Girl Scouts across the nation and world are celebrating its 100th birthday. How did Girl Scouts begin? Who is our founder? What have we been doing to continue to traditions of Juliette Low?
Celebrating our centennial has brought lots of curiosity to who we are, where we came from, and where we are head. Below are some books to answer some of those questions, like what was Juliette like as a girls?
Books are available for check out through the Bookmans Low Lounge at the Girl Scout Resource Center. Don’t live in Tucson? Just email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will make arrangement to get the book you are interested in to you.
Lady from Savannah
Gladys Denny Shultz and Daisy Gordon Lawrence
Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. is proud to reissue Lady from Savannah in response to widespread demands for a biography of our Founder, Juliette Gordon Low. In truth, however, this is much more than the story of one woman and the organization she started. It is first of all a chronicle of two great American families – the Kinzies who were founders of Chicago and the Gordons whose name is magic to this day in Savannah, Georgia – that in 1860 produced the gallant, willful, exasperating, generous, and wholly lovable Juliette (known as Daisy) Gordon. The narrative of Daisy’s marriage to Willy Low also offers insider’s view of Edwardian high society in England. The Girl Scouts are most particularly proud that this woman from a background of wealth and privilege was able to envision a youth movement “for the girls of all America,” which serves a membership of ever-increasing diversity as the diversity of our country grows.
Juliette Gordon Low: The Remarkable Founder of the Girl Scouts
Stacy A. Cordery
Born at the start of the Civil War, Juliette Gordon Low grew up in Georgia, where she struggled to reconcile being a good Southern belle with her desire to run barefoot through the fields. Deafened by an accident, “Daisy” married a dashing British aristocrat and moved to England. But she was ultimately betrayed by her husband and dissatisfied by the aimlessness of privileged life. Her search for a greater purpose ended when she met Robert Baden-Powell, war hero, adventurer, and founder of the Boy Scouts. Captivated with his program, Daisy aimed to instill the same useful skills and moral values in young girls-with an emphasis on fun. She imported the Boy Scouts’ sister organization, the Girl Guides, to Savannah in 1912. Rechristened the Girl Scouts, it grew rapidly because of Juliette Low’s unquenchable determination and energetic, charismatic leadership.
In Juliette Gordon Low, Cordery paints a dynamic portrait of an intriguing woman and a true pioneer whose work touched the lives of millions of girls and women around the world.
Girl Scouts: A Celebration of 100 trailblazing Years
To commemorate its 100th anniversary, Girl Scouts of the USA is launching a yearlong celebration that kicks off with this special look at its history. The organization has culled iconic photographs, documents, and letters from its vast archives that honor the unique sisterhood of Girl Scouts, some never before seen. Images include historical uniforms, memorabilia, and photographs with first ladies of the United States. Organized by decade, this book is the essential keepsake and gift for Girl Scouts members, alumnae, volunteers, and supporters.
First Girl Scout: The Life of Juliette Gordon Low
Juliette (Daisy) Gordon Low was a remarkable woman with ideas that were ahead of her time. 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. Daisy created controversy by encouraging them to prepare not only for traditional homemaking but also for roles as professional women—in the arts, sciences, and business—and for active citizenship outside the home. Her group also welcomed girls with disabilities at a time when they were usually excluded. Includes author’s note, source notes, bibliography, timeline, places to visit, the Girl Scout Promise and Law, and musical notation for the favorite scout Song “Make New Friends.”
Tough Cookies: Leadership Lessons from 100 Years of the Girl Scouts
Millions of American businesswomen, thought leaders, and politicians received their first lessons in salesmanship, money management, marketing, teamwork, and fulfillment in the Girl Scouts. The Girls Scouts has shaped the lives of more than 50 million alumnae alive today. Eighty percent of American female senior business executives and business owners are former Girl Scouts. In March 2012, the Girl Scouts will celebrate their 100th anniversary. Tough Cookies captures the essence of this iconic organization and the principles that have allowed them to build and sustain a 100-year-old organization.
Under current CEO Kathy Cloninger’s leadership, the Girl Scouts has transformed and enhanced its ability to develop leadership in young women. Tough Cookies outlines the rise of the Girl Scouts, this recent and dramatically successful shift, and lessons that are applicable to make any business or organization a success.
Daisy and the Girl Scouts: The story of Juliette Gordon Low
Fern G. Brown
Juliette Gordon Low, called Daisy, was only a child during the Civil War, but she maintained the spirit of a rebel throughout her life, often shocking, amusing, or enchanting those around her. As a young woman, she led a pampered life but spent it searching for a worthy cause. After the death of her British husband, she organized the Girl Guides, patterned after the Boy Scouts, in England. In 1910 she brought the idea home to Savannah, Georgia, and formed small groups that would eventually be known as the Girl Scouts of America. Brown’s story will engage young readers because it emphasizes Daisy’s childhood years and offers anecdotes about her personality traits. A chronology places Low in the context of history. (Grades 4-6)
Juliette Low (History Maker Biographies)
Susan Bivin Aller
TRUE! Juliette Low was proud of her Girl Scout uniform and wore it everywhere. Once, she even stood on her head at a board meeting to show off her new uniform shoes. She devoted her life to the growing organization and ensuring that all girls were able to join. (Grades 2-3)
Here Comes the Girl Scouts!: The Amazing All-True Story of Juliette ‘Daisy’ Gordon Low and Her Great Adventures
Juliette Gordon Low–Daisy to her friends and family–was not like most girls of the Victorian era.
Prim and proper?
Dainty and delicate? (ages 4 and up)
Juliette Gordon Low And Historic Georgia