Because it’s International Women’s Day, today is the perfect to day to share some of my favorite children’s books about women for Women’s History Month. I mean come on, women rock! In my not so humble opinion, women make the world go around. You don’t have to agree with that statement but you have to admit that women are amazing and women have definitely been at the forefront of change, leadership and growth even when behind the scenes. So while this is certainly not all the books, here are some of our current favorites and a few we plan to add to our collection soon. Happy Women’s History Month and Happy International Women’s Day.
Also, parents of boys, this list is for you too. The early boys learn about women and their contributions to the world, the better. A young man that learns to respect woman as a child, will respect women as an adult. Let’s make this the norm.
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Children’s Books to Read for Women’s History Month
Ok I had to start with our current fav. This book literally bought me to tears. I read the book on my own before I introduced it to the kids. To see my favorite author Octavia Butler featured just too me out. Years ago I had the pleasure of hearing her speak at City College in Harlem, NY. That moment was life changing for me.
And now there is a board book version of Little Leaders called Dream Big Little Leaders. I am getting it asap and it will certainly be on my gift list for the tiny future leaders in my life.
Another board book that’s perfect for the smallest future trailblazers. It’s a board book that can be kept as a keepsake or passed down to family and friends. Keep the wonder going to keep the girl power alive.
Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton shares 13 women who changed the world. When little girls see women that came before them make their mark, it lets them know that they can make theirs.
The second book in the series from Chelsea Clinton shares 13 more women from around the world who changed history. This one is great for exposing your children to people from different backgrounds that have made major contributions to the world.
Board books are some of my favs because they can withstand the busy hands (and mouth) of teethers and toddlers. This set board book set makes it easy to keep some of the other books on this list as collectibles while sharing these inspiring women with you little one.
The Little People, Big Dreams Collection
Just look at the names! There isn’t much else to say.
- Maya Angelou
- Rosa Parks
- Marie Curie
- Emmeline Pankhurst
- Frida Kahlo
- Audrey Hepburn
- Ella Fitzgerald
- Coco Chanel
- Amelia Earhart
- Ada Lovelace
Hidden Figures is a great book for adults so this picture book version for the younger crowd is perfect. Not too many people know about the black women that worked behind the scenes at the space center. It’s a lesson worth learning about because women no matter their race can do anything. My daughter is fascinated with space. This one is one of her favorite books ever.
Because without women changing the world, where would we be?
My daughter is obsessed with anything about space. From constellations, to planets to astronauts and their spaceships. When I told her that she too can go to space, she was amazed. Introducing her to Mae Jemison was the perfect way to show her that yes someone that looks like her traveled to space.
This one was sold out for so long that we ended up getting book 2 first. Are you a rebel girl? I can tell you without a doubt that my Z is a rebel girl. People always tell me she will fare well as a leader when she gets older. I hope these books are just the inspiration she needs.
See above. The rebel girl is here to stay. We started with book 2 in this series and continue to go through it as a read aloud. I love that Z use to ask “was she a real person?” and now she says “I want to be like (pick any of these amazing women) when I grow up.
I don’t know any mom that was shaken to the core when the story of Malala Yousafzai and the attempt on her life for seeking an education hit the news. In this story of triumph Malala shares her first picture book based on her own childhood.
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has sat on the bench of the Supreme Court since XXX. Read her story about being agreeable while disagreeing. This one is for older kids (3rd grade and up) but works as a great read aloud. Be ready to explain some of the advanced language and concepts when curious kids ask.
Any sports fans in your household? The women in sports book is the perfect book for your rising athlete. Seeing women at the top of their game and how they got there is a great way to encourage your fearless little athletes.
And of course my little volcano maker and rock collector is all into science. Sharing women in science and technology with her is very important to me. There is still so much growth to be had in the STEM/STEAM fields for women.
Do you have any children’s books about women to add to the list? Share them in the comments.
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