Women Who Changed the World

With Women’s History Month approaching in March, now is a great time to learn about some extraordinary women who changed the course of history as we know it. Champions of science, art, politics, medicine, education, and so much more, these women challenged societal norms by proving their strength, wit, and perseverance. Explore the list of books below to discover the many life-changing contributions incredible women have made throughout history.

To discover more amazing women who dedicated their lives to challenging the status quo, search our catalog using a combination of subject terms like “women” + “biography” + “juvenile.”

Blumenthal, Deborah.
Fancy Party Gowns: The Story of Fashion Designer Ann Cole Lowe. 2017.
Ann Cole Lowe learned to sew by watching her mother and grandmother work in their family shop. As an African-American woman in early 1900s Alabama, Ann faced constant hardships enacted by a racist society, but she persevered by graduating design school and going on to become an acclaimed designer for some of the country’s most famous women. (She designed First Lady Jackie Kennedy’s wedding dress!)
[SSHEL S-Collection Q. SB. L92129b]

Copeland, Misty.
Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina. 2016.
With a late start to ballet and family drama that relocated her to various homes and schools, Misty Copeland defied all odds by becoming the first female African-American principal ballerina in the American Ballet Theatre’s history. In this autobiography, Copeland discusses her challenging journey to becoming one of America’s most successful ballerinas.
[SSHEL S-Collection SB. C7826c]

Frier, Raphaele.
Malala: Activist for Girls’ Education. 2017.
Incredibly brave and resilient, Malala Yousafzai triumphed over hate and violence when she survived an attempted assassination at the hands of a terrorist group determined to stop women from getting an education. This biography recounts Malala’s miraculous story and how she continues to use her platform to promote equal education for all children around the world.
[SSHEL S-Collection Q. SB. Y82f]

Hopkins, H. Joseph.
The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever. 2013.
A lifelong lover of nature, Katherine Olivia “Kate” Sessions became the first woman to graduate from the University of California with a science degree. Surrounded by pine trees and redwoods her entire life, Katherine was horrified to find a landscape almost entirely void of trees when she moved to San Diego. Determined to bring life back into the dry earth, Kate trailblazed a movement to plant and create beautifully lush parks throughout the city that are still flourishing today.
[SSHEL S-Collection Q. SB. H775t]

Levy, Debbie.
I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark. 2016.
As a young girl, Ruth Bader Ginsburg fought for equality and justice for all. As the second female Supreme Court Justice in American history, she overcame prejudices in the jaded political system and continues to triumph for the inalienable rights of American citizens today. This biography of the “Notorious RBG” will inspire readers of all ages.
[SSHEL S-Collection SB. G493l]

Robbins, Dean.
Margaret and the Moon: How Margaret Hamilton Saved the First Lunar Landing. 2017.
Margaret Hamilton always loved numbers. Her favorite subjects in school were geometry, algebra, and calculus, and she loved using math to solve “real world” problems all around her. Her love of math sent her to the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology and onto becoming one of the key coders for NASA’s most important missions, like putting a man on the moon.
[SSHEL S-Collection Q. SB. H2191r]

Smith, Matthew Clark.
Lighter than Air: Sophie Blanchard, the First Woman Pilot. 2017.
In 18th century France, Sophie Blanchard dreamed of participating in the “balloonomania” craze and taking to the skies in a hot air balloon. Not only did she achieve this dream, but she also became the first woman to ever navigate her own flight completely independently.
[SSHEL S-Collection Q. SB. B6397s]

Stanley, Diane.
Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science: The First Computer Programmer. 2016.
As daughter of the brilliant mathematician Lady Annabella Byron and the famous Romantic poet Lord Byron, Ada Lovelace grew up with an education focused on both the sciences and the liberal arts. Her academically balanced upbringing led Ada to connect both numbers and writing and turn this duo into the first computer program ever written — 100 years before the first computer was even created!
[SSHEL S-Collection Q. SB. L898s]

Stone, Tanya Lee.
Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors?: The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell. 2013.
In the early 19th century, the concept of a “female doctor” was completely absurd. Women were supposed to grow up to be wives, mothers, or teachers. Determined to challenge the status quo and achieve her dream, Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman to graduate from medical school in the United States. As a social reformer and a champion for women in the medical field, she changed the course of medical history forever.
[SSHEL S-Collection Q. SB. B632s]

Weatherford, Carole Boston.
Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement. 2015.
As one of the most resilient and effective voices in the Civil Rights Movement, Fannie Lou Hamer battled horrific racism and violence as she fought for equality throughout her entire life. During the Freedom Summer of 1964, Hamer gave a televised speech during the Democratic National Convention recounting her experience of assault and beatings while imprisoned for protesting. Despite efforts from President Johnson to interfere with its broadcasting, her speech helped spur the nation’s support of the Freedom Democrats.
[SSHEL S-Collection Q. SB. H214w]

New Year, New Hobbies!

With every New Year comes the panic of thinking up New Year’s resolutions that you won’t abandon by the beginning of February. Eating right, exercising more, and drinking more water are always valiant goals, but why not strive for something a little more fun? Adopting new hobbies and learning fun, quirky skills are a great way to shake up your routine at the start of the year. Try starting a blog, learn to create Star Wars-themed origami, or get in touch with nature and visit some national parks and forests. For a bit of inspiration, stop by SSHEL’s S-Collection to find tons of hobby and activity books that are sure to spark your creativity.

To learn more about fun new hobbies, search our catalog by typing the name of the hobby you’re interested in as a subject term and adding “juvenile” as a second subject term.

