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Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World

Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World

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A stellar ensemble of picture book creators—all women—join together to celebrate a sampling of history’s young female revolutionaries. This is the ideal introduction for the next generation of tenacious trailblazers.

Fresh, accessible, and inspiring, Shaking Things Up introduces fourteen revolutionary young women who, through determination and perseverance, sparked change in the world. Each accomplished woman and her short, poetic biography is matched with work from an award-winning illustrator: two-time Caldecott winner Sophie Blackall takes on heroic World War II spies Eileen and Jacqueline Nearne; Caldecott Honor–winning Oge Mora presents brave Ruby Bridges; Selina Alko is matched with the courageous Malala Yousafzai; New York Times bestselling illustrator Emily Winfield Martin is paired with the inventor of the controversial one-piece bathing suit, Annette Kellermann; and Shadra Strickland introduces America’s first known female firefighter, Molly Williams.


  • First known female firefighter in the US, MOLLY WILLIAMS
  • Paleontologist MARY ANNING, who discovered a complete dinosaur fossil at age thirteen
  • Undercover journalist and record-breaking around-the-world-traveler NELLIE BLY
  • Author, puppeteer, and first Puerto Rican librarian in NYC, PURA BELPRÉ
  • Champion athlete and inventor of the modern swimsuit, ANNETTE KELLERMANN
  • World-famous artist and cultural icon FRIDA KAHLO
  • World War II spies who parachuted into Nazi-occupied France, sisters EILEEN and JACQUELINE NEARNE
  • Civil rights pioneer RUBY BRIDGES
  • Anti-hunger activist and author of Diet for a Small Planet, FRANCES MOORE LAPPÉ
  • First female African American astronaut, MAE JEMISON
  • Architect and designer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, MAYA LIN
  • Teen who pioneered cancer research at age seventeen, ANGELA ZHANG
  • Activist for girls’ education and youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, MALALA YOUSAFZAI

Shaking Things Up includes an author’s note from award-winning author Susan Hood, a timeline, and additional resources.

Illustrators include: Selina Alko, Sophie Blackall, Lisa Brown, Hadley Hooper, Emily Winfield Martin, Oge Mora, Julie Morstad, Sara Palacios, LeUyen Pham, Erin Robinson, Isabel Roxas, Shadra Strickland, and Melissa Sweet.