Must-Read Kids’ Books for Women’s History Month
March is Women’s History Month, a time to celebrate the accomplishments of women and also inspire a new generation of young women. As parents, we may have good intentions of educating our children about these important figures, but it’s a daunting task. After all, there are so many amazing women. We’ve simplified this complex topic with six kid-friendly books that feature strong, successful women. Spoiler alert: boys will like them too.
This Little Dreamer by Joan Holub
An engaging board book that emphasizes the qualities of kindness, sharing and speaking out – while highlighting heroes such as Clara Barton, Sojourner Truth and Mother Teresa. For ages 3-5.
Like a Girl by Lori Degman
Create, prevail, change the world – like a girl! This celebration of girl power highlights women who made a difference, from Simone Biles and Maya Angelou to Sally Ride and Helen Keller. For ages 4-8.
What Miss Mitchell Saw by Hayley Barrett
America’s first female professional astronomer, Maria Mitchell, began her career by observing the stars from her home in Nantucket. The story of this advocate for women’s rights is told with engaging illustrations that will inspire budding scientists. For ages 4 and up.
Hedy Lamarr’s Double Life by Laurie Wallmark
Actor or scientist? Movie star Hedy Lamarr was considered the most beautiful woman in the world. But she was also a brilliant inventor. This inspiring biography tells how Lamarr developed a groundbreaking communications system during World War II that is still used today. For ages 5 and up.
Muslim Girls Rise by Saira Mir
Nobel Peace Prize winner, fashion designer, advisor to the president, filmmaker, model and more – this beautifully written book tells the story of 19 Muslim women who overcame great odds to change the world. For ages 6 and up.
The Skylarks’ War by Hilary McKay
Clarry Penrose longs for independence, but her father doesn’t believe in education for girls. When war breaks out and Clarry’s beloved cousin is declared missing, she has to step out of her shell and into the wild world. For ages 10-14.
Make Trouble by Cecile Richards
“To make change, you have to make trouble.” The young readers edition of Richards’ bestselling memoir encourages girls to take risks, make mistakes and make trouble along the way. For ages 10 and up.
Becoming RGB: Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s Journey to Justice by Debbie Levy
This graphic novel is a fascinating look at Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s life and the experiences that led her to become a modern feminist icon. For ages 10 and up.
We love these books (which also include titles like 100 People Who Made History and 100 Scientists Who Made History) because they cover people from different time periods. In this one, young readers can learn about Joan of Arc, J.K. Rowling, Marie Curie and ninety-seven other incredible women. Plus, the format is full of cool pictures and fun facts, so it doesn’t read like a text book. Best for ages 8-12.
Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly
Based on the bestselling book and the Academy Award nominated movie, this picture book tells the story of four black women who overcame obstacles in the 1960s to succeed as mathematicians at NASA. Kids will love the illustrations and fun science explanations. Most important, this true story is fascinating and inspiring to both boys and girls. Best for ages 4-8.
She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World by Chelsea Clinton
The former first-daughter writes about well-known women (like Harriet Tubman) as well as women you may not be as familiar with (like ballerina Maria Tallchief). All of their stories will spark conversations between parents and children and surely inspire kids to be persistent. Best for ages 4-8.
Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World by Rachel Ignotofsky
For the STEM-loving child, this book tells the stories of remarkable women in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. Kids will enjoy the thoughtful illustrations and other fascinating facts–such as the rates of women currently working in STEM fields. Best for ages 10+.
My Name Is Not Isabella: Just How Big Can a Little Girl Dream? by Jennifer Fosberry
The first in Fosberry’s popular Isabella series, this colorful picture book follows Isabella as she pretends to be female heroes such as Sally Ride, Rosa Parks and even her own mother. Other books in the series include Isabella: Star of the Story, Isabella: Girl on the Go and Isabella: Girl in Charge. Best for ages 4-8.
If You Lived When Women Won Their Rights by Anne Kamma
Children may be surprised to learn that there was a time when women could not vote, own property, go to college or work at certain jobs. This book explores that time in a kid-friendly question-answer format and explains how women fought to have these rights. And if your children enjoy this one, they may also like other titles in the popular “If You Lived” series such as If You Lived in Colonial Times and If You Lived with the Sioux Indians. Best for ages 7-10.
-Elsa Simick and Mary Williams