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Children’s Book Recommendations:

Female Voices


Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls : 100 Tales of Extraordinary Women (Collective Biography) by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo – “Stories of 100 heroic women from Elizabeth I to Serena Williams.”

I am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World (Biography) by Malala Yousafzai, with Patricia McCormick – “This book outlines Malala’s experiences as an advocate for education in Pakistan.”

Maybe He Just Likes You by Dee – “When boys in her class start touching seventh-grader Mila and making her feel uncomfortable, she does not want to tell her friends or mother until she reaches her breaking point.”

Muslim Girls Rise: Inspirational Champions of our Time (Collective Biography) by Saira Mir – “An introduction to 19 powerhouse Muslim women who rose up and made their voices heard.” 

Out of Left Field by Ellen Klages – “In 1957, inspired by what she is learning about civil rights and armed with knowledge of female ball players, 10-year-old Katy fights to be allowed to play Little League baseball.” 

Proud: Living my American Dream (Biography) by Ibtihaj Muhammad – “Shares the author’s life story as an Olympic fencer, including how she overcame feeling out of place in her sport and how she became the first American woman to compete in the Olympics wearing a hijab.”

Roses and Radicals : the Epic Story of How American Women Won the Right to Vote (Non-Fiction) by Susan Zimet & Todd Hasak-Lowy – “A history of the women’s movement and the fight to ratify the 19th Amendment-giving women the right to vote in 1920.”

Picture Books

Bold and Brave: Ten Heroes Who Won Women the Right to Vote (Non-Fiction) by Kirsten Gillibrand – “Profiles 10 women who fought hard to gain the right to vote in the United States, including Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth, and Inez Milholland.”

Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909 (Non-Fiction) by Michelle Markel – “Account of immigrant Clara Lemlich’s pivotal role in the 1909 women laborer’s strike describes organizing a massive walkout to protest unfair working conditions in New York’s garment district.”

Dangerous Jane (Biography) by Suzanne Slade – “Describes the life and accomplishments of the Jane Addams founder of Hull House, a settlement house in Chicago, where she provided aid to immigrant families and whose legacy is still evident today.”

The Girl with a Mind for Math: The Story of Raye Montague  (Biography) by Daniel Rieley – “This rhyming-text picture book tell of young Raye setting her sights on becoming an engineer in the 1940’s. The gifted mathematician persisted attaining her goal, becoming a pioneer who changed the course of ship design forever.”

Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio – “When Grace discovers that there has never been a female U.S. president, she decides to run for school president.”

Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race (Non-Fiction) by Margot Lee Shetterly and Winifred Conkling – “The amazing true story of four African-American female mathematicians at NASA who helped achieve some of the greatest moments in our space program.”

Just Like Me (Non-Fiction/Poetry) by Vanessa Brantley-Newton – “A collection of poetry filled with engaging mini-stories about girls of all kinds.”

Like a Girl by Lori Degman – “This tribute to girl power; this picture book profiles 24 women who took risks, broke barriers, and transformed the world.”

Lillian’s Right to Vote: A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (Non-Fiction) by Jonah Winter – “An elderly African American woman, en route to vote, remembers her family’s tumultuous voting history in this picture book publishing in time for the fiftieth anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.”

Malala: Activist for Girls’ Education by Raphaelle Frier – “A realistic and inspiring look at Malala Yousafzai’s childhood in Taliban-controlled Pakistan and her struggle to ensure education for girls.”

Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty – “A young aspiring engineer must first conquer her fear of failure.”

She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World (Collective Biography) by Chelsea Clinton – “Chelsea Clinton introduces kids who are ready to take on the world to 13 inspirational women who never took no for an answer, and who always, inevitably and without fail, persisted.”

Sofia Valdez, Future Prez by Andrea Beaty – “When her abuelo is injured at the local landfill, second-grader Sofia is determined to transform the dangerous Mount Trashmore into a park, taking on City Hall in the process.”