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Picture Books for Women's History Month

March is Women's History Month. To celebrate, try one of these great picture books with positive stories featuring strong female characters. 

Dancing in the wings by Debbie Allen ; pictures by Kadir Nelson
Sassy tries out for a summer dance festival in Washington, D.C., despite the other girls' taunts that she is much too tall.




The dot by Peter H. Reynolds
Vashti believes that she cannot draw, but her art teacher's encouragement leads her to change her mind.

Every Day is a Good Day to Read

March is National Reading Month, and we want to stress how important it is to read to your child everyday. If you read just 15 minutes a day during the first five years of a child's life, that's over 450 hours (or over 19 whole days!) of reading by their fifth birthday. There is a book for every day of the week, and we can prove it:

Monday is one day by Arthur A. Levine ; illustrated by Julian Hector


Tuesday by David Wiesner


Wednesday by Anne Bertier ; translated from the French by Claudia Z. Bedrick


Where does Thursday go? by words, Janeen Brian ; pictures, Stephen Michael King


Friday my Radio Flyer flew by Zachary Pullen

Celebrating Extraordinary Women Throughout History

Marie Curie. Eleanor Roosevelt. Susan B. Anthony. Elizabeth I of England. Florence Nightingale. These remarkable women are well known to most of us, but there are many others in history just as remarkable whose names may not be as recognizable. In honor of Women's History Month we should all make some time to learn about them by reading some of the many biographies to found in the library's collection:

Bella Abzug: how one tough broad from the Bronx fought Jim Crow and Joe McCarthy, pissed off Jimmy Carter, battled for the rights of women and workers, rallied against war and for the planet, and shook up politics along the way: an oral history by Suzanne Braun Levine and Mary Thom — Bella Abzug, American lawyer, congresswoman and social activist

Jane Addams and the dream of American democracy: a life by Jean Bethke Elshtain — Jane Addams, American social reformer, suffrage leader and the first woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize

Anna of all the Russias: the life of Anna Akhmatova by Elaine Feinstein — Anna Akhmatova, Influential Russian poet

Historical Fiction for Sixth Graders

Sixth Grade

Stowaway by Karen Hesse; with illustrations by Robert Andrew Parker

Journey to the river sea by Eva Ibbotson; illustrated by Kevin Hawkes

Sword by Da Chen

A single shard by Linda Sue Park

Moon over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool

Historical Fiction for Fifth Graders

Fifth Grade

Shooting the moon by Frances O'Roark Dowell

Boston Jane: an adventure by Jennifer L. Holm

Number the stars by Lois Lowry

Unsinkable by Gordon Korman

Maroo of the winter caves by Ann Turnbull

Historical Fiction for Fourth Graders

Fourth Grade

My side of the mountain written and illustrated by Jean George

Whittington by Alan Armstrong; illustrated by S.D. Schindler

Crispin: the cross of lead by Avi

My last skirt: the story of Jennie Hodgers, Union soldier by Lynda Durrant

The lacemaker by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Historical Fiction for Third Graders

Third Grade

Night boat to freedom by Margot Theis Raven; pictures by E.B. Lewis

Morning Girl by Michael Dorris

Pedro's journal: a voyage with Christopher Columbus, August 3, 1492-February 14, 1493 by Pam Conrad; illustrated by Peter Koeppen

Twenty and ten by Claire Huchet Bishop, as told by Janet Joly; illustrated by William Pène du Bois

Sarah, plain and tall by Patricia MacLachlan

Historical Fiction for Second Graders

Second Grade

Meet Kaya: an American girl by Janet Shaw; illustrations, Bill Farnsworth ; vignettes, Susan McAliley

The Golly Sisters go West by Betsy Byars; pictures by Sue Truesdell

Five smooth stones: Hope's diary, book one by Kristiana Gregory

Baseball saved us by Ken Mochizuki; illustrated by Dom Lee

Edward and the pirates by David McPhail

Historical Fiction for First Graders

First Grade

Dinosaur hunter by Elaine Marie Alphin; pictures by Don Bolognese

Sam's Wild West Christmas by Nancy Antle; pictures by S.D. Schindler

Prairie friends by Nancy Smiler Levinson; pictures by Stacey Schuett

Dust for dinner by Ann Turner; pictures by Robert Barrett

The 18 penny goose by Sally M. Walker; pictures by Ellen Beier