FIRST GIRL SCOUT: The Life of Juliette Gordon Low

FIRST GIRL SCOUT by Ginger Wadsworth

FIRST GIRL SCOUT is named to the 2013 Amelia Bloomer List by the American Library Association

Named for Amelia Bloomer, a pioneering 19th century newspaper editor, feminist thinker, public speaker and suffragist, the list features books about girls and women that spur the imagination while confronting traditional female stereotypes.

President Obama awards Juliette Gordon Low the Medal of Freedom!

The founder of Girl Scouts is a recipient of the nation's highest civilian award, posthumously honoring her contributions on behalf of girls in the U.S. and around the world.

Read about Juliette Low:

2012 was the 100th Anniversary of the Girl Scouts of the USA and my biography is a lavishly illustrated account of the fascinating life of the woman who started it all.

Juliette Gordon Low—Daisy, as her friends and family called her—was a remarkable woman with ideas that were ahead of her time (1860-1927). She witnessed important eras in U.S. history, from the Civil War and Reconstruction to westward expansion to post–World War I. And she made history by founding the first national organization to bring girls from all backgrounds into the out-of-doors: the Girl Scouts of the USA.

Daisy created controversy by encouraging girls to prepare for both traditional homemaking responsibilities as well as for roles as professional women—in the arts, sciences, and business—and for active citizenship outside the home. The group she founded was open to girls from all races and ethnicities, and welcomed girls with disabilities at a time when they were usually excluded. Because of her vision and determination, the Girl Scouts still do all of these things—and more—today. It is a universally recognized organization that counts more than 3 million women and girls as members. (Age 9 and up)

Published by Clarion Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

A 2012 Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People -NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR SOCIAL STUDIES/CHILDREN'S BOOK COUNCIL

"This biography about the founder of the Girl Scouts is an empowering read for young girls. .... Pages are styled with familiar green stitchery and plentiful black and white photographs bring Daisy to life. Her inspiring life story should be shared with girls everywhere." -THE CRIMSON REVIEW, UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA

"The author brings this intriguing woman to life, describing her love for animals, her talents and personality.... Filled with family anecdotes and period photographs and framed alongside interesting periods of history, the book's seventeen chapters provide insight into the personality and upbringing of a privileged woman in her fifties who decided it was not too late to make a difference in the world around her." -INTERNATIONAL READING ASSOCIATION    

"...a highly readable, well researched look at Low and the early Girl Scouts." -READING ROCKETS

"...gracefully written and generously illustrated...." -WALL STREET JOURNAL (February 11, 2012)

"...a good-looking volume, illustrated with historical photographs, set on pages that resemble pale green embroidered linen and sparkling with the force of Low's enthusiasm."  -WALL STREET JOURNAL (February 4, 2012)

"...a biography as engaging as it is comprehensive.... Neatly framed photographs and other period documents related to Low are smoothly incorporated into the book's overall clean design, appearing against pale green pages sometimes printed with a fabric texture that nods toward the Scouts' uniforms.  ...skillfully sets Low's life story against historical backdrops...." -PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY

"...a fresh, comprehensive biography.... Pass the Thin Mints, please." -THE BULLETIN FOR THE CENTER OF CHILDREN'S BOOKS
"The attractive book design features chapter headings that look like Girl Scout badges, and most spreads include period photos or reproductions of primary-source documents. Exemplary nonfiction." -SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
"...engaging biography.... Meticulously researched and well illustrated with photographs and documents taken from the GSUSA archives, the book explores the early history of scouting, but the main focus is Low's life." -BOOKLIST
"Unvarnished prose, plentiful images and vivid anecdotes set in historical perspective make this chronological account lively and accessible for middle-grade readers." -KIRKUS REVIEWS

"Wadsworth captures Low’s stubborn but charismatic spirit by blending facts and humorous sketches in this winning biography of a woman whose visions and ideas have helped shape the lives of girls around the world." -HORN BOOK MAGAZINE

Here is a teacher's guide with suggested activities for youth of various ages.

Visit the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace online to learn even more about the founder of the Girl Scouts of the USA.

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