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.
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.
Ottaviani, Jim. Astronauts: Women on the Final Frontier. Illus. by Maris Wicks. 2020. 176p. First Second, $19.99 (9781626728776). Gr. 6-8.
Told through the perspective of astronaut Mary Cleave, this graphic novel describes the many tribulations and achievements of NASA’s first women astronauts.
Zimmerman, Laura. My Eyes Are Up Here. 2020. 340pp. Dutton/PRH, $17.99 ( 9781984815248). Gr. 7-12.
Fifteen-year-old Greer’s self-conscious anxiety about her large breasts, self-deprecatingly nicknamed Maude and Mavis, force her into hiding her body in bulky sweatshirts and living more in her head than in the real world.
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.
Malle, Mirion. The League of Super Feminist. 2020. Drawn and Quarterly, $16.95 (9781770464025). Gr 6-up.
A graphic novel primer on feminism that addresses and breaks down many different aspects and issues from representation and tropes, intersectionality, consent, privilege, and body image.
Chambers, Veronica. Shirley Chisholm is a Verb! 2020. 40p. Dial/Penguin, $18.99. (9780803730892). Gr. K-5.
A picture book biography of Shirley Chisholm’s life of action, service, and determination in seeking betterment and empowerment for all and how her legacy paved the way for others to follow.
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.
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.
Tovar, Virgie. The Self-Love Revolution: Radical Body Positivity for Girls of Color. 2020. 184 pp. New Harbinger / Instant Help Books, $16.95. (9781684034116). Gr. 7-12.
Tovar challenges beauty standards and diet culture rooted in white supremacy, and gives readers guiding questions, tools, and measurable actions to engage in body positivity, acceptance, and self-love.