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Encourage a positive view of women and girls with these recommended titles.

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Abbie in Stitches

It’s the early 1800s, and Abbie’s sister, Sarah, is a proper young lady who loves needlework. She has already made a sampler displaying her neat and even...

"...accompany this story about a girl who is not afraid to speak (or sew) what’s really on her mind..."

By Cynthia Cotten and Beth Peck

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Brave Irene

Brave Irene is Irene Bobbin, the dressmaker's daughter. Her mother, Mrs. Bobbin, isn't feeling so well and can't possibly deliver the beautiful ball gown she's...

"...of the fierce snowstorm that's brewing-- quite an errand for a little girl. But where..."

William Steig William Steig

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Meet one smart chicken chaser. She can catch any chicken on her grandmother’s farm except one – the elusive Miss Hen. In a hilarious battle of wits, the...

"...“feathers will fly” been aptly illustrated as in this vivacious story."  --Starred, Kirkus Reviews   "Both words and pictures elevate a simple story about a girl's sly, barnyard game into a rollicking, well..."

By Janice N. Harrington and Shelley Jackson

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Daffodil

It's time for a change -- of clothes! Daffodil had two sisters, and they all three looked alike. People couldn't tell them apart. When Daffodil and her...

By Emily Jenkins and Tomek Bogacki

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Daffodil, Crocodile

Triplet Daffodil does not want to be as sweet as a flower, and she is sick and tired of constantly being mistaken for her sisters. With a papier-mâché...

"...? Will she go back to being a pretty, clean little flower of a girl?   Bright illustrations enliven..."

By Tomek Bogacki and Emily Jenkins

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Dahlia

Looks can be deceiving! When Charlotte gets a delicate doll from her aunt Edme, she is not too happy. She tells the doll that she and Bruno, her bear, "like...

Barbara McClintock Barbara McClintock

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Happy Valentine's Day, Dolores

A gift book with humor and heart The one thing Dolores is absolutely NOT supposed to do is touch her big sister Faye’s things. But when Faye hides a...

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Barbara Samuels

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Dolores on her Toes

Dolores discovers ballet – and the limits of friendship "Duncan is my best friend," Dolores says about her cat. "And best friends do everything...

Barbara Samuels

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Dolores Meets Her Match

Dolores is the cat expert, always bragging about her cat, Duncan. But when Hillary arrives on the scene, proud owner of Harold, a Siamese kitten from a family...

"...."—Kirkus Reviews   "Any child who has experienced a schoolyard rivalry will appreciate the tale’s..."

Barbara Samuels

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The Escape of Oney Judge

Martha Washington’s Slave Finds Freedom

When General George Washington is elected the first President of the United States, his wife chooses young Oney Judge, a house slave who works as a seamstress...

"..., Kirkus Reviews "A nuanced presentation of what the early days of liberty looked like to those..."

Emily Arnold McCully Emily Arnold McCully

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The Gardener

By the author-and-illustrator team of the bestselling The Library Lydia Grace Finch brings a suitcase full of seeds to the big gray city, where she goes to...

"...rooftop garden -- which she hopes will make even Uncle Jim smile. Sarah Stewart introduces readers..."

By Sarah Stewart and David Small

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Good Enough To Eat

Once there was a poor girl who had no mama and no papa and nothing at all, not even a name. But then one day an Ogre comes knocking at the town’s gate,...

"...Once there was a poor girl who had no mama and no papa and nothing at all, not even a name. But then one day an Ogre comes knocking at the town’s gate,.... Once there was a poor girl who had no mama..."

Brock Cole Brock Cole

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Granite Baby

Five giant sisters meet their match in one tiny baby! Back when folks first discovered granite, five burly sisters ruled the mountains of New Hampshire. No...

"...a young backwoods girl named Nellie offers a small, simple suggestion. With its droll humor and inventive..."

By Lynne Bertrand and Kevin Hawkes

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Happy Birthday, Jamela!

