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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.

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

New Books on the Biography Shelf

Van Gogh: a power seething by Julian Bell


Russian tattoo: a memoir by Elena Gorokhova


De Niro: a life by Shawn Levy


Rumours of glory: a memoir by Bruce Cockburn and Greg King


Becoming Richard Pryor by Scott Saul


The undertaker's daughter by Kate Mayfield

Historical Fiction Suggestions by Grade

Kindergarten

Amelia and Eleanor go for a ride by story by Pam Muñoz Ryan ; pictures by Brian Selznick

Knit your bit: a World War I story by Deborah Hopkinson ; illustrated by Steven Guarnaccia

Desmond and the very mean word: a story of forgiveness by Desmond Tutu and Douglas Carlton Abrams ; illustrated by A.G. Ford

Unspoken: a story from the Underground Railroad by Henry Cole

Boxes for Katje by Candace Fleming ; pictures by Stacey Dressen-McQueen

Need more suggestions? See this list of Historical Fiction for Kindergarteners.

First Grade

Documentaries for Black History Month

American Experience: The Abolitionists by Artist Not Provided — Men and women, black and white, Northerners and Southerners, poor and wealthy, these passionate anti-slavery activists fought  in the most important civil rights crusade in American history. Part of the PBS series American Experience.


Africans in America [videodisc]: America's journey through slavery by produced for PBS by WGBH Boston — The story of slavery's birth in the early 1660s through the onset of thr Civil War. Narrated by Academy Award nominee Angela Bassett.


4 little girls [videodisc] by an HBO documentary film in association with 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks production ; a Spike Lee Joint — When a bomb tore through the basement of a black Baptist church in Birmingham, Alabama on September 15, 1963, it took the lives of four young girls. This powerful documentary captures a time, a place, and a way of life that would be forever altered by their deaths. Directed by Spike Lee.

Biographies for Black History Month

The butler: a witness to history by Wil Haygood


The rebellious life of Mrs. Rosa Parks by Jeanne Theoharis


Crusader for justice: federal judge Damon J. Keith by compiled, written, and edited by Peter J. Hammer and Trevor W. Coleman ; forward by Mitch Albom


Dave Bing: a life of challenge by Drew Sharp


A gentleman of color: the life of James Forten by Julie Winch


Twelve years a slave by Solomon Northup ; introduction by Ira Berlin ; general editor, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. ; foreword by Steve McQueen

Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today we honor the life of Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights leader who would have turned 84 this year. A federal holiday to honor King, who was assassinated in April 1968, was first observed in 1986. Congress also designated it a national day of service in 1994.

Books

April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King Jr.'s death and transformation of America by Michael Eric Dyson

At Canaan's edge: America in the King years 1965-68 by Taylor Branch

New Books on the Biography Shelf

Ambition and desire: the dangerous life of Josephine Bonaparte by Kate Williams


Seven letters from Paris: a memoir by Samantha Vérant


The art of Neil Gaiman by Hayley Campbell ; foreword by Audrey Niffenegger


Victoria: a life by A.N. Wilson


I must say: my life as a humble comedy legend by Martin Short ; with David Kamp


So anyway... by John Cleese


The wild truth by Carine McCandless

Holiday Fun with a Michigan Activities Pass

Looking for family activities during the holiday break? Library patrons can use their library card online to print a pass allowing them complimentary or reduced cost access to arts and cultural organizations across the state. Canton Public Library card holders may login to print a pass at the MAP website.