March is Women’s History Month, and I am excited to have an extra reason to teach my girls about some amazing women who have come before us, blazing trails and making change. As the month approached, I set out to explore the inter-webs for some books on level with my kiddos that would teach them about some of these fabulous women and hopefully remind them of their value as tiny women. I hope you enjoy this list, but mostly, I hope that you enjoy sharing them with your own kids.
1. 100 Women Who Made History
Discovery Kids has put together this great title featuring 100 women who have made their mark on history. This title is recommended for ages 8-12, but my littlest enjoyed looking at the bobble-head type illustrations while my eight year old read through it. It covers so many women that I decided to make it number one to make sure you saw this one, if nothing else. What better way to celebrate Women’s History Month than by sharing 100 fabulous trail-blazing women with your kids?
2. A is for Abigail: An Almanac of Amazing American Women
Coming in at number two is a title by Lynne Cheney that will walk you through the history of some American women who made their mark on history. This ABC format is fun and engaging, and the accompanying illustrations are equally entertaining and whimsical. This title is recommended for ages 6-12, but once again, my threenager enjoyed the pictures while her sister translated the text to 3-year-old language.
3. The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist
This new title by Cynthia Levinson is a new favorite in our house for several reasons. First, it is based right here in Birmingham and the girls were quick to pick up on that. Second, Audrey Faye Hendricks is 9 years old in this book and the girls loved that this book was about a young girl. I love that about this book as well because I love anything that shows the girls that they don’t have to wait to make a difference — their little voices can be as big as they want them to be. You will definitely want to add this one to your bookshelf.
4. Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries Who Shaped Our History…and Our Future!
Number four is a title that is recommended for ages 8-16 so if you are wanting something for an older child, this is one to consider. It has a variety of women included, and I was a big fan of the colors and illustrations. This title is brought to you by author Kate Schatz and is bound to be a favorite.
5. Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom
This Caldecott Honor book by Carole Boston Weatherford has been a favorite of mine for years. It was one I always loved to read to my students back in my teaching days, and it is now one that I share with my own girls. If you haven’t already added this book to your collection, you are definitely missing a gem.
6. You Want Women to Vote, Lizzie Stanton?
In this book, Jean Fritz gives a quick history of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and her fight for women’s right to vote. Recommended for ages 8-12, this book introduced my eight year old to a new historical figure. She had some thought-provoking questions after reading this book, and it opened up a great discussion on the history of women’s voting rights.
7. Lives of Extraordinary Women: Rulers, Rebels (And What the Neighbors Thought)
Kathleen Krull brings us another title that features a multitude of world-changing women in fabulous style. This title features 20 of the most influential women in our history, from queens and rulers to first ladies and more. Some of the women will be easily recognizable to your kiddos while others will probably be new to them. It’s the perfect mix that has rightfully earned its spot on this list.
8. She Loved Baseball: The Effa Manley Story
I love this title by Audrey Veronica because not only was this story new to my kids, but it was also new to me. Learning about a woman I was unfamiliar with was a great experience to share with my girls. Whether Effa Manley is new to you or someone you’re very familiar with, this is a great book to add to your home. This title is a home run for sure!
9. Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909
Number nine is a title by Michelle Markel that brings you the story of a young Ukranian immigrant named Clara Lemlich who led the largest strike of women workers in U.S. history. Clara is another name that I wasn’t as familiar with, so I was excited to learn more about her alongside my daughters. This title is packed with information and is geared toward kids ages 4-8.
10. Here Come the Girl Scouts: The Amazing All-True Story of Juliette ‘Daisy’ Gordon Low and Her Great Adventure
While this book is great for any kiddos to read, it is especially fun if you happen to have your own little Girl Scout in your home. Author Shana Corey brings you and your kids a history of Juliette Gordon Low and the Girl Scouts that goes far beyond those amazing cookies that we all know about. This is definitely one that you will want to check out.
That wraps up this Top 10 list! I hope you have enjoyed learning about some of our favorite titles for Women’s History Month. Hopefully you found a few new ones to add to your bookshelf that you and your own littles can enjoy reading together. Happy Women’s History Month to all of you rockstar women reading this!
Do you have any books that you would add to this list? I would love to hear about your favorites in the comments!