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Dear Friends,
It's March! International Women's Day on March 8 is a favorite holiday of mine, as it coincides with my birthday. So here are three books for girls, and then one for everyone. Each of the three "girl" books really points us to get beyond gender, and just see people as people. First, an out-of-print but fun collection of stories called The Serpent Slayer, where young women slay the dragons. Smarty Marty Steps up Her Game is a book about baseball written by a modern gender-breaker, Amy, a major league sportscaster. Finally, check out Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen, an easy-reader book that breaks with the traditional role of girls. 

A nice collection of inspiring stories, for any culture, any gender, is Flying Lessons and Other Stories, edited by the founder of "We Need Diverse Books." Amen to that!

Have a wonderful reading month.
Laura Duggan

Serpent Slayer and other Stories of Strong Women

Published: 2000
Theme: Women Heroines
Best for: 6-10

“In the dark time of the year, when the days are short and a cold wind blows from the north, a serpent came to live in an old cave on the mountain of Yung Ling…”

From time to time, it’s great to read about a young girl who takes on the challenge of slaying the perennial serpent. This children’s book is a lovely collection of such stories... 
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Smarty Marty Steps Up Her Game

Published: 2017
Theme: Baseball and Women
Best for: 9 to 12

“If she didn’t try announcing the game, she knew she’d regret it… Everyone wanted to be the announcer. It was one of the most important jobs in baseball.”

Gender equality knows no bounds, and Amy G calls on her real-life experience to prove it. Read more ›

Jasmine Toguchi - Mochi Queen

Published: 2017
Theme: Japanese Culture and Girls
Best for: 5-10

“I just had to be able to help make mochi! I need to think of a way to convince my parents. Good think I had the perfect thinking spot…”

Breaking the gender barrier- again, and this time, against the cultural grain
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Flying Lessons and Other Stories

Published: 2017
Theme: Multicultural Stories
Best for: 9-12

“You plead with the guys standing on the sidelines. “You gotta let me play, man. I can ball. I swear.” But these outbursts of self-promotion will fall on deaf ears.”

This collection of short stories is part of the mission for, where every child can see themselves in the pages of a book. A great mission… 
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