Angelberger, Tom.
ART2-D2’s Guide to Folding and Doodling. 2013.
Learn to fold Star Wars characters into origami masterpieces with the help of your guide, ART2-D2. Lessons on photography, doodling, writing “cool letters,” and much more are included in the fun activity book perfect for Star Wars fans of all ages.
[SSHEL S-Collection S.745.5 An463a]

Barton, Chris.
88 Instruments. 2016.
Learning a new instrument is a very difficult task, but choosing an instrument to learn can be just as hard! Follow the little protagonist of this story around the music store as he discovers a plethora of exciting instruments he can play.
[SSHEL S-Collection SE. B2854e]

Birley, Shane.
How to Be a Blogger and Vlogger in 10 Easy Lessons. 2016.
If you’ve ever considered joining the wildly popular craze of blogging and vlogging, this book is for you! In just 10 easy lessons, complete with coordinating pictures for each step, you’ll learn tips and techniques to help you create a successful, professional blog.
[SSHEL S-Collection S.006.752 B536h]

Elton, Sarah.
Starting from Scratch: What You Should Know about Food and Cooking. 2014.
Learn about all things food and cooking in this fun and educational book designed for young chefs and foodies. Discover information about the global migration of certain ingredients, the chemistry of specific cooking techniques, and so much more. This is a great place to start if you’re new to cooking or looking to dive deeper into the culinary world.
[SSHEL S-Collection S.641.3 El85s]

Flaherty, Somer.
The Book of Styling: An Insider’s Guide to Creating Your Own Look. 2012.
Complete with crucial tips on how to avoid or recover from a fashion emergency, this book discusses the evolution of style through the decades. Learn tips and tricks that will help you develop your own unique sense of style for all occasions and body types.
[SSHEL S-Collection S.646.308352 F597b]

Harvey, Karen.
Face Painting. 2015.
Try your hand at face painting with the help of this guide that will inspire your creative side. With a difficulty rating between 1 and 5 assigned to each painting, this activity book is full of fun ideas for themed painting designs and techniques for people with every level of artistic ability.
[SSHEL S-Collection S.745.5 H2626f]

Kenney, Sean.
Building Amazing Creations: Sean Kenney’s Art with LEGO Bricks. 2017.
Enjoy acclaimed artist Sean Kenney’s LEGO masterpieces as you flip through this book of unbelievable LEGO creations. Organized by theme, such as transportation, animals, cities, and more, this book offers visual entertainment and design inspiration for ambitious LEGO enthusiasts.
[SSHEL S-Collection Q. S.745.5928 K395b]

Russo, Monica.
Treecology: 30 Activities and Observations for Exploring the World of Trees and Forests. 2016.
Young nature enthusiasts will love learning about and exploring all things trees while scavenging through this colorful, interactive book. It’s filled with activities, suggestions for nature hunts, information about tree anatomy and forest preservation, and careers in conservation.
[SSHEL S-Collection Q. S.582.16078 R921t]

Verde, Susan.
I am Yoga. 2015.
Discover the calming practice of yoga as you flip through this beginner’s guide filled with colorful illustrations of easy poses. A delightful read for beginning yogis of any age!
[SSHEL S-Collection SE. V583i]

Woodcock, Jon.
Coding Projects in Scratch. 2016.
This book acts as a fun, easy, visual guide for kids to learn how to code their own computer games and programs. From a personalized birthday card to a dancing dinosaur, kids will become enamored with the possibilities of Scratch programming suggested in this guide.
[SSHEL S-Collection S.005.133 W853c]

Unique Board Books for the Littlest Readers

Ideal for tiny hands and ever-growing minds, board books teach young children basic reading concepts while entertaining them with bright colors, charming characters, and quirky plots. Often popular as alphabet books, board books have recently entered a popular new market of introducing fun, silly, sometimes outrageous topics to the littlest readers. Peruse the list below to discover books on rocket science, politics, dinosaurs, and even Scottish-themed weather vocabulary. Happy learning!

To find more board books in our collection, please use the library catalog to search the subject terms “board book” and “juvenile.”

Ferrie, Chris.
Rocket Science for Babies. 2017.
Simple, colorful spreads introduce young readers to basic concepts of lift and thrust. Though this book may be more charming for adults than babies, it promotes the idea that it’s never too early to start learning about aerospace engineering
[SSHEL S-Collection S.621.4356 F416r]

Holub, Joan.
This Little President: A Presidential Primer. 2016.
Even the youngest patriots can learn about America’s ten most influential presidents featured in this playful board book. The book ends with a final spread featuring all of the U.S. presidents.
[SSHEL S-Collection S.973.099 H747t]

Idle, Molly.
Flora and the Chicks. 2017.
Acclaimed artist Molly Idle breaks into the world of board books with this charming counting book. Featuring fold out pages, this interactive book uses adorable chicks to help youngsters practice their number concepts.
[SSHEL S-Collection SE. Id4flc]

Jenkins, Steve.
1-2-3 Dinosaurs Bites! A Prehistoric Counting Book. 2012.
Learning to count has never been so fun! With fun dinosaur facts and pictures on each page, this book helps emerging readers learn about counting with help from their favorite prehistoric animals.
[SSHEL S-Collection SE. J4182o]

Jullien, Jean.
Before & After. 2017.
Filled with two-frame narratives of “before-and-after” images, this clever book introduces the idea of cause and effect with satisfying results for each pair of bright and colorful illustrations.
[SSHEL S-Collection S.155.413 J948b]

McLelland, Kate.
My First Scottish Weather. 2017.
With adorable, eye-catching images and simple words on each page, this book teaches basic weather terms with a quirky Scottish twist.
[SSHEL S-Collection SE. M2245mfsw]

Mühle, Jörg.
Bathtime for Little Rabbit. 2017.
Little Rabbit is a reluctant bath time participant and needs your help to get him ready for bed. Grab a towel and get ready to lather, rinse, and dry off this furry little friend.
[SSHEL S-Collection SE. M893b:E]

Perkins, Chloe.
Snow White. 2016.
The classic story of Snow White is delightfully reimagined with a new Japanese twist in this fairy tale board book series Once Upon a World. The plot stays true to the original tale, but the environment and style offer a fresh perspective.
[SSHEL S-Collection S.398.2 P4192s]

Picasso, Pablo.
Birds & Other Animals. 2017.
This early concept book combines acclaimed artist Pablo Picasso’s single-line sketches of animals with easy-to-read words and short sentences to teach animal recognition and introduce children to the world of fine art.
[SSHEL S-Collection SE. P581b]

Tallec, Olivier.
Who Done It? 2015.
An adorable “first detective” book for young readers, this board book asks children to analyze characters on each page and use context clues to discover “who done it.” An entertaining, interactive read for all ages.
[SSHEL S-Collection Q. SE. T1449q:E]

Pop-Up and Movable Books

Originally created and used by scientists, artists, and scholars as early as the 13th century, pop-up and movable books are now associated with children’s literature and entertainment. Pop-up books weren’t actually designed for or popular with children until well into the 19th century. Nowadays, however, these fun, interactive books engage kids and adults alike. Reimagined interpretations of classics like Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar and C. S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia show narratives that quite literally jump off the pages. Check out the list below to discover more masterfully crafted pop-up books that will entertain you for hours.

