Women’s History Month

To celebrate International Women’s Day this week – and Women’s History Month all month – I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite picture books, chapter books, graphic novels, and nonfiction books with women and girls as the main character. Damsels in distress need not apply: whether it’s taking on a fire-breathing dragon, acting in a school play, or solving a mystery, these smart, determined girls tackle their own problems. It was too hard to narrow down nonfiction titles about individual women, so I’ve also included some great collective biographies about awesome women throughout history. This is only a drop in the bucket of all the great books about girls out there, so feel free to stop by the Children’s Desk to get some further recommendations!


The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch
The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton
Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty
Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn
The Name Jar by Xangsook Choi
I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont
Waiting for the Biblioburro by Monica Brown
My Brave Year of Firsts by Jamie Lee Curtis
The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson


Franny K Stein: Lunch Walks Among Us by Jim Benton
Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin
Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage
Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo
The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
Savvy by Ingrid Law
Princess in Black by Shannon Hale
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani DasGupta


Sanity and Tallulah by Molly Brooks
Princeless by Jeremy Whitley
Rapunzel’s Revenge by Shannon Hale
Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke
Sunny Side Up by Jennifer Holm
Real Friends by Shannon Hale
Baby-Sitters Club: Kristy’s Great Idea by Raina Telgemeier
Cleopatra in Space by Mike Maihack
Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute by Jarrett Krosoczka


Girls Think of Everything by  Catherine Thimmish
Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers who Changed the World by Rachel Ignotofsky
Shaking Things Up by Susan Hood
She Persisted and She Persisted Around the World by Chelsea Clinton
Women Who Dared by Linda Skeers

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Miss Jessica

#8 of 2017


On down the countdown we go!  If you missed yesterday’s post, go check it out!


Miss Christina


The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell

The drawings of this book will draw you into this book before you even begin with one word from the author of How to Train Your Dragon. Set in an unknown ancient time, there are two groups. Xar is a Wizard and Wish is a Warrior.  There were once bad Witches, but they were made extinct by the Warriors. Now the Warriors want to get rid of every last bit of magic. Xar is a Wizard who cannot do a single spell and Wish has a magical spoon and enchanted sword that no one knows about. They are both headstrong and determined—and instantly distrust each other when they meet. The danger and adventures instantly begin. Cowell has created an incredible world filled with delightful creatures and names and fascinating pictures and side notes that add to the story.


Miss Sarah


The Thing Lou Couldn’t Do by Ashley Spires

Lou learns to face her fear.


Miss Teresa


Ben Franklin’s In My Bathroom by Candace Fleming

In this hilarious middle grade novel, Ben Franklin accidently time travels to 10 year-old Nolan’s home, where Nolan shows Ben around the world he helped form.


Miss Marta


Real Friends by Shannon Hale

Fabulous middle grade graphic with beautiful art work by LeUyen Pham (Princess in Black series).  This graphic memoir follows Shannon as she is finding her footing in the world of friendships and being true to herself.  Good friendships aren’t easy, but they are worth it and this book reaffirms this.


Miss Janna


100 Fun & Easy Learning Games for Kids by Amanda Boyarshinov & Kim Vij

Filled with fun learning activities for a rainy afternoon.