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18 Picture Book Biographies About Black Women Who Made History9/17/2014
With books you have the ability to create for your child new worlds and show them new possibilities....
With books you have the ability to create for your child new worlds and show them new possibilities. That is why the books we read to them are so important. Teach your children about tenacity, courage,and brilliance with the stories of these women.
Nothing but Trouble: The Story of Althea Gibson
by Sue Stauffachere and illustrated by Greg Couch
Althea Gibson was the first African American ever to compete in and win the Wimbledon Cup. Born in 1927, she was a spirited child and became an enormously talented athlete. Sue Stauffacher's lively text, paired with vibrant paintings by artist Greg Couch, captures the exuberance, ambition, and triumph of this remarkable woman. Readers will cheer from the stands as Althea transforms from playground tomboy to Wimbledon champion.
Aunt Clara Brown: Official Pioneer by Linda Lowery and illustrated by Janice Lee Porter
Celia Cruz, Queen of Salsa by Veronica Chambers and illustrated by Julie Maren
by Ntozake Shange and illustrated by Kadir Nelson
Harlem's Little Blackbird by Renee Watson and illustrated by Christian Robinson
Ida B. Wells: Let the Truth Be Told by Walter Dean Myers and illustrated by Bonnie Christensen
An activist, educator, writer, journalist, suffragette, and pioneering voice against the horror of lynching, she used fierce determination and the power of the pen to educate the world about the unequal treatment of blacks in the United States. Award-winning, New York Times bestselling author Walter Dean Myers tells the story of this legendary figure, which blends harmoniously with the historically detailed watercolor paintings of illustrator Bonnie Christensen.
Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker by Patricia Hruby Powell and illustrated by Christian Robinson
When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson by Pam Munoz Ryan and illustrated by Brian Selznick
Mary McLeod Bethune
by Eloise Greenfield and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney
Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Kadir Nelson
Mumbet's Declaration of Independence by Gretchen Woelfle and illustrated by Alix Delinois
Rosa by by Nikki Giovanni and illustrated by Bryan Collier
Ruby Bridges Goes to School: My True Story by Ruby Bridges
This is the true story of an extraordinary little girl who helped shape our country when she became the first African-American to attend an all-white school in New Orleans. With simple text and historical photographs, this easy reader explores an amazing moment in history and the courage of a young girl who stayed strong in the face of racism.
Skit-Scat Raggedy Cat: Ella Fitzgerald by Roxane Orgill and illustrated by Sean Qualls
Sojourner Truth's Step-Stomp Stride
by Andrea Davis Pinkney and illustrated by Brian Pinkney
Talkin' About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman by Nikki Grimes and illustrated by Earl B. Lewis
Wangari's Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa
by Jeanette Winter
This true story of Wangari Maathai, environmentalist and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, is a shining example of how one woman’s passion, vision, and determination inspired great change.
Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World's Fastest Woman by Kathleen Krull and illustrated by David Diaz
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