Nomination: Beauty Mark: A Verse Novel of Marilyn Monroe

Beauty Mark by Carole Boston Weatherford

Weatherford, Carole Boston. Beauty Mark: A Verse Novel of Marilyn Monroe. 2020. 183pp. Candlewick, $19.99. (9781536206296). Gr. 8-12.

Weatherford’s novel in verse pays tribute to the often misunderstood and underestimated life, career, and legacy of Marilyn Monroe.

Nomination: History Smashers: Women’s Right to Vote

Messner, Kate. History Smashers: Women’s Right to Vote. Illus. by Dylan Meconis. 2020. 224p. Random House, $12.99. (9780593120354). Gr. 4-8.

Messner dismantles the mythology behind frequently spotlighted figures in the women’s suffrage and highlights figures, particularly women of color, who fought for universal suffrage and representation in government.

Nomination: Finish the Fight!: The Brave and Revolutionary Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote

Chambers, Veronica and the Staff of the New York Times. Finish the Fight!: The Brave and Revolutionary Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote. 2020. 132pp. Versify/HMH, $18.99 (9780358408307). Gr. 4-up.

An introduction to some of the many BIPOC and queer women whose fight for universal suffrage did not end with the ratification of the 19th amendment.

Nomination: A Girl Like Me

Johnson, Angela. A Girl Like Me. Illus. By Nina Crews. 2020. 32p. Lerner / Millbrook Press, $19.99 (9781541557772). PreS- Gr. 3

In Johnson’s profound but simple poem and Crews’ accompanying collage illustrations, girls who dream of greatness are encouraged to reject societal limitations and naysayers and embrace their own power and agency.

Nomination: Lift As You Climb: The Story of Ella Baker

Lift as You Climb

Powell, Patricia Hruby. Lift As You Climb: The Story of Ella Baker . Illus. by R. Gregory Christie. 2020. 48p. Simon & Schuster / Margaret K. McElderry, $17.99 (9781534406230). Gr. K-3.

This biography of civil rights activist Ella Baker, details her constant fight against racial injustice and fostering community empowerment through grassroots organization and mentoring of young activists.