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March is Women’s History Month! What an excellent opportunity to teach our little girls to reach for the stars by remembering the amazing women who have paved the way. Here are some great reads:
Books to Celebrate Women’s History
My Name is Not Isabella: Just How Big Can a Little Girl Dream? by Jennifer Fosberry
For kids ages 4-8, history can sometimes be a little bit dry. That’s what makes this book so perfect. Young Isabella has a wild imagination and pretends to be some of our favorite heroines from history. Today she is NOT Isabella, but she might be Marie Curie, Sally Ride, or Rosa Parks. Your child can follow Isabella’s adventures while getting a fun introduction to some female luminaries. It’s history in disguise! Don’t leave the boys out of the experience. My 5-year old son enjoyed this book just as much as my 3-year old daughter.
Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies by Cokie Roberts
In this selection, the author herself is a modern-day trailblazer. You have probably heard Cokie Roberts delivering informed analysis on NPR or seen her on ABC. Wearing her hat as an author, Ms. Roberts brings us a non-fiction picture book telling the female patriots’ stories of the American Revolution. It’s an adaptation from her 2004 work for adults, Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation. Names you know, like Martha Washington and Abigail Adams, share space with others names you should learn like Sarah Livingston Jay and Mercy Otis Warren. An educational read for ages 7-12 is accompanied by illustrations from Caldecott Honor-winning artist Diane Goode.
Frida by Jonah Winter
This book for ages 4-8 is as much a biography for children as it is a visual masterpiece. Appropriately so, as it relays the tale of the influential artist Frida Kahlo. The illustrations by artist Ana Juan are mesmerizing and are a fitting tribute to Kahlo’s work, less some of her more macabre undertones, so it’s appropriate for the preschool set. The pace and visuals are dream-like, and the story of how Frida overcomes multiple hardships will inspire any child and encourage them to express themselves through art. We gifted this book to a little friend whose mother is an artist. I am told she wants to name her future daughter “Frida.” What better review do you need?
Are you hungry for more books that celebrate women’s contributions to the world? Then you have to check out A Mighty Girl. I adore this website and continuously use it as a resource for finding empowering books, toys, and music for my daughter, her friends, and the future male feminist in my life. The site’s founders, Carolyn Danckaert and Aaron Smith, spent years seeking inspirational books with positive messages for their four nieces. Lucky for us, they decided to share their carefully curated collection of high-quality children’s products. They’ll help you encourage your mighty girl to be confident, courageous, and to make her own mark on history. Be sure to refer to their list of Top Mighty Girl Books & Films on Women’s History for more fantastic recommendations.
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