Because these materials are so fragile, they are kept in non-circulating collections. To find pop-up books, please visit our Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RBML), located in room 346 on the third floor of the Main Library, or request materials from our Rare Book Oak Street Library (RBOS) collection at 809 South Oak Street in Champaign. Please request materials ahead of time through the library catalog.

To find more children’s pop-up and movable parts books, please search the library catalog using subject terms like “pop-up book” and “juvenile” or “movable book” and “juvenile.”

Carle, Eric.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Pop-Up Book. 2009.
Created in celebration of the book’s 40th anniversary, the pop-up version of The Very Hungry Caterpillar brings to life the ambitious, every-growing little caterpillar’s journey to becoming a beautiful butterfly.
[RBOS Q. SE. C1922v2009]

Carter, David A.
Winter: A Pop-Up Book. 2015.
A winter wonderland jumps off the pages of this delightfully colorful book. Watch as bright red cardinals, majestic deer, and other animals journey their way through fresh snow in the forest.
[RBOS SE. C245wi]

Graham, Ian.
Solar System: A Journey to the Planets and Beyond. 2007.
Experience the mysteries of the solar system as you embark on a 3-D tour of planets, stars, asteroids, and more. Be sure to wave to the International Space Station and Apollo 11 as you travel by.
[RBOS Q. S.523.2 G7604s]

Grey, Mini.
Jim, Who Ran Away From His Nurse, and Was Eaten by a Lion. 2010.
A colorful adaptation of Hilaire Belloc’s darkly funny cautionary tale of a young boy named Jim who disobeys his nanny and meets his fate in the face of a lion. Not for the faint of heart, this tale is great fun for anyone with a unique sense of humor.
[RBOS Q. SE. J5641]

Jenkins, Martin.
Titanic. 2007.
Experience the Titanic as you’ve never seen it before. Complete with diagrams, historical photos, and striking illustrations, this version of the Titanic’s fateful tale offers readers a chance to explore the “unsinkable ship” in 3-D.
[RBML Q. S.910.91634 J417t]

Maizels, Jennie.
Pop-Up London: Full of Flaps, Facts and Dramatic Pop-Ups. 2012.
Follow the River Thames as it winds through the dazzling city of London. Travel across the London Bridge, pop by Buckingham Palace, whisper inside St. Paul’s Cathedral, and immerse yourself in the beautiful, historic city.
[RBOS Q. S.942.1 M2881p]

Moerbeek, Kees.
Aesop’s Fables: A Pop-Up Book of Classic Tales. 2010.
Watch as characters from these beloved Aesop’s fables, including favorites like “The Tortoise and the Hare” and “The Lion and the Mouse,” literally leap off the pages in this collection of selected tales.
[RBOS S.398.20938 M7229a]

Pease, Pamela.
Pop-Up Tour de France: The World’s Greatest Bike Race. 2009.
Ride alongside bikers as they race through the beautiful country of France. Learn how professional cyclists train, strategize, and prepare themselves for one of the most challenging and revered bike races in the world.
[RBOS Q. S.796.620944 P325p]

Reinhart, Matthew.
Dragons and Monsters. 2011.
Prepare to find werewolves, dragons, vampires, and more mythical creatures lurking inside the pages of this book. While a rare sighting of Bigfoot may excite you, be sure to stay alert and avoid eye contact with the temptress Medusa.
[RBOS S.398.469 R275d]

Sabuda, Robert.
The Chronicles of Narnia: Pop-Ups. 2007.
Acclaimed pop-up book artist Robert Sabuda reimagines C. S. Lewis’s beloved series for younger readers. With each spread dedicated to one of the seven books in the series, this pop-up adventure is perfect for young readers to explore the magical world of Narnia alongside the Pevensie children.
[RBML S. Sa139c]

Strange and Creepy Grimm Brothers’ Fairy Tales

Largely thanks to Disney, most people associate classic fairy tales, like Rapunzel and Sleeping Beauty, with happiness, love, and heart-warming nostalgia. Beautiful princesses, dashing princes, delightfully evil stepmothers, and comedic sidekicks appear in almost every Disney movie and book. Though these cheerful adaptations are most popular today, many of the stories actually originated from the darkly brilliant minds of two German brothers in the 1800s: Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. The Grimm Brothers collected and wrote hundreds of fairy tales—many far-fetched and downright creepy. Perfect for Halloween, the fairy tales listed below are sure to delight fans of magic, suspense, and surprising endings.

To find more fairy tales by the Grimm Brothers, search the library catalog using subject terms similar to “Grimm Brothers” or “Grimm fairy tales” and limit your search to the Social Sciences, Health, and Education library for easy browsing. You can also stop by the S-Collection and browse the S.398.2 section to find even more delightful folk and fairy tales.

