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Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World's Fastest Woman

Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World's Fastest Woman

Illustrated by:
Genre:
Nonfiction, Biography
Age Level:
6-9
Reading Level:
Independent Reader

Wilma Rudolph not only overcame polio, she went on to become the first woman to win three Olympic gold medals in Rome in 1960. Semiabstract paintings convey her power and personality in this accessible picture book biography.

The Last Princess: The Story of Princess Ka'iulani

The Last Princess: The Story of Princess Ka’iulani

Illustrated by:
Genre:
Biography, Nonfiction
Age Level:
6-9
Reading Level:
Independent Reader

Hawai'i was once an independent country ruled by a royal family. But, while Princess Ka'iulani was at school in England in the 1800s, the small island nation became part of the United States — and she never got a chance to become queen. This intriguing, quiet, bittersweet story presents a little known period and a real-life princess. It is a well-told and handsome book was created by a mother-daughter team.

At Her Majesty's Request: An African Princess in Victorian England

At Her Majesty's Request: An African Princess in Victorian England

Genre:
Nonfiction, Biography
Age Level:
6-9
Reading Level:
Independent Reader

Sophisticated readers will appreciate how the author uncovered the story of a young African girl who left her native land and became known as Sarah Forbes Bonetta in Queen Victoria's England. Primary sources are used to reveal this authentic story about a real African princess who met a British queen.

They Called Her Molly Pitcher

Illustrated by:
Genre:
Nonfiction
Age Level:
6-9
Reading Level:
Beginning Reader

When her husband followed George Washington into battle during the war for independence, Mary "Molly" Hays followed her husband, gaining the name Molly Pitcher by carrying water to the thirsty men on the battlefield. When she took up her wounded husband's position firing the cannon, a legend was born. The illustrations depict sturdy figures and fierce battles in this dramatic account.

I Am Rosa Parks

I Am Rosa Parks

Illustrated by:
Genre:
Biography, Nonfiction
Age Level:
6-9
Reading Level:
Independent Reader

The famous civil rights activist Rosa Parks has simplified her autobiography for young readers in this Puffin Easy to Read book. She describes how she was arrested for not giving up her bus seat and shows that her personal role was part of a wider political struggle.

Author: A True Story

Author: A True Story

Genre:
Biography, Nonfiction
Age Level:
6-9
Reading Level:
Independent Reader

By sharing her own struggles as a child and later as a successful author, Helen Lester demonstrates that hurdles are part of the process. She uses her unique ability to laugh at her mistakes to create both a guide for young writers and an amusing personal story of the disappointments and triumphs of a writer's life.

Fly High! The Story of Bessie Coleman

Fly High! The Story of Bessie Coleman

Illustrated by:
Genre:
Nonfiction, Biography
Age Level:
6-9
Reading Level:
Independent Reader

Bessie Coleman grew up picking cotton in Texas, but she aimed high — soaring into history as the first African American woman aviator. Her riveting story is told in inviting, rhythmic language and engaging illustration.

Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman

Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman

Illustrated by:
Genre:
Biography, Nonfiction
Age Level:
6-9
Reading Level:
Independent Reader

This beautifully written book, illustrated by four-time Caldecott Honor recipient Jerry Pinkney, makes the story of Harriet Tubman's childhood accessible to very young readers. As a young slave nicknamed Minty, Harriet Tubman was a feisty and stubborn girl with a dream of escape, and a rebellious spirit that often got her into trouble. Pinkney's expressive illustrations bring every emotion to brilliant life – from troubled sorrow to spirited hope for freedom.

America's Champion Swimmer: Gertrude Ederle

America’s Champion Swimmer: Gertrude Ederle

Illustrated by:
Genre:
Biography, Nonfiction
Age Level:
6-9
Reading Level:
Independent Reader

Trudy Ederle loved to swim and was determined to be the best. Through hard work and determination she became the first woman to swim the English Channel.

To Space and Back

To Space and Back

Genre:
Nonfiction
Age Level:
6-9
Reading Level:
Independent Reader

Much has been written about the vast scientific importance of space exploration, but very little about the human side of being a member of an astronaut crew. In this book, with the help of journalist Susan Okie, Sally Ride shares the personal experience of traveling into space. America's first woman astronaut answers questions most frequently asked about a journey through space.

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