Throughout history women have continued to establish more roles, careers and rights in society; the fight for equality has not been easy and it is a path that is still being paved today. On March 8th, International Women’s Day, we remember all of the amazing achievements women have accomplished around the world as well as the triumphs women are still making today.
We think it is so important for all children to see themselves in the books that they are exposed to and this month we want to put a special emphasis on the influential women that our children can read about. All girls and boys need to know that they can accomplish great things, and by incorporating diverse book titles into their library we can support them in doing so.
Here are some book titles to encourage our kids to reach for the sky!
Written by Chelsea Clinton, illustrated by Alexandra Boiger
Photo courtesy of https://www.amazon.com/She-Persisted-American-Women-Changed/dp/1524741728
Recommended to me by numerous educators, this was a must to include in this months reading list. Each of the thirteen stories tell how each of these incredible women persisted towards their goals, even when they were told they would not succeed. This is a story that is valuable for all ages and could be easily incorporated into a classroom, reading about one extraordinary woman each day. It makes our children’s potential seem so much more attainable when they are able to learn about people similar to them creating history.
Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music
Written by Margarita Engle, illustrated by Rafael López
Photo courtesy of https://www.amazon.com/Drum-Dream-Girl-Courage-Changed/dp/0544102290
This captivating poem tells the story how a young Chinese-African-Cuban girl fought for her rights and followed her passion of playing the drums. Before Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, only boys were allowed to play the drums in Cuba, but because of Millo’s courage and perseverance this opportunity was opened up to all girls on the island. The vivid illustrations and poetic verses throughout the text pull the reader deeper into this inspirational story of a 10-year-old making her dreams come alive.
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls
Written by Elena Favilli & Francesca Cavallo
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Parents are raving about this storybook geared towards girls about five years and up to learn about some of the many extraordinary women throughout history up to present date—the book contains the stories of a hundred different women from around the world! To accompany these diverse, attention-capturing stories is beautiful artwork that has been illustrated by sixty female artists. With the variation of content that the book provides, it will keep young readers wanting more as well as inspire them to be a rebel girl.
This Little Trailblazer: A Girl Power Primer
Written by Joan Holub, illustrated by Daniel Roode
With the use of kid-friendly rhymes throughout, “Paving the way to a future that’s bright. Helping the world with their skills, smarts, and might,” this is a perfect text for early readers. This primer briefly describes the accomplishments of ten influential women from all over the world—each mini-biography has a short rhyme paired with additional information of the woman trailblazer on the opposite page. The book concludes by asking readers how they will impact the world someday, encouraging all young girls to follow their dreams no matter what they may be.
Girls Think of Everything
Written by Catherine Thimmesh, illustrated by Melissa Sweet
Photo courtesy of https://www.amazon.com/Girls-Think-Everything-Ingenious-Inventions/dp/0618195637
There are so many everyday objects that we couldn’t imagine living without and women designed a lot of these inventions. From chocolate chip cookies to windshield wipers to bumpers for spaceships, women all over the world have designed amazing products. This book tells the story of some of these women masterminds and encourages young girls to be creative and take pride in their own noteworthy ideas.