Astronaut Annie

Astronaut Annie 2

Astronaut Annie by author Suzanne Slade and illustrator Nicole Tadgell

Age Range:  4 – 7 years

Publisher: Tilbury House Publishers

Publication Date: March 6, 2018

With Career Day approaching,  Annie keeps her career a secret from her family but gives each relative a clue about the profession she will represent. In return, each family member gives Annie something she can use on Career Day. In this picture book, readers also  briefly learn about various careers that have occupied Annie’s family’s lives. My Book Eyes marveled at the clever way Annie discloses her career. The book adds information about four female astronauts called Women in Space at the end of the story. Following that are facts about the moon to further pique interest on a page called The Magnificent Moon. Illustrations and photographs match excellently with this story.

 

 

Women Make Their Mark

The books below are some recent (2016-2018) compilations of women who move people to make a difference.

Little Leaders Visionary 2

Little Leaders: Visionary Women Around the World by Vashti Harrison

Age Range: 8 – 11 years

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: November 6, 2018

Dream Big, Little One 2

Dream Big, Little One (Board Book) by Vashti Harrison

Age Range: 2 – 4 years

Publisher: LB Kids

Publication Date: October 16, 2018

Girls Think of Everything 2

Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women by author Catherine Thimmesh and illustrator Melissa Sweet

Age Range: 10 – 12 years

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

Publication Date:  October 9, 2018     

She Persisted Around the World 2

She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History by author Chelsea Clinton and illustrator Alexandra Boiger

Age Range: 4 – 8 years

Publisher: Philomel Books

Publication Date: March 6, 2018

Shaking Things Up 2

Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World by author Susan Hood and a variety of illustrators 

Age Range: 4 – 8 years

Publisher: HarperCollins

Publication Date: January 23, 2018

Poems with illustrations by a variety of artists

Hidden Figures 2

Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race by author Margot Lee Shetterly and illustrator Laura Freeman

Age Range: 4 – 8 years

Publisher: HarperCollins

Publication Date: January 16, 2018

Little Leaders 2

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison

Age Range: 8 – 11 years

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: December 5, 2017

Women Who Dared 2

Women Who Dared: 52 Stories of Fearless Daredevils, Adventurers, and Rebels by author Linda Skeers and illustrator Livi Gosling

Age Range: 8 – 14 years

Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

Publication Date: September 5, 2017

Women in Sports 2

Women in Sports: 50 Fearless Athletes Who Played to Win by Rachel Ignotofsky

Age Range: Grades 4 and up

Publisher: Ten Speed Press

Publication Date: July 18, 2017

She Persisted 2

She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World by author Chelsea Clinton and illustrator Alexandra Boiger

Age Range: 4 – 8 years

Publisher: Philomel Books

Publication Date: May 30, 2017

Women in Science 2

Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World

Age Range: Grades 4 and up

Publisher: Ten Speed Press

Publication Date: July 26, 2016

Sisters & Champions

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Sisters & Champions by author Howard Bryant and illustrator Floyd Cooper

Age Range:  4 – 8 years

Publisher:  Philomel Books

Publication Date: May 29, 2018

In this picture book, two sisters, determined, devoted paired with a supportive family defy society’s odds and become renowned tennis players. Encouragement to purse dreams despite obstacles that may seem insurmountable as Venus and Serena do echoes throughout the book. Well written. Illustrations are beautiful and show realistic details and ranges of emotions.

Bring Me Some Apples and I’ll Make You a Pie: A Story About Edna Lewis

Bring Me Some Apples

Bring Me Some Apples and I’ll Make You a Pie: A Story About Edna Lewis by Robbin Gourley

Age Range:  4 – 7 years

Publisher:  Clarion Books

Publication Date: June 18, 2008

With spring upon us and indoor and outdoor markets displaying a variety of scrumptious fresh foods I decided to review this book. Just viewing the pictures and reading the text makes My Book Eyes feel well nourished.  Edna Lewis, a famous chef, grew up in the south.  This book concentrates on Edna’s younger years as she works with her family on their farm gathering nature’s bounty throughout the seasons and preserving foods to eat during winter. There is an author’s note and recipes included. Boldly colored illustrations add to this book’s appeal.

 

Step Right Up

 

Step Right Up 2

 

Step Right Up by author Donna Janell Bowman and illustrator Daniel Minter

Age Range: 7 – 12 years

Publisher: Lee & Low Books

Publication Date: October 15, 2016

This picture book is a biography about a man named William Key who was born a slave in Tennessee. Because of his gentle manner when working with and healing horses, he became known as Doc. He desired to race horses. Unfortunately, his colt, Jim, was not a race horse but a smart horse. Jim learned to spell, write and count among many other things and traveled around the country with Doc entertaining a variety of people. My Book Eyes marveled at Doc’s numerous successes despite living in a skeptical and adverse society. The afterword adds a detailed account of Doc’s life, including assisting slaves’ escapes along the Underground Railroad. The photographs add to the readers knowledge about what life was like in William Keys’ days. The illustrator’s illustrations add emotion and help tell the story.