Reading Rockets recommends the following books by Tanya Lee Stone.
Abraham Lincoln, sixteenth president of the United States, led the nation through its darkest hour — the Civil War. Find out about Lincoln's childhood on a frontier farm, how a struggling small town lawyer became president, and why he is one of America's most revered and beloved leaders.
Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream
1961. Nearly two decades before Sally Ride — there was Jerrie Cobb. Cobb was one of the top female pilots in the country and completed all the astronaut testing the Mercury 7 men did. She excelled at all the tests. Proved she had the Right Stuff. Twelve other female pilots followed her, passing the tests they took with flying colors. When they were told there was no room for women in the space program, they took they're cause to Congress.
Amelia Earhart was a fiesty 11-year-old when she saw her first air show. Little did she know that a passing fancy for airplanes would develop into a full-throttled passion. As a committed social worker, feminist and record-breaking female pilot, Amelia's disappearance while flying over the South Pacific remains one of our greatest mysteries.
Laura Ingalls Wilder (DK biography series)
As in others in the series, lucid text combines with period photographs to present an overview of the life of the woman of Little House on the Prairie fame.
Sandy's Circus: A Story about Alexander Calder
Alexander Calder — Sandy — had a vivid imagination and a fascination with the circus; his sketches of the circus became 3-dimensional. Vivid illustrations combine with an informal text to introduce a man whose art continues to inspire and intrigue.
The House that Jane Built: A Story about Jane Addams
Her travels as the child in a wealthy family helped Jane realize that there were those much less well off. She moved into a home in a gritty part of Chicago where she opened Hull House to address the needs of those in poverty, likely the country’s first community center. Jane’s work in Chicago is described in fluid text and gentle, evocative illustrations presenting a portrait of the 19th century.
Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors? The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell
Elizabeth was a strong-minded girl. As a young woman, it was her determination and strength that allowed her to graduate as the first female physician in 1849. Lighthearted illustrations and limited information make this an appealing introduction to an era and a pioneer.
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