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About Ann Malaspina
Born in Brooklyn, NY, Ann Malaspina began her writing career as a newspaper reporter in Boston. Her books for children have been recognized with the ALA's Amelia Bloomer List, Paterson Prize for Books for Young People, Picture Book Award from the Asian Pacific American Library Association, International Reading Association, Horace Mann Upstanders Book Awards, lists of state reading associations, and Reading Rainbow. She has an M.F.A. in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and lives with her family in New Jersey.
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Top 10 on the 2013 Amelia Bloomer list
A nonfiction story about suffragist Susan B. Anthony's first trip to the ballot box.
On November 5, 1872, Susan B. Anthony made history--and broke the law--when she voted in the US presidential election, a privilege that had been reserved for men. She was arrested, tried, and found guilty: "The greatest outrage History every witnessed," she wrote in her journal. It wasn't until 1920 that women were granted the right to vote, but the civil rights victory would not have been possible without Susan B. Anthony's leadership and passion to stand up for what was right.
CCBC Choices 2013
2014-2015 Children's Crown Award
2013-2014 Macy's Multicultural Collection of Children's Literature
2015 Louisiana Readers' Choice Master List
A 2013 CBC/NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People
2013 Amelia Bloomer list
2013 IRA-CBC Children's Choices
Best Children's Books of the Year 2013, Bank Street College
Tells how Alice Coachman, born poor in Georgia, became the first African American woman to win a gold medal at the Olympics.
Bare feet shouldn't fly. Long legs shouldn't spin. Braids shouldn't flap in the wind. 'Sit on the porch and be a lady,' Papa scolded Alice. In Alice's Georgia hometown, there was no track where an African-American girl could practice, so she made her own crossbar with sticks and rags. With the support of her coach, friends, and community, Alice started to win medals. Her dream to compete at the Olympics came true in 1948. This is an inspiring free-verse story of the first African-American woman to win an Olympic gold medal. Photos of Alice Coachman are also included.