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Looking for ways to celebrate Women’s History Month with your kids? Whether you have daughters or sons (or both), everyone in the family can be enriched by learning about brave women from history, or by reading books with smart, adventurous girls at the heart of the stories.
For Women’s History Month — and all year long — this list of children’s books will bring female empowerment to your bookshelves.
‘Think Big, Little One’
Age range: Baby to 3 years
Authored by Vashti Harrison, “Think Big, Little One” teaches children about powerful women from history, including environmental activist Wangari Maathai and architect Zaha Hadid. The board book is sturdy for little hands, and features vibrant illustrations to go along with the inspiring descriptions of women who made major advancements in the worlds of politics, art, science and more.
‘This Little Trailblazer: A Girl Power Primer’
Age range: 3-5 years
In the colorful board book “This Little Trailblazer: A Girl Power Primer,” children will learn about well-known female trailblazers in a variety of professions, such as civil rights activist Rosa Parks and fashion designer Coco Chanel, along with some names that are perhaps lesser-known, such as Wilma Rudolph, the first American woman to win three Olympic gold medals in track and field. Parents may even learn a thing or two!
‘My Two Moms And Me’
Age range: Preschool and up
Add diversity to your bookshelf with this LGBTQ+ book that teaches children that moms come in all shapes, sizes, ethnicities and sexual orientations. “My Two Moms And Me” is an approachable, brightly colored board book that celebrates family and the power of a mother’s love.
‘What Should Darla Do?’
Age range: 3-12 years
In this choose-your-own-adventure-style children’s book, kids can help Darla as she journeys toward her goal of becoming an astronaut. “What Should Darla Do? Featuring the Power to Choose” contains eight stories in one, each built around the premise that every choice we make today can impact our future, encouraging children to make wise decisions.
‘I Am Enough’
Age range: 4-8 years
This New York Times bestselling children’s book was written by Grace Byers from Fox’s “Empire.” As a biracial child, Byers endured bullying during her childhood, which prompted her to write this gorgeous tome to help inspire children to build up a sense of self-worth and resilience. “I Am Enough” encourages kids to be kind to themselves and others — which is a message that readers of all ages can appreciate.
‘How Mamas Love Their Babies’
Age range: 4-8 years
Written by Juniper Fitzgerald and illustrated by Elise Peterson, “How Mamas Love Their Babies” is a groundbreaking and inclusive book that celebrates all of the ways that mothers can earn a living. From flying planes to saving lives as doctors to working in nightclub, this book challenges the idea that only moms who work in certain professions can be good parents. Children and adults alike will enjoy the beautiful artwork and moving words.
‘Yes I Can!: A Girl And Her Wheelchair’
Age range: 4-8 years
This touching book shows us that all girls are powerful, even if they are differently-abled. In “Yes I Can!: A Girl and Her Wheelchair,” readers follow Carolyn as she enrolls at a new school and shows everyone that she is a fearless, fun playmate. This book, which was written by a pediatric physical therapist and two clinical psychologists, celebrates the power of the human spirit and the strength of the human body.
‘Where The Mountain Meets The Moon’
Age range: 8-12
“Where the Mountain Meets the Moon” by Grace Lin was inspired by Chinese folklore, and follows a young girl named Minli as she fearlessly journeys to find “The Old Man in the Moon,” as she believes he will reveal to her the true secret to good fortune. The story, which received a Newbery Honor, is meant to reinforce the dangers of greed and the importance of gratitude.
‘The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In A Ship Of Her Own Making’
Age range: 10 years and up
“The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making” is not another fairy tale that features a princess locked in a castle, waiting for a prince to save her. Instead, 12-year-old heroine September boldly explores a land filled with magic, danger and potential — no rescuer required. This fantasy book is packed with thrills and immersive world-building, all of which has earned it comparisons to iconic children’s books like “The Wizard of Oz” and “Alice in Wonderland.”
‘The Girl Who Drank The Moon’
Age range: 10-14 years
This bestselling, Newbery Medal-winning story tells the tale of Luna, an intelligent, fierce girl with magical powers and a taste for adventure. Luna is the perfect antidote to Disney princesses and other damsels in distress. The New York Public Library and Chicago Public Library both named “The Girl Who Drank The Moon” as the year’s best book in 2016.