Children's Book Recommendations

Women’s History Month – Children’s Book Recommendations

For the last few decades, the United States has celebrated Women’s History Month during the month of March. Why exactly…? Well, thanks to an Education Task Force in Sonoma, California, a “Women’s History WEEK” was first celebrated in 1978. President Carter got wind of it and in 1980 declared it an official week with the following statement,

“From the first settlers who came to our shores, from the first American Indian families who befriended them, men and women have worked together to build this nation.
Too often, the women were unsung and sometimes their contributions went unnoticed.
But the achievements, leadership, courage, strength, and love of the women who built
America was as vital as that of the men whose names we know so well.”
– President Jimmy Carter,
designating March 2-8, 1980 National Women’s History Week
Between the late ’80’s and early ’90’s, it settled in as a month-long celebration, just like Black History Month. We also celebrate International Women’s Day globally on March 8th.
There’s only one other young lady in my household (who’s vying for top billing of Boss Lady) right now, but I want all of my children to learn about the strong women who have shaped this country, and world, with their wise words and/or brave actions.
I have compiled this list of children’s books that include some pretty amazing stories of some inspirational women you’ll want to read and/or have on your bookshelves to share with your kiddos… Enjoy!

Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World – ages 5-10
This is my favorite book I own on the subject and I highly recommend adding it to your bookshelf. This picture book features information on 14 inspiring YOUNG women. I especially like how it focuses on girls/young women, so that our kiddos today can realize that they don’t have to wait to grow up to do something impactful. Another thing that makes this book so unique is not only is the information displayed differently on each page, but thirteen different FEMALE illustrators contributed to it. Talk about creativity and teamwork – yay women!

 

Little Dreamers: Visionary Women Around the World – ages 8-12
This is the follow-up to Harrison’s beautiful Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History that I recommended last month. Thirty-five female creators, artists, scientists, inventors, and writers are depicted with one-page biographies and adorable pictures of them in their element. Being a Disney fan, I was thrilled to see artist and designer extraordinaire Mary Blair featured in this stunning hardcover book. (The two books also come as a beautiful boxed set.)

She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World – ages 4-8
“Sometimes being a girl isn’t easy.” Written by former First Daughter, Chelsea Clinton, this book highlights 13 persistent women who didn’t give up their dreams in the face of adversity. Showing our children that life doesn’t come easy and that rewards are worth the hard work is sometimes easier when presented with stories that can inspire them to keep on keepin’ on. The women in this book are all American, but due to its popularity, Clinton wrote a sequel, She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History.
 

Remember the Ladies: 100 Great American Women – ages 7-12
Each page of this book devotes several sentences to about 4 or 5 women each from a specific time period as it moves chronologically through our country’s history. It starts with girls like Pocahontas from the “New World”, and goes on to describe Clara Barton, Annie Oakley, Shirley Temple, Barbara Walters, and many more (MANY who I guarantee you’ve never heard of, but will be glad you read a few sentences about). Each woman is pictured, but there’s even a snaking timeline/collage in the back incorporating all 100 which is pretty remarkable to look at.

 
Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World – ages 7-12
This is another book full of fun facts about 13 women portrayed in a colorful and whimsical manner. Your young reader will enjoy seeing these cartoons come to life as they describe in their own words their passions, amid the definitions and other relevant information needed to explain their life’s work. There are even more books in the series, so be sure to check out Fantastically Great Women Who Made History and their brand new one, Fantastically Great Women Who Saved the Planet.
Here’s a thicker book that doesn’t limit us to 13. 😉 Filled with real-life pictures, quotes, beautiful illustrations, and lots of information, your older child will be inspired and uplifted while reading about women who took their passion and ran with it. Divided into sections, the book showcases women who Believe & Lead, Imagine & Create, Help & Heal, Think & Solve, and Hope & Overcome. If you’re a fellow woman, I dare you not to swell with pride while reading this one.
 
Hidden Figures – ages
This book is one to have out during both February AND March because it tells the true stories of some remarkably smart women and what they accomplished during an especially difficult time in our country’s history for people with their skin color. Read their inspiring stories of how they: became the first African-American female engineer at Langley, taught other women to program computers, and became an engineer for supersonic airplanes. They were the hidden figures behind our successful moon landing. For fun, you can watch the movie, by the same name, after reading this fun picture book.

Miss Moore Thought Otherwise – ages 5-8
If your little one enjoys going to the library, he or she should probably thank Miss Moore! She was a strong-minded young lady who went to library college to become a librarian and opened the first Children’s Library/Room in the New York Public Library and was a trailblazer for many to follow suit. I love reading about others who enjoy getting books into kids’ hands!!
 
Brave Girls – Bible Stories – ages 5-8
What better place to turn to for inspiring women than to the Bible? Five modern-day friends help narrate this collection of Bible stories and guide the readers along as we learn some important lessons and truths from more than 30 brave women in the most popular book printed today. We will also celebrate our own strengths and differences as we learn to appreciate how God made each one of us unique.
 
For Such a Time as This: Stories of Women from the Bible, Retold for Girls – ages 6-10

For slightly older girls, this book is great for readers who want a little more of a “Bible study”. Each story features a prominent woman/women from the Bible. At the end of each story, the reader is invited to reflect on the attribute of God that is highlighted in the story (i.e. faithful, gracious, near) and how we can either act that out or invite more of that into our lives.
(This post contains affiliate links to Amazon. If you purchase the recommended books from these links, I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you, so thank you. 😊)

“God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.” – Psalm 46:5 (NIV)

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