Girls Can Do Anything: From Sports to Innovation, Art to Politics, Meet Over 200 Women Who Got There First – by Caitlin Doyle


71faja1wwl   Girls Can Do Anything: From Sports to Innovation, Art to Politics, Meet Over 200 Women Who Got There First – by Caitlin Doyle, Firefly Books, (9781770857704), 2016.

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5:  (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3

Genre:  Non-fiction, Collective Biography

What did you like about the book? Divided into sections on Arts & Literature, Politics & World-building, Science & Innovation, and Sports & Endurance, this upbeat collective biography provides one to two pages of information on over two hundred outstanding women who have contributed in these categories.  The color scheme is attractive and eye=catching. Pages are all light yellow with black type. Depending on the section, accents are red (arts), yellow (politics), blue (science), or green (sports) with plentiful photos, illustrations, and graphics throughout the book. The emphasis is on providing inspiration to the current generation of young women. Includes an extensive bibliography, glossary, and index.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  The entries are brief, so readers must go to other sources to find in-depth information about the women who are profiled.  Note also that in each section, there is a place for readers to write the names of women they themselves admire which could be problematic in a library setting.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Recommend to girls in grade 5 – 7 looking for lists of women trail-blazers.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries.

Where would you shelve it?  Shelve with your other collective biographies.

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  No.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Mary Melaugh, Marshall Middle School Library, Billerica, MA

Date of review:  2/10/17

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