Mary Bowser and the Civil War Spy Ring by author Enigma Alberti and illustrator Tony Cliff

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Age Range: 10 years – 14 years

Publisher: Workman Publishing Company

Publication Date: April 2, 2019

In this chapter book, Mary Bowser, freed slave and teacher, becomes an undercover spy for the Union at the request of her former slave owner Bet Van Lew. Mary works as a maid for the Confederates and relays secret information to Union sympathizers. Ms. Bowser has an incredible memory that aids her in communicating details without having visual evidence in her hands. The way she shares data with her associates like Bet Van Lew and Thomas McNiven is fascinating. There are moments that will have readers sitting at the edge of their chairs however nothing is gruesome. Included in this book are a spycraft tool, a mystery to solve, Biographical Information, Historical Note, Bibliography, and Answer Key. Detailed illustrations add to the understanding of the text.

 

Ice Breaker: How Mabel Fairbanks Changed Figure Skating by author Rose Vina and illustrator Claire Almon

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Age Range: 5 – 7 years

Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company

Publication Date: October 1, 2019

In this picture book biography readers meet Mabel Fairbanks, an African American from Florida. She moves to New York City at 8 years old to live with her brother. That experience is short lived and Mabel finds herself without a home by 9 years old. A family gives Mabel a chance to move in with them and babysit. Viewing ice skaters through a window intrigues Mabel. She saves money, buys skates and teaches herself to skate. When the weather warms, she goes to an indoor ice skating rink to skate however she is denied admission due to her skin color. Eventually she is given opportunities to skate at the rink but only when white ice skaters are not using it. She gets coached and is a very good skater but racism destroys her chances of participating in activities that could lead to the Olympics. Mabel performs on television and in different countries however racism is everywhere. Her career path leads her to coach those interested in ice skating. She plays a significant role in fighting for equality for ice skaters. My Book Eyes are amazed at how many famous ice skaters Mabel Fairbanks coached. Illustrations of ice skaters are dynamic. Included in the back of the book are sections called: About Mabel Fairbanks, Glossary of Figure Skating Terms and Selected Sources.

Pies from Nowhere: How Georgia Gilmore Sustained the Montgomery Bus Boycott by author Dee Romito and illustrator Laura Freeman

PiesAge Range: 6 – 9 years

Publisher: little bee books

Publucation Date: Novenber 6, 2018

This picture book biography sheds light on Georgia Gilmore, a cook, who made a significant contribution to the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott by preparing meals. She worked collectively with others who were interested in raising money to purchase vehicles and fuel so that the Black community could still travel in Alabama while seeking justice by boycotting public transportation. After she testified in court about the mistreatment she experienced by a bus driver, Georgia Gilmore was fired from her job. She opened a home based restaurant. All people loved her cooking. Dr. King and other civil rights leaders often ate at Georgia’s. Illustrations are large with high contrasting colors which makes this a terrific book for children to view in a group setting. Included is an author’s note and a recipe for Georgia Gilmore’s Homemade Pound Cake. My Book Eyes finds it interesting to read about how different people worked to create civil rights changes.

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