As March is Women’s History Month, celebrating the stories of inspiring women throughout history should be at the forefront of our minds. It's so important to teach our children about influential women in history and the invaluable contributions they've made. Imagine how powerful it would be for young people to learn more about real-life role models like Eleanor Roosevelt, Susan B. Anthony, and Malala Yousafzai. A great way to introduce these inspiring women (and many others) is through picture books that celebrate their stories – which is why we’ve put together this list of fascinating titles for parents, teachers, and librarians looking for new ways to engage kids on the subject of heroic female figures from history!
Malala’s Magic Pencil
From a young age, Malala Yousafzai had big dreams for the world. Although her childhood in Pakistan was far from perfect - with a nearby rubbish dump that created an undesirable smell throughout their home - she held on to optimism and wished for something better. Imagining a magic pencil that could redraw reality as she saw fit (even if it were to give gifts or add an extra hour of sleep), Malala grew up believing in tangible change even without any magical tools at hand. This picture book celebrates the inspiring story of how this dreamer did not let anything stop her ambition and became one of the greatest human rights advocates we know today!
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History
Little Leaders is an incredible book that celebrates the resilience and achievements of forty inspirational black women throughout American history. From well-known figures such as Sojourner Truth, Maya Angelou, and Shirley Chisholm to lesser-known ones like Bessie Coleman and Alice Ball—all are brought vividly alive with beautiful illustrations in this New York Times bestseller. A must-have for any collection--stories of determination will inspire young readers amidst adversity while adults gain a newfound appreciation for those who helped shape our nation.
Through powerful stories of courageous women, this book celebrates the resilience and strength that can come from challenging a world where you might be overlooked or misunderstood. These biographies show how everyday people - pioneers, trailblazers, and activists alike - have made history by standing up for their rights and those of others around them. From soaring through the air to writing letters and penning down movements, these remarkable individuals set an example worth following!
Strong Girls in History: 15 Young Achievers You Should Know (Biographies for Kids)
This book shares the remarkable stories of 15 incredible young women who have already accomplished great things before even reaching their 20th birthdays. From pushing for social justice to becoming influential figures in pop culture and politics, these girls are proving that age is no barrier when it comes to making a real difference. Read about how they used their smarts, capability, and determination to challenge the odds - inspiring us all along the way.
Uncover the incredible stories of three remarkable young women: S. E. Hinton, who launched Young Adult novels with her bestselling book The Outsiders; Autumn Peltier, at 14 years old, became chief water commissioner for the Anishinabek Nation in Canada; and Marley Dias, an 11-year-old activist championing equality through a global campaign to collect books featuring Black girls as main characters! Inspire any girl's ambition and show them how much talent they have inside with Strong Girls Change History!
Harlem’s Little Blackbird: The Story of Florence Mills
Born in poverty, Florence Mills defied all odds by becoming one of the most influential entertainers on Broadway during the 1920s. Despite her fame and success, she never forgot where she came from or those less fortunate than herself—those affected by racism and prejudice. Thanks to her courage, Florence inspired countless artists with a passion for social justice while showcasing an extraordinary talent that still captivates audiences today! Harlem's Little Blackbird is a story dedicated to a singing legend who fought boldly against injustice and championed civil rights as part of following her own heart’s desires.
She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World
Over the course of US history, brave women have pushed for what's just and been bold in their convictions - no matter the cost. Chelsea Clinton brings these stories to life in She Persisted, a celebration of extraordinary American women who shaped our history through tenacity and strength. Thirteen powerful female figures who were unstoppable forces that used various tactics, including speaking and captivating an audience, are highlighted. These incredible role models defy all odds proving once again a time-honored truth; when we persist, anything is possible! Relatable yet aspirational, this book celebrates anyone longing to make their voice heard or reach beyond expectations but has faced opposition along the way—a must-read reminder that you cannot be held back from greatness if your heart desires it!
Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos
Dive into the intricate life of revolutionary artist Frida Kahlo to experience her vibrant works devoted to Mexican and indigenous culture. Through Monica Brown's story, explore how each animal inspired not only one of Mexico's most iconic painters but also served as a reflection of various personality traits that she embodied - from parrots with wit and humor to fawns representing trustworthiness. John Parra illustrates all this in an unforgettable journey through Frida’s world filled with two monkeys, three dogs, two turkeys, an eagle, a black cat, and more!
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