Nomination: There’s Something About Sweetie

sweetieMenon, Sandhya. There’s Something About Sweetie. 2019. 378p. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse, hardback, $18.99 (9781534416789). Gr. 7-up.

Tired of being told being fat means she’s lacking, Sweetie begins to gain and display more confidence, including dating a handsome boy her mother says is out of her league.

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Nomination: Fast Enough: Bessie Stringfield’s First Ride

fastGill, Joel Christian. Fast Enough: Bessie Stringfield’s First Ride. 2019. 40p. Lion Forge, $17.99 (978154930314). Gr. PreS.

This picture book introduces children to groundbreaking Black motorcyclist Bessie Stringfield, imagining her first ride on a bicycle despite taunts from a group of nay-saying neighbor boys.

Nomination: Anybody’s Game: Kathryn Johnston, the First Girl to Play Little League Baseball

anybodyLang, Heather. Anybody’s Game: Kathryn Johnston, the First Girl to Play Little League Baseball. Illustrated by Caecilia Puglesi. 2018. 32p. Albert Whitman & Company, $16.99 (9780807503799). Gr. K-5.

Although social norms dictated girls didn’t play Little League baseball in the 1950’s, Kathryn disguised herself as a boy with the support of her parents and demonstrated girls could have the skills to play competitively against boys.