Nomination: Founding Mothers: Women who Shaped America

Carosella, Melissa and Kuligowski, Stephanie. Founding Mothers: Women who Shaped America. 2012. 32p. Teacher Created Materials, $8.99. (9781433315053). Gr. 3-5.

Part of the Primary Source Readers: Focus on Women in U.S. History series, this book introduces women from the early colonial period through the Civil War who helped shape America despite expectations that they should only serve as housewives. [ltp]

Nomination: The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom

Healy, Christopher. The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom. 2012. 438 p. HarperCollins/Walden Pond. $16.99 (9780062117434). Gr. 4-6.  

In this rollicking quest through fairy tale land, four Princes Charming claim their individual identities and learn that the princesses (Cinderella, Rapunzel, Snow White, and Sleeping Beauty) are perfectly capable of saving themselves. [ltp]

Nomination: The Unfinished Revolution: Voices from the Global Fight for Women’s Rights

Worden, Minky (Ed.). The Unfinished Revolution: Voices from the Global Fight for Women’s  Rights. 2012. 240p. Seven Stories, $23.95. (9781609803872). Gr. 10 and up.

This collection of essays explores the status of rights for women and girls worldwide. Topics are organized around three themes: economic issues, violence against women and their health rights, and harmful traditions. [ltp]

Nomination: Prized

Obrien, Caragh M. Prized. 2011. 368p. Roaring Brook, $16.99 (9781596435704). Gr. 9-12.

In this second book in the Birthmarked trilogy, Gaia and her baby sister reach Sylum where women are prized and in power. Defying Matrarch Olivia, Gaia attempts to discover why so few girls are born and advocates for the equality of men and women. [ltp]

Nomination: Write On, Mercy!: The Secret Life of Mercy Otis Warren



Woelfle, Gretchen. Write On, Mercy! The Secret Life of Mercy Otis Warren. Illus by Alexandra Wallner. 2012. 40p. Boyds Mills/Calkins Creek, $16.95 (9781590788226). Gr. 2-5.

Unlike most girls in the mid-1700s, Mercy was educated alongside her brother. While openly interested in politics, she secretly wrote poetry, political plays, journalistic pieces of advocacy and a three-volume history of the Revolution. [ltp]

Nomination: Promise the Night

Maccoll, Michaela. Promise the Night. 2011. 256p. Chronicle Books, $16.99. (978-0-8118-7625-4) Gr. 6-8.

This novel imagines Beryl Markham’s childhood on a horse ranch in colonial British East Africa where she was adopted by a local tribe, trained as a warrior, hunted lions, and refused to be a proper lady.  Beryl later became one of the first women to hold a commercial pilot’s license and the first person to fly solo from England to North America. [ltp]

Nomination: A New Deal for Women: The Expanding Roles of Women, 1938-1960

Coster, Patience. A New Deal for Women: The Expanding Roles of Women, 1938-1960. 2011. 64p. Chelsea House, $35.00 (978-1-60413-934-1). Gr. 5-8.

During this period of time, women entered the work force in unprecedented numbers to support the war effort only to be pressured to return to their role of housewife and mother when the war ended. However, once women had left their conventional roles, many could never completely go back.  [ltp]

Nomination: Eliza’s Cherry Trees: Japan’s Gift to America




Zimmerman, Andrea. Eliza’s Cherry Trees: Japan’s Gift to America. Illus. by Ju Hong Chen. 2011. 32p. Pelican, $16.99 (9781589809543) Gr. 1-3.

Born in 1856, Eliza Scidmore traveled the world and made a living by writing about her experiences. This book chronicles her life as well as her 20-year campaign to bring the famous Japanese flowering cherry trees to Washington D.C. [ltp]