November 9 Birthday: QUEEN OF THE TRACK: ALICE COACHMAN, OLYMPIC HIGH-JUMP CHAMPION

Alice Coachman
b. 11/9/1922
d.  7/14/2014

QUEEN OF THE TRACK: ALICE COACHMAN, OLYMPIC HIGH-JUMP CHAMPION by Heather Lang
illustrated by Floyd Cooper 
(Boyds Mills Press, 2012)

At a time when girls were expected to act like little ladies and segregation was alive in the South, Alice Coachman rejected social norms and pursuied her passion for running and jumping. She ran barefoot on dirt roads, tied together sticks and rags to make her own high jumps, and worked her way to the top. In 1948, she became the first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal.

July 31 Birthday: FEARLESS: THE STORY OF RACING LEGEND LOUISE SMITH

Louise Smith, race car driver
b. July 31, 1916
d. March 4, 2006

FEARLESS: THE STORY OF RACING LEGEND LOUISE SMITH
(Dutton, 2010)
by Barb Rosenstock
Illustrated by Scott Dawson

Summary: “Fast! Faster! Flying! FREE!” When Louise Smith started to race cars, most women weren’t even allowed to drive. Her first wild adventure behind the wheel of her daddy’s Model T Ford taught her the thrill of driving fast and fearlessly. She followed her heart and paved the way for women in racing. The fast paced story of a true sports pioneer.

Learn more about Louise Smith on the Legends of Nascar website.