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These 11 Books 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 · 9 months ago

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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. Below are ten books that 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: 

1. “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!

2. “Turning Pages: My Life Story” by Sonia Sotomayor

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is a powerful voice for equality on the Supreme Court. In this children’s book, she takes a break from the bench to tell her own story and share what inspires her — spoiler: it’s books.

3. “I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark” by Debbie Levy

In the words of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, “You can disagree without being disagreeable.” Discover the power of dissent and standing up for your beliefs in Debbie Levy’s biographical picture book about the Notorious RBG and her many famous disagreements.

4. “Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race”

Do you know the name Mary Jackson? She was NASA’s first African American female engineer and was a barrier-breaking inspiration for the book Hidden Figures. Discover how Mary Jackson, Dorothy Vaughan, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden changed history and helped put the first humans in space.

5. “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!

6. “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.

7. “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.

8. “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.

9. “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.

10. 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.

11. “Finish the Fight!: The Brave and Revolutionary Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote”

This one is a New York Times bestseller! You’ll meet some of the figures responsible for giving women the right to vote, including icons like Susan B. Anthony and lesser-known (but equally important) Black, Asian, Latinx, and Native American suffragists.

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