Sell, Chad. The Cardboard Kingdom. 2018. 281p. Knopf/Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, $20.99 (9781524719371). Gr. 3-6
A group of children use their imaginations and a lot of cardboard to transform their neighborhood, explore their identities, and embark on thrilling adventures together.
Martin, Maggie Ann. To Be Honest. 2018. 293p. Swoon Reads, $16.99 (9781250183156). Gr. 7-up.
After her beloved sister leaves for college, Savannah must navigate living alone with her weight-obsessed mother’s increasingly intense diet and body-shaming commentary.
Taylor, Sonya Renee. Celebrate Your Body (And Its Changes, Too!): The Ultimate Puberty Book for Girls. Illus. by Cait Brennan. 2018. 174p. Rockridge Press, paper, $12.99 (9781641521666). Gr. 4-7
This body-positive and inclusive puberty guide offers information and advice to girls as they learn to understand and celebrate their changing bodies.
Prout, Chessy with Jenn Abelson. I Have the Right to: A High School Survivor’s Story of Sexual Assault, Justice, and Hope. 2018. 416p. Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry, $18.99 (9781534414433). Gr. 9-up.
In May 2014, Chessy Prout, a 9th grader at the elite St. Paul’s School, was raped by a senior boy. As she and her family seek justice and healing, Chessy finds her voice as an activist.
Acevedo, Sylvia. Path to the Stars: My Journey from Girl Scout to Rocket Scientist. 2018. 320p. Houghton Mifflin/Clarion, $17.99 (9781328809568). Gr. 5-up.
From her early childhood, scientist and CEO of the Girls Scouts Sylvia Acevedo challenged the sexist and racist barriers facing her as a Latinx woman pursuing education and a STEM career.
Taylor, Sonya Renee. The Body Is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love. 2018. 160p. Berrett-Koehler Publishers, $17.95 (9781626569768). Gr. 10-up.
Poet and activist Sonya Renee Taylor explores the power of radical self-love to help everyone recognize, disrupt and heal from the systems that perpetuate body-based shame, oppression, and violence.
McCarthy, Cori. Now a Major Motion Picture. 2018. 400p. Sourcebooks/Sourcebooks Fire, $10.99 (9781492652380). Gr. 8-up.
While visiting the set of a movie based on her grandmother’s popular fantasy novels, Iris finds her own creative voice and gains new perspective on her grandmother’s legacy.
Evans, Claire L. Broad Band: The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet. 2018. 288p. Penguin/Portfolio, $27.00 (9780735211759). Gr. 9-up.
While the popular narrative about the development of the computer industry and the internet focuses almost entirely on men, this book illuminates the significant roles women played in modern technological history.
Quintero, Isabel. Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide. Illus. by Zeke Pena. 2018. 96p. Getty Publications, $19.95 (9781947440005). Gr. 7-up.
Graciela Iturbide uses photography to explore the beautiful realities of Mexican and Mexican American communities, celebrating especially women and nonbinary people who challenged patriarchal norms.
Keyser, Amber. Underneath It All: A History of Women’s Underwear. 2018. 96p. Lerner/Twenty-First Century Books, $37.32 (9781512425314). Gr. 7-up.
The history of women’s undergarments illustrates the changing social expectations and limitations on women’s freedom and control over their lives, bodies, and sexuality.