Like a Girl

By Lori Degman (Author), Mara Penny (Illustrator)


Pub Date 8/13/2019

ISBN 9781454933021

Format Hardcover Picture Book



Like a Girl

by Lori Degman, Mara Penny
Create, prevail, change the world . . . like a GIRL! This celebration of international girl power honors a multitude of women who made a difference.

“As an introduction to women's power and possibilities, this choice rises above the rest.” —Kirkus
Once upon a time, “like a girl” was considered an insult. Not anymore! In art, aviation, politics, sports, every walk of life, girls are demonstrating their creativity, perseverance, and strength. From civil rights activist Rosa Parks, who stood up for her beliefs by staying seated, to astronaut Sally Ride, who soared to the skies, the 24 women profiled here took risks, acted up, broke barriers, and transformed the world. With its simple yet powerful text, this book will inspire young women everywhere.   

Subjects include:
Rosa Parks * Mother Teresa * Malala Yousafzai * Ruby Bridges * Helen Keller * Tammy Duckworth * Wilma Rudolph * Temple Grandin * Frida Kahlo * Zaha Hadid * R.J. Palacio * Maya Angelou * Amelia Earhart * Bessie Coleman * Sally Ride * Mae Carol Jemison * Simone Biles * Gail Devers * Babe Didrikson Zaharias * Gertrude Ederle * Jane Addams * Irena Sendler * Wangari Maathal * Harriet Tubman
“Twenty-four women leaders are pictured as models of working ‘like a girl’ in this rhyming inspirational poem. The endpapers present the multicultural roster of talented, hardworking women and girls, all apparently cis, depicted in grayscale portraits with their names below their pictures. Each page holds one line of a rhyming couplet with one woman at work in illustrations composed of strong shapes and vivid colors. ‘Stand up like a girl, by refusing to stand’—Rosa Parks sits calmly on an (empty) bus, looking out at readers; ‘Stand up like a girl, by extending your hand’—Mother Teresa offers a bowl of rice to three children of different races. Malala Yousafzai raises a fist in the air, holding a ‘Resist’ sign and surrounded by other feminist signs at a protest march; the young Ruby Bridges stands facing a crowd with calm dignity, with the text ‘keep on going; persist.’ Leaders who overcame challenges, such as Hellen Keller and Tammy Duckworth, ‘prevail like a girl.’ Artists, architects, and writers like Frida Kahlo and Zaha Hadid all ‘create like a girl.’ Pilots and astronauts ‘soar,’ athletes ‘train,’ philanthropists and activists ‘change the world like a girl.’ Minibiographies at the end of the book introduce the major accomplishments of each featured leader, helping this book to double as a fun read-aloud and an informative lead-in to further research. As an introduction to women's power and possibilities, this choice rises above the rest. (bibliography)” —Kirkus

“Degman overturns the negative connotations associated with the phrase ‘like a girl’ by highlighting the lives and work of iconic female figures. Degman includes Amelia Earhart, Rosa Parks, and Harriet Tubman as well as lesser-known figures, among them Bessie Coleman, the first Native and African-American female pilot; Gertrude Ederle, the first woman to swim the English Channel; and architect Zaha Hadid. Degman repeats the title in the context of each figure’s accomplishments: ‘Change the world like a girl, from the land to the sea,’ she writes of Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai, who appears planting trees. Penny works in stylized collages that distinctively capture the likenesses of the women, who encompass people of varying backgrounds and abilities. In final spreads, Degman invites readers to be curious, ask questions, ‘and discover the ways.’” —Publishers Weekly

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Lori Degman is the author of the award-winning picture books 1 Zany Zoo and Cock-a-Doodle Oops! as well as Just Read (Sterling) and other books for children. Lori was a teacher of the deaf and hard-of-hearing and is now a full-time author. She lives in Vernon Hills, IL, with her family. Visit her at
Mara Penny studied both interior design and jewelry design in college. She is the illustrator of The Practical Witch’s Spell Book (Running Press). She lives with her family in Oakland, CA.

Title Details

Pages 40 pages, all in color

Trim 10 x 10 x 0 Inches

Territories World

Category History & Biography | Picture Books

Age Range 4 to 8

Carton Quantity 24

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