Fearless Females

Biographies, memoirs, and collections of stories by and about fearless females.

Maya Angelou – poet

Life Doesn’t Frighten Me by Maya Angelou, Jean-Michael Basquiat & Sarah Jane Boyers – An empowering poem, written by Angelou with art by Jean Michel Basquiat, about common fears even young children might have and how you can stare fears in the face to overcome them.

Rise!: From Caged Bird to Poet of the People, Maya Angelou by Bethany Hegedus & Tonya Engel – An incredibly beautiful, in both language and illustrations, picture book biography of Maya Angelou told in free verse. There are mentions of trauma and how she rose above it all to become an incredibly powerful woman.

Poetry for Young People: Maya Angelou by Dr. Edwin Graves Wilson Ph.D. & Jerome Lagarrigue – Twenty-five selected poems by Angelou, each accompanied by a brief explanation, words defined, and a painting.

Mary Shelley – author of Frankenstein

She Made a Monster : How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein by Lynn Fulton & Felicita Sala tells the story behind the idea of Frankenstein. It also includes a few details of her early life that help explain her mindset. The illustrations are what make the book. They are somewhat gothic, dark, and ghostly. I was a little creeped out looking at them. Overall, a fantastic book, about a fearless female who broke (or maybe created) the mold.

Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein by Linda Bailey & Julia Sarda – The charming, witty, delicately told life story of Mary Shelly which promotes creativity, and the power of women. The illustrations in this book are fantastically dark and the expressions of the people spot on.

Misty Copeland – Ballerina

Firebird: Ballerina Misty Copeland Shows a Young Girl How to Dance Like the Firebird, by Misty Copeland & Christopher Myers, is the lyrical story of ballerina Misty Copeland helping a young girl build confidence so she too can dance like a star.

Anna Pavlova – Ballerina

Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova by Laurel Snyder & Julie Morstad, a lyrical biography of Pavlova’s life, including how she had tried to get into a ballet school, but was not admitted the first time she tried.

Yayoi Kusama – Artist


LillyBelle: A Damsel NOT in Distress by Joana Pastro & Jhon Ortiz – Lilly Belle, a damsel, attends a school where she is taught that when captured, she should wait to be rescued. However, when she does get captured by a witch, followed by a giant, followed by an ogre, she does not wait at all. In fact, she uses her wits, cooking skills, singing ability, and good manners to rescue herself, and make some new friends in the process.

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