Women’s History Month celebrates the accomplishments of women like Amelia Earhart, Sojourner Truth, and Eleanor Roosevelt. The following recommended books for kids ages 0-9 will inspire boys and girls alike to dream and dare.

 

Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride
By: Pam Muñoz Ryan
Illustrated by: Brian Selznick
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Two well known women sneak away from the White House for an aerial adventure in this handsomely illustrated story based on real people. Though fictionalized, readers will appreciate the common interests and similar personality traits of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and aviatrix Amelia Earhart.

America’s Champion Swimmer: Gertrude Ederle
By: David Adler, Terry Widener
Illustrated by: Terry Widener
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Trudy Ederle loved to swim and was determined to be the best. Through hard work and determination she became the first woman to swim the English Channel.

Betsy Ross
By: Alexandra Wallner
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader
An easy to read biography of the woman who made the first American flag.

Elizabeth Leads the Way
By: Tanya Lee Stone
Illustrated by: Rebecca Gibbon
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
The life of early voting rights advocate, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, is presented in a compelling text and engaging watercolor illustrations.

Fly High! The Story of Bessie Coleman
By: Louise Borden, Mary Kay Kroeger, Teresa Flavin
Illustrated by: Teresa Flavin
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Bessie Coleman grew up picking cotton in Texas, but she aimed high — soaring into history as the first African American woman aviator. Her riveting story is told in inviting, rhythmic language and engaging illustration.

Here Come the Girl Scouts
By: Shana Corey
Illustrated by: Hadley Hooper
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Juliette “Daisy” Gordon was born into a family of pioneers, she loved the outdoors, and yearned to make a difference in the world. Combining her passion for service with her own adventurous spirit and her belief that girls could do anything, she founded the Girl Scouts. March 2012 is the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts and they’re still going strong, with more than 3 million Girl Scouts throughout the world!

Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters
By: Andrea Pinkney
Illustrated by: Stephen Alcorn
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Brief sketches of the lives of both well (e.g. Harriet Tubman) and lesser known African American women (e.g., Biddy Mason) and their impact on civil rights are presented in the lively language of a storyteller sure to read aloud well. Vibrant, stylized Illustrations enhance the evocative text to complete the thought-provoking portraits.

Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman
By: Alan Schroeder
Illustrated by: Jerry Pinkney
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
This beautifully written book, illustrated by four-time Caldecott Honor recipient Jerry Pinkney, makes the story of Harriet Tubman’s childhood accessible to very young readers. As a young slave nicknamed Minty, Harriet Tubman was a feisty and stubborn girl with a dream of escape, and a rebellious spirit that often got her into trouble. Pinkney’s expressive illustrations bring every emotion to brilliant life – from troubled sorrow to spirited hope for freedom.

Rachel Carson and Her Book that Changed the World
By: Laurie Lawlor
Illustrated by: Laura Beingessner
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Rachel Carson was a shy child, always drawn to nature. She grew up to become a professional biologist and enter a field with few women and write a book that changed the way people looked at the environment. Soft, cartoon-like illustrations and straightforward narrative present an overview of Carson’s life; sources are included at the end.

Remember the Ladies: 100 Great American Women
By: Cheryl Harness
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
They have come in all colors and sizes and times throughout American history and their impact is still felt. Meet 100 interesting, diverse women whose contributions range from helping people escape injustice to creating fashion. Portraits accompany each engaging biographical essay.

Sojourner Truth’s Step-Stomp Stride
By: Andrea Pinkney, Brian Pinkney
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Lively language and energetic illustrations create a memorable portrait of a woman who was to become known as Sojourner Truth. She was “Big. Black. Beautiful. True.” Just like her name. Further information and photographs of Sojourner Truth completes this dynamic, fictionalized biography.

Susan B. Anthony
By: Alexandra Wallner
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Susan B. Anthony lived and worked as a teacher when women were paid less for the same jobs performed by men and could not vote in any election. Her work and perseverance helped change the entire country and is presented in accessible language and simple illustrations that evoke the period. Resource notes are included.

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