With #MeToo, #TimesUp, and additional similar movements making daily headlines, this March promises to be an extra noticeable Women’s History Month. Having long been silenced, marginalized, and often ignored, women's voices are standing tall in both the media and the book world.
Many new books celebrate women’s accomplishments from the hearth to the halls of justice, ball-fields to battlefields, and science to scouting. With examination and awe, it is about time we all took a more complete look at the history of women and their place in the world.
If this short list has you wanting even more, stop by and browse our Women's History Month tables both upstairs and down for a wider selection of books on, and written by, inspiring women!
Women & Power by Mary Beard
Professor Mary Beard provides a wealth of insight into the history and current day status of the strength of a woman’s voice in a public setting. A must read for men and women of all ages.
foreward by Roxane Gay, introduction by Vanessa Friedman
Chock full of amazing women from around the world, essays and photographs celebrate working women in garb fit for everything from secretary to firefighter. Plus, the cover features a welder from Groton, CT, circa 1943!
Mrs. Sherlock Holmes by Brad Ricca
If you’ve never heard of Grace Humiston, get ready for a remarkable true story. As lawyer, detective, and the first female U.S. district attorney, she was unafraid to dig deep into the NYC underworld, solving murders and exposing corruption along the way.
White Houses by Amy Bloom
We think we know everything possible about Eleanor Roosevelt, yet Amy Bloom’s novel brings into view a tenderness in the love story between Eleanor and Lorena Hickok that endears, informs, and charms. I read this in one fell swoop.
We're also really enjoying these great compilations featuring groundbreaking women.
Bygone Badass Broads explores the lives of history's great women through gorgeous illustrations and conversational storytelling. In Praise of Difficult Women is a smart, sassy, and elegantly illustrated look at spirited rule-breakers from Amelia Earhart to Amy Poehler.Both books are beautiful and inspiring!
A Note from Jamie, RJ Julia's Kids' Book Buyer:
What are little girls made of?
We know sugar and spice and everything nice, but I have a whole lot of books that might suggest grit and strength and confidence as well. There’s nothing like handing a girl a hammer and saying, “Go ahead and break that glass ceiling!” or a book that says, “Follow me.”
Below are fiction and non-fiction books celebrating Women’s History Month, because inspiration can be found in the most unlikely of places!
This Little Trailblazer by Joan Holub, illustrated by Daniel Roode
A simple rhyme on one page introduces babies to sounds and language. Then, when they get a little older, the paired page describes what their future role model did. A must for new little trailblazers!
Mrs. Peanuckle's Flower Alphabet by Jessie Ford
Every budding biologist will need to know their flowers, including Narcissus (which is also called Daffodil). Start them off with this beautiful board book that pairs science with the alphabet!
I Can Be Anything! Don't Tell Me I Can't by Diane Dillon
Luscious illustrations accompany text that dares to dream big dreams and then answers the doubting voice that says you can’t. This Caldecott Medal winner's compelling message should be read by girls and boys!
Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli by Kyo Maclear, illustrated by Julie Morstad
A remarkably gorgeous book about groundbreaking fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli shows that there are many ways to appreciate beauty and to exhibit creativity in the world around you.
Wild Swans retold by Xanthe Gresham, illustrated by Charlotte Gastaut
An exquisite retelling of a classic Hans Christian Andersen tale with illustrations so sumptuous they should be in an illuminated manuscript! Wild Swans features a heroine who saves her 7 brothers, just as she and the King are about to face their perilous deaths.
Ada Lace, On the Case by Emily Calandrelli with Tamson Weston, illustrated by Renee Kurilla
One part mystery and one part science and technology makes for a highly engaging and entertaining story. I love this funny, clever series!
by Sayantani DasGupta
The Serpent's Secret really moves, and you will so want to go along for the ride! Feisty Kiran must battle rakkosh—Indian demons—and more, in order to save her parents. Filled with humor, tension and action, you’ll definitely read this book in one sitting.
by Kris Waldherr
Perfect for the princess obsessed girl in your family, this book is like talking with your best friend - if she happens to know incredible facts about princesses from ancient times to the present day! Fun, factual, and filled with pink!
by Heather Fawcett
What a fun read! I loved the elaborate adventure and the paranormal elements. Also, the fact that the protagonist has a dragon as a pet really sold me! What a unique story of adventure and sisterhood.
by Gloria Chao
A laugh-out-loud, contemporary story of a Taiwanese teen on the path predetermined by her parents... which is derailing by the minute. Easily relatable and hilarious!
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