Tía Isa Wants a Car
Meg Medina and Claudio Muñoz (illustrations)
2011Based on a true story from Meg Medina's childhood, a young girl helps her aunt save for a car so that they can visit the beach and still save enough to help their family come to America.
Deborah Underwood and Meg Hunt (illustrations)
2015Cinderella doesn't need saving in this charming adaptation. This girl mechanic rescues the prince. (And no, they don't get married.)
Ada Twist, Scientist
Andrea Beaty and David Roberts (illustrations)
2016Little Ada is inquisitive and she wants to know everything. What will this budding scientist discover next?!
Chieri Uegaki and Stéphane Jorisch (illustrations)
2005No matter what anyone says or thinks, Suki wants everyone to see her favorite thing in the world: the kimono her grandmother gave her. When she brings it to school for show and tell, she wins over her whole class and spreads the joy and fun of her Japanese heritage.
Mango, Abuela, and Me
Meg Medina and Angela Dominguez (illustrations)
2015When Mia's grandmother moves in with her family, a language difference proves to be a big barrier to communication. Mia saves the day by coming up with creative ways to interact with her grandma.
Nasreen's Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan
2009Nasreen's grandmother enrolls her in a secret school for girls when her parents are taken by the ruling Taliban party in Afghanistan. Surrounded by other girls learning math, history, and reading, Nasreen blossoms in this beautiful story about the power of friendship and women.
Mama's Nightingale: A Story of Immigration and Separation
Edwidge Danticat and Leslie Staub (illustrations)
2015When Saya's mother is sent to an immigration detention facility, she and her daughter share messages and stories via cassette. Saya's father tries to free her mother, but it is Saya herself who saves the day.
Susan Lynn Meyer and Eric Velasquez (illustrations)
2014Two enterprising young girls won't be stopped by Jim Crow laws. They find a creative way to fix their problem and help fill a need in their community.
This is Sadie
Sara O'Leary and Julie Morstad (illustrations)
2015Sadie has been a mermaid, a sailor, and a fairy tale hero. She fashions her own playscapes, using couch cushions, blankets, and even hammer, nails, and wood. This is a hearty salute to the power of a girl's imagination.
Zephyr Takes Flight
2012Zephyr loves planes; she's going to be a real pilot some day! For now, she flies around the world, taking off from her very own room.
Look for more book lists about women in the next few weeks as we celebrate Women's History Month. Until next time, happy reading!
¹CIA World Factbook