Our History Is Our Strength
Stand up and cheer for the gallant women who have worked and fought hard to pave the way for future generations of women to succeed in their endeavors. As promised on my Tuesday blog, here are more picture books to celebrate Women in History Month.
Vinnie Ream was the first woman hired by the U.S. Post Office, but that was not her claim to fame. Vinnie and Abraham written by Dawn FitzGerald and illustrated by Catherine Stock celebrates Vinnie Ream’s extraordinary talent as a sculptor. She was commissioned by Congress to sculpt a full-size figure of Abraham Lincoln – another first for women and Vinnie.
A perfect book to introduce young readers to artist Georgia O’Keeffe is Georgia’s Bones written by Jen Bryant and illustrated by Bethanne Andersen. It’s written in lyrical verse and illustrated in bright colors. The story tells of Georgia’s interest in shapes and common objects and her ambition to become an artist.
Oprah The Little Speaker written by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by London Ladd is about Oprah Winfrey’s childhood and how her grandmother played a significant role in Oprah’s life. By teaching Oprah reading, writing, arithmetic, and scripture, she gave Oprah the tools to succeed. When Oprah began speaking in church, she knew what she wanted to do with her life, and Oprah succeeded.
Wilma Rudolph began life as a tiny, sickly baby. With the love and care of her large family, Wilma thrived until she was five when she came down with scarlet fever and polio. She was told she would never walk again. Wilma Unlimited written by Kathleen Krull and illustrated by David Diaz is an inspiring story about a young girl with desire and determination. Not only did Wilma walk again, she ran. Wilma won three gold medals at the 1960 Summer Olympics in track events. She was known as the fastest woman in the world.
Annie Oakley was quick on the draw. Shooting for the Moon The Amazing Life and Times of Annie Oakley written by Stephen Krensky and illustrated by Bernie Fuchs tells the life story of Annie Oakley and how she survived tough times, taught herself to become a sharpshooter, and became a world-renowned star.
Girl Wonder A Baseball Story in Nine Innings written by Deborah Hopkinson and illustrated by Terry Widener introduces Alta Weiss. Playing baseball was her passion. At a time when only men played baseball, Alta cleverly convinced a coach to give her a chance and became the first woman to pitch on an all-male semipro team.
Make sure to check out your local library for many more inspiring stories of strong, determined women who helped shape our country.