Nomination: Fastpitch-The Untold History of Softball and the Women who Made the Game

indexWestly, Erica. Fastpitch: The Untold History of Softball and the Women Who Made the Game.  2016. 291p. Touchstone, $26.00 (978-1-5011-1859-3).  Gr. 8-up.

In the middle of the last century, softball became America’s most played sport.  Of all team sports, it carries the distinction of being the most inclusive of women as premiere athletes.  The enthralling history of these pioneers has long been untold and now serves to inspire and motivate anyone who has ever wanted to play.

Nomination: Around America to Win the Vote: Two Suffragists, A Kitten, and 10,000 Miles

Around-America-To-Win-the-Vote-Two-Suffragists-a-Kitten-and-10000-Miles-by-Mara-Rockliff-258x300Rockliff, Mara. Around the World to Win the Vote:Two Suffragists, a Kitten, and 10,000 Miles.  Illus. Hadley Hopper. 2016. 40p. Candlewick Press, $16.99 (978-0-7636-7893-7). Gr. PreK-4.

In 1916, Nell Richardson and Alice Burke took off on a nationwide tour to promote the fight for women’s suffrage.  Their exciting tour included a little yellow car, a trunk full of useful things, and a little black kitten and helped bring the message of equality across America.

Nomination: Doing Her Bit: A Story About the Woman’s Land Army of America


doing-her-bit-cvr_grandeHagar, Erin. Doing Her Bit: A Story About the Woman’s Land Army of America. 2016. 32p.  Charlesbridge, $16.95 (978-1-5808-9646-7). Gr. K-4.

During WWI, many women went to work on farms as a way to support the country and themselves.  Helen Stevens and others learned the tough jobs associated with farming and fought discrimination to support their nation as the pioneering “Farmerettes” of the Women’s Land Army of America.

Asking For It

Asking For It
O’Neill, Louise. Asking For It. 2016. 346p.  Quercus, $16.99 (978-1681-445373) Gr. 10-up. Emma O’Donovan has always been in control, of her beauty, her friends, her popularity. She loved being the center of attention, the one that everyone wanted. But, that was before the party. The one she doesn’t remember, but the night that changes everything. When her story goes viral, everyone has an opinion about that night and about Emma and who was at fault.  In the midst of post-traumatic stress and an all consuming depression, all Emma wants is to disappear, for everything to stop.

Nomination: Miss Colfax’s Light

colfaxBissonette, Aimee. Miss Colfax’s Light. Illus. By Eileen Ryan Ewen. 2016. 32p. Sleeping Bear Press, $16.99. (978-1-58536955-3). Gr. K-3.

In 1861, Harriet Colfax was determined to live an independent life in her beloved Indiana.  Appointed the keeper of the Michigan City lighthouse, she worked tirelessly for 43 years to fulfill the daunting and challenging duties and to live life on her terms. 

Nomination: The Hourglass Factory


Ribchester, Lucy.  The Hourglass Factory. 2016. 512p.  Pegasus Crime, $25.95 (978-1605989686). Gr. 10-up.

Frankie George is desperate to make her way in journalism, despite the overt sexism of her colleagues.  Freddie Primrose has been shifted to the Suffragette Special Branch of Scotland Yard, much to his personal chagrin.  Their paths cross when Ebony Diamond, an acrobat and former member of the Women’s Social and Political Union, goes missing after two murders.  All signs point to cell of suffragettes set on militant action, but both will find that nothing is as simple as it appears in 1912 London.

Nomination: Bloom

51C+4IlLXuL._SX385_BO1,204,203,200_Cronin, Doreen. Bloom. Illus. By David Small. 2016. 40 p. Atheneum Books For Young Readers, $17.99 (978-1442406209). Gr. PreK-2.

Bloom is a mud fairy whose talents weren’t appreciated in the kingdom, so she has left to leave a happy and rewarding life in the forest.  Genevieve is an “ordinary” girl who is sent to act as an ambassador for the royal couple when Bloom’s magic is missed.  Under Bloom’s mentorship, Genevieve learns the secrets that will save the kingdom and that “there is no such thing as an ordinary girl.”

Nomination: Anything but Ordinary Addie: The True Story of Adelaide Herrmann Queen of Magic



Ro61k4SIDBThL._SX383_BO1,204,203,200_ckliff, Mara. Anything But Ordinary Addie: The True Story of Adelaide Herrmann Queen of Magic. Illus. Iacopo Bruno. 2016. 48p. Candlewick Press, $17.99 (978-0-766841-9). Gr. 1-5.

From the time she was young, the woman who grew up to be Adelaide Herrmann, Queen of Magic, knew she never wanted to be ordinary.  The forgotten history of one of the world’s greatest and most respected stage magician’s comes back to life (Poof!).


Nomination: Elizabeth Started All the Trouble




Rappaport, Doreen. Elizabeth Started All the Trouble.  2016. 40p. Disney-Hyperion, $17.99 (978-078685142-3). Gr.1-5.
Celebrate trailblazing women and their legacies as famous and lesser known heroines of the women’s rights movement are introduced to young readers. Starting with Elizabeth Cady Stanton and her Declaration of Sentiments, the fight for equality is commemorated and honored.