Babbitt, Natalie.
Ouch! A Tale from Grimm. 1998.
In this twist on a rags to riches story, young Marco’s ordinary life completely changes when he suddenly becomes king. Though his new life seems charmed, Marco encounters strange obstacles on his path to royalty, like traveling to hell and interacting with the devil’s surprisingly sweet and helpful grandmother.
[SSHEL S-Collection Q. S.398.2094302 B113o]

Geringer, Laura.
The Seven Ravens. 1994.
When a peasant’s wife delivers the couple’s 12th child, they are both delighted to see they finally gave their 11 sons a sister. After an unfortunate series of events, however, the peasant ends up cursing his sons and turning them into ravens. When the single daughter finally gains health and grows up, she goes on a quest to find her brothers and turn them human again.
[SSHEL S-Collection Q.SE. G315S]

Grimly, Gris.
Gris Grimly’s Tales from the Brothers Grimm. 2016.
This selection of the Grimm Brothers’ tales doesn’t shy away from the dark, creepy, and sinister elements present in the original stories. Vivid illustrations highlight each story’s whimsically terrifying twists and turns.
[SSHEL S-Collection S.398.20943 G882k:E]

Heyer, Marilee.
Iron Hans. 1993.
When a young prince encounters an encaged wild, iron-skinned man in the forest by his castle, the two form an unlikely friendship. The prince sets Iron Hans free, and in return, Iron Hans tells the prince he can call on him for assistance whenever he needs it. When the prince sets out to win the hand of a princess in a nearby kingdom, Iron Hans follows through with his promise and the two men learn about each other’s true selves.
[SSHEL S-Collection Q.SE. H514I]

Kimmel, Eric.
Nanny Goat and the Seven Little Kids. 1990.
Before Nanny Goat leaves to fetch food at the market, she warns her seven young children to beware of any strangers who try to enter their home. The kids obey at first, but soon an evil wolf disguised as Nanny Goat tricks the kids into opening the door and gobbles them up right away. With a few household items, Nanny Goat attempts to save her children and teach the wolf a fateful lesson.
[SSHEL S-Collection Q. SE. K571n]

Manheim, Ralph.
Grimms’ Tales for Young and Old. 1977.
As a complete translated collection of the Grimm Brothers’ 210 fairy tales, this massive books boasts over 600 pages of twisted tales written and recorded by the brothers. From classics like “Rapunzel” and “Rumpelstiltskin” to lesser known tales like “The Mouse, the Bird, and the Sausage” and “The Girl Without Hands,” this extensive volume offers stories for readers of all ages and interests.
[SSHEL S-Collection S.398 G88GT]

Pacovska, Kveta.
Hansel & Gretel. 2016.
This stunning retelling of Hansel and Gretel features striking illustrations done by renowned artist Kveta Pacovska. Pacovska’s vibrant, modern art style adds drama and emotion to this suspenseful tale, creating an even more thrilling journey for the two young protagonists.
[SSHEL S-Collection Q. S.398.2 H198h2016]

Tan, Shaun.
The Singing Bones: Inspired by Grimms’ Fairy Tales. 2016.
Striking images of original sculptures created by Shaun Tan accompany short excerpts from reimagined Grimm Brothers’ fairy tales in this collection of stories. Longer descriptions of the stories are included in the back of the book for anyone unfamiliar with some of the lesser known Grimm tales.
[SSHEL S-Collection S.398.210943 T1535si]

Zelinsky, Paul.
Rumpelstiltskin. 1986.
A young maiden is forced by the king to spin straw into beautiful golden thread. When she cries out in distress, a tiny man appears and offers to help her as long as she gives him something in return. When the maiden runs out of gifts, the tiny man makes her promise to give him her firstborn child. Horrified but desperate, she agrees, and her promise leads the two characters down a path full of trickery and despair.
[SSHEL S-Collection S.398.2109 Z37R]

Zipes, Jack.
The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm. 2014.
Over 500 pages long, this lengthy eBook offers the collection of tales published in the Grimm Brothers’ two-volume first edition. This first edition contained some of the brothers’ strangest and boldest stories before the pair started censoring their work in later collections. These 156 translated fairy tales are sure to provide nearly endless hours of entertainment to the truest Grimm fans.

Nonfiction Books for Fiction Lovers

Most people who have a favorite genre of literature tend to stay within those friendly, familiar confines when choosing new books to read. From romances to murder mysteries to science fiction, the opportunities to get lost in a great novel are endless. The most popular genres, however, are often fiction, and many people don’t want to give nonfiction literature the time of day. Considered “boring” and “dry,” nonfiction books have gotten a bad rap for years. Things have certainly changed though. Nonfiction books are just as bright, colorful, and engaging as fiction now! Ranging from beautifully illustrated picture books to fast-paced novel-like biographies, nonfiction reads can delight even the most dedicated lover of fiction.

To find more entertaining nonfiction books, please search our online catalog using subject terms like “nonfiction” and “juvenile” or “biographies” and “juvenile.” We have an amazingly vast collection of engaging and informative books sure to spark your interest.

Corey, Shana.
The Secret Subway. 2016.
It’s 1860s New York City and the city that never sleeps has a problem: the streets are constantly jammed with people, buggies and animals. It’s dangerous to even try to cross Broadway Street! One brilliant inventor, Alfred Ely Beach, concocts a plan to build an underground train system that runs on air pressure — the first ever “subway.” Though his plan doesn’t come to full fruition, Beach’s “railroad of the future” delights and inspires New York citizens.
[SSHEL S-Collection Q. S.388.42097471 C8129se]

Heiligman, Deborah.
Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers. 2017.
Immerse yourself in the fiercely loyal, exciting, and loving relationship the famous Van Gogh brothers shared. Based on 658 letters that Vincent wrote Theo throughout their lives, this story of brotherly love (and struggle) reads with all the gravitas of a classic dramatic novel. At over 400 pages, this book might seem overwhelming, but the fascinating lives of Theo, the art dealer, and Vincent, the famous Post-Impressionist artist, are sure to captivate readers.
[SSHEL S-Collection S.759.9492 H3636v]

Lewis, John.
March: Book One. 2013.
In the first installment of this gripping graphic novel trilogy, Congressman John Lewis recounts his childhood and the events that led to his courageous involvement in the start of the Civil Rights Movement. From a life-changing meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to the creation of the Nashville Student Movement to the famous nonviolent lunch counter sit-ins, this novel poignantly details the incredible strength and resilience of so many people involved in the fight for equality in America.
[SSHEL S-Collection S.741.5973 L5873m]

Orgill, Roxane.
Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph. 2016.
In 1958 when Esquire magazine decided to publish an issue that would be a “salute to American jazz,” graphic designer Art Kane concocted a plan to gather as many famous jazz musicians as he could and photograph them together in front of a Harlem brownstone. Kane didn’t have a great camera, an organized plan, or any idea if anyone would actually show up. Thanks to his tireless efforts and perhaps a bit of luck, he captured one of the most famous images of America’s “jazz greats.” Told through a collection of poems that lead to a full page, pull-out spread of Kane’s actual photograph.
[SSHEL S-Collection Q. S.811 Or398j]

