Author Archives: Carol Simon Levin

About Carol Simon Levin

Carol Simon Levin has had a career as a college & children’s librarian, author, storyteller and program presenter. Whether she is impersonating the woman who helped to build the Brooklyn Bridge, telling the amazing stories of early women in aviation, engaging families in a rousing Halloween Hootenany of songs and stories, expanding on the mathematical and artistic possibilities of a simple square, or sharing the story of a dolphin who learned to swim with an artificial tail (along with activities to help children understand what it is like to live with a disability), she always strives to create exciting programs that engage her audience’s interests and expand their horizons. She has always been particularly fascinated by the history of technology and women’s history. She has authored Remembering the Ladies: From Patriots in Petticoats to Presidential Candidates and has created three programs introducing the women — well-known and unknown — who worked tirelessly for women’s rights in this country. For more information on any of her Telling Her Stories presentations, check out the website She can bring her presentations to libraries, senior centers, historical societies, schools, camps and other venues. Each can be tailored to different ages. Additional programs and resources for children and teachers can be found at: Carol Simon Levin is a member of the New Jersey Storytelling Network, the New Jersey Library Association, and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She can be reached at: cslevin59 (at) or by phone 908 781-6041 (home) or 908 361-6519 (cell).

Wonderful resources on Women’s History

Interested in learning about other fascinating women history forgot?  Check out Karen Chace’s wonderful bibliography:


New Program Available Featuring Forgotten Female Flyers

Celebrate the 110th anniversary of the Wright Brothers successful airplane flight with a program celebrating forgotten female flyers.

Most people when asked to name early female aviators can name only one name — Amelia Earhart. She was a daring pilot, but the mystery surrounding her disappearance over the Pacific overshadowed and eventually erased any memory of her equally accomplished peers  — early aviatrices who defied gravity (and male disapproval) in flimsy airplanes, including:

  • Aida de Acosta, the girl from New Jersey about whom Alberto Santos-Dumont (a rival of the Wright Brothers) proclaimed  “Mademoiselle, vous êtes la première aero-chauffeuse du monde!” (“Miss, you are the first woman aero-driver in the world!”)
  • Elise Raymonde Deroche, a plumber’s daughter from Paris who became the first female licensed pilot in the world and who was presented as “Baroness de LaRoche” to Tsar Nicholas II after competing in an airshow in Russia.
  • Marie Marvingt, the only person (male or female) ever presented with a “Gold Medal in All Sports” by the French government who later invented the air ambulance service and was called by the American press, “the most extraordinary woman since Joan of Arc.”
  • Harriet Quimby, the self-made journalist who was the first woman to solo across the English channel (news of which was unfortunately overshadowed by the Titanic disaster.)
  • Katherine Stinson, the daring “Flying Schoolgirl” stunt pilot who regularly bested her male peers and who flew before the emperor and  50,000 people in her debut performance in Japan, or her sister Marjorie, known as “the Flying Schoolmarm” who trained much of the Canadian Royal Air Force for World War I.
  • Elinor Smith, who at age nineteen was named the “Best Female Pilot” by her peers (including Amelia Earhart) and who successfully flew under all four East River bridges in New York City (the only pilot ever to do so!)

Carol Simon Levin can tailor this program for adult, teen, or elementary-aged audiences  (and has a special offer for schools).  For more information: