Picture Books about Remarkable Women

It Began with a PageMy local librarian recently urged a new book upon me: It Began With a Page: How Gyo Fujikawa Drew the Way, written by Kyo Maclear and illustrated by Julie Morestad.

Gyo’s name rang a bell. I couldn’t think why. Soon I recognized her as the creator of books my children and I enjoyed together, forty-some years ago. Oh, What A Busy Day! stands out in my mind, a new book at the time.

Gyo Fujikawa was an artist who defied what was expected of young women — and overcame other obstacles too — in order to pursue her passion for drawing. It’s a truly inspiring story and Kyo Maclear and Julie Morestad have done a gorgeous job of telling it.

My librarian recommended It Began With A Page in part because she knows about an upcoming non-fiction picture book of mine — about the life of Anne Innis Dagg. Anne also defied what was expected of young women, and overcame other obstacles too, in order to pursue her passion for giraffes. She became a pioneer in the scientific study of animal behaviour in the wild. Later this year she’ll receive an Order of Canada.

I worked closely with Anne as I wrote her story and we’re both thrilled with the work François Thisdale is doing to illustrate it. Want a sneak peek at what he’s doing? Stay tuned! If you haven’t yet subscribed to my posts, maybe now would be a good time.

Your turn now. Do you have a non-fiction picture book about a remarkable woman you’d like to recommend?

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Kathy Stinson is the author of the classic Red Is Best and the award-winning The Man with the Violin. Her wide range of titles includes picture books, non-fiction, young adult fiction, historical fiction, horror, biography, series books, and short stories. She has met with her readers in every province and territory of Canada, in the United States, Britain, Liberia, and Korea. She lives in a small town in Ontario.

Kathy Stinson


  1. wendy mason on March 11, 2020 at 11:54 am

    I can’t wait to read your new book about Anne Diggs and to bask in the artwork of Francois Thisdale.

  2. wendy mason on March 11, 2020 at 11:55 am

    I meant Dagg not Digg. A typo error.

    • Kathy on March 11, 2020 at 5:20 pm

      Very good, Wendy. As always, I appreciate your enthusiasm for my work. I think you’re really going to love this one. 😊

  3. niknar on March 11, 2020 at 7:47 pm

    I’m looking forward to your book. I heard A I Dag interviewed on CBC and was fascinated. k

    • Kathy on March 11, 2020 at 8:43 pm

      Thank you for your interest. Anne is indeed a fascinating woman. If you haven’t seen the film “The Woman Who Loves Giraffes” yet, I recommend it highly while you’re waiting for my book!

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