Nomination: Damsel

damselArnold, 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.


Nomination: The Doctor With an Eye for Eyes: The Story of Dr. Patricia Bath

51chlwet0il-_sx258_bo1204203200_Mosca, Julia Finley. The Doctor With an Eye for Eyes: The Story of Dr. Patricia Bath. Illus. by Daniel Rieley. 2017. 40p. The Innovation Press, $17.99 (9781943147311). Gr. K-4.

An illustrated biography of Dr. Patricia Bath, an African-American woman who faced racism, poverty and sexism on her path to becoming an innovative doctor who revolutionized treatments for blindness.

Nomination: Girls Burn Brighter


Rao, Shobha. Girls Burn Brighter. 2018. 320 p. Flatiron, $25.99 (9781250074256). Gr. 9-up.

From youth, Poornima and Savitha are caught in heartbreaking systems of oppression — including domestic violence, rape, prostitution, and human trafficking — but their fierce friendship offers hope and salvation.

Nomination: Rad Girls Can

cover138617-mediumSchatz, Kate. Rad Girls Can: Stories of Bold, Brave, and Brilliant Young Women. Illus. by Miriam Klein Stahl. 2018. 112p. Ten Speed, $16.99 (9780399581106). Gr. 4-8.

A series of short profiles focus on contemporary and historical women who made a significant difference before the age of twenty.