Stories to Learn From: Women’s History Month and Beyond

womens history collage

March was Women’s History Month, but that doesn’t mean that because March is done we have to stop learning. We created a book list so that you and your family can keep the learning going all year round. Picture books are great for introducing young readers to famous women in history while novels and biographies can be perfect for older children looking to learn more about an era in history or a woman they admire. Whether reading about the arts, science, or politics— you can be sure there’s an admirable lady for kids to look up to and learn from.

Happy reading!

Picture Books

I dissent
I Dissent! Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark
 by Debbie Levy & illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley

Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters 
by Barack Obama & illustrated by Loren Long

my name is not isabella
My Name is Not Isabella 
by Jennifer Fosberry & illustrated by Mike Litwin

grace for president
Grace for President 
by Kelly S. DiPucchio & illustrated by LeUyen Pham

josephine the dazzling life
Josephine, The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker 
by Patricia Hruby Powell & illustrated by Christian Robinson

the watcher jane goodall
The Watcher: Jane Goodall’s Life with the Chimps 
by Jeanette Winter

who says women cant be doctors elizabeth blackwell
Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors: The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell 
by Tanya Lee Stone & illustrated by Marjorie Priceman

ada lovelace poet of science
Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science: The First Computer Programmer 
by Diane Stanley & illustrated by Jessie Hartland

right to learn malala yousafzais story
For the Right to Learn: Malala Yousafzai’s Story 
by Rebecca Langston-George & illustrated by Janna Bock

lillians right to vote voting rights
Lillian’s Right To Vot
e: A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 
by Jonah Winter & illustrated by Shane W. Evans

brave girl clara
Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909 
by Michelle Markel & illustrated by Melissa Sweet

sonia sotomayor a judge bronx
Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx by 
Jonah Winter & illustrated by Edel Rodriguez

Middle Grade/Young Adult (Ages 11+)

Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice 
by Phillip Hoose

i am malala
I Am Malala 
by Malala Yousafzai with contributions by Christina Lamb

(The Seeds of America Trilogy #1) by Laurie Halse Anderson

under a painted sky
Under A Painted Sky 
by Stacey Lee

The Voice That Challenged A Nation: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights 
by Russell Freedman 

sally ride
Sally Ride: A Photobiography of America’s Pioneering Woman in Space 
by Tam O’Shaughnessey


Anthologies and Series

50 women in science
Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World 
by Rachel Ignotofsky

rad american women
Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries who Shaped Our History…and Our Future! 
by Kate Schatz & illustrated by Miriam Klein Stahl

I Am…(Series) 
by Brad Meltzer & illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos
Look for Jane Goodall, Lucille Ball, Rosa Parks, and more.

Little People, Big Dreams…(Series)
by various authors & illustrators
Look for Amelia Earhart, Coco Chanel, Maya Angelou, Frida Khalo, and more.

girls think of everything
Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women 
by Catherine Thimmesh & illustrated by Melissa Sweet


Upcoming Releases

feminist baby
Feminist Baby 
by Loryn Brantz
Available April 11, 2017

she persisted
She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World 
by Chelsea Clinton & illustrated by Alexandra Boiger
Available May 30, 2017

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