Picture Books By Topic: work

The Matchbox Diary

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By: Paul Fleischman
Illustrated by: Bagram Ibatoulline
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Description: A kindergartner meets her great-grandfather and gets to know him and his past via trinkets in matchboxes he has saved over his lifetime.
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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 Moore Thought Otherwise: How Anne Carroll Moore Created Libraries for Children

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By: Jan Pinborough
Illustrated by: Debby Atwell
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Description: Picture book bio shows us a strong single woman busting both gender and age stereotypes.
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Miss Rumphius

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By: Barbara Cooney
Illustrated by: Barbara Cooney
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Description: Growing older, a lifetime, legacies, flowers, planting When still a little girl, Alice Rumphius decided that when she grew up she would visit faraway places, live by the sea and do something to make the world more beautiful–per her grandfather’s advice.
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My Abuelita

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By: Tony Johnston
Illustrated by: Yuyi Morales
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Description: Grandparent raising her grandchild, multi-cultural, late life work. A young boy lives with his grandmother who is preparing for her mysterious job.
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My Name is Georgia: A Portrait

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By: Jeanette Winter
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Description: Author/illustrator Jeanette Winter shows us the life of painter Georgia O'Keefe as she follows her dream from Wisconsin to art studies in Chicago and New York, and finally to her beloved New Mexico. Georgia lived to the age of 98. (Sadly out of print, but still available)
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Nature’s Friend: The Gwen Frostic Story

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By: Lindsey McDivitt
Illustrated by: Eileen Ryan Ewen
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Description: Gwen Frostic was a nature artist & early environmentalist who sketched in nature, then created striking prints. After a serious illness as a child she remained strong and independent. A pioneering woman, Gwen never let her disabilities, gender or age define her. She sold her beautiful greeting cards and books worldwide hoping to open people’s eyes to the beauty of our natural world.
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Nelson Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

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By: Nelson Mandela , Abridged by Chris van Wyck
Illustrated by: Paddy Bouma
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Description: Official picture book version of Nelson Mandela’s autobiography. Activism, apartheid, late life work, multi-cultural (South Africa), respect for elders, wisdom.
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Nonna Tell Me a Story: Lidia’s Egg-citing Farm Adventure

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By: Lidia Bastianich
Illustrated by: Renee Graef
Description: Nonna Lidia has her grandkids for a sleepover and she shares stories of her childhood on the farm with her own grandparents, the children's great-grandparents. The kids feed chickens, collect eggs and learn about an organic farm. Recipes included.
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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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