it meant facing arrest.
In the Bag!: Margaret Knight Wraps It Up by Monica Kulling. Despite narrow societal expectations, Margaret Knight fights sexism to become an inventor with multiple patents to her name.
Sarah Gives Thanks by Mile Allegra. Sarah Hale campaigned to make Thanksgiving a National Holiday and worked as the editor of women’s magazines, highlighting articles on history, science, and new schools for women.
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