March is Women’s History Month. Women’s contributions to American society are unique and vibrant, just like the women themselves. This list showcases a few of the singers, artists, dancers, writers (and one zookeeper) who helped shape our culture. Check out their stories in these beautifully illustrated books.
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The story of Helen Martini’s care for lion and tiger cubs, and her emergence as the Bronx Zoo’s first woman zookeeper.
A biography of African-American designer Ann Cole Lowe, who learned to sew at a young age, took over her late mother’s business, and went on to design gowns that included dresses for Jacqueline Bouvier and John F. Kennedy’s wedding.
A picture book biography of the children’s book author shares insights into her life and enduring literary influence.
A picture book biography of singer and songwriter Joni Mitchell.
This introduction to the life of the Japanese-American artist Ruth Asawa follows her early life growing up on a farm, her time at the legendary Black Mountain College, and the trip to Mexico where she learned to weave with wire.
Ella and Marilyn. On the outside, you couldn’t find two girls who looked more different. But on the inside, they were alike–full of hopes and dreams and plans of what might be.
The bold story of Maya Lin, the artist-architect who designed the Vietnam War Memorial.
A picture book biography of the poet Emily Dickinson. You can also check out this title as eBook on Hoopla.
Describes the life and accomplishments of Pura Belpré, a Puerto Rican librarian who introduced the folk tales of her native island first to the children of New York and afterwards throughout the country. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby, as eAudio on Hoopla, as video on Hoopla or as video with read along on Hoopla.
Sylvia Townsend, an African American girl, falls in love with ballet after seeing Swan Lake on TV. Although there aren’t many ballet schools that will accept a girl like Sylvia in the 1950s, her local bookmobile provides another possibility when a librarian helps Sylvia find a book about ballet. With the help of her new books, the determined seven-year-old starts teaching herself the basics of classical ballet.
The most renowned Native American Indian potter of her time, Maria Poveka Martinez learned pottery as a child under the guiding hands of her Ko-ōo, her aunt. She grew up to discover a new firing technique that turned her pots black and shiny, and made them–and Maria–famous. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby or as eBook on Hoopla.
A picture book biography of Frieda Caplan, the produce pioneer who changed the way Americans eat by introducing exciting new fruits and vegetables, from baby carrots to blood oranges to kiwis.