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Women’s History Month: 5 Kids’ Books that Celebrate Women & Empower Girls

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: March 1, 2010

March is National Women’s History Month. The National Women’s History Project, an organization whose mission is to “recognize and celebrate the diverse and historic accomplishments of women by providing information and educational materials and programs,” has announced that the theme for 2010 is Writing Women Back into History.  This is what they had to say:

“The history of women often seems to be written with invisible ink. Even when recognized in their own times, women are often not included in the history books.”

With so few books highlighting the brilliant women from our history, I felt that it was important to kick-off this important month of recognition with 5 books that not only acknowledge women’s achievements but celebrate them and empower young girls (our women of the future).

Elizabeth Leads the Way: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Right to Vote Elizabeth Leads the Way: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Right to Vote

by Tanya Lee Stone

(Ages 6-10)

Who Was Amelia Earhart? (Who Was...?) Who Was Amelia Earhart?

by Kate Boehm Jerome

(Ages 9-12)

Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream

by Tanya Lee Stone

(Ages 10 and up)

The Invisible Thread: An Autobiography The Invisible Thread: An Autobiography

by Yoshiko Uchida

(Ages 12 and up)

Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women,

by Catherine Thimmesh

(Ages 12 and up)

This is only a sprinkling of the sprinkling of the available women’s history books. Please share a thought or book suggestion about your favorite women from your family, community, or history, in the comment field below.

Bianca Schulze is the founder of The Children’s Book Review. She is a reader, reviewer, mother and children’s book lover. She also has a decade’s worth of experience working with children in the great outdoors. Combined with her love of books and experience as a children’s specialist bookseller, the goal is to share her passion for children’s literature to grow readers. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, she now lives with her husband and three children near Boulder, Colorado.

Comments
  • Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice, by Phillip Hoose might be a good addition to your list of books highlighting women in history. Hoose’s book was, of course, a recent Newbery Honor book. The story is about the role of young girl in the U.S. civil rights movement.

    March 4, 2010
  • Thanks for the great book suggestions!

    There’s a web site, 300 Women Who Changed the World, that would go along nicely with these books. You can read about it in School Library Journal here:

    http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/article/CA6720403.html?nid=2413&source=title&rid=17302226

    And the first book that came to mind to add to this list is Ruby’s Wish, by Shirin Yim. It pulls in Chinese culture, and revolves around a little girl who has big dreams. It’s most appropriate for ages 4 through 10, but it will prompt a lively discussion among older readers as well.

    Thanks again!

    March 12, 2010
    • Thanks for sharing the link—it’s a great resource—and your fab book suggetsion.

      March 12, 2010
  • Thanks for highlighting these books. They will become classics! I’ve linked this post to my latest blog post to celebrate National Women’s History Month. It’s great to see so much good literature out there now.

    March 20, 2010

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