Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Teaching with Children's Books: Women's History

March is Women's History Month. Here are a few children's books I've read about strong American women who responded to societal norms by figuratively putting their thumbs on their noses:


STORM RUN by Libby Riddles, Illust. by Shannon Cartwright (Picture Book/Early Reader-Sasquatch Books) Dog musher Libby Riddles writes about her experience being the first woman to win Alaska's big Iditarod Sled Dog Race. 

HIROMI'S HANDS by Lynne Barasch (Picture Book-Lee & Low) Based on a true story, this book spotlights a Japanese American girl who aspires to be a sushi chef, just like her father.

BOYCOTT BLUES by Andrea Davis Pinkney, Illust. by Brian Pinkney (Picture Book-Greenwillow Books) Told in verse, this book narrates Rosa Parks' role in the Civil Rights Movement.

ROSIE THE RIVETER by Christine Petersen (Picture Book/Middle Grade-Children's Press, Scholastic) This book salutes the women who joined the work force during World War II.


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