Thematic Reading List: Inspiring Females in Fall 2018 Juvenile Nonfiction


This fall (2018), publishers are honoring the accomplishments of women by publishing notable books about the lives and achievements of women. Here are our choices for some incredible juvenile nonfiction titles to add to your shelves. Book release months and suggested age ranges are also included. Be sure to use the links provided to find similar books to those shown.

images Herstory: 50 Women and Girls Who Shook Up the World 
By: Katherine Halligan
Illustrated by: Sarah Walsh

Profiles 50 inspiring and powerful women, from astronauts to activists, musicians to mathematicians. Ages 8–up. (September).
9781452141343_p0_v2_s550x406 Lights! Camera! Alice! The Thrilling True Adventures of the First Woman Filmmaker 
By: Mara Rockliff
Illustrated by: Simona Ciraolo

A biography of Alice Guy-Blaché, famous for creating new filming techniques in early Hollywood cinema. Ages 8–11. (September).
m_9781585363810_fc Aim for the Skies: Jerrie Mock and Joan Merriam Smith’s Race to Complete Amelia Earhart’s Quest 
By: Aimée Bissonette
Illustrated by: Doris Ettlinger

Inspired by Amelia Earhart, two women who have never met, plan around-the-world flights. This picture book retells the extraordinary story of the 1964 air race between Americans Geraldine Mock and Joan Merriam Smith, the first two women to fly around the world. Ages 6–9. (September).
images (1) Path to the Stars: My Journey from Girl Scout to Rocket Scientist 
By: Sylvia Acevedo

The inspiring memoir for young readers about a Latina rocket scientist whose early life was transformed by joining the Girl Scouts and who currently serves as CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA. Ages 10-13. (September) .
images (2) Resist: 35 Profiles of Ordinary People Who Rose Up Against Tyranny and Injustice
By: Veronica Chambers
Illustrated by: Paul Ryding

A collection of profiles of prominent activists for young readers. While this book covers both men and women, it includes an impressive list of females, such as Malala Yousafzai, Joan of Arc, Janet Mock. Ages 8-12. (September) .
images (3) Ruth Asawa: A Sculpting Life 
By: Joan Schoettler
Illustrated by: Traci Van Wagoner

Known as the “Fountain Lady” of San Francisco due to the many fountains she designed, this book chronicles the life of artist and teacher Ruth Asawa, from her Southern California childhood to her time in a Japanese internment camp, to the creation of the San Francisco School of the Arts. Ages 6–10. (October) .
1140-she-did-it.imgcache.rev5eb90fc047a4c8d7f28be33c8396fd48 She Did It! 21 Women Who Changed the Way We Think 
By: Emily Arnold McCully

Twenty-one women who challenged the status quo and changed America. Includes women from various fields including science and business. Ages 8–12. (November) .
9780316420969_p0_v3_s550x406 The A-Z of Wonder Women 
By: Yvonne Lin

Profiles of women who have been trailblazers and inspire others. Includes Oprah Winfrey and Ruth Ginsberg. Ages 8–12. (December) .


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