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Books About Women: Celebrating Women’s History Month

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: March 8, 2011

Our shared history unites families, communities, and nations.  Although women’s history is intertwined with the history shared with men, several factors – social, religious, economic, and biological – have worked to create a unique sphere of women’s history. ~ The National Women’s History Project

Just Being Audrey

by Margaret Cardillo (Author), Julia Denos (Illustrator)

Reading level: Ages 4-8

Hardcover: 32 pages

Publisher: Balzer + Bray (January 25, 2011)

Source: Publisher

From her life as a child in Nazi occupied Europe to her rise to fame as an actress to her empowering work with UNICEF, Hepburn’s kindness and compassion has been highlighted clearly and carefully and will most definitely inspire young girls. The beautifully painted artwork truly captures the eloquence and signature style that exuded from Hepburn her entire life. Just Being Audrey certainly has a special je ne sais quoi.

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My Name Is Not Isabella: Just How Big Can a Girl Dream

by Jennifer Fosberry (Author), Mike Litwin (Illustrator)

Reading level: Ages 4-8

Hardcover: 32 pages

Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky; Reprint edition (September 1, 2010)

Source: Publisher

This picture book is a brilliant way to introduce young girls to some very wonderful women. It’s empowering and inspiring and a whole lot of fun. These are some of Isabella’s role models: U.S. Astronaut Sally Ride, activist Rosa Parks, and sharpshooter Annie Oakley.

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Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart

by Candace Fleming

Reading level: Ages 8-12

Hardcover: 128 pages

Publisher: Schwartz & Wade (February 8, 2011)

Source: Publisher

Candace Fleming is a non-fiction writing master. There are many books about Amelia Earhart that have been written for children, however, it is Fleming’s ability to string readers along with the mystery of Earhart’s disappearance that makes this rendition a standout. Photographs, maps, and newspaper clippings are found on almost every page, which only enhance the reading experience.

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Legends: Women Who Have Changed the World

by John Miller (Author), Anjelica Huston (Introduction)

Reading level: Young Adult

Paperback: 128 pages

Publisher: New World Library (September 9, 2001)

Source: Library

This is a book from the adult world that crosses over nicely to the world of teens. It’s a collection of essays on remarkable women that have paved the way for the women of today. Each of the ladies have been dedicated a double page spread: one page for the text and the other for a beautiful black-on-white photograph. From Hellen Keller to Princess Diana to Oprah Winfrey, from fashion diva to chef to Nobel Peace Prize winner, with such a diverse group of women filling the pages of this book there is sure to be a personality to aspire to, and perhaps even inspire some continual research.

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Looking for more? Check out these five kids books that celebrate women, too.

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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.

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