Nomination: Girl Rising

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Stone, Tanya Lee. Girl Rising: Changing the World One Girl at a Time. 2017. 208p. Penguin/Random House Children’s Books/ Wendy Lamb, $22.99 (9780553511468). Gr. 9 – up.

In this companion book to the documentary Girl Rising, girls around the world who face significant obstacles to gaining an education are profiled.

Nomination: Fannie Never Flinched: One Woman’s Courage in the Struggle for American Labor Union Rights


Farrell, Mary Cronk. Fannie Never Flinched: One Woman’s Courage in the Struggle for American Labor Union Rights. 2016. 56p. Harry N. Abrams, $19.95 (9781419718847). Gr. 4-6.

Seamstress Fannie Sellins inspired activism within the garment and mining industries, helped create unions, and traveled the country inspiring men and women to stand up for fair wages and equal treatment.

Nomination: Girl Mans Up

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Girard, M-E. Girl Mans Up. 2016. 373p. HarperTeen, $17.99 (9780062404176). Gr. 9 -up.

Pen Oliveira just wants to be herself. When her friends and family begin questioning her identity, Pen begins to reconsider the loyalty and respect she has unfailingly given to her friends and family. Pen meets and falls for cute Blake, defying the demands of her best buddy, Colby. She also befriends Olivia, Colby’s ex, supporting her through an abortion. At the same time she struggles to find her place and reconcile her identity within her traditional Portuguese family.

Nomination: Florence Nightingale: Mother of Modern Nursing

9780531214251_xlgAlexander, Carol. Florence Nightingale: Mother of Modern Nursing. 32 p. Scholastic/Children’s Press. $17.25 (9780531214121). Gr. PreK – 2.

Florence Nightingale often took care of sick friends and neighbors as a young girl and decided to become a nurse. After studying nursing, Florence worked in a hospital and on the battlefields in Turkey, nursing soldiers even when she fell ill. After the war, she helped the English government improve hospitals, improve hygiene and opened schools for nurses.