This October, we’re sharing our latest reading recommendations from our Big Sisters and Staff. We invite you to join us in reading about strong powerful women working together, CEO’s, creatives, and historical leaders in the pages of our October Book Club picks.
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
From the worldwide bestselling author of Eat Pray Love and City of Girls: the path to the vibrant, fulfilling life you’ve dreamed of.
Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert’s books for years. Now this beloved author digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering. She shows us how to tackle what we most love, and how to face down what we most fear. She discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives.
Balancing between soulful spirituality and cheerful pragmatism, Gilbert encourages us to uncover the “strange jewels” that are hidden within each of us. Whether we are looking to write a book, make art, find new ways to address challenges in our work, embark on a dream long deferred, or simply infuse our everyday lives with more mindfulness and passion, Big Magic cracks open a world of wonder and joy.
For Ages 13-17
Girl Squads: 20 Female Friendships That Changed History
By: Sam Maggs
Spanning art, science, politics, activism, and even sports, these girl squads show just how essential female friendship has been throughout history and throughout the world! In this hilarious and heartfelt book, geek girl Sam Maggs takes you on a tour of some of history’s most famous female BFFs, including Anne Bonny and Mary Read, the infamous lady pirates; Jeanne Manon Roland and Sophie Grandchamp, Parisian socialites who landed front-row seats (from prison) to the French Revolution; Sharon and Shirley Firth, the First Nations twin sisters and Olympic skiiers; The Edinburgh Seven, the first women admitted to medical school in the United Kingdom; and The Zohra Orchestra, Afghanistan’s first all-female musical group
Fun, feisty, and delightful to read — with empowering illustrations by artist Jenn Woodall — it’s the perfect gift for your best friend
For Ages 9-12
Run The Show Like CEO Oprah Winfrey
By: Caroline Moss
When Oprah Winfrey was a little girl, she watched her grandma hang clothes out on the line. Oprah adored her grandma, but she knew in that moment her life was going to be different… And she was right. In this imaginatively illustrated book, discover how Oprah became a billionaire CEO and media mogul in this true story of her life. Then, learn 10 key lessons from her work you can apply to your own life.
Work It, Girl is an empowering series of biographies featuring modern women in the world of work, from designers and musicians to CEOs and scientists. Brightly colored photo illustrations of 3-D cut paper artwork featuring inspiring quotes from these amazing women bring their stories to vivid life. Learn how to work it as you lay the foundations for your own successful career.
For Ages 6-8
Susan B. Anthony
By: Alexandra Wallner
During Susan B. Anthony’s life, women and men were not considered equal. Women could not own property or vote; nor could they receive good educations. But Susan envisioned a time when women would be treated fairly and so became a voice for change. Her speeches and articles about women’s suffrage made her unpopular — people threw rotten eggs at her and even threatened her life — yet she did not give up.
In clear and simple words and jewel-like paintings, here is the essential story of the woman whose passion for justice led to the passing of the Nineteenth Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.