I recently decided to ummmm… go a little wild expanding our home library. I completely justify it though because I can use all of these books at school, too! So I guess over 30 kids will be able to get use of them! Completely justifiable 😉 One of the reasons though that I am so excited about our new books is that I specifically wanted to grab some amazing titles that showcase women!
I want to share these really cool finds that can teach our children about some really wonderful women and their contributions to society!
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Amazing Books for Girls
This book is truly amazing! It is filled with 100 different stories about amazing women, including Dr. Montessori! The women featured include both historical figures as well as modern women. I first bought this for a friend, but I had to order a copy to read to my own children. I cannot even tell you how much I truly love it!
Once you make your way through the first one, be sure to get your hands on the second – Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls 2!
I am in love with this book! I think this is so, so important to have books like this so kids of color (specifically girls with this book) can see achievements of those that look like them. This is something that I actually researched a lot back in the day when I was studying, but the short version – children should see themselves represented in positive ways in order to build confidence and, well, positively impact their lives.
In addition, when I show my white, European children the beautiful and amazing things people of color have achieved, this also impacts how my kids see people of color. Of course, this is a small part of discussions about race, gender, etc, BUT I think books like this are have such a valuable contribution to shaping how we think.
On a less serious note, OH MY WORD, the illustrations in this book are SO cute! I will say that this book, just like Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls are not written in simple language. However, both books keep the stories at about one page of text per woman. I think this is digestible for young children.
Written by Chelsea Clinton, this book shares the stories of 13 US women who greatly impacted US (as well as world) history! The language used is pretty simple and will work well with preschoolers, as well as older children. The illustrations are absolutely stunning.
The women included are: Harriet Tubman, Helen Keller, Clara Lemlich, Nellie Bly, Virginia Apgar, Maria Tallchief, Claudette Colvin, Ruby Bridges, Margaret Chase Smith, Sally Ride, Florence Griffith Joyner, Oprah Winfrey, Sonia Sotomayor.
This is the international version of the above book. I was hoping to see Dr. Montessori in this one, but she’s not there. No worries though, the women featured are also fantastic and this book also looks fantastic!
This one was a new and exciting read for me. I have to admit that I knew of very few of these women before opening this book. It features women who excelled in sports, aviation, and so much more, including the first female stunts woman! Super cool, right?!
This book again features some amazing women and stories! Unlike some of the other books I have included, this one also has text with some images on the pages. It is a great read, but the text is “heavy” so younger kids may not have patience for it. It is very beautiful though so I am loving it regardless! Also, the index is categorized by subject so my organization loving self geeked out about this!
Again, this is a fantastic book that features some amazing women. Unlike the books mentioned previously, this one is a bit busier with illustrations and text on each page (checkout the preview by clicking on the title above). This makes it hard for me to read as a parent or teacher, but I still think it is stunning and I am actually planning on buying it, too. Even though it’s image heavy, there is less text which I think is easier for toddlers or preschoolers to listen to. And I love that it’s about women from all over the world!
There is also a second version of this book called Fantastically Great Women Who Made History.
Speaking of women who changed the world, I am obsessed with this one…
The title is great, right?! It’s all about women who challenged the status quo and were generally awesome! I love that the women included ranges from Selena (makes me totally nostalgic for my childhood days) to Marie Curie to Malala Yousafzai! So much awesome in one book. This one is over 200 pages so you will be reading it for a while. Each woman gets about one page of text and one illustration. The illustrations, of course, are beautiful!
This book is a collection of women in science, just like the title says. There are over 100 pages of stories with really gorgeous artwork! I love the style of this book. Again though, it is busier than the style of the Rebel Girls books, but this is a personal preference. I love that there is a book dedicated only to science.
I don’t know, I always felt that science and technology were boys clubs (as a child especially) and I am very happy to see such titles to show my own kids that this really isn’t the case. To be quite honest, I am ashamed to admit that until I actually started doing research to create learning materials about women, I honestly, could barely name any female scientists except for Marie Curie.
There is also a sports version called – Women in Sports: 50 Fearless Athletes Who Played to Win.
I like this so much! How cool to switch from the narrative of a girl needing to be rescued by a prince to showing very cool ladies taking their fates into their own hands! I love that this book includes a really diverse range of folklore from many different cultures. There are 15 stories included.
I like that this book is a picture book, making it something you can read with younger kids. Of course, this book, probably has more meaning for those of you living/from the US. However, I think this is a very valuable read.
This is a very wonderfully written book for kids. It explains the reality of Rosa Park’s life in a way that is understandable for children. The images are very cute, as well. This book is one of several in this Little People, Big Dreams series. I will be buying several of these for my kiddos because they are really perfect for school (I teach 4 to 8 year olds).
You can see all of the books in this series here.
This book is similar to the one above in that it is also part of a series of wonderful books written for younger children. I like this series, too, but I think the target audience is just a bit younger than the one above. I think this would work well with toddlers, and the illustrations are more cute-sy than what I am drawn to. That being said, the books are high quality and really well written!
You can see all of the books in this series here.
I saved this one for last, but ooooooh my goodness!!!! I LOVE this series so much! I have some of these books in my cart right now after we were first exposed to them at our library. Aside from these seriously fantastic artwork, the story reads so well! Unlike the other books that made this list (except for the one about folklore), this one is not based on the biographies of real women. Instead, it is a fictional book that was inspired by real scientists, Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie. The main hero is a girl of color.
This is a story that reads very well and one that I will be enjoying with my students for a long time.
You can see more of the books in this series here.