Wednesday, February 19, 2014

#nf10for10: Girl Power Edition

Thanks to Cathy, Mandy, and Julie for hosting this Nonfiction 10 for 10 Event (#nf10for10)!  I have been trying to read down by TBR list (plus the extras I discover at the library while retrieving books from said list) by genre...all the concept/alphabet books, all the poetry books, and so on.  When I first began working on picture book biographies, I noticed that I checked out a lot of books about dead presidents.  Admittedly, I have been fascinated by JFK since 7th grade, but I was surprised by this trend in my reading.  Therefore I made a concerted effort to read more picture book biographies about women.  This is especially important to me as Little C's -- and, for that matter, Big B's -- mom.  Filling this reading gap confirmed what I already suspected...girls rock!  And there are a lot of awesome books that celebrate this!

Here is my ever-growing list of favorite picture book biographies that celebrate Girl Power.

Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909 by Michelle Markel

Here Come the Girl Scouts!: The Amazing All-True Story of Juliette 'Daisy' Gordon Low and Her Great Adventure by Shana Corey

Me...Jane by Patrick McDonnell

Miss Moore Thought Otherwise: How Anne Carroll Moore Created Libraries for Children by Jan Pinborough

Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford

Players in Pigtails by Shana Corey

Queen of the Falls by Chris Van Allsburg

The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever by H. Joseph Hopkins

Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors?: The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell by Tanya Less Stone

Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World's Fastest Woman by Kathleen Krull

I'm anxious to see what others chose for their #nf10for10!



  1. Annie,
    I'm so excited to see so many books come out in which the characters are strong role models for girls. Here's to girl power!


  2. Awesome list! We've read most of these and love them. There are a few that I want to read but that I'm not sure my 7 year old daughter will enjoy. Isn't it awesome that we can come up with 10 non-fiction books about strong women? Great!