A bit of a late recap from our last theme of extraordinary women in conjunction with Women’s History Month in March. These are some of the books that were shared at the beginning of the month and you can click through to read the original post in each person’s feed. You can also click on the tag Women's History Month on our Archives page to see what else was shared throughout the month.
From @averyandaugustine —
We’ve been looking forward to March for some time now. It’s #womenshistorymonth and we’re sharing books about extraordinary women today on #littlelitbookseries.
"Which of all my important nothings shall I tell you first?" Jane Austen needs no introduction. She "had a gift for social observation and a sharp eye for human folly." Her significant contributions shaped the literary landscape of her time—and beyond—and she paved the way for other women writers. This absolutely lovely illustrated biography gives us details about her life and the world she lived in.
Be sure to seek out the other books in this series about other women with exceptional talents in their fields: Virginia Woolf, Coco Chanel and Frida Kahlo. Library of Luminaries: Jane Austen: An Illustrated Biography was written by Zena Alkayat, illustrated by Nina Cosford and published by Chronicle Books.
From @bonjour_mes_amies —
For the month of March, #littlelitbookseries is featuring inspiring women in honor of #womenshistorymonth. My pick was Josephine written by Patricia Hruby Powell and illustrated by Christian Robinson Definitely a history lesson not to be missed. This picture book encompasses so many historical events from Vaudeville days to encounters with segregation. These pages are filled with lyrical prose and vivid drawings that transport you to that time period. You'll be enamored by Josephine Baker's perseverance, class, and transcending spirit.
From @bookbloom —
This month's #littlelitbookseries celebrates Women's History Month with a collection of books about and by notable women.
When it comes to nonfiction picture books most of them are targeted towards older children. Namely the 6-12 year-old range. However, I've found that introducing a portion of a book or the overall concept is one way to engage preschoolers. This is how I introduced Ella Fitzgerald to my two-year-old. A few months ago, almost out of thin air, the song 'A-Tisket, A -Tasket' came into my mind and I started singing it while we were driving. Soon the entire family had the song memorized. Then I discovered this biography of Ella Fitzgerald's early life, which expounds how her signature song came into being. And how a teenage Ella lost her mother, moved to Harlem, ended up in an orphanage for two years, ran away, and eventually had the hutzpah to try out at the Apollo Theater's Amateur Night. Soon she won the amateur Night at the Harlem Opera House and was put on the program for a week with the band. It wasn't long before folks all over New York, and soon the world, would know the warm vocals of The First Lady of Jazz.
Skit-Scat Raggedy Cat by Roxane Orgill, illustrated by Sean Qualls. Published by Candlewick Press.
From @carterhiggins —
We're beginning #womenshistorymonth with books featuring fabulous women in the #littlelitbookseries today. RBG. 💪🏼 And swipe through this Instagram post for a taste of our obliteration stairwell at school. Our amazing art teachers (women!) created an interactive installation to honor artist Yayoi Kusama.
From @juliasbookbag —
This month on #littlelitbookseries, to celebrate #womenshistorymonth, we're featuring books about extraordinary women. And by happenstance, last week my daughter was gifted an amazing book. Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo is a stunning, packed to the brim book filled with one page stories that summarize the lives of women throughout the ages - women you know and women you've never heard of. My daughter LOVES it - she's asked to read it everyday since she received it and she can't get enough. From Coco Chanel to Marie Curie to Hillary Clinton to Jacquotte Delahaye (a pirate!) to astronomer Wang Zhenyi to activist Manal Al-Sharif, the list goes on and on. What's especially cool is that each story features a vibrant and gorgeously rendered portrait interpretation of each subject. A very special book.
From @kidlitbookaday —
When I read that this month's #littlelitbookseries would be focused on books about extraordinary women, I instantly thought of this beautiful book, full of inspiring biographies of women in STEM. From astronomers to inventors to geneticists, physicists, mathematicians and conservationists, this book is one of the most beautiful and informative books I have read in a long time.
From @live_read_write —
On one hand, ELEANOR is the story of a resilient and compassionate future First Lady of the United States. On a deeper level, the book also is a testament to influence and the way a human soul can shape another. "Eleanor would rather light candles than curse the darkness," said a friend of Roosevelt upon her death. Roosevelt did not have an easy start to life, which Barbara Cooney explores in this picture book biography. Eleanor often felt forgotten in her family, and lost both of her parents at the tender age of nine. She lived with relatives until she went away to boarding school in London and met a woman who would change her life. It was Mademoiselle Souvestre, the headmistress, who "inspired her to think for herself, to ask questions, to be compassionately committed to life and the lives of others." The book ends with Eleanor's return from school, her sails filled with wind, ready to move toward her life ahead. Roosevelt would become a strong, influential woman of the 20th century, much due in part to someone taking time for her and believing in her. Do you have a "Mlle. Souvestre" in your life? Better yet, who can you be "Mlle. Souvestre" to?
