Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World

by Susan Hood, Selina Alko, Lisa Brown, and Hadley Hooper

Single-page poems relate the remarkable achievements of 14 girls and women who defied... read more

Single-page poems relate the remarkable achievements of 14 girls and women who defied expectations, gender restrictions, racial prejudice, and social bias to make a mark early in their lives. Some names (Ruby Bridges and Frida Kahlo) may be familiar, while others (18th-century firefighter Molly Williams and World War II British secret agents Jaqueline and Eileen Nearne) are likely to be new to most readers. The diversity of the women highlighted—across time, race, class, and achievement—as well as the variety of poetic structures, including acrostic, concrete, and free verse, lend energy to this accessible volume. Each poem is paired with an illustration by a female artist thoughtfully selected to expand the book’s inclusivity. (Ages 7–12)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2019

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