26 Best Children’s Books for Women’s History Month

27 best childrens books for womens history

Women’s History Month launches in March each year, so let’s round up some children’s books to use in your classroom.

Children's Books for Women's History Month

Children’s Book for Women’s History #1

Mae Among the Stars

This book chronicles Mae Jamison’s journey in space

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Children’s Book for Women’s History #2

How Kate Warne Saved President Lincoln: The Story Behind the Nation’s First Woman Detective

“In 1856, when Kate Warne went to see Allan Pinkerton, only men were detectives. But Kate convinced Allan to hire her for his detective agency. She explained that she could worm out secrets where men could not go―in disguise as a society lady! Join Kate on her most important mission―to thwart a plot to assassinate Abraham Lincoln on the way to his inauguration.”

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Children’s Book for Women’s History #3

Ocean Speaks: How Marie Tharp Revealed the Ocean’s Biggest Secret

“Meet Marie Tharp (1920-2006), the first person to map the Earth’s underwater mountain ridge, in this inspiring picture book biography from the author of Shark Lady.”

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Children’s Book for Women’s History #4

One Plastic Bag

This would also be a great book for Earth Day!

“The inspiring true story of how one African woman began a movement to recycle the plastic bags that were polluting her community.”

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Children’s Book for Women’s History #5

Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientist

“An inspiring story by critically acclaimed zoologist Jess Keating about finding the strength to discover truths that others aren’t daring enough to see. Includes a timeline of Eugenie’s life and many fin-tastic shark facts!”

Children’s Book for Women’s History #6

Dancing Hands: How Teresa Carreño Played the Piano for President Lincoln

Teresa Carreño’s story was new to me but is a great book for Women’s History Month!  It is the story of how 

I sincerely love this book.  It is beautiful and it is one that works well for writing too!

“In soaring words and stunning illustrations, Margarita Engle and Rafael López tell the story of Teresa Carreño, a child prodigy who played piano for Abraham Lincoln.”

Children’s Book for Women’s History #7

When Sue Found Sue: Sue Hendrickson Discovers Her T. Rex

“From a very young age, Sue Hendrickson was meant to find things: lost coins, perfume bottles, even hidden treasure. Her endless curiosity eventually led to her career in diving and paleontology, where she would continue to find things big and small. In 1990, at a dig in South Dakota, Sue made her biggest discovery to date: Sue the T. rex, the largest and most complete T. rex skeleton ever unearthed. Named in Sue’s honor, Sue the T. rex would be placed on permanent exhibition at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. When Sue Found Sue inspires readers to take a closer look at the world around them and to never lose their brave, adventurous spirits. “

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Children’s Book for Women’s History #8

Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World

“Readers will also hear about Molly Williams, Annette Kellerman, Nellie Bly, Pura Belpré, Frida Kahlo, Jacqueline and Eileen Nearne, Frances Moore Lappé, Mae Jemison, Angela Zhang, and Malala Yousafzai—all whose stories will enthrall and inspire. This poetry collection was written, illustrated, edited, and designed by women and includes an author’s note, a timeline, and additional resources.”

Children’s Book for Women’s History #9

The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin

“When young Temple was diagnosed with autism, no one expected her to talk, let alone become one of the most powerful voices in modern science. Yet, the determined visual thinker did just that. Her unique mind allowed her to connect with animals in a special way, helping her invent groundbreaking improvements for farms around the globe!”

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Children’s Book for Women’s History #10

She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World

Throughout United States history, there have always been women who have spoken out for what’s right, even when they have to fight to be heard.”

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Children’s Book for Women’s History #10

Miss Moore Thought Otherwise: How Anne Carroll Moore Created Libraries for Children

“Once upon a time, American children couldn’t borrow library books. Reading wasn’t all that important for children, many thought. Luckily Miss Anne Carroll Moore thought otherwise! This is the true story of how Miss Moore created the first children’s room at the New York Public Library, a bright, warm room filled with artwork, window seats, and most important of all, borrowing privileges to the world’s best children’s books in many different languages.”

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Children’s Book for Women’s History #11

Secret Engineer: How Emily Roebling Built the Brooklyn Bridge 

“This is the story of Emily Roebling, the secret engineer behind the Brooklyn Bridge, from author-illustrator Rachel Dougherty.”

Children’s Book for Women’s History #12

Ambitious Girl

“When a young girl sees a strong woman on TV labeled as “too assertive” and “too ambitious,” it sends her on a journey of discovery through past, present, and future about the challenges faced by women and girls and the ways in which they can reframe, redefine, and reclaim words meant to knock them down.”

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Children’s Book for Women’s History #13

What Miss Mitchell Saw 

“Discover the amazing true story of Maria Mitchell, America’s first professional female astronomer.”

Children’s Book for Women’s History #14

Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13

“The bold story of Katherine Johnson, an African-American mathematician who worked for NASA during the space race and was depicted in the film Hidden Figures.”

