Women’s History Month: A Book List

March is Women’s History Month! It’s never a bad time to learn about the contributions that women have made and continue to make. In honor of Women’s History Month, we’ve put together a list that features some of our favorite historical ladies and great fiction for children and older readers!

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Here are some recommended books in the Southfield Public Library catalog with commentary by the article’s writer. If you don’t see a copy available, contact a librarian to place an item on hold for you!

Little Melba and Her Big Trombone
Russell-Brown, Katheryn
This award-winning book follows the life of Melba Liston, a trailblazing trombonist, composer and arranger and one of the unsung heroes of the Jazz age.
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Shining Star: The Anna May Wong Story
Yoo, Paula
Anna May Wong was the first Asian American film star.
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Seeds of Change: Planting a Path to Peace
Johnson, Jen
Wangari Maathai was the first African to win a Nobel prize for her environmental work in Kenya.
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The Storyteller's Candle
González, Lucía
Pura Belpre, was the New York Public Library’s first Latina librarian.
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Catching the Moon: The Story of a Young Girl's Baseball Dream
Hubbard, Crystal
Marcenia Lyle, was always interested in baseball. She grew up to play professional baseball for the Negro Leagues.
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In Her Hands: The Story of Sculptor Augusta Savage
Schroeder, Alan
Augusta Savage was a renown sculptor of the Harlem Renaissance.
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Zora Hurston and the Chinaberry Tree
Miller, William
A story of the childhood of Zora Neale Hurston inspired by her autobiographical writings.
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Irena's Jar of Secrets
Vaughan, Marcia
Irena Sandler, a Polish social worker helps to smuggle children out of the Warsaw ghetto during WWII.
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Hiromi's Hands
Barasch, Lynne
Young Hiromi Suzuki is determined to become a chef in the male-dominated sushi world.
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Dear Mrs. Parks
Parks, Rosa
Rosa Parks, the “Mother of the Modern Day Civil Rights Movement,” answers letters from students.
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Juna's Jar
Bahk, Jane
When Juna’s best friend Hector moves away without saying good bye, Juna uses her special kimchi jar to search for him until she finally is able to say bye.
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Shanghai Messenger
Cheng, Andrea
Xiao Mei visits china to meet her extended family. Her grandmother Nai Nai wants her to remember everything she sees.
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Tashi and the Tibetan Flower Cure
Rose, Naomi
Tashi’s grandfather, Popola, is sick, so she gathers family and friends to try a traditional flower cure from his village.
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The Legend of Freedom Hill
Altman, Linda Jacobs
Rosabel, who is African American, and Sophie, who is Jewish, become friends. When Rosabel’s mother, a runaway slave gets captured by a slave catcher, Rosabel and Sophie put their heads together to free her.
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Under the Mesquite
McCall, Guadalupe Garcia
Lupita, the oldest of 8 siblings, struggles to keep her family together in the wake of her mother’s cancer.
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Summer of the Mariposas
McCall, Guadalupe Garcia
A retelling of The Odyssey set in Mexico.
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Tankborn (The Tankborn Trilogy, Book 1)
Sandler, Karen
A trilogy about genetic engineering and forbidden love.
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Cat Girl's Day Off
Pauley, Kimberly
Natalie must use her Talent talking to cats to stop a high profile celebrity kidnapping.
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Ink and Ashes
Maetani, Valynne
Claire opens the door to her deceased father’s path and finds a family secret that could kill her.
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Killer of Enemies
Bruchac, Joseph
In a future where technology has failed, Lozen has been gifted with a unique set of abilities, magic and survival skills that she uses to hunt monsters for the people who kidnapped her family.
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Tofu Quilt
Russell, Ching
Yeung Ying, a young girl who grows up in 1960s Hong Kong, aspires to become a writer, against the conventions of society and family members.
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