Penny Colman’s Books for All Ages

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Corpses, Coffins, and Crypts: A History of Burial

Compassionate and comprehensive exploration of beliefs and burial practices across cultures and societies, drawing on extensive historical and anthropological research, personal accounts, and interviews. The book is enriched with stories both humorous and poignant, selections of epitaphs, chronology, and over 180 black-and-white photographs, many taken by Penny Colman.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony: A Friendship that Changed the World

Intimate portrait of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, a controversial thinker, and Susan B. Anthony, an indefatigable organizer, whose legendary friendship fueled and sustained the nineteenth-century fight for women's rights. They waged this fight despite entrenched opposition, daunting conditions, scandalous entanglements, and betrayal by their allies. Includes a 16-page photo gallery.

Selected Writings On Writing Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony: A Friendship That Changed the World

Insights into Penny Colman’s process for writing Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony: A Friendship that Changed the World, a historical nonfiction narrative for all ages. Selection includes blog posts written before and after publication, books talks, speeches, a brief timeline, Question & Answers, and a Reading Group Guide.

Rosie the Riveter: Women Working on the Home Front in World War II

Fascinating account of over 18 million American women who did essential civilian and often-times dangerous defense jobs during World War II, while men fought on the battlefields. With intimate first-person accounts, Rosie the Riveter vividly portrays this dramatic, important, and inspiring story. Includes more than sixty unforgettable archival photographs.

Breaking the Chains: The Crusade of Dorothea Lynde Dix

Inspiring biography of Dorothea Lynde Dix, a relentless reformer who led a crusade for the humane treatment of people with mental illness, still an issue today. This important story, includes her service for the Union army during the Civil War as Superintendent of Female Nurses. Illustrated with black-and-white photographs.

A Woman Unafraid: The Achievements of Frances Perkins

Need-to-know biography of Frances Perkins, Secretary of Labor, the first woman in the United States cabinet, and the architect of far-reaching reforms and legislation, including the establishment of Social Security. Perkins prodded and persuaded politicians to meet the needs of the American people. Illustrated with black-and-white photographs.

Spies: Women in the Civil War

Thrilling story of women who served as spies for the North and for the South during the Civil War, including Harriet Tubman. They were all heroic women and theirs was an extremely dangerous life. The penalty, if they were caught, could be death by hanging. Illustrated with black-and-white photographs.

Adventurous Women: Eight True Stories About Women Who Made a Difference

Exhilarating collection of stories about women who achieved their goals regardless of the obstacles and risks. This book celebrates the intelligence and fortitude and courage of an Arctic explorer; botanist and plant hunter; entrepreneur; scientist; educator; nurse; former slave and landowner; and a war correspondent. Illustrated with black-and-white photographs.

Thanksgiving: The True Story

Enlightening history guaranteed to ignite conversations. It uncovers twelve competing claims for the “first” Thanksgiving, explains why Sarah Josepha Hale is the “mother” of Thanksgiving, reveals what people eat on Thanksgiving (not always turkey and the trimmings), and traces the emergence of football and parades. Illustrated with black-and-white photographs.

Toilets, Bathtubs, Sinks, and Sewers: A History of the Bathroom

Intriguing, lively account of toilets, tubs, and sanitation systems with intriguingly catchy chapter titles from “Splish, Splash, the First Bath,” “The Queen's Toilet,” “Ugh, Gross!” to “Bathrooms Beyond Belief.” This updated eBook edition underscores the crucial need to raise global awareness that 2.6 billion people live without proper and sustainable sanitation.

Girls: A History of Growing Up Female in America

Spirited and yet sometimes disheartening history of growing up female in America from colonial to contemporary times. Young girls from all regions of the country, of different races, ethnicities, religions, and classes are given a voice in this story of triumphs and trials. Illustrated with many black-and-white photographs.

Where the Action Was: Women Correspondents in World War II

Dramatic story of the 127 women journalists who obtained official accreditation as war correspondents during World War II. Although forbidden from covering combat, some of the women did just that, providing vivid coverage and dramatic scoops. Their heroic story is vividly portrayed and illustrated with newspaper dispatches and dramatic photographs.

Penny Colman’s Books for Young Readers

Madam C. J. Walker: Building a Business Empire

Motivating biography of Madam C. J. Walker, a pioneering and charismatic African American businesswoman, who made millions of dollars and used her wealth to do good things. Young readers will discover what it takes to overcome obstacles and persevere through hard times. Illustrated with black-and-white and color photographs.

Mother Jones and the March of the Mill Children

Compelling biography of Mary Harris, “Mother” Jones for young readers. This book features the twenty-day protest march against child labor she led, accompanied by young workers, from Philadelphia to New York City to highlight the horrendously dangerous working conditions for children in the mills. Illustrated with black-and-white photographs.

Fannie Lou Hamer and the Fight for the Vote

Powerful biography for young readers of Fannie Lou Hamer, who devoted her life to helping African Americans register to vote in the United States. Nothing deterred her, including being arrested and beaten, from raising her powerful voice during the modern- day fight for civil rights. Illustrated with black-and-white photographs.

Women in Society: United States of America

Broad overview of the history, social attitudes, cultural traditions, and current status of women in the United States of America. The accessible, engaging text includes profiles of historic and contemporary women, milestones, a glossary, and a list of women’s firsts. Over 150 color photographs, some taken by Penny Colman.


Gripping accounts of workers’ struggles to change unbearable conditions. For desperate workers, strikes were their only recourse. Dramatic accounts of key strikes appear throughout the book, including The Great Uprising of 1877 and The Uprising of the 20, 000 in 1910. Illustrated with archival material and images of fiery leaders.

Too Old for a Babysitter

Humorous story for young readers about three children’s efforts to convince their parents that they don’t need a babysitter. The kids -- Jig, Jag, and Tag -- go through five babysitter and a series of funny, foolish, and scary antics before an unexpected event changes everything into a special ending.