Sheinkin, Steve.
The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights. 2014.
During World War II at a Navy base called Port Chicago in San Francisco Bay, young African American men risked their lives transporting ammunition and massive bombs to and from U.S. military ships. Every single day they worked these men lived in fear of making one wrong movement and blowing up the entire Navy base. Then one day, tragedy struck. Check out this book for a thoroughly-researched and emotionally evocative telling of one of the most crucial civil rights struggles in America’s military history.
[SSHEL S-Collection S.940.545308996 Sh42p]

Stanley, Diance.
Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science: The First Computer Programmer. 2016.
Ada Byron, daughter of famous poet Lord Byron, always let her imagination take her on wonderful adventures. As a young girl, she created an instruction manual to help humans create their own wings to fly. As she got older, she continued to use her brilliance (which flourished as she received a “world-class scientific education”) to help Charles Babbage create the first ever computer program in the 1840s.
[SSHEL S-Collection Q. SB. L898s]

Steptoe, Javaka.
Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. 2016.
As a young child, Jean-Michel Basquiat spent most of his time admiring the beauty and the art of the world that surrounded him. The son of warm, creative parents who nurtured his inner artist, Jean-Michel spent his tragically short life doing what he loved most: creating unique paintings and art pieces that expressed who he was and how he interpreted his surroundings. Illustrations that echo Basquiat’s personal style perfectly complement this biography of an incredibly talented young man.
[SSHEL S-Collection SB. B316s]

Stone, Tanya Lee.
Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream. 2009.
It’s 1960s America and the fight for women’s rights and gender equality doesn’t just apply to land anymore. When Randy Lovelace, a chairman at NASA, starts the Woman in Space program to prove that women are equally as capable of becoming successful astronauts as men, 13 courageous women rise to the immensely difficult social, physical, and mental challenges that are required to break the ultimate glass ceiling. Constantly faced with extreme backlash from beloved American heroes, fellow females in the field, and even the President of the United States, these women never let their spirits falter as they strive to change the world.
[SSHEL S-Collection S.629.450092 St724a]

Sweet, Melissa.
Some Writer! The Story of E. B. White. 2016.
Illustrated and formatted as a colorful scrapbook, this book tells the exciting story of author Elwyn Brooks (E. B.) White’s life using copies of White’s own personal letters, pictures, and ephemera. With an idyllic childhood and supportive parents, E. B.’s creative mind flourished during his annual family trips to Belgrade Lakes, Maine where he realized he wanted to dedicate his life to writing. Follow White on his journey from being a journalist for the New Yorker to an acclaimed children’s author.
[SSHEL S-Collection SB. W583sw]

Turner, Pamela S.
Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune. 2016.
Learn about the utterly thrilling life of young Samurai warrior Minamoto Yoshitsune in this epic novel-like biography. As a young boy, Minamoto is separated from his family and ordered to live in a monastery. He is small, skinny, and hasn’t had any martial arts training, but Minamoto doesn’t let this hold him back from escaping the monastery, battling bitter rivals, becoming a famous war hero, and experiencing fatal love.
[SSHEL S-Collection SB. M6634t]

Weatherford, Carole Boston.
Freedom in Congo Square. 2016.
Written in poetic couplets, this breathtaking picture book depicts enslaved Africans counting down the gruesome weekdays until they can congregate in New Orleans’ Congo Square on Sundays. As Sundays were the only day New Orleans slaves were allowed to take time off, many ventured to an open space called Congo Square to sing, dance, play music, sell goods, and socialize with friends.
[SSHEL S-Collection Q. S.976.335 W3784f]

Take a Deep Breath: Facing Back-to-School Anxiety

And just like that, summer vacation is coming to an end once again. After months of fun in the sun, it’s time for kids to head back into the classroom and kick off a new school year. Between new teachers, new classmates, and new coursework, it’s no surprise kids get overwhelmed about starting a new grade. Whether students are just starting kindergarten, moving up to middle school, or just don’t want to leave the comforts of home yet, SSHEL has plenty of books to help them feel less afraid and less alone. Back-to-school anxiety is incredibly common, and the characters in the books below sure understand how scary a new school year can be. Browse this list to help discover ways for students to discuss and cope with their anxieties.

To find more books about back-to-school anxiety or anxiety in general, use the library catalog to search subject terms like “anxiety” and “juvenile” or “school anxiety” and “juvenile.”

Boldt, Mike.
A Tiger Tail (Or What Happened to Anya on Her First Day of School). 2016.
The first day of school can be scary enough on its own, so when Anya wakes up sporting a striped tiger tail, she doesn’t know what to do. Will the other students make fun of her? Is she even allowed to go to school anymore? Should she just run away and join the circus? Find out what happens to Anya as she faces many new life challenges.
[SSHEL S-Collection Q. SE. B63772t]

Hartt-Sussman, Heather.
Noni is Nervous. 2013.
Noni worries about almost everything: global warming, making new friends, etc. She especially worries about attending the first day of school. When Noni makes a new, outgoing friend, however, she learns that friendship can help her feel more comfortable and help her control her anxiety.
[SSHEL S-Collection SE. H258nn]

Huber, Mike.
Mama’s Gloves. 2014.
Esteban loves doing fun activities at school, but he can’t help that he still misses his mom every day. He knows she’ll always pick him up from school with two kisses and a hug, but he doesn’t mind keeping her gloves with him during the day to remind him of her constant love.
[SSHEL S-Collection SE. H8624m]

Kraulis, Julie.
Whimsy’s Heavy Things. 2013.
Little Whimsy is constantly weighed down by her many anxieties. She tries to hide them in a tree, sweep them under the rug, and sail them off to the sea, but they always find a way to creep back into Whimsy’s life. After countless struggles, Whimsy learns ways to control her anxieties and even become inspired by them.
[SSHEL S-Collection SE. K867w]