From @ourbookbag —
This month the #littlelitbookseries is sharing books that celebrate #womenshistorymonth. There are so many incredible women to learn about and we will be sharing our favourite titles all month long over at @littlelitbookseries. Frida Kahlo of the Little People Big Dreams series, written by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara, illustrated by Gee Fan Eng is a great place to look for perfectly simplified biographies to introduce the youngest kids to the lives of amazing women. Since art school I have been fascinated by the life and art of Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo. I found this book an opportunity to introduce and talk about her artwork, her formidable spirit and her inspiring individuality to my kids. Published by Quarto Kids.
From @picturethisbook —
This month on the #littlelitbookseries, we're celebrating incredible women who made a difference, in honour of #internationalwomensday and #womenshistorymonth. Usually, I would have a book or two in mind to feature, but nothing stood out to me. That was until I scrolled through my Facebook news feed earlier today and clicked on a viral post, only to discover that it was a beautifully moving tribute written by one of our favourite picturebook authors, Amy Krouse Rosenthal to her husband — in which she also revealed the devastating news that she has terminal ovarian cancer. Coincidentally, my son innocuously remarked this morning that this tape dispenser reminded him of "the Duck! Rabbit! book" — one of our favourite AKR titles — because "it looks like a whale and an elephant". That's what great books — and great authors — do, they plant indelible ideas in our heads that mould the way we think. This was one of the first books we posted back in 2013, and it just feels apt to feature it again today, in honour of one of the most quirky, original and talented picturebook voices (who happens to be a woman). Our thoughts are with you, AKR. 💔😢
From @sunlitpages —
Ever since I was a little girl, the library has been one of my favorite places to spend a morning or afternoon. Now my kids feel the same way (and Clark asks nearly every day if we can go to the library). ... Because of that, this true story about early library champion, Anne Carroll Moore touched me close to the heart. Libraries in the 19th century were very different from libraries today, particularly the children's sections. For one thing, most libraries didn't even have a children's section because children weren't allowed to come in. Those that actually had children's books kept them locked up and inaccessible. ... Miss Moore didn't think that was right, and during the course of her life, she helped make many libraries a place where children were not only welcome but where they could learn and explore and discover. The last paragraph of this book always chokes me up: "Today libraries across America have thousands of books for children. And thanks to the help of a little girl from Limerick, Maine, who had ideas of her own, any child can choose a book from a library shelf, curl up in a comfortable seat to look through it--and then take it home to read."
From @teeandpenguin —
This month’s #littlelitbookseries is celebrating extraordinary women, in honor of Women's History Month It was a wonderful experience sorting through picture books that dived into the lives, accomplishments, and characters of inspiring women.
Our post today is about The Legendary Miss Lena Horne, by Carole Boston Weatherford Lena was a pioneer in so many ways, and not just in the entertainment industry. Despite her work supporting the troops during WWII (among other government work), she was blacklisted as a Communist and banned from movies and television. She thrived in the face of opposition and went on to become an international star. Her fame as an artist continued to grow, but she put her very successful career on hold to fight for a more important cause- the civil rights movement.
Elizabeth Zunon’s illustrations are stunning, and capture Horne’s complex and colorful life beautifully, In a life filled with many low and high notes, Lena “seized every opportunity to shine” and change the world around her for the better. Recommended for ages 7-10.
From @thekaleidoscopeca —
For this month's #littlelitbookseries we shared books to celebrate #WomensHistoryMonth. I couldn't choose just one - activist, artist, scientist, humanitarian. Women deserve to be celebrated for not only the things they have done but all the amazing things just on the horizon.
From @welovebookworms —
"Vera B. Williams centered the lives of working-class families as the main characters in her stories such as A Chair for My Mother Williams used picture books to express her lifelong interest in social justice issues. Her young protagonists are ethnically diverse, typically urban, often immigrants and rarely well heeled; fathers may be absent. Her inspiration, Williams said in interviews, came from her own background as the daughter of an immigrant family struggling to stay afloat in the Depression. Her texts emphasize the joie de vivre of ordinary activities - flying a kite, making music, eating a meal - especially when carried out amid the comforting confines of a community.” — excerpt from The NY Times.
From @writesinla —
Gyo Fujikawa's picture book life is on the blog today + a giveaway of these four sweet mini books. She pioneered in so many ways, including her decision to portray racially diverse groups of children in her illustrations in the 60s. Fujikawa was an incredible woman and illustrator who created over forty children's books. #littlelitbookseries is focusing on women kidlit creators for #womenshistorymonth.