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Children's Nonfiction Politics & Government

An Equal Shot

How the Law Title IX Changed America

by (author) Helaine Becker

illustrated by Dow Phumiruk

Henry Holt and Co.
Initial publish date
Feb 2021
Politics & Government
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2021
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3


"The book we needed right now." —Betsy Bird, A Fuse #8 Production
Helaine Becker's An Equal Shot is a nonfiction picture book introduction to the history and importance of Title IX as civil rights legislature, featuring illustrations by Dow Phumiruk.
You’ve likely heard of the law Title IX. It protects the equal rights of students, athletes, and professionals in America regardless of gender. But do you know about the women who fought to enact this new law?
Here is the rousing account of how Title IX was shaped at the hands of brave politicians who took risks to secure women’s dreams and their futures under the Constitution. From the creative team that brought you Counting on Katherine and told in simple, commanding prose, An Equal Shot celebrates the power of words to defend and unite vulnerable people.
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About the authors


Helaine Becker
est l'auteure de nombreux livres jeunesse primés. Elle a écrit plus de 80
livres, dont Raconte-moi les graphiques : L'histoire de William Playfair et
l'album illustré à succès Un porc-épic dans un sapin. Helaine
habite à Toronto, en Ontario.


HELAINE BECKER is the author of numerous of books of fiction and non-fiction for children, among them the best-selling A Porcupine in a Pine Tree and its sequel, Dashing Through the Snow: A Canadian Jingle Bells, The Haunted House That Jack Built and Little Jack Horner, Live from the Corner. Her books have won the Silver Birch Award and the CBA Libris Award and have been shortlisted for the Red Cedar, the Hackmatack and the Rocky Mountain awards. Helaine lives in Toronto with her family. Visit her at

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Dow Phumiruk was born in Bangkok, Thailand, and came to live in the United States when she was about three years old. She loves children and sharing stories. Dow has been a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators since 2011. She’s the author of picture book Mela and the Elephant and the illustrator of Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13. She also illustrated Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines, which received starred reviews, was a Junior Library Guild Selection, and was featured on many best books of 2017 round-ups. Dow is a pediatrician who lives with her husband and children in Colorado. They own a dwarf rabbit, a bearded dragon, and a chubby hamster.

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Editorial Reviews

A 2022 Texas Topaz Nonfiction Reading List Selection
"Provides a look at the fundamental nature of the law. The back matter features additional information, including portraits of the heroes in Congress who fought for the passage of Title IX, details regarding the progress made and the work to be done for full equality, and resources for further exploration. A recommended addition that expands awareness of the full impact of Title IX." —School Library Journal
"Becker ably explains to readers that Title IX is about more than just giving girls and women the ability to play sports. . .Both an easy-to-read introduction and a powerful reminder that we must always fight for equality." —Kirkus Reviews

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