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Rise Up: Strong Female Voices

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From picture books to YA novels, there’s no shortage of Canadian books featuring empowering stories about girls and women.
What's My Superpower?

What's My Superpower?

by Aviaq Johnston
illustrated by Tim Mack
edition:Hardcover

Nalvana feels like all of her friends have some type of superpower. She has friends with super speed (who always beat her in races), friends with super strength (who can dangle from the monkey bars for hours), and friends who are better than her at a million other things. Nalvana thinks she must be the only kid in town without a superpower. But then her mom shows Nalvana that she is unique and special, and that her superpower was right in front of her all along.

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Bloom

Bloom

A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli
by Kyo Maclear
illustrated by Julie Morstad
edition:Hardcover

A dazzling first-person picture book biography of the life of iconic fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli by the award-winning team who created Julia, Child.

Here is the life of iconic fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli, who as a little girl in Rome, was told by her own mamma that she was brutta. Ugly. So she decided to seek out beauty around her, and found it everywhere. What is beauty? Elsa wondered. She looked everywhere for beauty until something inside of Elsa blossomed, and she became an arti …

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When the Rain Comes

When the Rain Comes

by Alma Fullerton
illustrated by Kim La Fave
edition:Hardcover

It is time to plant the rice crop in Malini’s Sri Lankan community, and the little girl is both excited and nervous to help for the first time. What if she does it wrong? Will she be responsible if the crop fails? When the oxcart rumbles in loaded with seedlings, she reluctantly agrees to watch the big, imposing animal while the driver takes a break. Suddenly, the skies go dark with monsoon rain. A flash flood pours down the road, separating Malini from the driver and her family. They are shou …

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Dr. Jo

Dr. Jo

How Sara Josephine Baker Saved the Lives of America's Children
edition:Hardcover

This thoughtful and beautifully illustrated picture book shares the story of a trailblazer who has inspired generations of girls to change the world.

Sara Josephine Baker was a strong girl who loved adventure. Growing up in New York in the late 1800s was not easy. When she lost her brother and father to typhoid fever, she became determined to pursue her dream of becoming a doctor. In Jo's day, medical schools were closed to women, but times were changing, and Jo was at the forefront.

When she gra …

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Isobel's Stanley Cup

Isobel's Stanley Cup

edition:Paperback

More than anything, Isobel Harkness wants to play hockey with her older brothers. But it's 1893, and a lot of people—including her father—think hockey is only for boys. Ignoring her father's wishes, Isobel helps her brothers train for an upcoming game. And she begins to shine on the ice. When she meets Isobel Stanley, one of the first women to play hockey, young Isobel gets some great advice. When Isobel has a chance to skate in a big game with the best of the boys in her neighbourhood, she …

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Stand on the Sky

Stand on the Sky

edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook

A gripping new read from Erin Bow, acclaimed and bestselling author of Plain Kate and The Scorpion Rules!

She had always heard that the eagle chooses the eagle hunter. She wanted that. She wanted her eagle to come to her. To choose her.

It goes against all tradition for Aisulu to train an eagle, for among the Kazakh nomads, only men can fly them. But everything changes when Aisulu discovers that her brother, Serik, has been concealing a bad limp that risks not just his future as the family's leade …

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Shannen and the Dream for a School

Shannen and the Dream for a School

edition:eBook
also available: Paperback

The true story of Shannen Koostachin and the people of Attawapiskat First Nation, a native Cree community in Northern Ontario, who have been fighting for a new school since 1979 when a fuel spill contaminated their original school building. Shannen's fight took her all the way to Parliament Hill and was taken up by children around the world. Shannen’s dream continues today with the work of the Shannen's Dream organization and those everywhere who are fighting for the rights of Aboriginal child …

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The Breadwinner: A Graphic Novel

The Breadwinner: A Graphic Novel

A Graphic Novel
edition:eBook
also available: Paperback Hardcover

This beautiful graphic-novel adaptation of The Breadwinner animated film tells the story of eleven-year-old Parvana who must disguise herself as a boy to support her family during the Taliban’s rule in Afghanistan.

Parvana lives with her family in one room of a bombed-out apartment building in Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital city. Parvana’s father — a history teacher until his school was bombed and his health destroyed — works from a blanket on the ground in the marketplace, reading letter …

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