Using books is a great tool to educate kids. This short book list will introduce kids to women in positions of power and independent women who are fighting stereotypes. This book list is for girls, boys, men and women. We hope that every member of a family will read these books and add them to its home library. Everyone will find the stories interesting and inspiring. Here’s hoping boys and girls will find a favorite book in this list and pursue his or her dreams.
International Women’s Day Books for Kids
The inspiring, true story of Malala Yousafzai, a young Pakistani girl who stands up and speaks out for every child’s right to education. Though she and two of her schoolmates were targeted by a Taliban gunman, a life-threatening injury only strengthened her resolve. Malala spoke at the U.N. on her 16th birthday in 2013, nine months after she was shot. Author and journalist Karen Leggett Abouraya, author of Hands Around the Library: Protecting Egypt’s Treasured Books, brings Malala’s story to life for young readers. Malala’s story is more than a biography of a brave and outspoken teenager. It is a testament to the power of education to change the world for boys and girls everywhere. "Winner of the California Reading Association's 2015 EUREKA! Honor Award".
Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch. This classic from author Robert Munsch introduces young readers to a princess who kicks all stereotypes to the curb. She stands up to a dragon and an obnoxious prince.
Rosie Revere dreamed of becoming a great engineer. Where some people see rubbish, Rosie sees inspiration. Alone in her room at night, shy Rosie constructs great inventions from odds and ends. Hot dog dispensers, helium pants, python-repelling cheese hats: Rosie’s gizmos would astound—if she ever let anyone see them.
Jane Goodall, born in London, England, always loved animals and wanted to study them in their natural habitats. So at age twenty-six, off she went to Africa! Goodall's up-close observations of chimpanzees changed what we know about them and paved the way for many female scientists who came after her. Now her story comes to life in this biography with black-and-white illustrations throughout.
Shaking Things Up by Susan Hood Shaking Things Up is a beautifully written and illustrated book that brings to life the stories of 14 women who have shaken things up through history. The books is filled with poetry and illustrations that kids of all ages will find engaging and inspiring.
Like a tiny bird in a big city, Frida Kahlo feels lost and lonely when she arrives in San Francisco with her husband, the famous artist Diego Rivera. But as Frida begins to explore San Francisco on her own, she discovers the inspiration she needs to become one of the most celebrated artists of all time. Me, Frida is an exhilarating true story that encourages children to believe in themselves so they can make their own dreams soar.