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Sally Ride Day


May 26 is recognized as “Sally Ride Day,” to honor astronaut and astrophysicist Sally Ride, the first woman in space. The library has many books and resources so you can read more about this amazing woman.


Astronaut and Physicist Sally Ride by Margaret J. Goldstein.
Sally Ride loved science, but her teachers thought it was a waste of time to learn. Thankfully, she didn’t listen; she studied science and went on to become a physicist and the first woman in space. For readers grades 2-5.

Cupcakes with Sally Ride by Kyla Steinkraus.
From the Time Hops Sweet Shop series, siblings Finley and Fiona go on an outer space adventure with Sally Ride! Also included are biographies, resources for further reading and an interview with the author. For readers grades 1-3.

My Name is Not Isabella: Just How Big Can a Little Girl Dream? by Jennifer Fosberry.
Isabella dreams big – and imagines herself as a number of her heroes: Sally Ride, Rosa Parks, and Annie Oakley. For readers grades K-2.

Sally Ride by Virginia Loh-Hagan.
A biography for the earliest reader, offering information in an age appropriate way on the life of Sally Ride. For readers grades K-1.

Online Sources

Sally Ride from Encyclopedia Britannica

Sally Ride from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Who Was Sally Ride? from

Annette Ahrens is a youth librarian at the Poland/Struthers/Brownlee Woods libraries. When not reading books to kids (or herself), you can find her binge-watching true crime documentaries, listening to podcasts, and knitting. Sometimes all at the same time, with varied results!