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Girl Power

Read about real life girls and women:

You Forgot your Skirt, Amelia Bloomer Corey, Shana
You Forgot your Skirt, Amelia Bloomer: A Very Improper Story
Illustrated by Chesley McLaren
Believe it or not, wearing pants was once something that women just didn't do; Amelia Bloomer was one of the first to challenge this rule.
Martha Graham, a Dancer's Life Freedman, Russell
Martha Graham, a Dancer's Life
Born in Pittsburgh in 1895, Martha Graham revolutionized the world of dance.
The Story of Rachel Carson Ehrlich, Amy Rachel
The Story of Rachel Carson
Illustrated by Wendell Minor
This illustrated biography for young readers covers important milestones in Carson's life, starting with her childhood in a small town outside of Pittsburgh. For more about this famous environmentalist, check out John Henricksson's Rachel Carson: The Environmental Movement, Thomas Locker's Rachel Carson: Preserving a Sense of Wonder or try reading some of Carson's own words.
Different like Coco Matthews, Elizabeth
Different like Coco
If reading Amelia Bloomer's story makes you curious about the history of fashion, don't miss this biography of Coco Chanel, famous French fashion designer.
Mary Cassatt: Family Pictures O'Connor, Jane
Mary Cassatt: Family Pictures
Another famous woman with Pittsburgh connections, Cassatt's artwork hangs in museums all over the world, including our own Carnegie Museum of Art.
Bessie Coleman: Daring Stunt Pilot Robbins, Trina
Bessie Coleman: Daring Stunt Pilot
The first licensed African-American pilot, Bessie Coleman was active in the early part of the 20th century. Read her story in this graphic novel style biography or check out Nikki Grimes' poetic portrait in Talkin' about Bessie: the Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman.

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Stories about girls of all ages:

The Penderwicks Birdsall, Jeanne
The Penderwicks
During an adventurous summer vacation, the four Penderwick sisters and their father rent a cottage on the estate known as Arundel. There they meet the teenage gardener, the owner's son and the mean Mrs. Tifton.
Catherine Called Birdy Cushman, Karen
Catherine Called Birdy
Written in journal format, this lively introduction to a girl's life in the Middle Ages covers all the aspects of daily life in amusing and occasionally disgusting detail.
Vive La Paris Codell, Esme Raji
Vive La Paris
When fifth grader Paris McCray and her piano teacher Mrs. Rosen form an unlikely friendship, Paris learns more than just how to play the piano.
The Broken Bike Boy and the Queen of 33rd Street Flake, Sharon
The Broken Bike Boy and the Queen of 33rd Street
Local author Flake tells the story of a very spoiled ten-year-old named Queen who learns the real meaning of love and friendship when she meets Leroy who claims to be an African prince.
Clementine Pennypacker, Sara
Illustrated by Marla Frazee
Another in a long line of rambunctious heroines whose antics have amused readers for generations, Clementine brings to mind classic characters like Ramona Quimby and contemporaries like Junie B. Jones while exhibiting a charm all her own.
Someday Spinelli, Eileen
Illustrated by Rosie Winstead
The young narrator contrasts her ambitions for the future with her everyday experiences which just might prompt young listeners to start dreaming big too.

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