Biography

Girls with Guts!: The Road to Breaking Barriers and Bashing Records by Debbie Gonzales

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Back of Book:
A celebration of the strength, endurance, and athleticism of women and girls throughout the ages, Girls With Guts! keeps score with examples of women athletes from the late 1800s up through the 1970s, sharing how women refused to take no for an answer, and how finally, they pushed for a law to protect their right to play, compete, and be athletes.

My Review:
Debbie Gonzales created a wonderful look at many of the prominent figures in sports who paved the way for changes in sports. The story showcases women in several different countries who fought in all aspects of sports. The text also discusses the barriers and discrimination that occurred within the sports world. I was surprised that it took until the 1970s for laws to be passed to ban discrimination for female athletes. The text is rich with detail but written in a way that readers can understand, and enjoy. The illustrations by Rebecca Gibbon are detailed and bright. The back of the book has an amazing timeline that shows women’s sports as well as an author note from Debbie about “playing like a girl” this is such a terrific nonfiction biography. I learned so many new things and cannot wait to share this in my classroom this year.
Ages 6 and up
32 Pages

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