Stories tell about Sir Francis Drake and his famous voyage, but fewer tell about the real reason behind the trip: attacking and looting Spanish towns and ships! This high-interest graphic novel explores Drake’s pirate side, nicknamed El Draque, or the Dragon, by the Spanish. Stunning full-color illustrations detail the early days of Drake’s piracy through his knighthood from Queen Elizabeth herself. Maps, additional facts, and a timeline make this an engaging introduction to the Queen’s favorite pirate.
Disguised as a man, Mary Read set sail from Holland in the 1700s. Her thirst for adventure led her into daring acts, from cannonfire-filled raids to heroic duels. This graphic title traces Read’s life from her early days in the military to her adventures on the high seas as a privateer, mutineer, and feared pirate. Engaging dialogue and detailed illustrations draw readers in, while quotes, a map, and a timeline add historical context. Readers will love learning about the swashbuckling life of the Caribbean’s most fierce pirate in disguise!
With grace and determination, Maria Tallchief became the world’s first Native American prima ballerina! Her story of triumph dances through the pages of this leveled reader. A profile, hometown map, timeline, and other features highlight Maria’s rise to success!
For decades, Spanish colonists in the Caribbean lived in fear of one man: Henry Morgan. Attacking towns that others would not think to attack, Morgan quickly made a name for himself, and piles of gold as well! In this graphic narrative, reluctant readers will learn about the real-life exploits of this bold buccaneer through detailed illustrations and engaging dialogue. Quotes, a timeline, and a map provide historical context for this high-interest title.
Storming aboard a government trade ship, Ching Shih and her band of followers demand payment—or else! The traders soon come to fear Ching Shih, paying her for passage through the pirate-infested waters of the South China Sea. In this high-interest graphic title, readers will learn how Ching Shih became a pirate so fierce that even the government stood down to her power. They’ll discover her real-life feats through engaging dialogue and sharp illustrations, as well as historical quotes, a timeline, and a map.
A true symbol of progress, Carla Hayden is both the first African American and the first woman to become Librarian of Congress! This title uses leveled text to show how Carla turned her love of reading into a successful and respected career. Fun features such as quotes, a hometown map, and more illustrate Carla’s leadership!
Charging into battle surrounded by smoking fuses, Blackbeard was a terrifying foe to face! In this action-packed graphic narrative, colorful illustrations and engaging dialogue tell the true story of Blackbeard, from his days as Edward Teach to his infamous blockade of Charleston. Historical quotes, a timeline, and a map give the story additional context for this high-interest title on the world’s most notorious pirate!
Ava DuVernay is an award-winning director! This impressive woman surpassed critics and found success in the movie business. This engaging title incorporates factual text, a profile, timeline and more that highlight Ava’s powerful presence in the film industry!
Many sailors once believed that women were bad luck on ships. But Anne Bonny quickly proved them wrong! This fearless pirate held her own during raids and battles, wielding a pistol and cutlass to cut down rivals. In this engaging graphic novel, reluctant readers will follow Anne Bonny from her childhood in Ireland to her days as a privateer-turned-pirate in the Caribbean. Historic quotes, a map, and a timeline add historical context. Readers of this seafaring text will soon understand why Anne Bonny is considered the pirate queen of the Caribbean!
Despite childhood dreams of becoming an Olympic ice skater, Vera Wang found her true calling in the world of fashion. Since the early 1990s, she has built a fashion empire known for beautiful, unique designs. This book follows Vera’s rise with leveled text, great photos, and special features such as a profile, a timeline, quotes, and more!
After years of dedication and diligent training, Simone Biles and her collection of gold medals have proven she is the greatest gymnast of her time! She is still a young woman with a lot to prove as she gears up for another Olympic games. Follow Simone’s path to greatness in this title for early readers. Special features include a hometown map, a profile, quotes and more.
Using her wealth and technological genius to help people around the world, Melinda Gates is one woman who knows how to lead the way! She runs the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, working to provide opportunities and hope all walks of life. A profile, timeline, hometown map, and other special features add visual support to leveled text in this feel-good title.
Faced with constant career challenges, Michelle Howard has defied the historically male-dominated military to become the first female four-star admiral in the U.S. Navy! With a strong belief in the strength of diverse voices, her leadership has lead to heroic feats. Inspiring quotations and photos, a map, a timeline, and more highlight the life of this leading lady!
Many know her from her role as Hermione from the Harry Potter film series. But Emma Watson has proven she has a lot to fight for in real life as well! She has led the way by becoming a UN ambassador and starting a campaign for gender equality. Through leveled text, a hometown map, a timeline, and more, discover how Emma Watson has become an inspiration for generations to come!
From exploring 1,000 miles of the Arctic tundra on dogsled to skiing across Antarctica, Ann Bancroft is no stranger to adventure! Her travels have taken her all around the world, making the outdoors her classroom. Discover the life of this explorer through engaging text and photos in this low-level title. Special features include a profile, career timeline, and inspirational quotes.
Yes she could! Dolores Huerta inspired workers and led the way for change in wages and working conditions. This low-level text follows her journey from teacher to activist, and the challenges she had to face as a woman in these roles. A timeline, inspirational quotes, and other features add to this engaging title for beginning readers.
From ET the Extra-Terrestrial to the Star Wars saga, Kathleen Kennedy knows how to make a hit movie! Fact-filled text covers her humble beginnings as a camera operator to her current position as head of Lucasfilm. A profile, timeline, hometown map, and other special features add visual support to leveled text in this fun title.
Serena WIlliams is one of the greatest tennis players of all time! From her first Grand Slam in 1999, Serena has dominated the courts while also working off-court to fight for equality for women and people of color. Beginning readers will learn all about her rise to stardom, from childhood to championships and future goals. A profile, timeline, map, and inspirational quotes make this low-level title a grand slam!
Rising through the ranks at Google to become CEO of YouTube, Susan Wojcicki is a tech titan! Profiles and timelines help chronicle the life of this savvy CEO, from her childhood to her role today. Young readers will be inspired to see how Susan took her career from her parent’s garage to become the leader at YouTube in this low-level title.
By age 11, Malala Yousafzai was already working to change the world! The young activist has been working ever since to ensure that children around the world have access to education. This title explores how Malala began her work and where the future might take her, with features including a hometown map and inspirational quotes. Young readers will learn that they don’t have to be adults to lead the way!
In 2018, Angela Merkel was named the most powerful woman in the world! Throughout her life, Angela has worked hard to gain the trust of her country and become chancellor. Engaging text, timelines, maps, and other unique features chart Angela’s journey in this title for beginning readers.
Just like her showy designs, Zaha Hadid challenges people’s ideas about what is normal. One of few female architects in a male-dominated field, Zaha fought for respect and ended up one of the most famous architects in the world! Learn about the life, achievements, and work of this ground-breaking architect in this biography for young readers.
It wasn’t long ago that pesticides threatened a national environmental crisis - until Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring turned the tide. A shy, serious girl, young Rachel became a biologist when few women went to college, and grew up to be one of the most influential scientists and writers of our time. Budding environmentalists will love this biography for early readers!
Is there an Earth twin hiding in the stars? Sara Seager is on a mission to find out! The astrophysicist is leading the quest to explore planets beyond our solar system. Early readers can discover more about Sara’s life and scientific work in this engaging biography.
An accomplished lawyer and dedicated public servant, Michelle Obama goes far beyond the title of First Lady. This title explores her life before the White House, and how she used her position to make healthy living possible for kids across the United States. Learn more about this exceptional First Lady in this low-level biography!