Friday, March 23, 2007

Even More Women's History

Thanks to the Music specialist for helping our students celebrate Women’s History Month. She led the children in a song about Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad and had older students read biographical sketches on famous women. Another staffer taught the children “This Little Light of Mine." Hope these books will be just as inspirational:

Society’s Sisters, stories of women who fought for social justice in America by Catherine Gourley.

An exciting and inspiring book, chronicling the activism of 25 women, “who dared to make a difference” in this country despite crushing gender and racial bias. These fighters for social change include Margaret Fuller, Jane Addams, Ida B. Wells, Sara Joseph Baker, Alice Paul, Carry Nation and more. Packed with period illustrations. Recommended for ages 12 and up.

Rabble Rousers; 20 women who made a difference by Cheryl Harness

I like the author’s introduction to this book: “this book is about 20 bighearted women who dared to try to change the world” and ended up making things better for everyone. Lively, two page biographical sketches of twenty American women spanning pre-Revolutionary War period to the present are featured here, including Ann Lee, Margaret Sanger, Fannie Lou Hamer, Dolores Huerta. Enhanced by the author’s colorful cartoon-style illustrations, timelines, and resources. Recommended for ages 8 and up.

Don’t recognize the above names? Well, you'd better check these books out! Reading them will be time well spent. Both have lively, highly readable narratives and work well as read-a-louds. Packed with eye-catching visuals, informational sidebars and quotes sprinkled throughout the text, these books will provide hours of browsing suitable for all ages.

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