Nomination: Period

9781250141941_99cfcFarrell, Kate, ed. Period: Twelve Voices Tell the Bloody Truth. 2018. 224p. Macmillan/Feiwel & Friends, paper, $16.00 (9781250141941). Gr. 6-up.

Writers relate their personal experiences with menstruation and puberty.


Nomination: The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy

516cxjoylpl-_sx329_bo1204203200_Lee, Mackenzie. The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy. 2018. 464p. Katherine Tegen Books, $26.99 (9780062795328). Gr. 9-up.

Felicity Montague dreams of studying medicine but is constantly denied opportunities due to her gender. Trying to find a place for herself in the world, Felicity travels across Europe with two female friends on an unforgettable adventure.

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.