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5 Inspiring Picture Books That Show How Women Have Changed the World

Dr. Anna Iacovetta | The Children’s Book Review | September 24, 2019

Women have changed the world more than one may think!  From innovative filmmaking and painting to writing and spreading hope and inspiration for future generations, the power of women is very real and is here to stay!

Here are a few newer books that tell the stories of some of these women.  You may even learn a few new names!

Dancing Through Fields of ColorDancing Through Fields of Color

Written by Elizabeth Brown

Illustrated by Aimée Sicuro

This is a story for budding artists who think and paint outside the lines!   Helen Frankenthaler, an abstract artist from the 1950s, created an art movement simply based on her own style of painting which was unlike any other.  Her unconventional techniques and tools created eccentric and exciting pieces of art that will go on to inspire future generations.  The watercolor illustrations that are reminiscent of Frankenthaler’s own art leave the reader mesmerized and wanting more.

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Ages 4-8 | Publisher: Harry N. Abrams | March 19, 2019 | ISBN-13: 978-1419734106


Buy the BookLights! Camera! Alice! The Thrilling True Adventures of the First Woman Filmmaker

Written by Mara Rockliff  

Illustrated by Simona Ciraolo

Alice Guy-Blache isn’t a household name, but soon will be after this special read.  Author, Mara Rockliff and Illustrator Simona Ciraolo created a cleverly formatted book much like that of a silent movie to share the story of this one-of-a-kind filmmaker.  Alice took her love for storytelling one step further as she created stories for the silver screen using methods and ideas never before attempted.  Her bold vision seeps through the pages of this easy-to-read story creating inspiration for all readers!

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Ages 6-9 | Publisher: Chronicle Books | September 11, 2018 | ISBN-13: 978-1452141343

Mama Africa!- How Miriam Makeba Spread Hope with Her SongMama Africa!: How Miriam Makeba Spread Hope With Her Song

Written by Kathryn Erskine

Illustrated by Charly Palmer

Miriam Makeba’s music and social activism comes to life through Kathryn Erskine’s words and Charly Palmer’s visually brilliant illustrations.  “Mama Africa” used her voice and music to speak out against apartheid in South Africa.  As the story of her struggles and challenges continue, her voice only became stronger and louder.  She even became an inspiration to Nelson Madela who worked to end the harsh laws of inequality.  Though, she may be gone, her music lives on as a reminder to us all.

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Ages 6-10 | Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux | Oct. 10, 2017 | ISBN-13: 978-0374303013

Buy the BookGrandma Gatewood Hikes the Appalachian Trail

Written and Illustrated by Jennifer Thermes

This is an inspirational, true story of Grandma Gatewood who left rural Ohio at age 67 to become the first woman to walk the Appalachian Trail, “the longest footpath in the world.”  From Georgia to Maine, the story shares her adventures of how she weathered storms, encountered animals, and relied on strangers for help.  The book is beautifully crafted by Thermes with full page illustrations and double page spreads.  A must-have for your personal or classroom library!

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Ages 5-7 | Publisher: Harry N. Abrams | May 8, 2018 | ISBN-13: 978-1419728396


Buy the BookShe Made a Monster: How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein

Written by Lynn Fulton

Illustrated by Felicita Sala

It all began with a dream!  As the night began to fall and the thunder sounded outside her bedroom window, a young Mary Shelly drifted asleep in hopes to be inspired to write a scary story that was commissioned to her.  Eerie shadows and sounds fed her imagination creating a creepy manlike creature “with bulging yellow eyes” named Frankenstein.  Lynn Fulton story-telling creates a suspenseful feeling that readers connect with especially with the dark illustrations by Sala.

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Ages 4-8 | Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers | September 18, 2018 | ISBN-13: 978-0525579601

The book list 5 Inspiring Picture Books That Show How Women Have Changed the World was curated by Anna C. Iacovetta, Ph.D.. Discover more books like the titles listed here by following along with our reviews and articles tagged with Inspirational Figures, Non-Fiction, Picture Books, and Women’s History.

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Dr. Anna Iacovetta, classroom teacher who taught every grade, K-12 together with undergraduate students. Her passionate interest in children's literature led her to earn a doctorate in Literature for Children and Young Adults from The Ohio State University. Anna is currently a part-time professor and book reviewer who resides in Cleveland, Ohio where she lives with her husband and two young children. Twitter: LiteraryGal82

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