Moss, Wendy.
School Made Easier: A Kid’s Guide to Study Strategies and Anxiety-Busting Tools. 2014.
If you’ve ever felt nervous before a big test, spent all night trying to finish last-minute assignments, developed butterflies in your stomach during a presentation, or felt overwhelming stress just trying to make it through the school day, this book is for you! Full of fun strategies to help cope with school stresses and anxieties, this book will become any student’s new best friend.
[SSHEL S-Collection S.371.30281 M855s]

Portis, Antoinette.
Kindergarten Diary. 2010.
When Annalina’s mom tells her she has to start “big kid” school, Annalina isn’t too happy about it. To help ease Annalina’s nerves, her mom suggests that she keep a diary about her time in kindergarten. By recording the ups and downs of her school days, Annalina realizes that kindergarten can actually be a fun place to attend.
[SSHEL S-Collection Q. SE. P836k]

Quakenbush, Robert.
First Grade Jitters. 2010.
A young boy explains everything he’s worried about regarding the first day of first grade. What if his friends from kindergarten aren’t in his class? What if his teacher speaks a totally different language? What if he’s supposed to already know arithmetic and spelling? With some reassurance from his friends, he lets his worries subside and actually gets excited to start a new grade.
[SSHEL S-Collection SE. Q21f2010]

Vail, Rachel.
Justin Case: School, Drool, and Other Daily Disasters. 2010.
Much to his dismay, Justin is about to start third grade. He is so not looking forward to starting school because he doesn’t have the teacher he wanted, he and his best friend aren’t in the same class, his little sister is starting kindergarten at his school, and he still can’t find his lost favorite stuffed animal. It’s all too much for one kid to handle. Join Justin as he navigates the new, daunting school year and learns that third grade might not actually be so scary.
[SSHEL S-Collection S. V1933ju]

Vivat, Booki.
Frazzled: Everyday Disasters and Impending Doom. 2016.
Abbie Wu is starting middle school and quickly spiraling into crisis mode. Her family just doesn’t get her and she seems to be the only one of her friends who doesn’t have a particular passion in life. Add to that the typical awkwardness of becoming a middle schooler and you’ve got the recipe for a perfect, pre-teen disaster. When trouble in the cafeteria sparks, however, Abbie discovers she just might have a knack for leadership after all.
[SSHEL S-Collection S. V837fr]

Wright, Michael.
Jake Starts School. 2008.
It’s Jake’s first day of school. Ever. And he’s pretty nervous to spend the entire day away from mom and dad. To help ease him into the life of a student, Jake’s parents sit with him in his classroom all day and watch the other students learning and playing. All three are worried that Jake will never be able to attend school alone, but Jake’s teacher has a few excellent tricks up her sleeve to coax him away from his parents.
[SSHEL S-Collection SE. W934ja]

Zuppardi, Sam.
Jack’s Worry. 2016.
Jack loves playing the trumpet and can’t stop practicing for his first ever concert. As the big day draws near, however, Jack starts feeling a looming presence in his life: a Worry. No matter where Jack goes, his Worry follows, and it just gets bigger and bigger until Jack finally learns how to destress and confidently face the fear of trying new things.
[SSHEL S-Collection SE. Z87j]

Travel Books and Guides for the Perfect Vacation (or Staycation)

Whether you’re planning a grand adventure this summer or snuggling in to your favorite couch at home, SSHEL has the perfect selection of travel books and guides that will let you explore new cities, states, and countries. From Ancient Rome to Paris to New York City, these travel guides and adventure books will help you discover the wonders of some of the most exciting cities in the world! Whether you want to get lost while sightseeing in a new city or get lost in a wonderful new book, these book selections are sure to entertain travelers far and wide.
To find more books about new cities and travelling, use search terms similar to “travel” and “juvenile” or “guide” and “juvenile.” You can search for books about specific cities and countries, too! Just remember to add the term “juvenile” to find children’s literature.
Bon voyage!

Barter, James.
A Travel Guide to Shakespeare’s London. 2003.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in 16th Century London? Use this guide to learn about the best pubs, inns, shopping centers, and attractions to visit in Shakespeare’s London. Use the schedule of carriages to plan a trip to visit neighboring cities like Bath or Bristol.
[SSHEL S-Collection S.942.105 B281t]

Bowers, Viven.
Hey Canada! 2012.
Follow Alice, Cal, and Gran as they take a wild coast-to-coast road trip across Canada. The group of travelers visit every province, territory, and capital city in the country, and learn a ton of fun facts about every place they stop. Alice and Cal document their trip with blog posts, tweets, and comic strips about the history of the land.
[SSHEL S-Collection Q. S.971 B67h]

de Brunhoff, Laurent.
Babar’s Guide to Paris. 2017.
Babar’s daughter, Isabelle, is planning a trip to Paris, so Babar offers advice on how to navigate and best enjoy the dazzling French city. From choosing the right café to seeing Monet paintings in the Orangerie to enjoying a night at the opera, Babar helps Isabelle plan the perfect Parisian experience.
[SSHEL S-Collection Q. SE. B835bgp]

Egan, Tim.
Dodsworth in Tokyo. 2013.
Learn about Japanese customs while sightseeing in Tokyo with Dodsworth and his friend, the duck. See what mischief the duck gets himself into while visiting Yoyogi Park, the Tokya Tower, the Museum of the Imperial Collections, and much more. Will the duck behave himself enough to earn some wagashi, traditional Japanese desserts?
[SSHEL S-Collection SE. Eg14dt]

Falconer, Ian.
Olivia Goes to Venice. 2010.
Olivia’s family decides to take a spring vacation in Venice. Olivia quickly falls in love with the beautiful city (especially the gelato). From gondola rides to sightseeing to feeding pigeons, Olivia wears herself out exploring this city of canals.
[SSHEL S-Collection Q. SE. F1821olv]

Jakobsen, Kathy.
My New York. 2003.
Follow Becky and her best friend Martin around their favorite New York City sites. Get a true insider’s perspective on the bustling city that never sleeps. Becky takes you from her favorite ice-cream shop in Chinatown to her favorite step at the New York Public Library to Radio City Music Hall, the site of her first ever cab ride without her parents. You’ll feel like a true New Yorker by the time you finish this delightful book.
[SSHEL S-Collection S.974.7 J213m]

