Originally published in: 2017
What it’s about: A story telling young girls it’s ok to be their authentic selves.
What made me pick it up: Rosenthal’s widow’s TED talk as recommended on Twitter by John Green.
My favorite parts: You be you. That’s the message. One I want to tell every young impressionable unsure girl. And also the ones who haven’t yet learned to be unsure. You’re the only you there is. Be that, whatever that looks like.
Who it’s great for: Girls of any age.
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Originally published in: 2018
What it’s about: Fourteen women and girls who have changed the world throughout history.
What made me pick it up: It was about women and girls who have changed the world.
My favorite things: I always love reading about women who have had an impact on history, especially when they are unfamiliar to me, as some in this book were. The one I enjoyed the most was about a librarian (of course) — Pura Belpré was the first bilingual public librarian in New York City. It’s even better when the inspirational women you’re reading about reflect your career path. In this case, it made me that much prouder of all these great individuals and their work. The stories are written in verse, with little bios at the bottom of the pages and vibrant illustrations. There is so much to enjoy in this book!
Who it’s great for: Women and girls of all ages.
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