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The Serpent Slayer and Other Stories of Strong Women

The Serpent Slayer and Other Stories of Strong Women

Genre:
Fiction, Fairytales, Folk Tales, and Tall Tales
Age Level:
6-9
Reading Level:
Independent Reader

Here is a collection of eighteen stories about heroines: girls and women with as much courage as their better-known male counterparts.

Swamp Angel

Swamp Angel

Genre:
Fiction, Fairytales, Folk Tales, and Tall Tales
Age Level:
6-9
Reading Level:
Independent Reader

On the day of her birth, nothing about Angelica Longrider suggested that she would one day become the greatest woodswoman of Tennessee. It's not long before Angelica is vanquishing varmints such as Thundering Tarnation, a huge bear with a taste for settlers' winter rations, and swallowing entire lakes in a gulp.

Celia Cruz: Queen of Salsa

Celia Cruz: Queen of Salsa

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

Celia Cruz began singing on the streets of Havana as a child. She grew up to become a legendary singer and lasting influence on salsa. Bright, bold illustrations echo the vibrancy of the music in this handsome picture book biography.

Rosa

Rosa

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

Rosa Parks was an ordinary woman who became a hero because she "was not going to give in to that which was wrong." A catalyst for the famous Montgomery Bus boycott in Alabama, she turned the nation's attention to a glaring injustice in our society. Powerful illustrations evoke a time before the Civil Rights era and give the reader a glimpse at a person, her impact, and a period in American history.

Cut from the Same Cloth: American Women of Myth, Legend and Tall Tale

Cut from the Same Cloth: American Women of Myth, Legend and Tall Tale

Illustrated by:
Genre:
Fiction, Fairytales, Folk Tales, and Tall Tales, Myths and Legends
Age Level:
6-9
Reading Level:
Beginning Reader

From the Northeast to the West, the United States is filled with stories of wise, strong, and just plain amazing women. American tall tales about resilient women from many backgrounds are presented in the text of this book and depicted by the robust lines of scratchboard illustration.

A Strong Right Arm: The Story of Mamie "Peanut" Johnson

A Strong Right Arm: The Story of Mamie "Peanut" Johnson

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

At just over 5 feet tall, no one thought Mamie Johnson, also known as "Peanut" because of her size, would become a baseball star. But she sure could pitch! The author collaborated with the actual Mamie Johnson to tell the riveting — and real — story of how Peanut Johnson became one of three women to play professionally in the Negro Baseball League.

Playing to Win: The Story of Althea Gibson

Playing to Win: The Story of Althea Gibson

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

From a sharecropper family, Althea Gibson went on to become a highly skilled tennis player and to break down the game's racial barriers. Strong, varied illustrations accompany the lucid text to present a compelling portrait of a complex woman and accomplished athlete.

When Harriet Met Sojourner

When Harriet Met Sojourner

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

Though born years and miles apart, the paths of two extraordinary women would one day cross briefly. The women, who are known now as Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tubman, would come to play a significant role in securing rights for African Americans. Stylized illustrations and brief text present the people, the period, and their encounter.

Remember the Ladies: 100 Great American Women

Remember the Ladies: 100 Great American Women

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

They have come in all colors and sizes and times throughout American history and their impact is still felt. Meet 100 interesting, diverse women whose contributions range from helping people escape injustice to creating fashion. Portraits accompany each engaging biographical essay.

What to Do About Alice?

What to Do About Alice?

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

What must it be like to live in the White House, especially if you’re not at all like other children of your time? Read about Alice — Theodore Roosevelt’s oldest child — and her unconventional approach to life in the White House.

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