Jakobsen, Kathy.
My Washington, DC. 2016.
After travelling with them to New York, follow Becky and Martin to Washington DC and explore the grand monuments and buildings in our nation’s capital. Becky will show you the Library of Congress, the National Archives, the National Museum of History, the Lincoln Memorial, and so much more. You’ll learn fun facts about each monument as you travel through the city.
[SSHEL S-Collection Q. S.975.3 J213m]

Kimmelman, Leslie.
Everybody Says Shalom. 2015.
Filled with sparse text and beautiful images, this book lets you explore beautiful Israel while learning when and where to use the Hebrew greeting “Shalom.” A colorful and informative index of all of the locations shown is included in the back of the book.
[SSHEL S-Collection Q. S.915.69404 K571e]

Malam, John.
Ancient Rome. 2007.
Travel back 1,700 years and take in the ancient city of Rome when it was at the height of power. Learn where to stay, what food to eat, what clothes to wear, and what to do for fun. Be sure you stay out of trouble, however, because Roman law is strict and punishing. If you’re lucky, you might even get to meet a famous gladiator during your travels!
[SSHEL S-Collection S.937 M291a]

Rubbino, Salvatore.
A Walk in London. 2011.
Join the narrator and her mother on a walking tour of the exciting city of London. You’ll pass Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, the Tower of London, and so much more! You’ll encounter museums, cafes, and local Londoners during your journey.
[SSHEL S-Collection Q. S.942.1 R821w]

Sasek, M.
This is Paris. 2004.
Travel through Paris while exploring the beautiful sites and sounds of the city. Wander through lush “jardins,” walk past the Eiffel Tower, and meet some local Parisians on your tour of one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Sasek’s classic children’s guide of Paris is updated with modern facts about the monuments and other features of the city.
[SSHEL S-Collection Q. S.914.4 Sa7t2004]

A Summer of Movement and Mindfulness

Summer vacation is a great time to finally relax from the stress of the school year. After a year of homework and tests, kids deserve a break. It’s easy to fall into a routine of playing video games and eating junk food, however, and no one wants to turn into a couch potato by the middle of June! Staying active during the summer months is crucial for mental and physical health, and it can be a great way to socialize with old and new friends. From joining a local sports club to going for walks on a beautiful summer evening to practicing indoor yoga when it’s a little too hot outside, staying active in the summer can be easy and fun! Check out the list of books below to help inspire your summer exercise goals. Your mind and body will thank you.
To find more children’s books about exercising or meditating, please use the online catalog and search subject terms similar to “exercise” and “juvenile” or “meditation” and “juvenile.” Happy searching!

Beliveau, Kathy.
The Yoga Game by the Sea. 2014.
Written in charming rhymes, each page offers readers a riddle to determine the next yoga pose. Full of delightful, “beachy” illustrations, this book teaches children easy and relaxing beginner yoga poses.
[SSHEL S-Collection SE. B4126y]

Burstein, John.
A Million Moves: Keeping Fit. 2008.
Follow Lucas as he attempts to get in shape for the President’s Challenge, a fitness test required by his school’s gym class. With the help of narrator “Slim Goodbody,” Lucas learns how to develop a healthy diet and live an active lifestyle. After exercising and strengthening his body for 10 weeks, Lucas is ready to complete the President’s Challenge.
[SSHEL S-Collection S.613.71 B949m]

Carle, Eric.
From Head to Toe. 1997.
Complete with Eric Carle’s signature illustrations, this book teaches children an early lesson on different parts of the body and how to move them to stay healthy. With the help of colorful animals that inspire fun exercises for kids, this book is a great way to teach kids the importance of exercising and adopting a healthy lifestyle early in life.
[SSHEL S-Collection Q. SE. C1922f]

Cronin, Doreen.
Stretch. 2009.
This book is a fun, whimsical read that introduces the concept of movement to young readers. By prompting readers to “stretch with me,” the book encourages children to keep their bodies active and flexible.
[SSHEL S-Collection SE. C8811st]

Holsonback, Anita.
Monkey See, Monkey Do: An Animal Exercise Book for You! 1997.
While reading fun rhymes about different animals in the wild, readers are prompted to mimic each animal’s signature move. Whether you stomp like an elephant or hop like a frog, this book is sure to entertain while getting your blood flowing.
[SSHEL S-Collection Q.SE. H741V:E]

Maze, Stephanie.
Keeping Fit from A to Z = Mantente en Forma de la A a la Z. 2014.
Follow along with the alphabet and learn English and Spanish vocabulary focused on fun activities for all ages and interests. Both languages are equally presented alongside colorful pictures of each activity. Examples of fun indoor and outdoor games are included in the back of the book.
[SSHEL S-Collection Q. S.613.7042 K255]

Murphy, Stuart J.
Happy, Healthy Ajay. 2012.
Ajay wants to become healthier and stronger so he can keep up with his friends while playing tag. He learns that eating healthy snacks and meals, playing outside for exercise, and drinking lots of water help him feel healthier and happier.
[SSHEL S-Collection SE. M957ha]

Pittar, Gill.
Milly, Molly and the Tree Hut. 2003.
Milly and Molly’s friend Maxter spends all of his time watching TV. One day, his mother shoos him outside so that he can get some much-needed exercise, but Maxter doesn’t know how to exercise. Milly and Molly convince him to build a tree house in his backyard, and once he sees how fun the project is, Maxter realizes he doesn’t want to waste his time watching TV anymore.
[SSHEL S-Collection SE. P686mt]

Rockwell, Lizzy.
The Busy Body Book: A Kid’s Guide to Fitness. 2004.
By celebrating the amazing things the human body can do, this book teaches children about the different components and functions of the body, like the skeletal, muscular, and digestive systems. This book promotes play, exercise, adequate water intake, and rest.
[SSHEL S-Collection Q. S.612 R594b]

Russo, Brian.
Yoga Bunny. 2017.
Bunny tries to convince his friends to practice yoga with him, but they’re all too busy. Bunny doesn’t let this deter him, however, and continues his deep breathing and yoga poses. As his friends see how relaxed Bunny looks, they decide to give yoga a try after all.
[SSHEL S-Collection SE. R9216y]

