Butler Bookshelf

Women’s Equality Day is August 26th! Celebrate the anniversary of the adoption of the 19th amendment and the trailblazers that made it a reality by diving into the books below. Read about Brenda Berkman, the first official female firefighter of the New York Fire Department (Send a Girl!), and Katherine Johnson, a NASA mathematician whose work was critical to the first U.S. crewed spaceflight (One Step Further). Take a look at Standing on her Shoulders by Monica Clark-Robinson and Laura Freeman, an ode to the women who came before us that paved the way for justice and equality. Immerse in all things women and some of their extraordinary contributions! 

Standing on her Shoulders
Written by Monica Clark-Robinson and Illustrated by Laura Freeman
Published by Orchard Books
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Ambitious Girl
Written by Meena Harris and Illustrated by Marissa Valdez
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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One Step Further: My Story of Math, the Moon, and a Lifelong Mission
Written by Katherine Johnson, Joylette Hylick, & Katherine Moore
Illustrated by Charnelle Pinkney Barlow
Published by National Geographic Kids
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Michelle’s Garden: How the First Lady Planted Seeds of Change
Written and Illustrated by Sharee Miller
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Send a Girl!: The True Story of How Women Joined the FDNY
Written by Jessica M. Rinker and Illustrated by Meg Hunt
Published by Bloomsbury Children’s Books
Available now!

June Almeida, Virus Detective!: The Woman Who Discovered the First Human Coronavirus
Written by Suzanne Slade and Illustrated by Elisa Paganelli
Published by Sleeping Bear Press
Available now!