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Womens Studies Research Guide: Children's and Young Adult Resources

Library resources that support the SCSU Women's Studies Program including material that deals with gender studies and feminism.

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Relevant Children's Award

Jane Addams Children's Book Award

awarded by The Jane Addams Peace Association (JAPA)

Stonewall Book Award

awarded by the American Library Association (ALA)

Non-Fiction Books about Women: their lives, accomplishments, and history

Non-fiction children's and young adult materials are shelved in Buley Library's 3rd floor Curriculum Collection.  Some notable titles are listed below.

Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, spirit of the civil rights movement.  by Carole Boston Weatherford.  The story of civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer, born in 1917, the youngest of twenty children born to sharecroppers in the Mississippi Delta.  Story told with poetry and prose, direct quotes attributed to her throughout.  Includes author's note, timeline, source notes, and selected bibliography.

Claudette Clovin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose From the publisher: On March 2, 1955, an impassioned teenager, fed up with the daily injustices of Jim Crow segregation, refused to give her seat to a white woman on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Instead of being celebrated as Rosa Parks would be just nine months later, fifteen-year-old Claudette Colvin found herself shunned by her classmates and dismissed by community leaders. Undaunted, a year later she dared to challenge segregation again as a key plaintiff in Browder v. Gayle, the landmark case that struck down the segregation laws of Montgomery and swept away the legal underpinnings of the Jim Crow South.  // Based on extensive interviews with Claudette Colvin and many others, Phillip Hoose presents the first in-depth account of an important yet largely unknown civil rights figure, skillfully weaving her dramatic story into the fabric of the historic Montgomery bus boycott and court case that would change the course of American history.

The Firefly Letters: a suffragette's journey to Cuba by Margarita Engle  From the publisher: In this quietly powerful new book, award-winning poet Margarita Engle paints a portrait of early women’s rights pioneer Fredrika Bremer and the journey to Cuba that transformed her life.

Sweethearts of Rhythm by Marilyn Nelson.  From the publisher: In the 1940s, as the world was at war, a remarkable jazz band performed on the American home front. This all-female band, originating from a boarding school in the heart of Mississippi, found its way to the most famous ballrooms in the country, offering solace during the hard years of the war. They dared to be an interracial group despite the cruelties of Jim Crow laws, and they dared to assert their talents though they were women in a ?man?s? profession. Told in thought-provoking poems and arresting images, this unusual look at our nation?s history is deep and inspiring.

Queens of Populists: The Story of Mary Elizabeth Lease by Richard Stiller From the publisher:  ...the first important woman politician in American history, Mary Elizabeth Lease's turbulant career is portrayed against an exciting background of poitical and social unrest."

Women of America Series   Mother Jones, Margaret Sanger, Mary Elizabeth Lease, Rachel Carson, Margaret Chase Smith, Mary Cassatt ...This series of books "presents brief biographies of women who engaged in a vast variety of careers, battles, and enterprises...Rebels, many of them, they were drawn to where the action was in whatever world they moved."

 

 

 


 

Subject specific lists can be generated by doing an "advanced search" of the catalog using keyword "Women" combined with any other term and limiting to "SCSU" and "curriculum centers."  Click below to see the results of certain "canned" searches.

 

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Fiction for and about girls and women

Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai (a novel in verse).  From the publisher: This is the moving story of one girl's year of change, dreams, grief, and healing as she journeys from one country to another, one life to the next.

The Orange Houses by Paul Griffin. From the publisher: Meet Tamika Sykes, Mik to her friends (if she had any). She's hearing impaired and way too smart for her West Bronx high school. She copes by reading lips and selling homework answers, and looks forward to the time each day when she can be alone in her room drawing. She?s a tough girl who never gets close to anyone, until she meets Fatima, a teenage refugee who sells newspapers on Mik?s block. Both Mik and Fatima unite in their efforts to befriend Jimmi, a homeless vet who is shunned by the rest of the community. The events that follow when these three outcasts converge will break open their close-knit community and change the lives of those living in the Orange Houses in explosive and unexpected ways.

Blessing's Bead by Debby Dahl Edwardson.  From the publisher: Nutaaq and her older sister, Aaluk, are on a great journey, sailing from a small island off the coast of Alaska to the annual trade fair. There, a handsome young Siberian wearing a string of cobalt blue beads watches Aaluk “the way a wolf watches a caribou, never resting.” Soon his actions—and other events more horrible than Nutaaq could ever imagine—threaten to shatter her I~nupiaq world. Seventy years later, Nutaaq’s greatgranddaughter, Blessing, is on her own journey, running from the wreckage of her life in Anchorage to live in a remote Arctic village with a grandmother she barely remembers. In her new home, unfriendly girls whisper in a language she can’t understand, and Blessing feels like an outsider among her own people. Until she finds a cobalt blue bead—Nutaaq’s bead—in her grandmother’s sewing tin. The events this discovery triggers reveal the power of family and heritage to heal, despite seemingly insurmountable odds. //  Two distinct teenage voices pull readers into the native world of northern Alaska in this beautifully crafted and compelling debut novel.

The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz.  From the publisher: Inspired by her grandmother's journal, the author brings her sharp wit and keen eye to early twentieth century America in a comedic tour de force destined to become a modern classic...the fourteen year old heroine journeys from the muck of a chicken coop to the comforts of a society household.  The book explores feminism and housework, religion and literature, love and loyalty, cats, hats, bunions and burns.

Authors to Know

Frieda Friedman.   An American author born in 1905 Friedman wrote short, illustrated novels about young girls from working class families.  Titles such as A Sundae with Judy, Carol from the Country, The Janitor's Girl, Ellen and the Gang and Dot for Short were published between 1940 and 1960 but were popular with  "tweens" and young teens through the 1970s.  Her character's families were always supportive and loving.  Most of her stories are set in New York City and two were recognized as honor books in the New York Herald Spring Book Festival in 1947 and 1949.

Lorraine (nee Levey) and Jerrold Beim.  These two Jewish American authors wrote individually but teamed up to publish prolifically for children in the 1940s.  Two is a Team is perhaps the first interracial picture book ever published.  Sugar and Spice broke ground with its publication in 1947 for the way it protrayed young women and sexism.  The Beims' books were often banned for their socially conscious themes of integration, Communist sympathies and tolerance.