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Children's Biographies for Women's History Month

In honor of Women's History Month, read the fascinating true stories of some of the many women who have shaped our world.

I am Malala: how one girl stood up for education and changed the world by Malala Yousafzai with Patricia McCormick
Raised in a once-peaceful area of Pakistan transformed by terrorism, Malala was taught to stand up for what she believes. So she fought for her right to be educated. And on October 9, 2012, she nearly lost her life for the cause. --Provided by publisher.

Bon appétit!: the delicious life of Julia Child by Jessie Hartland
Follow Julia Child-chef, author, and television personality-from her childhood in Pasadena, California, to her life as a spy in WWII, to the cooking classes she took in Paris, to publication of Mastering the Art of French Cooking, to the funny moments of being a chef on TV. -- Provided by publisher.

The voice that challenged a nation: Marian Anderson and the struggle for equal rights by Russell Freedman
In the mid-1930s, Marian Anderson was a famed vocalist who had been applauded by European royalty and welcomed at the White House. But, because of her race, she was denied the right to sing at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. This is the story of her resulting involvement in the civil rights movement of the time.

Red scarf girl: a memoir of the Cultural Revolution by Ji-li Jiang ; foreword by David Henry Hwang
It's 1966, and twelve-year-old Ji-li Jiang has everything a girl could want: brains, friends, and a bright future in Communist China. But it's also the year that China's leader, Mao Ze-dong, launches the Cultural Revolution—and Ji-li's world begins to fall apart. --Provided by publisher.

Anne Frank: her life in words and pictures from the archives of the Anne Frank House by Menno Metselaar and Ruud van der Rol ; translated by Arnold J. Pomerans
Filled with never-before-published snapshots, school pictures, and photos of the diary and the Secret Annex, this elegantly designed album is both a stand-alone introduction to Anne's life and a photographic companion to a classic of Holocaust literature. --Provided by publisher.

A voice of her own: the story of Phillis Wheatley, slave poet by Kathryn Lasky ; illustrated by Paul Lee
Biography of Phillis Wheatly, an African slave who became the first known African American to become a published poet.

First Girl Scout: the life of Juliette Gordon Low by Ginger Wadsworth
Offers insight into the life of Juliette Low, the woman behind the creation of Girl Scouts, discussing the events that impacted her vision, the controversy surrounding her methods, and the diverse group of individuals she welcomed.

Bull's-eye: a photobiography of Annie Oakley by Sue Macy ; foreword by Bess Edwards
Sharpshooter Annie Oakley's life comes alive in this photobiography.

Annie Sullivan and the trials of Helen Keller by Joseph Lambert ; with an introduction by TK
The story of Annie Sullivan, tutor to Helen Keller who was herself visually impaired, and how she was able to change the life of Helen and in process become her close friend and confidante.

Through my eyes by Ruby Bridges ; articles and interviews compiled and edited by Margo Lundell
Ruby Bridges recounts the story of her involvement, as a six-year-old, in the integration of her school in New Orleans in 1960.

Amelia Earhart: this broad ocean by Sarah Stewart Taylor & Ben Towle ; with an introduction by Eileen Collins
With an introduction by astronaut pioneer Eileen Collins, Amelia Earhart: This Broad Ocean focuses on Amelia's triumphant crossing of the Atlantic Ocean in 1928. Panel by panel, it offers a glimpse of her relentless ambition and tireless will to promote women's rights. --Provided by publisher.

Something out of nothing: Marie Curie and radium by Carla Killough McClafferty
Meet Manya Sklodowska, better known today as Marie Curie, the co-discoverer of radium, and who became the first woman awarded the Nobel prize for her work on the discovery. Learn what life was like for Marie, and the effect her discovery had on the world.

Skit-scat raggedy cat: Ella Fitzgerald by written by Roxane Orgill ; illustrated by Sean Qualls
Follows the beloved American jazz singer's rise to fame, describing the difficult historical and cultural factors that she overcame.

Sadako and the thousand paper cranes by Eleanor Coerr ; paintings by Ronald Himler
Hospitalized with the dreaded atom bomb disease, leukemia, a child in Hiroshima races against time to fold one thousand paper cranes to verify the legend that by doing so a sick person will become healthy.

Restless spirit: the life and work of Dorothea Lange by Elizabeth Partridge
A biography of Dorothea Lange, whose photographs of migrant workers, Japanese American internees, and rural poverty helped bring about important social reforms.

Fly high!: the story of Bessie Coleman by Louise Borden and Mary Kay Kroeger ; illustrated by Teresa Flavin
Discusses the life of the determined African American woman who went all the way to France in order to earn her pilot's license in 1921.

Vision of beauty: the story of Sarah Breedlove Walker by Kathryn Lasky ; illustrated by Nneka Bennett
Presents the life of Sarah Breedlove Walker who, though born in poverty, pioneered in hair and beauty care products for black women, and became a great financial success.

Last airlift: a Vietnamese orphan's rescue from war by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
Tells Tuyet's story of when she was an orphan in Vietnam during the war and when Saigon was taken over orphans were airlifted and brought to Canada, and recounts her first few days with her new family.

Temple Grandin: how the girl who loved cows embraced autism and changed the world by Sy Montgomery
Examines the life and accomplishments of Temple Grandin, whose childhood diagnosis of autism and love of cows led her to revolutionize the livestock industry.

Sally Ride: life on a mission by Sue Macy
Most people know Sally Ride as the first American female astronaut to travel in space. But in her lifetime she was also a nationally ranked tennis player, a physicist who enjoyed reading Shakespeare, a university professor, the founder of a company that helped inspire girls and young women to pursue careers in science and math, and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. --Provided by publisher.