Mick Manning and Brita Granström, Otter-Barry, 48pp., 9781913074432 £12.99 hdbk
Starting from Aud the Deep-minded from ninth-century Ireland, who travelled to Iceland, and coming right up to 2019 with Arunima Sinha, the first female amputee to climb Mount Everest, this excellent book covers 21 female pioneers in double page spreads, and 12 more in text boxes. Many of them are women of colour, and sometimes they are the first black female to achieve something special. Some are well-known, like Mary Anning, but many, like Mae Jemison, the first black woman in space, are less familiar. This is certainly diverse and inclusive, and Mick Manning and Brita Granström are well-known for producing many good quality illustrated books for children. There are now, thankfully, quite a few books celebrating the achievements of women and of people of colour, but this one is definitely recommended.