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Books That Will Teach Your Kid More than You Know About Women’s History

Inspired and empowered books about important women in history. Grown-ups, you could probably use a refresher course too.

Megan Baldwin and Sarah Burns

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Women have had such an incredible impact on history… which seems like a reason to celebrate! As Women’s History Month officially kicks off, we thought it’d be good to get caught up on some required (kids) reading. The incredible books listed here explore women’s lives and accomplishments in science, math, sports, and political activism.

Think about using these books as a starting point to talk with your kiddos about things like what makes a good leader and what does she look like? Who’s your favorite athlete, and why is she a winner? And how can we all be more like Ruth Bader Ginsburg? Hint: it starts by disagreeing! Read on for your March book list: 

Rebel Girls Champions

What do you get when you combine the athleticism of Simone Biles, the speed of Megan Rapinoe, and the power of Serena Williams? Honestly, it’s probably dangerous even to contemplate a being with that much talent, but there’s no rule against putting them in a book together! Check out this awesome collection of stories about some of the world’s most game-changing women athletes. 

“She Persisted in Sports: American Olympians Who Changed the Game” by Chelsea Clinton

Play like a girl! Chelsea Clinton and Alexandra Boiger team up to tackle the stories of women who achieved extraordinary things in sports and made it all the way to the Olympics. Discover the stories of pioneering athletes like Mildred “Babe” Didrikson Zaharias, Wilma Rudolph, and Jean Driscoll, who raced, lept, blazed trails … and won!

“Superheroes Are Everywhere” by Kamala Harris

How can little kids make a big difference, be brave, and stand up for change? Be inspired by Vice President Kamala Harris, who shares her life story to illustrate that we all have the power to make the world a better place. Talk about a super lesson for future changemakers!

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Real-Life Tales of Black Girl Magic

Celebrate the stories of incredible Black women and girls from around the world with this collection of 100 real-life tales about athletes like Naomi Osaka, filmmakers like Ava DuVernay, writers like Toni Morrison, and other groundbreaking talents in every imaginable field of human accomplishment from journalism to space exploration to literally being an empress! 

“A is for Awesome: 23 Iconic Women Who Changed the World”

You know your ABCs, but do you know Amelia (Earhart), Susan B. Anthony, and Celia Cruz? Instagram superstar Eva Chen, author of Juno Valentine and the Magical Shoes, is back with an empowered alphabet board that introduces feminist icons one letter at a time. Perfect for your feminist in training.

“A Voice Named Aretha”

R-E-S-P-E-C-T, find out what it means in this biographical book about superstar Aretha Franklin. You might know her as the Queen of Soul, but Aretha Franklin was just a little girl with a BIG voice before she hit it big. A legend in her own right, Aretha’s powerful pipes make people take notice, hit the dance floor, and discover the power of a single voice.

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

If you want your little rebel to dream about breaking boundaries and blazing new trails, read them a bedtime story from this awesome collection. Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls takes the biographies of extraordinary women and turns them into inspiring fairy tales, with a beautiful, full-color portrait to go along with each story. 

“Little Feminist”

Mudpuppy’s Little Feminist picture books tell the stories of female artists, scientists, leaders, and more! In this compilation edition, you can learn about the achievements of 25 amazing women who made a lasting impact on the world.

And because you're never too young to start learning, try the Little Feminist Board Book Set for the littlest feminists in your life!

“200 Women”

This book features interviews with 200 women from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives from around the world. Some stories are heartbreaking, some are uplifting, but they’re all a great snapshot of the lives of modern women.

​​Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Immigrant Women Who Changed The World

There’s no boundary that can keep a rebel girl back, whether it’s a country’s border or an unbeaten record, and this gorgeously illustrated book is a wonderful, inspiring way to learn about incredible women throughout history who left their birth countries and changed the world forever.

The “Little People, BIG DREAMS” Collection

The Little People, BIG DREAMS collection of books is an excellent primer for several different topics. It features a diverse group of designers, artists, scientists, and activists who have achieved incredible things. You’ll learn about each figure’s upbringing and how they dreamed big! All the books are great, but this book focused on Frida Kahlo, whose desire to study medicine was destroyed by a childhood accident, is an excellent place to start.

"Who Run The World?"

Learning your ABC has never been more inspriational! Featuring 26 fearless woman whose hard work inspires, and whose achievements changed the game. F is for Frida Khalo, M is for Michele Obama, but the next generation of female leaders is all you!

Rebel Girls Powerful Pairs

There’s only one thing more powerful than a rebel girl, and that’s when she teams up with her mom! This truly awesome collection explores the achievements of 25 mother-daughter pairs who worked together to change the world. 

"The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read"

At 116 years old, Mary Walker fulfilled her dream of literacy, proving you're never too old to learn something new. Born in 1848, enslaved on a farm in rural Alabama, Walker found freedon at 15, but her fight to survive and care for her family continued her entire life – a life that spanned from the Civil War, to the Civil Right Movement. Inspirational, and beautifully illustrated, this is an uplifting story, perfect for sharing.

Macmillan "3 2 1 Awesome!" Book

Another amazing offering from New York Times bestselling author Eva Chen, this is book matters where it really counts. Pairing numbers with fabulous female icons from around the globe, little ones will be learning to count to 20 with ease, while hearing messages of of achievement and empowerment!

Updated March 2022

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