Celebrate Women’s History Month

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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Alicia Alonso Dances On

Picture book biography of Cuban ballet dancer Alicia Alonso, who refused to let vision problems prevent her from becoming a prima ballerina. You can also check out this title as eBook on Hoopla.

A Life Made by Hand: The Story of Ruth Asawa

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. 

Ready to Fly: How Sylvia Townsend Became the Bookmobile Ballerina

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. 

Shaped by Her Hands: Potter Maria Martinez

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.

Try It!: How Frieda Caplan Changed the Way We Eat

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.