[BHE 200] Launch of March-April Reading Theme: Fearless Females and Courageous Women

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Myra here.

This Sunday is extra special as we are launching our new reading theme this March-April 2016: Fearless Females and Courageous Women. It was back in 2012 when we had our Girl Power Reading Theme, so we thought it’s about time we highlight and celebrate womanity again in literature.

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Special thanks once again to the immensely talented Iphigene for coming up with this gorgeous poster. The female portrait is a pencil drawing done by Iphigene. The whole poster was completed using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.

Essentially, we are looking for the following books:

  1. Books written by or about strong girls, women, females
  2. Books with female protagonists/antagonists – or simply, unforgettable female characters in books
  3. Female poets or poems celebrating womanity

Girl-Power Themed Books from the Library

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The Stranded Whale by Jane Yolen and illustrated by Melanie Cataldo, Anna’s Heaven by Stian Hole

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Sleep Like A Tiger by Mary Logue and illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski, Advice To Little Girls by Mark Twain and pictures by Vladimir Radunsky

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Ask Me by Bernard Waber and illustrated by Suzy Lee, Suki’s Kimono by Chieri Uegaki and Stéphane Jorisch, The Only Child by Guojing

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Malala/Iqbal by Jeanette Winter

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The Watcher: Jane Goodall’s Life with the Chimps by Jeanette Winter, Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors: The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell by Tanya Lee Stone and Marjorie Priceman

Books Scavenged from my Own Shelves

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Eleanor Quiet No More by Doreen Rappaport and Gary Kelley, Rachel Carson and Her Book that Changed The World by Laurie Lawlor and Laura Beingessner, The Fossil Girl: Mary Anning’s Dinosaur Discovery by Catherine Brighton

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My Big Sister Can See Dragons by Rocky Sanchez Tirona and Liza Flores

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Dangerously Ever After by Dashka Slater and Valeria DocampoInterstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood and Meg Hunt, The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch and Michael Martchenko

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Immi by Karin Littlewood, Not My Girl by Christy Jordan-Fenton, Margaret Pokiak-Fenton, and Gabrielle Grimard.

Book Riot Read Harder Challenge 2016

Here are the books that I am reading for the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge which also coincides with our reading theme:

Read a biography (not memoir or autobiography).

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Untamed: The Wild Life of Jane Goodall by Anita Silvey

Read a book of historical fiction set before 1900.

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Sorcery & Cecilia or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer

Read a non-superhero comic that debuted in the last three years.

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El Deafo by Cece Bell (borrowed from NIE Library). I like how this contemporary graphic novel published in 2014 played around with the concept of super hero but is technically not about superheroes – and yes it won the Newbery – and also happens to be Cece Bell’s debut comic.

Read a nonfiction book about feminism or dealing with feminist themes.

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Black Milk: On Motherhood and Writing by Elif Shafak

Read a food memoir.

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Aphrodite by Isabel Allende

Do you have any recommended titles for us? What are some of your favourite books that highlight fearless females and courageous women?

  1. I recently finished The Method by Shannon Kirk. The female protagonist is a BADASS. I also recommend I Call Myself A Feminist: The View from Twenty-Five Women Under Thirty 😀

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  2. Great theme! I am excited for the next two months! 🙂

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