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!

 

PICTURE BOOKS
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

 

CHAPTER BOOKS
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

 

GRAPHIC NOVELS
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

 

NONFICTION
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

FURTHER RESOURCES
A Mighty Girl
National Women’s History Project
National Women’s History Museum
Women’s History Month

Miss Jessica

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Top 10 of 2018: #10

 

Christina

I Got a Chicken for My Birthday 

by Laura Gehl

This is a fun, crazy book about a girl who asked for tickets to go to the amusement park and got a chicken instead. Who gets a chicken for a birthday? And that’s not all, the chicken has absolutely no time for the birthday girl as it creates a special surprise. The pictures and text are creative and fun. A great book to share for preschool to 2nd grade.

 

Sarah

Don’t Blink! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

This is a stay-up-past-your-bedtime book if you can avoid blinking! Each time you blink you have to turn to the next page.  Owl tries to help and has great suggestions to avoid blinking.  The illustrations are cure and this title is a lot of fun.

Jessica

She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History

by Chelsea Clinton

I’ve noticed there has been a rise in kids’ books about activism and women’s history this past year which I am THRILLED about. She Persisted Around the World is a global follow-up to Clinton’s She Persisted and briefly discusses the lives of 13 women around the world who have made their mark on history.

Tess

Norse Myths: Tales Of Odin, Thor And Loki

by Keven Crossley-Holland

I am such a huge fan of mythology, and Norse mythology in particular.  You can read my blog about it here!

In this book, the bold ink illustrations highlight the action of the stories perfectly.  I was happy to see some familiar favorites, like Thor Goes Fishing, and some I had never read before, like Alvis Outwitted.

This book would be perfect for anyone interested in Viking lore or a young Marvel fan.

Marta

Drawn Together

by Minh Le

A grandfather and grandson overcome a language and cultural barrier through art and storytelling in this exciting picture book.  I have always been a huge fan of Dan Santat’s illustrations but I love the voice he gives both the grandfather and grandson in this story.  The way he weaves their personalities (which are drastically different) together as the book progresses is so well done through the illustrations.  This read would be wonderful for kids in elementary school who can pick up on the story the pictures tell as well as the words.