I tried to get this done for the day before, but mom life and sicks kids meant it wasn’t in the cards. Happy International Women’s Day. Check out the list of books we love about strong women! Great to read with your strong daughters and awesome sons.
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History, by Vashti Harrison
Great collection of one page bios from various women in black history. Reece was particularly interested in Nina Simone so whenever we get to her page I cue up Spotify and we listen to her songs instead of reading more than our normal nightly amount. There were several women I had never heard of so it was a great teaching book for me as well!
She Persisted series, by Chelsea Clinton, illustrated by Alexandera Boiger
The first book is women in American history, the second is throughout the world. The bios are pretty short compared to some bigger books, but enough information that can be used as a jumping off point for children. When Reece or Kat have a particular interest in a page, I’ll look up more information which is great for an even bigger dialog.
Madeline series, by Ludwig Bemelmans
The adventures of Madeline sometimes are from her own making, but they still show that even if you’re a girl and are small, you can still be mighty!
Malala’ Magical Pencil, by Malala Yousafzai, illustrated by Kerascoet
“One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.” Based on Malala’s real life, how she dreamed and how she didn’t need the magic of a pencil to overcome obstacles that hindered women’s right to education. Honestly, any description I give doesn’t give the story justice so buy it or borrow from the library and give it a read!
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls series, by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo
The bios in these books are great, filled with a lot of information. It took us a couple months to get through, but Reece was excited to read a “big” book and to put the bookmark in and then come back to more stories the next night. My only gripe is the book needs a better editor, some grammar and typos were a little annoying to read in such a successful book.
Dear Girl, by Amy Krouse and Paris Rosenthal, illustrated by Holly Hatam
A book for brave women. Dear Girl talks about what it means to be a girl. Ask questions, don’t be confined to the “rules,” embracing who you are (inside and out).
A is for Awesome! 23 Iconic Women Who Changed the World, by Ava Chen, illustrated by Derek Desierto
Some of the women in this books are also in the other books on the list, but this is a very simplified spectrum of women throughout the world. A board book that is a great starter book for the youngest of children if the other books are a little too long to capture tiny attentions.