Picture Books By Topic: women

Don’t Call Me Grandma

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By: Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
Illustrated by: Elizabeth Zunon
Description: Great-grandmother Nell eats fish for breakfast, she doesn’t hug or kiss, and she does NOT want to be called grandma. Her great-granddaughter isn’t sure what to think about her. As she slowly learns more about Nell’s life and experiences, the girl finds ways to connect with her prickly great-grandmother. (Description from Lerner Books)
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Abuelita and I Make Flan

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By: Adriana Hernandez Bergstrom
Illustrated by: Adriana Hernandez Bergstrom
Description: BUELITA AND I MAKE FLAN is about a girl who accidentally drops a family heirloom while baking with her abuela and must find a way to make things right. (Description author's website)
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The Cats of Mrs. Calamari

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By: John Stadler
Illustrated by: John Stadler
Description: "Mrs. Calamari has cats, lots of them, but her new landlord, Mr. Gangplank, and his dog, Potato, do not like cats. Fortunately, Mr. Gangplank has lost his glasses so he believes Mrs. Calamari when she says she doesn't have cats... This has everything going for it: true humor, adorable artwork, and a story that hangs together from beginning to end. The cat's meow!" (description from Booklist) *Starred Review, Booklist*
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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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Grandmother School

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By: Reena Singh
Illustrated by: Ellen Rooney
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Description: Every morning, a young girl walks her grandmother to the Aajibaichi Shala, the school that was built for the grandmothers in her village to have a place to learn to read and write. The narrator beams with pride as she drops her grandmother off with the other aajis to practice the alphabet and learn simple arithmetic. A moving story about family, women and the power of education—when Aaji learns to spell her name you’ll want to dance along with her. (Description from publisher Orca Books, 2020.)

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I Love My Glam-Ma!

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By: Samantha Berger
Illustrated by: Suejean Rim
Description: Grandmothers go by many different names, but they are all glamorous and special in their own way, so they are all Glam-mas--especially to the children that they love, and who love them. (World Cat description)
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Miss Colfax’s Light

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By: Aimee' Bissonette
Illustrated by: Eileen Ryan Ewen
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Description: In 1861, at the age of 37, Harriet Colfax took on the job of lighthouse keeper for the Michigan City lighthouse off Lake Michigan. It was a bold and determined endeavor. For 43 years, until the age of 80, Harriet kept her light burning, through storms, harsh winters, and changes in technology. This true story contains excerpts from her actual log. (adapted from publisher)
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Miss Mary Reporting: The True Story of Sportswriter Mary Garber

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By: Sue Macy
Illustrated by: C.F. Payne
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Description: Mary Garber was a pioneering female sportswriter in the 1940’s when it was definitely not a woman’s job. She persevered despite struggles to be accepted in a man’s world. She was a sportswriter for 56 years. Mary championed black children in sports in black schools—writing about them when no one else paid attention.
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The Most Beautiful Thing

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By: Kao Kalia Yang
Illustrated by: Khoa Le
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Description: “Drawn from author Kao Kalia Yang’s childhood experiences as a Hmong refugee, this moving picture book portrays a family with little money—and a great deal of love. Weaving together Kalia’s story with that of her beloved grandmother, the book moves from the jungles of Laos to the family’s early years in the United States.” (Book jacket)
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No Truth without Ruth: The life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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By: Kathleen Krull
Illustrated by: Nancy Zhang
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Description: Before becoming a justice of the Supreme Court, Ruth had to fight the notion that being female meant that she was less smart, less qualified, and less worthy of attention than her male counterparts. But her fight for equality as a lawyer made an imprint on American history, by changing the way the law dealt with women's rights. (adapted from publisher)
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