Dunnigan, Alice. Alone atop the Hill: Autobiography of Alice Dunnigan, Pioneer of the National Black Press. Carol Booker Ed. 2015. 217p. University of Georgia Press, $26.95 (978-0-8203-4798-1). Gr 9-Up.
Alice Dunnigan fought against sexism and racism to succeed in her career as a journalist, accomplishing many firsts and supporting others who followed in her footsteps.
Yasuda, Anita. Astronomy: Cool Women in Space. 106p. Nomad Press, $9.95 (978-1-619-30326-3). Gr 4-6.
Yasuda highlights the often-overlooked contributions of several female astronomers, encouraging young readers to think about the obstacles they overcame and the important discoveries they made.
Bolick, Kate. Spinster: Making a life of One’s Own. Crown Publishers, $26.00 (978-0385347136). Gr. 10-up.
After losing her mother as a young woman, Bolick finds solace and support in the works of several female authors who pursued their creative passions and fought for their right to live life on their own terms.
Poletti, Frances and Kristina Yee. Miss Todd and Her Wonderful Flying Machine. 2015. Unpaged. Compendium Inc, $18.95 (978-1-938-29876-9). Gr. K-3.
Lily Todd wanted to fly from an early age. Even though lots of people told her “no, no, no” just because she was a girl, Lily persevered and became the first woman to build an airplane.
Ahdieh, Renee. The Wrath & The Dawn. 2015. 404 p. G. P. Putnam’s Sons, $17.99 (9780399171611). Gr. 9-up.
When Shahrzad’s best friend is murdered by the Caliph of Khorasan, like so many young women before her, Shahrzad takes matters into her own hands. She volunteers to be the Caliph’s new bride and plots revenge.
Swaby, Rachel. Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science–and the World. 2015. 273 p. Broadway Books, $16.00 (978-0553446791). Gr. 9-up.
Although often overlooked or excluded, women have been accomplishing major feats in science for most of our history. Swabey highlights their accomplishments to help provide role models for girls and women pursuing science today.
Tanner, Ann. My Name is Truth: The Life of Sojourner Truth. Illus. by James Ransome. 2015. Unpaged. HarperCollins, $17.99 (978-0-06-075898-1). Gr 1-4.
After escaping slavery, Isabella Bomefree took the name Sojourner because she traveled to fight injustice and Truth because she spoke out against slavery.
Dunham, Lena. Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s “Learned”. 2014. 265 pg. Random House, $28.00 (978-0-8129-9499-5). Gr. 10 and up.
Lena Dunham’s essay collection explores her experiences as a young woman and artist in a society that regularly questions her right to tell her own stories.
Aretha, David. Malala Yousafzai and the Girls of Pakistan. 2014. 64 p. Morgan Reynolds, $27.45 (978-1-59935-454-3). Gr. 7-up.
Malala Yousafzai stood up for her right to education and continues to speak out on behalf of girls worldwide. This biography tells her story and sets it in the wider context of Pakistan and the struggle for women’s rights.
Kuklin, Susan. Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out. 2014, 182p. Candlewick Press, $22.99 (978-0-7636-5611-9). Gr 9-up.
These first person accounts by transgender youth allow readers a window into a diverse set of experiences.