Gill, Joel Christian. Fast Enough: Bessie Stringfield’s First Ride. 2019. 40p. Lion Forge, $17.99 (978154930314). Gr. PreS.
This picture book introduces children to groundbreaking Black motorcyclist Bessie Stringfield, imagining her first ride on a bicycle despite taunts from a group of nay-saying neighbor boys.
Kadarusman, Michelle. Girl of the Southern Sea. 2019. 224p. Pajama Press, $17.95 (9781772780819). Gr. 5-8.
With her alcoholic father unable to run the family food cart, 14-year old Nia takes on home and money-making duties while saving money for her education.
Cain, Chelsea, Kate Niemczyk, and Lia Miternique. Man-Eaters Volume 1. 2019. 128p. Image Comics, paper, $12.99 (9781534311435). Gr. 8-up.
With a toxic parasite turning adolescent girls into deadly big cats, Maude worries that an act of defiance has turned her into a killer.
Chaffee, Kim. Her Fearless Run: Kathrine Switzer’s Historic Boston Marathon. Illus. by Ellen Rooney. 2019. 40p. Page Street Kids, $17.99 (9781624146541). Gr. 3-4.
Kathrine Switzer was determined to prove that women could run long distance by being the first woman to enter in the Boston Marathon.
Waller, Sharon Biggs. Girls on the Verge. 2019. 240p. Henry Holt & Co., $17.99 (9781250151698). Gr. 9-up.
High school student Camille, and two friends, must drive thousands of miles to procure the abortion Camille can’t get due to restrictions in her home state of Texas.
Boochever, Annie with Roy Peratrovich, Jr. Fighter in Velvet Gloves: Alaska Civil Rights Hero Elizabeth Peratrovich. 2019. 80p. University of Alaska Press/Snowy Owl Books, paper, $16.95 (9781602233706). Gr. 4-up.
Nearly 20 years before the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Alaska Native Elizabeth Peratrovich worked to successfully pass anti-discrimination laws in the future state of Alaska.
Rappaport, Doreen. Wilma’s Way Home: The Life of Wilma Mankiller. Illus. by Linda Kukuk. 2019. 48p. Disney/Hyperion, $17.95 (9781484747186). Gr. 1-3.
This biography follows Cherokee activist Wilma Mankiller’s life, from her childhood in rural Oklahoma to her election as the first female Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation.