Nomination: Alone atop the Hill


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.

Nomination: Astronomy: Cool Women in Space


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.


Nomination: The Wrath & The Dawn


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.

Nomination: Not That Kind of Girl


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.