Rad Women! Nasty Women! Brilliant Women!

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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about women.  Specifically, how so many incredibly brave, brilliant, talented, strong-willed women trail blazed, made incredible sacrifices, stood up for what was right.  These are the women I want to be teaching my daughters about – these are the women I want to be reading about.

So with that said here are two phenomenal books that you will want to add to your shelves immediately.

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Rad American Women A-Z by Kate Schatz and art by Miriam Klein Stahl (City Lights, 2015) and was instantly all over social media for the amazing content as well as the incredibly  rad art that go along with the pictures.  We picked this beauty up at Powell’s in Portland and fell hard for these miniature biographies.  This book focuses on 26 women who made a big impact on the United States.  These women come from all over the US, from all different backgrounds; but they have one astounding thing in common, they all stood up and made a contribution a difference.

  • Carol Burnett
  • Florence Griffith-Joyner
  • The Grime Sisters
  • Nellie Bly
  • Patti Smith
  • Sonia Sotomayor
  • Ursula K. LeGuin
  • Virginia Apgar

I love the selection of women that they have chosen for this book.  These are 26 fun snapshots into the lives of these amazing women.  Teachers, this would be a  book to add to your shelves for biography units, although they aren’t what I would call traditional biographies there are facts that would be perfect for a report or paper.

Not to mention, the art for this book is so vibrant.  It looks gorgeous on a shelf and is eye-catching for sure.  This book is perfect for grade 5 and up.

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Rad Women Worldwide: Artists and Athletes, Pirates and Punks, and Other Revolutionaries Who Shaped History (Ten Speed Press, 2016) is the next installment of rad women we’ve been waiting for.  This book covers women from every continent, starting with ancient Mesopotamia moving to present day.  The biographies in this book are fantastic and again are little one page (sometimes more) biographies of incredible women who have changed the world in wonderful amazing ways.  Here are just a few of the incredible women features in this book.  Again you have stunning art to go along with the mini biographies.

  • Malala Yousafzai (Pakistan)
  • Hatshepsut (Egypt)
  • Frida Kahlo (Mexico)
  • Guerrilla Girls (USA)
  • Grace “Granuaile” O’Malley (Ireland)
  • Marie Curie and Irene Joliot-Curie (France)
  • Maria Montessori (Italy)

This book covers 40 heroic women and their lives.  It is a mixed group of remarkable women, some you may be familiar with others, who perhaps will be new and inspiring to you.  This book is geared for older kids, upper elementary and up.

Bloggers Note: I received Rad Women Wordlwide from Blogging for Books for this review.  However, the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

Think Happy

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Think Happy by Karen Salmansohn (Ten Speed Press, 2016) in this book you will find a collection of fifty inspirational sayings that are sure to bolster your confidence, raise your happiness quota and help your overall mood.  This is a really fabulous book that not only looks amazing on the shelf or coffee table, but has really inspiring pep talks that are sure to help you support yourself or others.  Karen Salmansohn is a happiness guru, and it is quite clear that she is extremely passionate about helping others to attain happiness.

I am a huge fan of quotes and have many books dedicated to the wise words of others and this book will fit perfectly into this category.  A place where you can look and find sage advice to help move you from whatever place you may find yourself.

These are the perfectly motivational, inspiring, mood-lifting topics you will find:

  • Five things to say when starting something new
  • Five things to say when feeling grumpy
  • Five things to say when dealing with a major challenge
  • Five things to say when faced with failure
  • Five things to say to improve your self-love life
  • Five things to say when dealing with toxic people
  • Five things to say when you feel stressed out
  • Five things to say when looking for and maintaining love
  • Five things to say when you need to forgive and forget
  • Five things to say to motivate yourself to go for your dreams

Let’s also take a moment to discuss the art that is within these pages, I would be lying if I didn’t say when I opened this book part of me wanted to figure out how to get these inspiring words into frames and on my walls.  They are brilliant little reminders to strive for greatness, to let the small stuff go, to focus on what really matters.  This book is so aesthetically pleasing – I love the quirky art that accompanies each inspirational quote.  This book would be a perfect gift for a book loving friend, someone who needs more happy in their lives and well of course the perfect book to treat yourself.

I had never heard of Karen Salmansohn before reading this book and now I must confess, I want to read anything and everything I can find written by her.  Ms. Salmansohn has written quite a few books about happiness and inspirational teachings:

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Blogger Note: I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review; however the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

A Tribute to Women in Science

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Women in Science – 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World by Rachel Ignotofky (Ten Speed Press, 2016) is a book that is so beautifully illustrated you will have to read it multiple times to see all of the intricate details.  You absolutely need to get your hands on this book right now!  Seriously, it is by far one of the most swoon worthy books I have seen to date.  It is simply put – gorgeous!  Not only is this book beyond amazingly illustrated, it is filled with so many glorious facts and mini biographies that you will be sure to learn new facts about some of the most important women in science.
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We are living in a very exciting time right now in children’s books, we are seeing so many new, innovative books celebrating the genius of women.  This book is a perfect example of what I am talking about, Rachel Ignotofksy has created a book that is as much for a petites bedtime story, as it is a middle schoolers science project reference, or possibly a lovely book to sit on your coffee table and read at your leisure.
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These mini biographies are just enough to get your petites a thorough understanding of these incredibly smart and talented women.  The little facts and bits of interesting trivia that surround the biographies are so much fun to read.  My daughters have been listening intently to life and accomplishments of these brilliant women with loads of questions about how they got to be so smart, brave, courageous and adventurous.
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When you give your petites quality books to read and listen to there is only one consequence, you will fill their minds with all the possibilities.  You will give them ideas about what they can strive to do to make the world a better place.  This book does just that, it celebrates women who have made remarkable contributions to not only the world, but to the scientific community.
These women are truly role models for every single young girl who has ever had a dream – this book belongs in every classroom, in every library, in every petites hands.  Eventhough now more than ever children have the potential to be anything they want, there are still too many young girls who believe that their dreams are only dreams.  This book, in my opinion, sets out to change that.  By making these stories known, we can encourage our girls to dream big and to believe that they can accomplish anything.
Bloggers Note:
All Images Reprinted with permission from Women in Science Copyright © 2016 by Rachel Ignotofsky. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.  All thoughts and opinions shared within this post are my own.