Picture Book Biographies about Trail-Blazing Women!

America's Champion Swimmer: Gertrude Ederle, by David Adler
When women were told to stay home, Gertrude Ederle beat the men's record for swimming the English Channel.

Emma's Poem: the voice of the Statue of Liberty, by Linda Glaser
Emma Lazarus, deeply moved by the struggles of immigrants, wrote a sonnet that gave a voice to the Statue of Liberty, defining us as a nation that welcomed immigrants. 

Hillary Rodham Clinton: Dreams Taking Flight, by Kathleen Krull
Hillary Rodham followed her dreams and became an inspiration to people of all ages. 

I Could Do That!: Esther Morris Gets Women the Vote, by Linda Arms White
Esther Morris, a hatmaker, wife, mother, pioneer, and activist, was instrumental in getting the vote for women in Wyoming.

Just Being Audrey, by Margaret Cardillo
Audrey Hepburn might have been a movie star, but she learned early on that true kindness is the greatest measure of a person. 

Mermaid Queen: The Spectacular True Story of Annette Kellerman, Who Swam Her Way to Fame, Fortune Swimsuit History!, by Shana Corey
Confronting a crippling illness and many naysayers, Annette Kellerman became a world-famous athlete and the inventor of water ballet.

Mighty Jackie: The Strike-Out Queen, by Marissa Moss
Women were banned from playing baseball after 17 year-old Jackie Mitchell struck out Babe Ruth. 

Miss Moore Thought Otherwise: How Anne Carroll Moore Created Libraries for Children, by Jen Pinborough
Anne Carroll Moore created the first children's room at the New York Public Library where children could read and borrow books. 

Miss Rumphius, by Barbara Cooney
Alice Rumphius scattered Lupine seeds everywhere she went to make the world a more beautiful place. 

Night Flight: Amelia Earhart Crosses the Atlantic, by Robert Burleigh
Amelia Earhart was only the second person and the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic. 

Nothing but Trouble: The Story of Althea Gibson, by Sue Stauffacher
Althea Gibson started out as a tomboy who was "nothing but trouble" and became the first African American to win the Wimbledon Tennis Championship.

Queen of the Track: Alice Coachman Olympic High-Jump Champion, by Heather Lang
Alice Coachman overcame poverty, gender barriers, and racial discrimination and became the first African American woman to win an Olympic gold medal.

The Watcher: Jane Goodall's Life with the Chimps, by Jeanette Winter
Jane Goodall spent years in the African forests studying chimps and worked tirelessly to protect these endangered primates and their habitats.

Tillie The Terrible Swede: How One Woman, a Sewing Needle, and a Bicycle changed History, by Sue Stauffacher
Tillie Anderson didn't care that bicycles weren't for ladies; she became the women's bicycle-riding champion of the world.

What To do About Alice?: How Alice Roosevelt broke the rules, charmed the world, and drove her father Teddy crazy!, by Barbara Kerley
Alice Lee Roosevelt didn't care about societal expectations—she turned every new experience into an adventure.

When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson, by Pam Munoz Ryan
Marian Anderson, rejected at music schools and venues because of her race, sang her way to a historic concert at the Lincoln Memorial that drew an integrated crowd of over 75,000. 

Who Says Women Can't be Doctors?: The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell, by Tanya Lee Stone
Elizabeth Blackwell never took no for an answer and proved that women could be doctors, too. 

Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World's Fastest Woman, by Kathleen Krull
Wilma Rudolph overcame polio and gender discrimination to win three gold medals at the 1960 Olympics in Rome.