What Jamela wants for her birthday is a pair of beautiful princess shoes. What she gets instead is clunky, practical school shoes. Jamela is definitely...

"...What Jamela wants for her birthday is a pair of beautiful princess shoes. What she gets instead is clunky, practical school shoes. Jamela is definitely.... What Jamela wants for her birthday..."

Niki Daly Niki Daly

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Where's Jamela?

When Mama tells Jamela about her new job and a new place for them to live, Mama is excited but Jamela isn't. She likes so many things about the house they live...

"...the transition from old to new in this colorful township tale about a little girl's moving-away woes..."

Niki Daly Niki Daly

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What's Cooking, Jamela?

"Who could resist playful, imaginative Jamela?" -- School Library Journal When Mrs. Zibi arrives to prepare the Christmas meal, Jamela decides to save...

Niki Daly Niki Daly

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I Could Do That!

Esther Morris Gets Women the Vote

Full of humor and spunk – just like Esther! “I could do that,” says six-year-old Esther as she watches her mother making tea. Start her own business at the...

"...of spirit as Esther herself, this striking picture book biography shows how one girl’s gumption..."

By Linda Arms White and Nancy Carpenter

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Marvelous Mattie

How Margaret E. Knight Became an Inventor

With her sketchbook labeled My Inventions and her father’s toolbox, Mattie could make almost anything – toys, sleds, and a foot warmer. When she was just...

"...will leave readers inspired.. “Engagingly presented.”  —The New York Times Book Review   "Caldecott..."

Emily Arnold McCully Emily Arnold McCully

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Mary Anning and the Sea Dragon

The girl who found the first sea reptile fossil Mary Anning loved to scour the shores of Lyme Regis, England, where she was born in 1799, for stone sea...

"...The girl who found the first sea reptile fossil Mary Anning loved to scour the shores of Lyme Regis, England, where she was born in 1799, for stone sea.... The girl who found the first sea reptile fossil Mary Anning loved to scour the shores of Lyme Regis, England, where she was born in 1799, for stone sea lilies and shells. Her father had taught her how to use the tools with which she dug into the sand and scraped at the stones that fell from the cliffs. And he had taught her how..."

By Jeannine Atkins and Michael Dooling

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My Mom

The perfect gift for Mother's Day Following up on his bestseller My Dad, the inimitable Anthony Browne returns to celebrate the every-mom. In this paean to...

"...will be a beloved addition to a family's repertoire of stories to treasure." -- Kirkus Reviews..."

Anthony Browne Anthony Browne

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Sally Jean, the Bicycle Queen

I can pop a wheelie, I can touch the sky, I can pedal backwards, I can really fly! Sally Jean was born to ride. And her bicycle, Flash, is just about her...

"...of resourcefulness that is just right to share with readers of both genders."  --Kirkus Reviews   "Davenier's spontaneous, ebullient watercolors . . . capture the irresistible qualities of a little girl..."

By Cari Best and Christine Davenier

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Stormy's Hat

Just Right for a Railroad Man

Stormy Kromer is an engineer who loves driving trains. But he has one problem: he can’t find the right hat for a railroad man. He tries a derby, a cowboy hat,...

".... The depiction of early-20th-century work and home life is an added bonus.” —Kirkus Reviews “Kimmel draws..."

By Eric A. Kimmel and Andrea U'Ren

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Rosemary knows what it’s like to be an only child: there are grownups everywhere! Brothers and sisters are what she wants. Even when they argue, it’s like...

"...."—Kirkus Reviews   "Kids should applaud this self-reliant, spunky heroine."—Publishers Weekly   "Pert..."

By Cari Best and Sophie Blackall

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Winnie Finn, Worm Farmer

Winnie Finn is crazy about earthworms and knows everything about them. When spring arrives in Quincy County, all she can think about is the county fair coming...

"...girl’s creativity that will inspire readers of all interests— but especially those with a love..."

By Carol Brendler and Ard Hoyt

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