Children & Teens Books of the Week

New in Hardcover
Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World Cover Image
By Susan Hood, Sophie Blackall (Illustrator), Emily Winfield Martin (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062699459
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Published: HarperCollins - January 23rd, 2018

Many excellent anthologies of famous women may be found on bookshelves these days. Susan Hood’s Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World (HarperCollins, $18.99) is a standout for its beautiful prose and breadth of interest, but it is especially noteworthy for its gorgeous illustrations by gifted female artists such as Sophie Blackall, Emily Winfield Martin, and LeUyen Pham. The book highlights familiar heroes such as Civil Rights pioneer Ruby Bridges and Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, but it also tells the stories of Molly Williams, who is considered the first female firefighter in the United States, and Pura Belpre, who was the First Latina Librarian at the New York Public Library.  Each story is inspiring and celebratory of women who dare to make a difference. For ages 5-8. Heidi Ashton Yoon.

Blast From the Past
Women Who Changed the World: 50 Amazing Americans: 50 Amazing Americans Cover Image
ISBN: 9780545889629
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - December 29th, 2015

Laurie Calkhoven's collection of brief biographies of Women Who Changed the World (Scholastic, $8.99) is an essential reference to have around for a curious child or for a classroom. Fifty American women's legacies are brought to life, each accompanied by Patricia Castelao's bright illustrations, an iconic photograph, and a quick-reference fact file. Calkhoven's rendering of influential women from Sojourner Truth and Nellie Bly, to Dian Fossey and Sonia Sotomayor, is so engaging that it can be read cover to cover, or used as a jumping-off point to launch a deeper investigation, and perhaps a lifelong interest in history and politics.  Ages 5-12. Emily Ellerbe.

YA Pick
Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616205867
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - January 24th, 2017

"Feminism demands change," Malinda Lo writes in this empowering anthology's opening chapter. The rest of the book demonstrates this perfectly, as it shows how feminism can change us—and how we can change feminism. Here We Are (Algonquin Young Readers, $16.95) brings together 44 feminists’ voices in stories, essays, interviews, comics, poems, and lists. At turns relatable, devastating, funny, and educational, these chapters can help anyone deepen their understanding of gender equality. In “The Facets of Feminism,” Mikki Kendall writes about the ways women of color are excluded from conversations about everything from economics to pop culture. In “The Big Blue Ocean and My Big Fat Body,” Angie Manfredi says feminism helped her realize that “my body was not up for public debate and discussion.” Kody Keplinger provides the perfect playlist for any party/patriarchy-smashing strategy session. Edited by former librarian Kelly Jensen, this book is a useful addition to any feminist’s bookshelf. Ages 13 and up. Elli Bloomberg.