Children's Books to Celebrate International Women's Day

Seira Wilson on March 08, 2019
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Part of celebrating the women of today is using their stories to inspire the next generation. Lately there is an abundance of books for kids about strong and powerful women around the world, who have made a difference in our lives. I set out to choose 10 books to showcase, but the list kept growing, so I decided an even dozen would have to work.  Here's to the women past, present, and future, who inspire us and dare to dream big and change history.



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So Here I Am: Speeches by great women to empower and inspire by Anna Russell

From Queen Elizabeth I to Malala Yousafzai, this is a collection of seminal speeches from women around the world. Powerful and inspiring, give this to the teen or young woman in your life.  Ages 12 and up



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A Computer Called Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Helped Put America on the Moon by Suzanne Slade

Bestselling author Suzanne Slade includes arithmetic problems as examples in her picture book biography about Katherine Johnson, the young, African-American, female mathematician who was critical to NASA's ability to put a man on the moon. Ages 4-8



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A Is for Awesome!: 23 Iconic Women Who Changed the World by Eva Chen

A board book A to Z of women with diverse lives and contributions.  Many entries also include a quote from the person along with their main accomplishment(s).  F is for Flo Jo and G is for Georgia O'Keefe, and A is definitely for Awesome with this book. Ages 1-3



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Herstory: 50 Women and Girls Who Shook Up the World by Katherine Halligan

Structured around chapter themes that include Help & Heal, Think & Solve, Imagine & Create, Herstory showcases 50 women and girls from around the globe who have made their mark and changed the world for the better. Some of these women were never appreciated in their lifetimes, but they are celebrated in the pages of this unique collage-style volume. Ages 8 and up



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Bold & Brave: Ten Heroes Who Won Women the Right to Vote by Kirsten Gillibrand

With illustrations by renowned artist Maira Kalman, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand introduces young readers to ten women who fought injustice and lifted each other up for the cause of getting women the right to vote.  It took over seventy years but perseverance paved the way for not only the vote but far greater opportunities for women of today to lead and serve their country. Ages 6-9



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She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History by Chelsea Clinton

Chelsea Clinton introduces readers to thirteen women around the world who dared to dream big and overcome obstacles to reach their goals.  These women made their mark in science, the arts, sports, and activism, challenging the status quo and breaking barriers for the generations to follow.  The diverse list of women profiled here include Wangari Maathai, Yuan Yuan Tan, and Viola Desmond. Ages 4-8


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Little Dreamers: Visionary Women Around the World by Vashti Harrison

Vashti Harrison celebrates 35 women creators with colorful biographies that highlight their contribution to history and our world today.  Inventors, writers, scientists, and artists--each of these trailblazers is identified with a beautifully illustrated full-color spread. A nice mix of well-known names and those who are just now getting their due. Ages 8-11



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I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is an inspiration to women of all ages and this picture book biography celebrates her determination, her rise to the Supreme Court, and the decisions she made there. Ginsburg’s life shows young woman that they can--and should--“object” to unfair treatment, fight for their dreams, and be a voice for change. Ages 4-8




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I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World (Young Readers Edition) by Malala Yousafzai

The youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize winner, Malala Yousafzai's memoir quickly became an international bestseller. The Young Readers edition has been adapted to share Yousafzai's inspirational story of courage with a younger audience.  Includes photos and other exclusive material.  Ages 12-up


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The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor by Sonia Sotomayor

Justice Sonia Sotomayor overcome many challenges to achieve her dream of becoming a lawyer and is an inspiration to many as the first Latina and third woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court.  In this adaptation of her bestselling memoir young readers will learn how Sotomayor's belief in herself, along with hard work and determination, made her the role model she is today.  Ages 10-17



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Wilma's Way Home: The Life of Wilma Mankiller by Doreen Rappaport

Doreen Rappaport's gorgeously illustrated picture book biography introduces young people to a woman who hasn't been widely written about before in children's literature. Wilma Mankiller grew up following the Cherokee tradition of helping one another and her desire to serve her community lead her to became the first female chief of the Cherokee Nation. Ages 7-10



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I am Billie Jean King (Ordinary People Change the World) by Brad Meltzer

A brand new title in Brad Meltzer's popular series. Billie Jean King was a champion on the tennis courts and also a champion of women's rights.  Meltzer's conversational text covers King's childhood influences, her competitive spirit, and her fight for equal rights for all. Ages 5-8


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