Special Selections from Perrot's Youth Services Staff
Wanda Gag: The Girl Who Lived to Draw
by Deborah Kogan Ray
J 759.13 GAG
This is the inspiring story of Wanda Gag, the young artist who, at age 15, used her talent for drawing to become the primary breadwinner in her family, supporting her 7 younger brothers and sisters. She eventually went on to overcome the hardships of her childhood to write and illustrate the beloved 1929 Newbery Honor Book, Millions of Cats.
A Strong Right Arm: The Story of Mamie "Peanut" Johnson
by Michelle Y. Green, illustrated by Kadir Nelson
J B JOHNS
Making it to the Big Leagues in baseball is a dream of many young boys. Imagine if you were a young black girl growing up in 1940's. Mamie "Peanut" Johnson grew up playing baseball with her older cousins and dreamed of playing in the Negro Leagues when she grew up. She had a dream and was going to see it through no matter what. Mamie not only succeeded in making it to the Negro Leagues to play, but also created a foundation to share her love and knowledge with the next generation of children. A very inspirational story.
The Pirate Queen
written and illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully
Caldecott Award-winner McCully takes on an unusual subject in this picture book thriller. Part truth, part legend, Grania O’Malley, daughter of a sea-faring family in the time of Queen Elizabeth I, gave birth aboard a pirate ship, married her second husband to obtain a castle (her fifth), narrowly escaped hanging, and faced down the most powerful woman in England.
A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver
by E.L. Konigsburg
J FICTION KONIG
Eleanor of Aquitaine, wife of two medieval kings and mother of two others, is the subject of this rousing work of historical fiction by two-time Newbery Award winner E. L. Konigsburg.
Mermaid Queen: The Spectacular True Story of Annette Kellerman, Who Swam Her Way to Fame, Fortune, and Swimsuit History!
by Shana Corey, illustrated by Edward Fotheringham
J 797.2 COREY
This is the story of Annette Kellerman, who has very little strength to walk but through perseverance becomes a star swimmer and diver-- and a true inspiration to all. Her story is one that most of us haven't heard but one that we all should.
In Her Hands: The Story of Sculptor Augusta Savage
by Alan Schroeder, illustrated by JaeMe Bereal
J 730.92 SAVAG
Elizabeth Leads the Way: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Right to Vote
by Tanya Lee Stone, illustrated by Rebecca Gibbon
J 305.42 STANT
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