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March into Women’s History Month

March 9, 2017

March is National Women’s History Month. The theme this year is “Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business.” No matter what career path women choose, they continue to make a huge difference in our world. Whether women are stay-at-home moms, in the workforce, fighting for women’s rights, or helping others less fortunate, they are a mighty force to reckon with. Women have the creativity, imagination, and ability to do anything they want.

Below are some picture book biographies that exhibit the strength and tenacity of women with a can-do spirit.

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Fancy Party Gowns:  The Story of Fashion Designer Ann Cole Lowe written by Deborah Blumenthal and illustrated by Laura Freeman



Dorthea Lange: The Photographer Who Found the Faces of the Depression written by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Sarah Green


Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science:  The First Computer Programmer written by Diane Stanley and illustrated by Jessie Hartland


Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine written by Laurie Wallmark and illustrated by April Chu


Look Up!:  Henrietta Leavitt, Pioneering Woman Astronomer  written by Robert Burleigh and illustrated by Raúl Colón


I Dissent:  Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark written by Debbie Levy and illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley

Look for these picture book biographies coming out soon.


Lighter than Air:  Sophie Blanchard, the First Woman Pilot  written by Matthew Clark Smith and illustrated by Matt Tavares, March 14, 2017


Grace Hopper:  Queen of Computer Code written by Laurie Wallmark and illustrated by Katy Wu, May 16, 2017


Kate Warne:  Pinkerton Detective  written by Marissa Moss and illustrated by April Chu, May 16, 2017


The Girl Who Thought in Pictures:  The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin  written by Julia Finley Mosca and illustrated by Daniel Rieley, August 29, 2017


Fancy Nancy and Fashion

April 27, 2012

I was gathering books to read to my classes when I pulled Fancy Nancy and the Posh Puppy by Jane O’Connor from the library shelf. The girls love Fancy Nancy and her extravagant outfits. The boys roll their eyes, but they eagerly laugh at her antics.

Fancy Nancy is a favorite of mine because she reminds me of my youth. Playing dress-up with my friends was a passion of mine. I’d put on my mom’s discarded dresses and heels and high-stepped it around the neighborhood with my friends for all to admire. We felt so grown up and beautiful. Fancy Nancy would have been envious.

That’s me on the right.

I recall one dress my mother bought for a trip she was taking to New York City with my dad. It was the most gorgeous dress I’d ever seen, and my mother looked fantastic in it. The dress was black velvet with a satin ribbon and had just the right amount of twirl. It was a dress that would have made me fairest of the fair when we played dress-up. No such luck. My mom kept that dress.

Last spring when my daughter was helping me clear out my parents’ house, we found the black velvet dress tucked away in a closet. Oh the memories it brought back! My daughter, who is a fashionista, immediately tried it on. It was a perfect fit. My time has passed for playing dress-up, so why not give it to someone who can wear it the way it was meant to be worn. Now she and Fancy Nancy can step out in style!

Check out Jane O’Connor’s other Fancy Nancy Books.

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