March is the one month of the year we tend to read women’s history books for kids. But this powerful short video is one of the reasons we need to read them all year long.
Imagine how different that video would be if we educated kids about strong, accomplished women? Here are 7 Women’s History books for kids that are must-reads. These picture books would work in grades 2-5th.
Mae Among The Stars
Mae Among The Stars is a narrative nonfiction book about Mae Jemison as a young girl. Becoming an astronaut was a dream of Jemison’s but she was discouraged by her teacher. With her mom’s encouragement, Jemison became the first African American woman to travel in space.
The Only Woman in The Photo: Frances Perkins and Her New Deal For America
In this biography, we learn about the woman who created the Social Security deal for FDR. Improving circumstances for American workers and their families was Perkins’s life mission. For Perkins, speaking out did not come naturally. Even though Perkins was shy, she knew that her voice would help others and that is all she wanted to do.
Nothing Stopped Sophie: The Story of Unshakeable Mathematician Sophie Germain
In this narrative nonfiction we learn about 18th-century mathematician Sophie Germain. Her parents tried taking away her candles as a young girl so that she wasn’t able to study math. Nothing stopped Sophie and she went on to win an award for her formula which laid the foundation for modern architecture like the Freedom Tower in NYC.
Sonia Sotomayer: A Judge Grows in the Bronx
I talked about this book in this post but needed to include it in this post because it’s such a great story. It’s a biography about Sonia Sotomayer and how she became the first Hispanic United States Supreme Court Justice. I love that the story is told in both English and Spanish.
Counting on Katherine
In this narrative biography, we learn how Katherine Johnson became the first African American to work for NASA during the space race. Johnson was the mathematical genius that calculated the famous course of the moon landings and helped Apollo 13 return safely home. There’s a difference between Johnson’s story and Germain’s story. Johnson not only faced the obstacle of being a woman but of being African American as well.
Swimming with Sharks: The Daring Discoveries of Eugenie Clark
Eugenie Clark was a Japanese-American scientist in the 1940’s which was an unexpected career for a woman. In this biography we learn how Clark became one of the most successful scientists in the world as she conducted research dives and trained sharks. Clark earned the nickname “Shark Lady” and helped people see that sharks were not vicious, blood-thirsty killers. (Although I’ll admit I’m still frightened by them.)
Shaking Things Up: 14 Women Who Changed the World
This book of poems highlights 14 incredible women that changed the world. What makes it even more amazing is that each poem includes an illustration by a female artist. Shaking Things Up talks about women like Ruby Bridges, but some of the women featured are not common ones you hear about all the time.
I hope you’ve found some great books to add to your collection of Women’s History books for kids. You can click on any of my affiliate links below to purchase the books mentioned in this post from Amazon.