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5 Children’s Books That Celebrate Women’s History Month

You’ll want to read these books inspired by real women’s lives all year long.

By Katilyn Thomas
March 23, 2021

Who runs the world? GIRLS. And given that March is Women’s History Month, let’s make sure that everyone knows it—especially your kids. It’s important to teach your boys and girls the importance of women in the past, present and future – and what better way than books! Children’s books can offer a fun and informative history lesson on women’s accomplishments. So, let’s dive into these books that you can read all year long.

“The Youngest Marcher”

In The Youngest Marcher, little ones will meet Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Civil Rights activist who taught the world you’re never too young to make a difference. (By Cynthia Levinson, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton)

“Shark Lady”

Shark Lady is the story of Eugenie Clark, a famous marine biologist who adored sharks and their fellow friends under the sea. The title comes from the nickname Clark earned for her work. (By Jess Keating, illustrated by Marta Álvarez Miguéns)

“Malala’s Magic Pencil”

Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani activist for girls education and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, tells her own story in Malala’s Magic Pencil. (Illustrated by Kerascoët, a joint pen name for Sébastien Cosset and Marie Pommepuy)

“Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows In The Bronx/La Juez Que Creció En El Bronx”

This bilingual book shows kids how Sonia Sotomayor persevered to become the first Latinx U.S. Supreme Court justice. (By Jonah Winter, illustrated by Edel Rodriguez)

“Are You An Echo?”

Are You An Echo? weaves the work of Japanese poet Misuzu Kaneko with her life story in a bilingual book. (Illustrated by Toshikado Hajiri, text and translation by David Jacobson, Sally Ito, and Michiko Tsuboi) 

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