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EARL: Early Childhood Education

This guide is intended for use by students in the ECE program. It includes information for finding children's picture books in the Library collection. Original as published 12/2019

Biographical Picture Books About Girls and Women

Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride

Author: Pam Muñoz Ryan; Brian Selznick (Illustrator)
Published: 1999
Location: Bethlehem
A fictionalized account of the night Amelia Earhart flew Eleanor Roosevelt over Washington, D.C. in an airplane.

Before She Was Harriet

Author: Lesa Cline-Ransome; James E. Ransome (Illustrator)
Published: 2017
Location: Bethlehem & Monroe
"A lush and lyrical biography of Harriet Tubman, written in verse. An evocative poem and opulent watercolors come together to honor a woman of humble origins whose courage and compassion make her larger than life"--Publisher's description.

Dirt on Their Skirts

Author: Doreen Rappaport; Lyndall Callan (Illustrator); Earl Lewis (Illustrator); E. B. Lewis (Illustrator)
Published: 2000
Location: Bethlehem
Margaret experiences the excitement of watching the 1946 championship game of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League as it goes into extra innings.

Hiromi's Hands

Author: Lynne Barasch
Published: 2007
Location: Bethlehem
A biography of Hiromi Suzuki, a Japanese American girl who, with her father's guidance, defies tradition and trains to become a sushi chef at her family's restaurant in New York City.

The Librarian of Basra

Author: Jeanette Winter
Published: 2005
Location: Bethlehem & Monroe
"Alia Muhammad Baker is a librarian in Basra, Iraq. Now war has come, and Alia fears that the library will be destroyed forever ...this true story about a librarian's struggle to save her community's priceless collection of books reminds us all how, throughout the world, the love of literature and the respect for knowledge know no boundaries"--Publisher's description.

Me... Jane

Author: Patrick McDonnell
Published: 2011
Location: Bethlehem
"Holding her stuffed toy chimpanzee, young Jane Goodall observes nature, reads Tarzan books, and dreams of living in Africa and helping animals. Includes biographical information on the prominent zoologist"--Publisher's description.


Author: Carole Boston Weatherford; Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)
Published: 2006
Location: Bethlehem
Describes Tubman's spiritual journey as she hears the voice of God guiding her north to freedom on that very first trip to escape the brutal practice of forced servitude.

Mother to Tigers

Author: George Ella Lyon; Peter Catalanotto (Illustrations)
Published: 2003
Location: Bethlehem
Tells the story of how Helen Frances Theresa Delaney Martini cared for baby zoo animals, started the first zoo nursery and became the first woman zookeeper at the Bronx Zoo.

My Name Is Gabriela/Me Llamo Gabriela

Author: Monica Brown; John Parra (Illustrator)
Published: 2005
Location: Bethlehem & Monroe
Gabriela Mistral loved words, sounds and stories. Born in Chile, she would grow to become the first Nobel Prize-winning Latina woman in the world. As a poet and a teacher, she inspired children across many countries to let their voices be heard.

This Little Trailblazer

Author: Joan Holub; Daniel Roode (Illustrator)
Published: 2017
Location: Bethlehem & Monroe
"This book highlights memorable female trailblazers from history with rhyming descriptions of their accomplishments"--Publisher's description.

Viva Frida

Author: Yuyi Morales (Illustrator); Tim O'Meara (Illustrator)
Published: 2014
Location: Bethlehem & Monroe
"With spare text and vibrant illustrations, this book examines Frida Kahlo's creative process"--Publisher's description. In English and Spanish.

Picture Books About Self-Esteem

Hair Dance!

Author: Dinah Johnson; Kelly Johnson (Contribution by)
Published: 2007
Location: Bethlehem
"Kelly Johnson's stunning photographs of girls wearing a range of hairstyles and the lyrical words of Dinah Johnson's poem celebrate African American hair in all its radiant variety"-- Publisher's description.

I Like Myself!

Author: Karen Beaumont; David Catrow (Illustrator)
Published: 2004
Location: Bethlehem & Monroe
In rhyming text, a little girl expresses confidence and joy in her uniqueness, no matter her outward appearance.

Isabella: Girl on the Go

Author: Jennifer Fosberry; Mike Litwin (Illustrator)
Published: 2012
Location: Bethlehem
"While playing in the backyard, Isabella imagines herself all over the world as a warrior, archaeologist, queen, and astronomer"--Publisher's description.

Keep Climbing, Girls

Author: Beah E. Richards; R. Gregory Christie (Illustrator); LisaGay Hamilton (Introduction by, Intro and Notes by)
Published: 2006
Location: Bethlehem
The only way to make a bid for a girl's equality is to climb right up to the uppermost bough of the very tallest tree. The dynamic ode to girl power was written by noted Afro-American actor, poet and playwright Beach E. Richards.

My Feminist ABC

Author: duopress labs; Irene Pizzolante (Illustrator)
Published: 2018
Location: Bethlehem & Monroe
"In this book, colorful artwork introduces young readers to female and human values, as well as some famous feminists from history"--Publisher's description.

Picture Books about Identity

Book Finder

Children's Literature about Black Girls

A children & youth librarian compiled a list of children's literature about black girls (including picture books/early readers, middle grade, young adult, crossover adult, and graphic novels).

Picture Books about Sex Roles

Picture Books about Girls' Friendships