Nomination: Fast Enough: Bessie Stringfield’s First Ride

fastGill, 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.


Nomination: Girl of the Southern Sea

girlKadarusman, 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.

Nomination: Fighter in Velvet Gloves: Alaska Civil Rights Hero Elizabeth Peratrovich


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.