Women’s History Month is here, and parents everywhere are looking for ways to teach their children about the accomplishments of women throughout history. These books present women’s stories to a young audience, enhancing the next generation’s understanding. Both boys and girls will benefit from reading these books and having their perspective on women’s roles enhanced.
Frida by Jonah Winter
This picture book details the life and work of famous artist, Frida Kahlo. The book presents Kahlo’s life story in appropriate terms for children ages 4- 8. Kahlo overcame significant obstacles, including childhood polio and a bus accident experienced when she was an adult. Her distinctive, vibrant artistic work lived on despite her personal challenges. This makes Kahlo a great role model for children.
You Should Meet: Mae Jemison by Laurie Calkhoven
This early reader introduces children to a famous astronaut. Mae Jemison became the first African-American woman in space in 1992. She is a medical doctor and also spent time in the Peace Corps as a young adult. Her story inspires children by presenting a living scientist and astronaut. Children ages 6-8 can look up to Jemison and follow her career. The book also presents information about space, history, and math.
Amelia to Zora: Twenty-Six Women Who Changed the World by Cynthia Chin-Lee
This picture book contains mini biographies for twenty-six famous women, from Amelia Earhart and Helen Keller to Oprah Winfrey. This book details the accomplishments of high-profile women in a format that children will enjoy. It presents these stories in a child-appropriate format. It is beautifully illustrated by Megan Halsey. This book is appropriate for ages 6-10.
Here Come the Girl Scouts!: The Amazing All-True Story of Juliette ‘Daisy’ Gordon Low and Her Great Adventure by Shana Corey
This book details the life of Juliette Low, the founder of Girl Scouts, and the establishment of the original Girl Scout troop in Savannah, Georgia. Low was interested in helping girls break out of stereotyped activities like sewing, cooking, and housework. She encouraged her Scouts to active pursuits around the home as well as taking part in community service. Young girls who are Girl Scouts will be delighted by this book, and younger girls may have their interest piqued in joining the group.