November 7 Birthday: Alexa Canady: WOMEN OF HOPE: AFRICAN AMERICANS WHO MADE A DIFFERENCE

Alexa Canady, physician
Nov. 7, 1950-


Women of Hope: African Americans Who Made a Difference by Joyce Hansen (Scholastic, 1998)

Canady was the first black female neurosurgeon in the U.S. and has won numerous awards for her work. This collective biography includes a photograph and one-page biography of her.

Read more about Canady on the National Institute of Health site.

February 3 Birthday: WHO SAYS WOMEN CAN’T BE DOCTORS? Elizabeth Blackwell

Elizabeth Blackwell, physician, woman
b. February 3, 1821
d. May 31, 1910

WHO SAYS WOMEN CAN’T BE DOCTORS? THE STORY OF ELIZABETH BLACKWELL
(Henry Holt, 2013)

by Tanya Lee Stone
illustrated by Marjorie Priceman

Overview

In the 1830s, when a brave and curious girl named Elizabeth Blackwell was growing up, women were supposed to be wives and mothers. Some women could be teachers or seamstresses, but career options were few. Certainly no women were doctors.
But Elizabeth refused to accept the common beliefs that women weren’t smart enough to be doctors, or that they were too weak for such hard work. And she would not take no for an answer. Although she faced much opposition, she worked hard and finally—when she graduated from medical school and went on to have a brilliant career—proved her detractors wrong. This inspiring story of the first female doctor shows how one strong-willed woman opened the doors for all the female doctors to come.

January 18 Birthday: THE RIGHT WORD: ROGET AND HIS THESAURUS. Peter Mark Roget

Peter Mark Roget, physician, lexicographer

b. January 18, 1779

d. September 12, 1869

THE RIGHT WORD: ROGET AND HIS THESAURUS

(Eerdmans, 2014)

Overview

For shy young Peter Mark Roget, books were the best

companions — and it wasn’t long before Peter began writing his own

book. But he didn’t write stories; he wrote lists. Peter took his love

for words and turned it to organizing ideas and finding exactly the

right word to express just what he thought. His lists grew and grew,

eventually turning into one of the most important reference books of all

time.

Readers of all ages will marvel

at Roget’s life, depicted through lyrical text and brilliantly detailed

illustrations. This elegant book celebrates the joy of learning and the

power of words.