October 3, 2022
October – International Day of the Girl
October 11th is dedicated to celebrating the voices and power of girls, championing their rights worldwide, and reflecting on the challenges they continue to face because of their gender. In 2022, we commemorate the 10th anniversary of the International Day of the Girl Child.
Learn about this topic through adult, youth and junior fiction and non-fiction titles. L&A Libraries suggests the following as excellent youth nonfiction reads on this topic:
Following the deaths of his mother and daughter, a village leader gets villagers to plant 111 trees with the birth of every girl in recognition of the value they add to the community.
A True Wonder: The Comic Book Hero Who Changed Everything, Kirsten Larson
A behind-the-scenes look at the creation and evolution of Wonder Woman, the iconic character who has inspired generations of girls and women as a symbol of female strength and power.
An exploration of feminism through the following lenses: identity, justice, education, money, power, health, wellness, freedom, relationships, media, safety, activism, and innovation.
Canadian Women Now + The: More Than 100 Stories of Fearless Trailblazers, Elizabeth MacLeod
Organized by job, this short collection of biographies pairs modern and historical figures in science, the arts, sports, politics, activism, law, business and more. It shows how Canadian women past and present have overcome discrimination to become innovators in their fields.
Fierce: Women Who Shaped Canada, Lisa Dalrymple
The women highlighted in this book performed amazing feats that went unrecognized for centuries. Get to know Marguerite de la Roque, Ttha’naltther, Catherine Schubert, Charlotte Small, Alice Freeman, Lucile Hunter, Ada Annie Jorda, Victoria Cheung, Mona Parsons, and Joan Bamford Fletcher!
See the complete list of suggestions here
Jennifer is a Librarian at the Amherstview Branch of the L&A Libraries. She regularly writes awareness pieces that offer book suggestions relating to important and commemorative days in Canada.