Women making history
For Women's History Month, new books for young readers look at women in American history.
Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies (Harper) by Cokie Roberts, illustrated by Diane Good, focuses on women who were prominent in Revolutionary times, including Abigail Adams, Deborah Read Franklin and Phillis Wheatley.
Pure Grit: How American World War II Nurses Survived Battle and Prison Camp in the Pacific (Abrams) by Mary Cronk Farrell tells the little-known story, in words and photographs, of the heroic women who were serving in the Philippines when Japan invaded.
A Woman in the House (and Senate): How Women Came to the United States Congress, Broke Down Barriers, and Changed the Country (Abrams) by Ilene Cooper, illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley, tells the stories of the first woman in Congress — Jeannette Rankin in 1917 — and those who have followed her.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor