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Women’s History: Writers

Women’s History: Writers

Brave Jane Austen: Writer, Reader, Author, Rebel

Brave Jane Austen is a picture book biography of the novelist Jane Austen. She is recognized as one of the most important and influential writers of all time. Her most famous books are Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, and Emma. She liked to write about strong women characters and she was one herself! Listed below are biographies and autobiographies of other women writers. Some of them are the authors of books you probably like to read like J.K. Rowling, Kate DiCamillo, Lois Lowry, Judy Blume and Beverly Cleary.

“Stories, both real and imagined, show what girls can do. The stories of women’s lives, and the choices they made, encourage girls to think larger and bolder, and give boys and men a fuller understanding of the female experience.”

~National Women’s History Project


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House of Dreams the Life of L.M. MontgomeryLooking Back a Book of MemoriesOrdinary Extraordinary Jane AustenBrown Girl DreamingMiss Mary ReportingGirl from YamhillMy Own Two FeetZoraLooking BackLittle Author in the Big WoodsBeatrix Potter and Her PaintboxMaya AngelouBronte SistersLouisa May AlcottVoice of her OwnBylinesIda B WellsLibertys VoiceTen Days a MadwomanCornelia FunkeCynthia KadohataGrace LinJ.K. RowlingJennifer HolmJudy BlumeKate DiCamilloKatherine PatersonMadeline L'EngleRed Bird SingsUrsula LeGuinYuyi MoralesWrite On MercyPhillis Sings Out FreedomWanda Gag
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Black History: Authors & Illustrators

Black History: Authors & Illustrators
Words to My Life's Song AshleyBryanElijah of BuxtonBrown Girl DreamingThe Rock and the RiverMartin's Big Words
Alexander, Kwame  Website Interview Video Interview
Barnes, Derrick Interview Video Interview
Bryan, Ashley Website Interview Video Interview
Collier, Bryan Website Interview Video Interview
Curtis, Christopher Paul Website Video Interview
Davis, Tanita Website Interview Interview
Dillon, Leo & Diane Website Interview
Draper, Sharon Website Video Interview
Flake, Sharon Website Interview Video Interview
Giovanni, Nikki Website Interview Video Interview
Grimes, Nikki Website Interview Video Interview
Hamilton, Virginia Website Interview Video Interview
Johnson, Angela Website Interview Video Interview
Lewis, E.B. Website Interview Video Interview
Magoon, Kekla Website Interview Video Interview
McKissack, Frederick Interview Video Interview
McKissack, Patricia Interview Video Interview
Myers, Christopher Website Interview Video Interview
Myers, Walter Dean Article Interview Video Interview
Nelson, Kadir Website Interview Video Interview
Nelson, Vaunda Interview Video Interview
Nolen, Jerdine Website Interview Video Interview
Pinkney, Andrea Website Interview Video Interview
Pinkney, Brian Website Interview Video Interview
Pinkney, Jerry Website Interview Video Interview
Reynolds, Jason Website Interview Video Interview
Rhodes, Jewell Parker Interview Video Interview
Rhuday-Perkovich, Olugbemisola Website Interview Video Interview
Smith, Charles Website Interview Video Interview
Williams, Rita Garcia Website Interview Video Interview
Woodson, Jacqueline Website Interview Video Interview
The Lion and the MouseNelson MandelaEliza's Freedom Road8th Grade Super ZeroJazz

To learn even more about fascinating and inspiring black history makers, visit the Center for Black Literature & Culture at Central Library. The Center is dedicated to celebrating the vibrant and resilient heritage and triumphs of those born of African roots.

WeNeedDiverseBooks LogoTo get young people engaged, one of the things they need is to see themselves in books. It is important for all of us to see ourselves in books, because that encourages us to read in a different way and encourages us to write more.” ~ Dr. Jerrie Cobb Scott Founder of the African American Read-in #weneeddiversebooks

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Indiana Authors

Indiana Authors

Biblio-Bison at Central Library Pays to Tribute to Beloved Hoosier Authors:

Bison at CentralIndiana’s Bicentennial Bison-tennial Project #IndianaBisonArt – Painted by artist Kyle Ragsdale, the Central Library

Biblio-Bison pays tribute to works by beloved Hoosier authors including:

Bison Artist

  • James Whitcomb Riley
  • Theodore Dreiser
  • Booth Tarkington
  • General Lew Wallace
  • Johnny Gruelle
  • Edwin Caskoden
  • Gene Stratton-Porter
  • Maurice Thompson
  • Ernie Pyle
  • Etheridge Knight
  • Jessamyn West
  • Kurt Vonnegut
  • Mari Evans
  • Dan Wakefield
  • John Green

