6 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.
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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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+.
5. 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.
6. 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.