Picture Books By Topic: perseverance

A Chair for My Mother

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By: Vera Williams
Description: Grandparents, families, cooperation, saving, goal-setting A girl, her mother, and grandmother all contribute coins to the coin jar that will buy a new chair for mama after a fire destroys their possessions.
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Amazing Grace

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By: Mary Hoffman
Illustrated by: Caroline Binch
Description: Families, grandparents, school, books & stories, dramatization, gender roles, multicultural. Publ. 1991. Grace’s grandmother helps Grace, a girl who loves stories, realize that with effort anything can be achieved.
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A River of Words

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By: Jen Bryant
Illustrated by: Melissa Sweet
Description: Biography/picture book Poets & poetry, biography, vocations, persistence Though he practiced medicine, William Carlos Williams became a recognized poet continuing well into his sixties.
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Bottle Houses: The Creative World of Grandma Prisbrey

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By: Melissa Eskridge Slaymaker
Illustrated by: Julie Paschkis
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Description: Creative life, imagination and perseverance, love of color. Real life Grandma P. builds her own creative home from bottles and other found materials. Sadly out of print, but still available.
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Crouching Tiger

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By: Ying Chang Compestine
Illustrated by: Yan Nascimbene
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Description: Grandpa visits from China and imparts his skills in tai chi to his young grandson and also pride in his Chinese-­American heritage.
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The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau

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By: Michelle Markel
Illustrated by: Amanda Hall
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Description: Self-taught artist Rousseau begins painting late in life and perseveres despite poverty & criticism.
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Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code

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By: Laurie Wallmark
Illustrated by: Katy Wu
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Description: The riveting true story of a trailblazing woman. Grace Hopper coined the term “computer bug” and taught computers to “speak English.” Throughout her life, Hopper succeeded in doing what no one had ever done before. Forced to retire at 60, but then asked to return, Grace finally retired from the Navy at age 80. (adapted from publ description)
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Grandma Gatewood Hikes the Appalachian Trial

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By: Jennifer Thermes
Illustrated by: Jennifer Thermes
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Description: At age 67, Emma Gatewood decided to go for a nice long walk . . . and ended up completing the Appalachian Trail. With just the clothes on her back and a pair of thin canvas sneakers on her feet, Grandma Gatewood hiked up ridges and down ravines, braved angry storms and witnessed breathtaking sunrises relying on the kindness of strangers. A story of true grit and girl power at any age. (Adapted from author’s website)
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Hand over Hand

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By: Alma Fullerton
Illustrated by: Renne Benoit
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Description: But Nina is determined that her grandfather, her lolo, will take her fishing with him on his old banca boat despite the fact its not girls’ work. If her lolo will show her how to jig the lines, to set the hook, and to pull in a fish, hand over hand, she can prove to everyone in their Filipino fishing village that she deserves her turn in the boat, girl or no!
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I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes her Mark

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By: Debbie Levy
Illustrated by: Elizabeth Baddeley
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Description: Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has spent a lifetime disagreeing: disagreeing with inequality, arguing against unfair treatment, and standing up for what’s right for people everywhere. This biographical picture book about the Notorious RBG, tells the justice’s story through the lens of her many famous dissents, or disagreements. (from the publisher)
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