Celebrate Women’s History Month With These Books
This Women’s History Month, celebrate the achievements and contributions of women by diving into a new book. Whether you’re looking to inspire the next generation of leaders or searching for a book yourself, we’ve pulled together a list with a little something for everyone:
Board Books for Babies and Toddlers
1. Dream Big, Little One
This beautifully illustrated board book features Black female leaders that dreamed big and accomplished great things. From Ella Fitzgerald and Oprah Winfrey to Katherine Johnson and Maya Angelou, their stories will leave you and your little one inspired to change the world. As a side note, Harrison has created a series of “little” books, and all are a delight.
2. Who Is Jane Goodall?
Who is Jane Goodall tells the story of a girl that loved animals, had keen observation skills, and followed her dreams all the way to Africa. Learn how Goodall paved the way for women scientists and continues to help make the world a better place for people and animals. Little ones that love animals will see themselves in Goodall.
3. Counting With — Contando Con Frida (English and Spanish Edition)
Not only will babies and toddlers be introduced to a Mexican artist, but they will also be introduced to a new language as they learn to count to 10 in English and Spanish. Counting with — Contando Con Frida is the perfect book for your budding little artist.
Illustrated Books for Elementary-Aged Children
1. I am Lucille Ball (Ordinary People Change the World series)
Women are funny. And Lucille Ball is here to show just how funny, intelligent, creative, and innovative ladies can be. With an accessible comic style, I am Lucille Ball shows kids that it’s okay to be different and have power in those differences. It might also inspire you to turn on an old I Love Lucy episode to see a comedic genius at work.
2. I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark
This beautifully illustrated book follows the life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Learn about her childhood and the discrimination she faced as a Jewish girl in her time studying law and raising a family. I Dissent shows how Ruth Bader Ginsburg earned a spot as one of the most beloved Supreme Court Justices of all time and the meaning behind her different judicial collars.
3. The Only Woman in the Photo: Frances Perkins and Her New Deal for America
During a time when men dominated politics and decision-making, along came Frances Perkins. She was the first woman to serve in a presidential cabinet, the first female Secretary of Labor, and led the charge for the New Deal. Because of her voice and courage, workers today enjoy protection for their health and well-being. The Only Woman in the Photo provides a glimpse into Perkins’ history-changing life.
Chapter Books for Middle and High School
1. Alaskan Civil Right Hero Elizabeth Peratrovich: Fighter in Velvet Gloves
When Peratrovich was a girl, signs declared “No Natives or Dogs Allowed.” Alaska Natives faced discrimination in all aspects of life, and it was something she intended on changing. Fighter in Velvet Gloves shows how Peratrovich became an American civil rights activist, Grand President of the Alaska Native Sisterhood, and member of the Tlingit Nation who worked for equality on behalf of Alaska Natives.
2. I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World
It’s easy to take the opportunities we enjoy for granted in the United States. I Am Malala shows what life is like in other parts of the world. When the Taliban took control in her hometown, Malala refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. Her voice put her in the crosshairs of the Taliban and she was shot on her bus ride home from school. Malala’s miraculous recovery and unwavering voice led her to become the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.
Books for Adults
In this powerful memoir, Michelle Obama allows the reader into her personal stories and history-defining moments. Her storytelling will pull you in as a friend — delighting in her triumphs and feeling sorrow in her defeats. Becoming will leave you inspired and ready to change the world.
In her autobiographical essays, Fey brings us into her childhood, pre-SNL improv hustle, and rise to the top. Bossypants will leave you laughing and feeling a surge of power the next time someone calls you “bossy.”
3. Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman
Jump back in time and learn about the life of Catherine the Great. While you’ll discover how she became one of the most powerful women in history, you will also see her as a real, multifaceted person.