Friday, March 8, 2013

international women's day: recommended reading

in recognition of international women's day (march 8),
 i offer you diana's book recommendations that celebrate the efforts, accomplishments, or lives of women:

the sky's the limit: stories of discovery by women and girls by catherine thimmeah

girlwonder: every girl's guide to the fantastic feats, cool qualities, and remarkable abilities of women and girls by holly hartman

louisa may alcott: her girlhood diary edited/compiled by cary ryan

louisa: the life of louisa may alcott by yona zeldis mcdonough 

marie curie (giants of science) by kathleen krull

remember the ladies: a story about abigail adams by jeri ferris

minty: a story of young harriet tubman by alan schroeder

heroines: great women through the ages by rebecca hazell

joan of arc by diane stanley

sarah emma edmonds was a great pretender by jones

liberty's voice: the emma lazarus story by silverman

who was queen elizabeth? by june eding

who was amelia earhart? by kate jerome

the look-it-up book of first ladies by s.a. kramer 

rabble rousers: 20 women who made a difference by cheryl harness

remember the ladies: the first women's rights convention by norma johnston

damsels not in distress; the true story of women in medieval times by andrea hopkins

bloomers! by rhoda blumberg

lives of extraordinary women: rulers, rebels (and what the neighbors thought) by kathleen krull

planting the trees of kenya: the story of wangari matthai by claire nivola (a side note about this one: before i started this blog, we participated in a homeschool group series on people who have positively influenced the environment.  wangari matthai and the green belt movement was the subject of our very first study.  jacques cousteau was another.)

books/series that have strong, smart female characters:

tuesdays at the castle by jessica day george

kamikaze in how to train your dragon series by cressida cowell

kate in the gideon trilogy by linda buckley-archer

constance and kate in the mysterious benedict society series by trenton stewart

hermione in harry potter series by j.k. rowling

cam jansen series by david alder

nancy drew series by carolyn keene

araminta spookie series by angie sage

just grace series by charise mericle harper


other female authors/titles she likes:

grace lin

lois lowry

linda sue park

blue balliett

frances hodgson burnett

five pages a day by peg kehret

spilling ink: a young writer's handbook by potter and mazer

the making of a writer by joan nixon

how i came to be a writer by phyllis naylor

for excellent guidance on developing into a confident, capable young woman, she recommends the following american girl titles:

the care and keeping of friends

a smart girl's guide to manners: the secrets to grace, confidence, and being your best

a smart girls' guide to friendship troubles: dealing with fights, being left out & the whole popularity thing

a smart girl's guide to sticky situations: how to tackle tricky, icky problems and tough times

a smart girl's guide to the internet: how to connect with friends, find what you need, and stay safe online

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