Children’s Book for Women’s History #14

The Girl With a Mind for Math: The Story of Raye Montague

“After touring a German submarine in the early 1940s, young Raye set her sights on becoming an engineer. Little did she know sexism and racial inequality would challenge that dream every step of the way, even keeping her greatest career accomplishment a secret for decades. Through it all, the gifted mathematician persisted―finally gaining her well-deserved title in history: a pioneer who changed the course of ship design forever.”

Children’s Book for Women’s History #16

A Is for Awesome!: 23 Iconic Women Who Changed the World

“Why stick with plain old A, B, C when you can have Amelia (Earhart), Malala, Tina (Turner), Ruth (Bader Ginsburg), all the way to eXtraordinary You―and the Zillion of adventures you will go on?”

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Children’s Book for Women’s History #17

Free as a Bird: The Story of Malala

“The inspiring true story of Malala Yousafzai, human rights activist and the youngest ever winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, from debut author/illustrator Lina Maslo. Celebrate the power of one young woman speaking up for change with Free as a Bird. This beautiful nonfiction picture book is perfect for sharing at home or in the classroom..”

Children’s Book for Women’s History #18

The Quickest Kid in Clarksville

“It’s the day before the big parade. Alta can only think about one thing: Wilma Rudolph, three-time Olympic gold medalist. She’ll be riding on a float tomorrow. See, Alta is the quickest kid in Clarksville, Tennessee, just like Wilma once was. It doesn’t matter that Alta’s shoes have holes because Wilma came from hard times, too. But what happens when a new girl with shiny new shoes comes along and challenges Alta to a race? Will she still be the quickest kid? The Quickest Kid in Clarksville is a timeless story of dreams, determination, and the power of friendship..”

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Children’s Book for Women’s History #19

Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx

“The inspiring and timely story of Sonia Sotomayor, who rose up from a childhood of poverty and prejudice to become the first Latino to be nominated to the US Supreme Court.”

Children’s Book for Women’s History #20

A Girl Named Rosita: The Story of Rita Moreno: Actor, Singer, Dancer, Trailblazer!

“Pura Belpré Honor winner Anika Aldamuy Denise (Planting Stories) and New York Times bestselling illustrator Leo Espinosa (Islandborn) tell the story of Rita Moreno, the Puerto Rican superstar best known for her Oscar-winning performance in the original West Side Story film, in this gorgeous picture book biography.”

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Children’s Book for Women’s History #21

Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors?: The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell

“In the 1830s, when a brave and curious girl named Elizabeth Blackwell was growing up, women were supposed to be wives and mothers. Some women could be teachers or seamstresses, but career options were few. Certainly, no women were doctors.”

Children’s Book for Women’s History #22

The Watcher: Jane Goodall’s Life with the Chimps

“Acclaimed picture book biographer Jeanette Winter has found her perfect subject: Jane Goodall, the great observer of chimpanzees. Follow Jane from her childhood in London watching a robin on her windowsill, to her years in the African forests of Gombe, Tanzania, invited by brilliant scientist Louis Leakey to observe chimps, to her worldwide crusade to save these primates who are now in danger of extinction, and their habitat. Young animal lovers and Winter’s many fans will welcome this fascinating and moving portrait of an extraordinary person and the animals to whom she has dedicated her life.”

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Children’s Book for Women’s History #23

Dinosaur Lady: The Daring Discoveries of Mary Anning, the First Paleontologist

“A beautifully illustrated picture book biography of Mary Anning that will enlighten children about the discovery of the dinosaurs and the importance of female scientists, perfect for fans of The Girl Who Thought in Pictures”

Children’s Book for Women’s History #24

Drum Dream Girl

“Inspired by the childhood of Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, a Chinese-African-Cuban girl who broke Cuba’s traditional taboo against female drummers, Drum Dream Girl tells an inspiring true story for dreamers everywhere..”

Children’s Book for Women’s History #25

The Tree Lady

“Katherine Olivia Sessions never thought she’d live in a place without trees. After all, Kate grew up among the towering pines and redwoods of Northern California. But after becoming the first woman to graduate from the University of California with a degree in science, she took a job as a teacher far south in the dry desert town of San Diego. Where there were almost no trees.”

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Children’s Book for Women’s History #26

Hidden Figures

“Finally, the extraordinary lives of four African American women who helped NASA put the first men in space is available for picture book readers,” proclaims Brightly in their article “18 Must-Read Picture Books of 2018.” “Will inspire girls and boys alike to love math, believe in themselves, and reach for the stars.”

 

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Deedee Wills

Deedee Wills

My teaching career allowed me to experience teaching in different classroom environments and grades. My heart belongs to early childhood education. My job is to make teaching FUN, ENGAGING, and EASIER. Welcome!

Hi, I'm DeedeE.

My teaching career allowed me to experience teaching in different classroom environments and grades. My heart belongs to early childhood education. My job is to make teaching FUN, ENGAGING, and EASIER. Welcome!
 

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