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Women’s History Month

March 14, 2013

No dream is unattainable if you believe in yourself.

March is Women’s  History Month. This year’s theme is Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Throughout history there have been women who have accomplished amazing things that have often gone unnoticed in a world dominated by men. Women’s History Month calls attention to these achievements and it strives to make women, young and old, realize possibilities.

There are many books that pay homage to those spirited women who have helped shape our history. Below I have included some I’ve used in our school library, and I’ve also listed past and current posts and links that provide a myriad of books and information on famous women in history.

I encourage you to pick and choose from these books that will inspire young women and men to dream impossible dreams and make every effort to realize those dreams.


Marian Anderson A Great Singer written by Patricia C. McKissack and Fredrick McKissack, Jr.

Phillis Wheatley Colonial American Poet  written by Laura Purdie Salas

Mary McLeod Bethune A Great Teacher written by Patricia C. McKissack and Fredrick McKissack, Jr.

Elizabeth Blackwell written by Jan Mader

Jane Addams A Life of Cooperation  written by Ann-Marie Kishel


Helen’s Big World The Life of Helen Keller written by Doreen Rappaport and illustrated by Matt Tarvares

Minty A Story of Young Harriet Tubman written by Alan Schroeder and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney

She Sang Promise The Story of Betty Mae Jumper, Seminole Tribal Leader written by J.G. Annino and illustrated by Lisa Desimini

Wilma Unlimited written by Kathleen Krull and illustrated by David Diaz

Me …Jane written and illustrated by Patrick McDonnell


Different Like Coco written and illustrated by Elizabeth Matthews

Irena Sendler and the Children of the Warsaw Ghetto written Susan Goldman Rubin and illustrated by Bill Farnsworth

Vinnie and Abraham written by Dawn Fitzgerald and illustrated by Catherine Stock


Recommended Books for Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month: Outstanding Picture Books for Children on Women’s
Suffrage (Part 1)

Women’s History Month: Outstanding Picture Books for Children on Women’s
Suffrage (Part 2)

Women’s History Month: Outstanding Picture Books for Children on Women’s
Suffrage (Part 3)

Women’s History Month: Outstanding Picture Books for Children on Women’s
Suffrage (Part 4)

Non-Fiction Monday/Women’s History Month: Outstanding Picture Books for Children
on Women’s Suffrage (Part 5)

5 Great Children’s Books for Women’s History Month

Beautiful Minds: Teaching about Women in the Sciences through Picture Books

Aviator, Nurse, Soldier, Spy–Reflections on Women’s History Month

Toddler in Peril Becomes a Leader of Her Tribe

Picture Books About Women’s History

Books About Women: Women’s History for Kids

Celebrating Women in Picture Books

Our History Is Our Strength

March 11, 2011

Stand up and cheer for the gallant women who have worked and fought hard to pave the way for future generations of women to succeed in their endeavors. As promised on my Tuesday blog, here are more picture books to celebrate Women in History Month.

Vinnie Ream was the first woman hired by the U.S. Post Office, but that was not her claim to fame. Vinnie and Abraham written by Dawn FitzGerald and illustrated by Catherine Stock celebrates Vinnie Ream’s extraordinary talent as a sculptor. She was commissioned by Congress to sculpt a full-size figure of Abraham Lincoln – another first for women and Vinnie.

A perfect book to introduce young readers to artist Georgia O’Keeffe is Georgia’s Bones written by Jen Bryant and illustrated by Bethanne Andersen. It’s written in lyrical verse and illustrated in bright colors. The story tells of Georgia’s interest in shapes and common objects and her ambition to become an artist.

Oprah The Little Speaker written by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by London Ladd is about Oprah Winfrey’s childhood and how her grandmother played a significant role in Oprah’s life. By teaching Oprah reading, writing, arithmetic, and scripture, she gave Oprah the tools to succeed. When Oprah began speaking in church, she knew what she wanted to do with her life, and Oprah succeeded.

Wilma Rudolph began life as a tiny, sickly baby. With the love and care of her large family, Wilma thrived until she was five when she came down with scarlet fever and polio. She was told she would never walk again. Wilma Unlimited written by Kathleen Krull and illustrated by David Diaz is an inspiring story about a young girl with desire and determination. Not only did Wilma walk again, she ran. Wilma won three gold medals at the 1960 Summer Olympics in track events. She was known as the fastest woman in the world.

Annie Oakley was quick on the draw. Shooting for the Moon The Amazing Life and Times of Annie Oakley written by Stephen Krensky and illustrated by Bernie Fuchs tells the life story of Annie Oakley and how she survived tough times, taught herself to become a sharpshooter, and became a world-renowned star.


Girl Wonder A Baseball Story in Nine Innings written by Deborah Hopkinson and illustrated by Terry Widener introduces Alta Weiss. Playing baseball was her passion. At a time when only men played baseball, Alta cleverly convinced a coach to give her a chance and became the first woman to pitch on an all-male semipro team.

Make sure to check out your local library for many more inspiring stories of strong, determined women who helped shape our country.

Women in History Month

March 8, 2011

“It was we, the people; not we, the white male citizens; nor yet we, the male citizens; but we, the whole people, who formed the Union.” ─ Susan B. Anthony

Women and girls, take note. It’s our month! “Our History Is Our Strength” is the theme of this year’s observation of Women in History Month. So let’s celebrate by learning more about those daring women who had the strength to break down barriers and made a difference in our everyday lives. Take a look at these picture book biographies of women in politics and women who helped to shape our country.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s fight for equal rights and the right for women to vote is told in Elizabeth Leads the Way written by Tanya Lee Stone and illustrated by Rebecca Gibbon.

Eleanor, Quiet No More written by Doreen Rappaport and illustrated by Gary Kelley tells how Eleanor Roosevelt learned to speak out for what she believed in and her fight for rights for all people no matter what their color or religion.

Victoria Woodhull may not be as well-known as other women in history, but in A Woman for President: The Story of Victoria Woodhull written by Kathleen Krull and illustrated by Jane Dyer we find out about a truly amazing woman. Victoria Woodhull was the first woman to run for president, have a seat on the New York stock exchange, speak before Congress, and own her own newspaper.  

Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams, was not one sit back and do nothing. Abigail Adams written and illustrated by Alexandra Wallner tells how Abigail supported the American Revolution, spoke out against slavery, and spoke for equal rights for women.

Sacagawea written by Lise Erdrick and illustrated by Julie Buffalohead is about the life of a young Shoshone girl who had strength and courage and who acted as an interpreter and guide for Lewis and Clark and their expedition through the West.

Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom, a Caldecott Honor book, written by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Kadir Nelson and is a lyrical telling of Harriet Tubman’s daring escape from slavery to freedom and her frequent return to slave territory to bring her family and others to freedom.

Sojourner Truth’s Step-Stomp Stride written by Andrea Davis Pinkney and illustrated by Brian Pinkney is another lyrical story about a slave who escaped to freedom and felt it was her job to speak out against slavery and unfair treatment of black people and women.

Fly High! The Story of Bessie Coleman written by Louise Borden and Mary Kay Kroeger and illustrated by Teresa Flavin is about a young woman’s determination to be the first African-American woman to get a pilot’s license and become a successful stunt pilot. She was somebody, and she took advantage of her celebrity status, telling young African-Americans they could be somebody, too.  

In Independent Dames written by Laurie Halse Anderson and illustrated by Matt Faulkner, Anderson tells of the many women and young girls who played key roles in our country’s fight for independence.

Check these and other picture book biographies in your library, and be sure to check my blog on Friday for more exciting books about Women in History!

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