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Women’s History Month

March 14, 2019

March is Women’s History Month.  It’s a time to celebrate the accomplishments of women from all ethnic backgrounds and walks of life.

Peek inside these recently published picture books about mighty women.  You’ll find stories that will encourage your little ones to dream big dreams.

Janet Collins was the first African American prima ballerina to perform with the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.

Mary Fields was the first African American woman stagecoach driver who helped settle the American West.

Rachel Carson was a marine biologist, conservationist, and began the environmental movement.

Spring After Spring: How Rachel Carson Inspired the Environmental Movement

Sarah E. Goode was the first African American woman to receive a United States patent. (Coming April 2, 2019)

Katherine Switzer was the first woman to run the Boston Marathon with an official race number. (Coming April 2, 2019)

Eugenie Clark is best known for her research on shark behavior.

Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean's Most Fearless Scientist

Mae Jemison was the first African American to travel in space.

Mae Among the Stars

Grace Hopper was a pioneer in computer programming.

Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code (People Who Shaped Our World)

For Older Readers

Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries who Shaped Our History . . . and Our Future! (City Lights/Sister Spit)

Shark Lady

July 20, 2017

If you’ve been watching the news this summer, you might have noticed shark sightings and attacks have popped up on the East Coast and the West Coast. These creatures may be scary, but they are also fascinating. Eugenie Clark knew just how intriguing sharks could be. She spent her entire life studying them and their behavior. If you have a child who has the same attraction to sharks as Eugenie Clark did, I have the perfect picture book biography to dive into.

shark lady

Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientist is written by Jess Keating and illustrated by Marta Álvarez Miguéns, Sourcebooks Jabberwocky.

Jess Keating cleverly tells the life story of Eugenie Clark. There was a time when women were considered not smart enough to become scientists. Eugenie Clark helped prove those naysayers wrong. From early on, she studied sharks and all types of fish. She went on to college and received her Bachelor of Arts degree, her master’s degree, and a doctorate in zoology. She traveled the world and dived into waters where others dared not go to explore sharks and their habits. She proved sharks could be trained and worked to make sure they were protected. Because of her work and research, Eugenie Clark became known as the Shark Lady. Marta Álvarez Miguéns’ colorful illustrations and Jess Keating’s informative text invites readers to keep turning the pages to learn about sharks and the amazing accomplishments of the Shark Lady. The back matter in the book adds another dimension for readers. It includes interesting facts about sharks, a time line of Eugenie Clark’s life, and an author’s note with bibliography. This appealing book is one to add to your collection.



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