Menon, 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.
Gill, 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.
Kadarusman, Michelle. Girl of the Southern Sea. 2019. 224p. Pajama Press, $17.95 (9781772780819). Gr. 5-8.
With her alcoholic father unable to run the family food cart, 14-year old Nia takes on home and money-making duties while saving money for her education.
Arnold, Elana K. Damsel. 2018. 256p. Balzer + Bray, $17.99 (9780062742322). Gr. 9-12.
Ama wakes up with no memories in the arms of a prince who informs her he just rescued her from a dragon and she is now his future queen.
Anderson, M.T., et al. Fatal Throne: The Wives of Henry VIII Tell All. 2018. 416p. Schwartz & Wade, $18.99 (9781524716196). Gr. 9 and up.
In this fictionalized account of the marriages of one of England’s most notorious kings, a series of well-known writers share stories from the perspectives of each wife about the choices they made and the social restrictions placed upon them.
Lang, 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.
Suzuki, Sarah. Yayoi Kusama: From Here to Infinity. Illustrated by Ellen Weinstein. 2017. 40p. Abrams Books for Young Readers. $19.95 (9781633450394). Gr. K-5.
Designed for young children, this portrait of artist Yayoi Kusama discusses journey to art stardom and her innovative dot and circle approach to art.