Stewart, Whitney.
Meditation is an Open Sky: Mindfulness for Kids. 2015.
This wonderful book teaches kids different meditation practices for different scenarios and feelings. If you’re feeling distracted, look for the meditation practice about focus and clarity. If you’re feeling upset, use the practice for controlling “bursting emotions” and help calm your mind. This book acts as a reassuring friend who offers great advice on how to become more relaxed and mindful.
[SSHEL S-Collection S.158.12 St499m]

Van Genechten, Guido.
Max Exercises. 2008.
Max leads his group of friends in some fun outdoor exercises. Starting with basic stretches and ending with an impressive pyramid, Max and his friends learn that being active together is a great way to stay healthy and have fun.
[SSHEL S-Collection SE. G286m:E]

I Can’t Eat That! Promoting National Food Allergy Awareness Week

The week of May 14th-20th marks the 20th Food Allergy Awareness Week started by Food Allergy Research Education (FARE). To raise awareness of the growing issue of food allergy developments, especially in young children, the list of books below offers delicious, allergy-free recipes and fun, relatable stories that teach kids and adults alike how to safely offer an inclusive food environment at schools, parties, and community gatherings. Between gluten, dairy, nut, soy, and many other food allergies, kids can find it difficult and frustrating to live with such restrictions on their diets. Thankfully, awareness of these allergies is growing and more companies and restaurants are creating products, cookbooks, and meals that help accommodate all diets. Whether you have a child with a food allergy or you’re simply hoping to learn more about them, the list of books below will help educate and hopefully inspire you to raise awareness and make the culinary world a more inclusive place for everyone.

Corn, Tori.
Dixie Wants an Allergy. 2014.
On Dixie’s first day of school, she learns about her fellow classmate’s various food allergies. One classmate gets to order special meals at restaurants due to her wheat allergy. Another student talks about his trip to the emergency room when he accidentally ingested dairy. Dixie becomes jealous of the special treatment these students receive and wishes she could have a food allergy, too, but she soon learns that food allergies certainly aren’t always fun to live with.
[SSHEL S-Collection SE. C8143di]

Fliess, Sue.
A Gluten-Free Birthday for Me! 2013.
A birthday party isn’t complete without cake, but what happens when the birthday girl is allergic to gluten? The birthday girl and her mother don’t see this as a problem at all and make a delicious gluten-free chocolate cookie-crumble cake that can be enjoyed by everyone.
[SSHEL S-Collection SE. F643g]

Gleeson, Erin.
The Forest Feast for Kids: Colorful Vegetarian Recipes that are Simple to Make. 2016.
Written by best-selling author Erin Gleeson, this gorgeously illustrated cookbook offers simple and delicious vegetarian recipes for kids. Complete with beautiful watercolors hand painted by the author and recipes based on a wholesome, plant-based diet, this cookbook is sure to please any vegetarian chef.
[SSHEL S-Collection Q. S.641.5636 G479f]

Gordon, Sherri Mabry.
Peanut Butter, Milk, and Other Deadly Threats: What You Should Know About Food Allergies. 2006.
This book offers explanations and first-person accounts of common food allergies that affect more than 11 million people in the United States. From peanut to milk to wheat allergies, the book offers helpful advice, warnings, and support for those afflicted by or parents of children afflicted by a food allergy.
[SSHEL S-Collection S.616.975 G658p]

Howe, James.
Horace and Morris Say Cheese (Which Makes Dolores Sneeze!). 2009.
Dolores and her friends enjoy spending time doing what they love most: eating cheese! But one day, Dolores has an allergic reaction and discovers that she can no longer eat cheese. Deeply upset, Dolores struggles to find new foods that can replace the cheese she so dearly loves. She soon discovers a knack for creating new, cheese-less recipes that teach her to enjoy eating again.
[SSHEL S-Collection SE. H838hor]

Koster, Gloria.
The Peanut-Free Café. 2006.
For Simon and most of the students at Nutley School, peanut butter is a staple during lunchtime. But when new student Grant shows up to Nutley and explains his peanut allergy, problems arise. The students decide to open a “Peanut-Free Café” to include Grant during lunchtime and learn that there’s more to life than peanut butter.
[SSHEL S-Collection Q. SE. K8481p]

Kruszka, Bonnie J.
Eating Gluten-Free with Emily: A Story for Children with Celiac Disease. 2004.
Emily, a five-year-old girl, starts feeling pain and discomfort whenever she eats, but she can’t understand why. She is soon diagnosed with Celiac Disease and learns what living a “gluten-free lifestyle” means. Though she finds the new diet challenging at times, Emily learns how to enjoy gluten-free food, how to express her frustrations with her parents, and how to continue enjoying her life as a fun-loving girl who just happens to have some dietary restrictions.
[SSHEL S-Collection S. K946e]

Miller, Edward.
The Monster Health Book: A Guide to Eating Healthy, Being Active & Feeling Great for Monsters & Kids! 2006.
With a charming monster as its main character, this book helps teach kids the importance of eating healthy and staying active. By explaining the food pyramid, healthy alternatives to junk food, common food allergies, and healthy body image, this book is the perfect guide to help kids adopt a healthy lifestyle.
[SSHEL S-Collection Q. S.613.7 M613m]

Ware, Cheryl.
Venola the Vegetarian. 2008.
Seventh grader Venola is already starting her year with some big changes: her mom is pregnant, her role model is sick, and a particularly eye-opening science class inspires her to become a vegetarian. Venola navigates middle school as best as she can and teaches herself how to prepare healthy, delicious vegetarian meals for herself and her growing family.
[SSHEL S-Collection S. W22v]

Zevy, Aaron.
No Nuts for Me. 1995.
Follow young Noah around during a typical week of school, shopping with mom, and attending a friend’s birthday party. As you learn about his life, you’ll also learn about his nut allergy. Noah explains to readers that he has to be very careful about the food he eats and he always carries his EpiPen with him. His assures the reader that his allergy doesn’t stop him from having fun, though!
[SSHEL S-Collection S.616.975 Z61N]