I’m back today to feature a few children’s picture books to read to the little ones in your life in honor of #WomensHistoryMonth. In case you missed it, last week I share a few mini biography collections to pick up this month as well.
This is not an all inclusive list of children’s books that would be wonderful to pick up for Women’s History Month, but a list of books that I’ve personally picked up and read. As I read more children’s books that would fit this list, I’ll add them.
» This Little Trailblazer: A Girl Power Primer by Joan Holub
Learn all about influential women who changed history in this engaging and colorful board book perfect for trailblazers-in-training!
Paving the way
to a future that’s bright.
Helping the world
with their skills, smarts, and might.
Little trailblazers cause great big changes.
In this follow up to This Little President and This Little Explorer, now even the youngest readers can learn all about great and empowering female trailblazers in history! Highlighting ten memorable women leaders who paved the way, parents and little ones alike will love this girl power primer full of fun, age-appropriate facts and bold illustrations.
This small cardboard book is perfect for a younger audience! My 5 year-old absolutely loved reading this one, and was able to understand it easily. Introduce your little ones to women trailblazers like Ada Lovelace, Florence Nightingale, Coco Chanel, Rosa Parks, and more!
» Free As A Bird: The Story of Malala by Lina Maslo
The inspiring true story of Malala Yousafzai, human rights activist and the youngest ever winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, from debut author/illustrator Lina Maslo.
When Malala Yousafzai was born, people shook their heads because girls were considered bad luck. But her father looked into her eyes and knew she could do anything.
In Pakistan, people said girls should not be educated. But Malala and her father were not afraid. She secretly went to school and spoke up for education in her country.
And even though an enemy tried to silence her powerful voice, she would not keep quiet. Malala traveled around the world to speak to girls and boys, to teachers, reporters, presidents, and queens—to anyone who would listen—and advocated for the right to education and equality of opportunity for every person. She would shout so that those without a voice could be heard. So everyone could be as free as a bird.
Free as a Bird is the inspiring true story of a fearless girl and the father who taught her to soar.
» She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History by Chelsea Clinton
Women around the world have long dreamed big, even when they’ve been told their dreams didn’t matter. They’ve spoken out, risen up and fought for what’s right, even when they’ve been told to be quiet. Whether in science, the arts, sports or activism, women and girls throughout history have been determined to break barriers and change the status quo. They haven’t let anyone get in their way and have helped us better understand our world and what’s possible. In this book, Chelsea Clinton introduces readers to a group of thirteen incredible women who have shaped history all across the globe.
Can I give a shout out to Chelesa for featuring a women in a wheel chair in this book?! Oftentimes these book are filled with able-bodied women, but it was so awesome to see a physically disabled woman, Mary Verghese, featured in She Persisted. I also loved the mix of women featured in this book: women in sports, politics, STEM, writing, environmental work, dance, activism, etc.
» Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly & Winifred Conklin
Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden were good at math…really good.
They participated in some of NASA’s greatest successes, like providing the calculations for America’s first journeys into space. And they did so during a time when being black and a woman limited what they could do. But they worked hard. They persisted. And they used their genius minds to change the world.
In this illustrated picture book edition, we explore the story of four female African American mathematicians at NASA, known as “colored computers,” and how they overcame gender and racial barriers to succeed in a highly challenging STEM-based career.
What amazing role models to young girls everywhere! I’ve read the adult version of Hidden Figures AND have seen the movie. These women & their stories are so inspirational. It blows my mind what they were able to accomplish as black women in a time where racism, segregation, and sexism were so prevalent. The illustrations in this book are absolutely stunning as well.
» Miss Moore Thought Otherwise by Jan Pinborough
Once upon a time, American children couldn’t borrow library books. Reading wasn’t all that important for children, many thought. Luckily Miss Anne Carroll Moore thought otherwise! This is the true story of how Miss Moore created the first children’s room at the New York Public Library, a bright, warm room filled with artwork, window seats, and most important of all, borrowing privileges to the world’s best children’s books in many different languages.
I had no idea who Anne Carroll Moore was before reading this book. Who was she? She is basically my hero & who I want to be when I grow up. She basically established the first Children’s section in a public library, and basically became the first youth services librarian.
» My Name is Not Isabella by Jennifer Fosberry
From breakfast to bedtime, a young girl imagines being different women who made history, and ends the day empowered to be herself.
Another book perfect for a younger audience. Isabella imagines herself as important women from history: Sally Ride, Annie Oakley, Elizabeth Blackwell, Marie Curie, and Rosa Parks. At the end of this book are mini biographies for each woman featured in the book.
» Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909 by Michelle Market
When Clara Lemlich arrived in America, she couldn’t speak English. She didn’t know that young women had to go to work, that they traded an education for long hours of labor, that she was expected to grow up fast.
But that did not stop Clara.
She went to night school, spent hours studying English, and helped support her family by sewing in a factory.
Clara never quit. And she never accepted that girls should be treated poorly and paid little.
So Clara fought back. Fed up with the mistreatment of her fellow laborers, Clara led the largest walkout of women workers in the country’s history.
Clara had learned a lot from her short time in America. She learned that everyone deserved a fair chance. That you had to stand together and fight for what you wanted. And, most importantly, that you could do anything you put your mind to.
Not only is this a women’s rights book, but it is also an immigrant experience book! Clara Lemlich organized a strike against unfair treatment of garment factory workers – the largest walkout of women workers in U.S. history.
» Mae Among the Stars by Roda Ahmed
Inspired by the life of the first African American woman to travel in space, Mae Jemison.
When Little Mae was a child, she dreamed of dancing in space. She imagined herself surrounded by billions of stars, floating, gliding, and discovering.
She wanted to be an astronaut.
Her mom told her, “If you believe it, and work hard for it, anything is possible.”
Little Mae’s curiosity, intelligence, and determination, matched with her parents’ encouraging words, paved the way for her success at NASA as the first African American woman to travel in space.
This picture book was inspired by Mae Jemison, the first African American woman in space. Mae dreamed of being an astronaut as a young child, and finally made that dream a reality in 1992. This is such an inspiring little book that encourages young girls, that “if you dream it, believe in it, and word hard for it, anything is possible.”
» Amelia to Zora: Twenty-Six Women Who Changed the World by Cynthia Chin-Lee
Twenty-six amazing women; twenty-six amazing stories. From Amelia Earhart, pilot and adventurer, to Zora Neale Hurston, writer and anthropologist, learn about the hardships and triumphs that inspired each woman to change the world around her. Detailed collages and illustrations draw from various events in the women’s lives.
This is a fairly long book that would probably be better suited for older audience (7+). You could utilize this for younger kids, but would probably need to limit it to only 1 – 2 women each reading. This would be a wonderful book to utilize in a classroom where you read about one women each day to celebrate Women’s History Month.
Have you read any of these books?
Do you have any children’s picture books you’d recommend to read for #WomensHistoryMonth?
Comment below & let me know!