20 Books for Women's History Month That Your Kids Will Want to Read

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March is Women's History Month and is a great time to introduce your children to these amazing and talented women. Since Social Studies is often either not taught or very briefly taught, it is important to teach your children about topics they would otherwise miss. Also, many times our children are hearing about the same people over and over, and while they do have their place in history I want my children to see women in more positive roles. There are countless books that could have made the list, so I had to narrow it down to 20. Each of these women were pioneers in their field and by learning about them, it will broaden your children's horizons.

Mom Note: This is a great way to introduce nonfiction to your children, which will become more required reading as they advance in school.

 

1. Firebird

This book about ballerina Misty Copeland is so inspiring and the illustrations are amazing.

2. Fly High! The Story of Bessie Coleman

The story of Bessie Coleman is told in this nonfiction picture book.

3. The Legendary Lena Horne

If your children love The Wiz, you have to get this book! The illustrations are amazing and they will love to hear the story of Miss Lena Horne.

4. She Loved Baseball: The Effa Manley Story

If you have a baseball fan, your children will love to hear the untold story of Effa Manley. Effa Manley was the first and only woman to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

5. Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement

This book tells the story of Fannie Lou Hamer through poems and collages.

6. Skit-Scat Raggedy Cat: Candlewick Biographies: Ella Fitzgerald

This book is for older children since it talks about the struggles Ella Fitzgerald faced in plain language.

7. Bring Me Some Apples and I'll Make You a Pie: A Story About Edna Lewis

Edna Lewis was one of the first chefs who introduced Southern homestyle, all-natural cooking to people.

8. When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson

Learn and read about singer Marian Anderson.

9. Nothing but Trouble: The Story of Althea Gibson


Althea Gibson was the first African American ever to compete in and win the Wimbledon Cup.

10. Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World's Fastest Woman

Before Wilma Rudolph was five years old, polio had paralyzed her left leg. Everyone said she would never walk again. But Wilma refused to believe it. Not only would she walk again, she vowed, she'd run. And she did run--all the way to the Olympics, where she became the first American woman to earn three gold medals in a single olympiad.

11. If A Bus Could Talk: The Story of Rosa Parks

This story of Rosa Parks is told with bright illustrations.

12. The Story of Ruby Bridges

Learn about Ruby Bridges, who integrated an all-white school in the 1960s.

13. Molly, by Golly!: The Legend of Molly Williams, America's First Female Firefighter

This legendary tale introduces young readers to Molly Williams, an African American cook for New York City's Fire Company 11, who is considered to be the first known female firefighter in U.S. history.

14. Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker

This nonfiction book tells the story of the passionate performer and civil rights advocate Josephine Baker, the woman who worked her way from the slums of St. Louis to the grandest stages in the world.

15. Mae Jemison (You Should Meet)

Meet Mae Jemison, the first African-American female astronaut!

16. Harlem's Little Blackbird: The Story of Florence Mills

  The inspiring true story of Florence Mills a Broadway singer.

17. Simone Biles (Sports All-Stars)

Read about Simone Biles, record-breaking Olympian. This book is great to introduce your child to current events and women who are making achievements at young ages.

18. Raising the Bar

Told by Gabby Douglas, this book is a great nonfiction read with behind the scenes pictures.

19. Serena Williams: A Champion On and Off the Court

Serena Williams is one of the best tennis players ever. Also, this is another book that will keep your child engaged while learning about someone that is current and relevant in today's time.

20. Amelia to Zora

Twenty-six amazing women; twenty-six amazing stories.

What are you reading for Women's History Month? Leave a comment below.