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March is Women’s History Month
Calkins Creek, the American History imprint of Astra Books for Young Readers, is publishing an incredible list of picture books this season that celebrates Women’s History Month. From the first female rocket scientist to a famous chef, to pioneering journalists, and heroes from the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, the strong women highlighted in these engaging books are true inspirations to young readers.
Exciting New Books that Celebrate Women’s History
Do you know any girls interested in STEM careers? BLAST OFF!: How Mary Sherman Morgan Fueled America into Space is the book for them. It’s the story of the world’s first female rocket scientist who was chosen over her male colleagues to create the fuel to launch a rocket carrying America’s first satellite. Ages 7-10
How did Julia Child become one of America’s most celebrated and beloved chefs? Her grandnephew reveals her story in BORN HUNGRY: Julia Child Becomes “the French Chef” a picture book that Jacques Pépin calls a “vivid portrait . . . an enjoyable read.” Julia’s kid-friendly recipe for Oeufs Brouillés (Scrambled Eggs) is included! Ages 5-9
NELLIE VS. ELIZABETH: Two Daredevil Journalists’ Breakneck Race around the World is the story of Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland; two women who raced against each other and the clock–as they circled the globe by ship, train, and foot. Kirkus Reviews raves “There’s much to like in this historic tale of female derring-do.’ Ages 7-10
REVOLUTIONARY PRUDENCE WRIGHT: Leading the Minute Women in the Fight for Independence is the first-ever picture book about female Revolutionary War activist Prudence Wright, who rallied the first and only group of “minute women” to fight the British, changing history in the process. In a starred review, Kirkus Reviews calls the book: “Vivid, absorbing, and inspiring.” Ages 7-10
And lastly, TO THE FRONT: Clara Barton Braves the Battle of Antietam is a powerful tribute to nurse Clara Barton and her heroic efforts during the Civil War. The book reveals how Barton earned the name “The Angel of the Battlefield,” and shows the beginnings of her journey as one of our country’s greatest humanitarians and the founder of the American Red Cross. In a starred review, Booklist calls TO THE FRONT “(a) riveting tribute.” Ages 7-10
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