Indiana Authors:

The Magnificent Maya Tibbs

Author: Allen, Crystal (grew up New Albany, IN)

Crystal Allen Frame


Author: Anderson, John David (lives Indianapolis, IN)

John David Anderson Frame

Clifford the Big Red Dog

Author: Bridwell, Norman (born Kokomo, IN)

Norman Bridwell Frame

Allie Finkles Rules for Girls Moving Day

Author: Cabot, Meg (born Bloomington, IN)

Meg Cabot Frame


Author: Clement, Nathan (lives Indianapolis, IN)

Nathan Clement Frame

Help Im Prisoner in the Library

Author: Clifford, Eth (lived Indianapolis, IN)

Eth Clifford Frame

Notebooks of Doom

Author: Cummings, Troy (born Cunot, IN; lives Greencastle, IN)

Troy Cummings Frame

Garfield Hams it up

Author: Davis, Jim (born Marion, IN; lives Muncie, IN)

Jim Davis Frame

The Knowing Book

Author: Dotlich, Rebecca Kai (born Indianapolis, IN)

Rebecca Dotlich Frame

Among a Thousand Fireflies

Author: Frost, Helen (lives Fort Wayne, IN)

Helen Frost Frame

The Mystery of the Grindlecat

Author: Gregory, Valiska (lives Indianapolis, IN)

Valiska Gregory Frame

Raggedy Ann Stories

Author: Gruelle, Johnny (lived Indianapolis, IN)

Johnny Gruelle Frame

Running Out of Time

Author: Haddix, Margaret Peterson (lives Indianapolis, IN)

Margaret Peterson Haddix Frame

Finders Keepers

Author: Kasza, Keiko (lives Bloomington, IN)

Keiko Kasza Frame

Horses of the Dawn

Author: Lasky, Kathryn (born Indianapolis, IN)

Kathryn Lasky Frame

The Rock and the River

Author: Magoon, Kekla (born Fort Wayne, IN)

Kekla Magoon Frame

The Bears of Blue River

Author: Major, Charles (born Indianapolis, IN)

Charles Major Frame

50 Amazing Kids

Author: Mitchell, Saundra (born Indianapolis, IN)

Saundra Mitchell Frame

Bill Peet Autobiography

Author: Peet, Bill (born, Indianapolis, IN)

Bill Peet Frame

When the Frost is on the Punkin

Author: Riley, James Whitcomb (born Greenfield Indiana)

James Whitcomb Riley Frame

A Place Called Freedom

Author: Sanders, Scott Russell (lives Bloomington, IN)

Scott Russell Sanders Frame

The Slowest Book Ever

Author: Sayre, April Pulley (lives South Bend, IN)

April Pulley Sayre Frame

Run For Your Life

Author: Schaefer, Lola (born Fort Wayne, IN)

Lola Schaefer Frame

The Monster in the Third Dresser Drawer

Author: Smith, Janice Lee (lives Noblesville, IN)

Janice Lee Smith Frame


Author: Stone, Jeff (lives Noblesville, IN)

Jeff Stone Frame

A Girl of the Limberlost

Author: Stratton-Porter, Gene (born Lagro, Indiana)

Gene Stratton Porter Frame

The Dark Didnt Catch Me

Author: Thrasher, Crystal (lives Fort Wayne, IN)

Crystal Thrasher Frame

The Secret Life of Mrs. Finkleman

Author: Winters, Ben (lives Indianapolis, IN)

Ben H Winters Frame

Indiana Author Artifacts from The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis:

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Artifacts at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis – A collection of photos of 1,000 artifacts from the museum collection – selected objects range over school subjects from Social Studies to Science to Geography with a particular emphasis on Indiana. Browse the Collection

Raggedy Ann Doll The Orphant Annie Book Garfield and Friends


Indiana University: Indiana Authors Database – A searchable database of the book, Indiana Authors and Their Books, published by Wabash College in 1949, 1974, and 1981. The encyclopedia covers nearly two hundred years of Indiana’s literary history (1816–1980).


Use your indyPL Library Card to check out books at any of our locations, or check out e-books and e-audiobooks from home right to your device. Click on a book jacket below to request a book or download it. Need help? Call or ask a Library staff member at any of our locations, text a librarian at 317 333-6877, or leave a comment.

Bill PeetJohn GreenErnie Pyle

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