The Help by Kathryn Stockett G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2009 451 pages Starting with today's post, I've added a new age category: young women. Books under this heading are appropriate for the age group I like to think of as "grown-up girls." They're mature teens and college students, the oldest of the next generation of women. … Continue reading Grown up Girls: The Help
Miss Dorothy and Her Bookmobile by Gloria Houston; ill. by Susan Condie Lamb HarperCollins, 2011 32 pages I love books about books. Or, perhaps more accurately, I love books about people who love books. Partly, I'm just a book geek. Books have been my prime object of fascination since I was a preschooler. It's not … Continue reading Miss Dorothy and Her Bookmobile
Today is International Women's Day, an opportunity to recognize the accomplishments of women and to speak out for gender equality. Given the focus of this blog, I thought it would be appropriate to celebrate the day by suggesting a few ways you can help women and girls at home and around the world. Support Literacy … Continue reading International Women’s Day 2013
Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World by Sy Montgomery Houghton Mifflin, 2012 148 pages Children with autism are (often very obviously) outside the norm in our society, and girls with autism are doubly so. While the CDC estimates that about one percent of children overall have an … Continue reading Temple Grandin
Here Come the Girl Scouts!: The Amazing All-True Story of Juliette "Daisy" Gordon Low and Her Great Adventure by Shana Corey; ill. Hadley Hooper Scholastic, 2012 40 pages I know it sounds curmudgeonly, but kids don't get outside enough these days. We parents are too scared of catastrophe; kids are too enmeshed in devices (also … Continue reading Here Come the Girl Scouts!
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente; ill. Ana Juan Feiwel and Friends, 2011 247 pages Women and girls are survivors. Throughout history, across the world, we've been systematically oppressed, brutalized, and marginalized--yet here we are. We still make up the majority of the world's population. … Continue reading The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
Miss Lady Bird's Wildflowers: How a First Lady Changed America by Kathi Appelt; ill. Joy Fisher Hein HarperCollins, 2005 40 pages Have you ever noticed the wildflowers that grow along the highways in the U.S.? If you're like me, you've probably assumed they're "volunteer" plants, sprouted from seeds dropped there by animals or the wind. … Continue reading Miss Lady Bird’s Wildflowers: How a First Lady Changed America