8 winning stories for kids

about extraordinary women

Biographies of women and girls who’ve made their mark on history make great reading for girls and boys. With short takes and vibrant art, these books are inspiring all kids to dream big and work hard to accomplish great things. The profiled women have broken barriers in science, the arts, politics, and more. Their stories show kids women who made a difference in the past and encourage kids to soar in the future. These are spectacular stories for all ages to enjoy throughout Women’s History Month!


She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World

Biographies of women

Authored by
Chelsea Clinton

Illustrated by
Alexandra Boiger

Recommended for ages
4 and older

This fabulous picture book profiles American women who broke new ground. Some excelled in professional fields not previously open to them, while others championed civil rights. The book also introduces some lesser-sung figures kids might not be familiar with like 15-year-old Claudette Colvin, who refused to give up her seat on the bus before Rosa Parks did. (Philomel, 2017)


Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

Authored by
Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo

Recommended for ages
6 and older

The first installment of this popular collection offers brief biographical sketches and selected anecdotes of about 100 women and girls who broke gender barriers and accomplished extraordinary things with their talent, genius, vision, and drive. (Timbuktu Labs, Inc., 2016)


Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls 2

Authored by
Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo

Recommended for ages
6 and older

The second installment of Good Night Stories is a lively, kid-friendly collection of stories about bold female innovators and barrier breakers is informative, entertaining, and inspiring. Positive messages abound in these inspiring profiles, with takeaways like you can be whatever you want to be if you work hard, never give up, and don’t listen to anyone who tells you that you can’t do something because you’re a girl. (Timbuktu Labs, Inc., 2017)


Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries Who Shaped Our History … and Our Future!

Authored by
Kate Schatz

Illustrated by
Miriam Klein Stahl

Recommended for ages
7 and older

This colorful book offers 25 mini-biographies of diverse U.S. women from the 18th through the 21st centuries who broke barriers, accomplished great things, and paved the way for women of the future. Each bio includes a strong graphic portrait of the woman featured, except X, which stands for “the women whose stories we haven’t learned about yet, and the women whose stories we will never read.” (City Lights Publishers, 2015)


Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History

Authored and illustrated by
Vashti Harrison

Recommended for ages
8 and older

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History is a wonderful collection of short bios of accomplished African-American women. The bios, which are presented chronologically, include women in a wide range of fields — science, arts, journalism, politics, sports — who range from popular cultural figures like Oprah Winfrey to activist/scholar Angela Davis. (Little, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2017)


Women Who Dared: 52 Fearless Daredevils, Adventurers, and Rebels

Authored by
Linda Skeers

Illustrated by
Livi Gosling

Recommended for ages
8 and older

There’s something very fresh and refreshing about this compilation of bios of daring women, most of whom aren’t famous, but are “ordinary” women who did extraordinary things. Each profile has a full-page facing illustration, which helps readers identify at a glance each woman’s race, time period, and the gist of her accomplishments. The message is clear: Don’t hold back! Do what you love and have fun doing it! (Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2017)


Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World

Authored
and illustrated by
Rachel Ignotofsky

Recommended for ages
10 and older

From Hypatia in ancient Egypt to current cutting-edge mathematicians, this charmingly illustrated encyclopedia is sure to spark interest, imagination, and a can-do attitude in middle-grade girls — and boys! — interested in STEM subjects. (Ten Speed Press, 2016)


Rad Women Worldwide: Artists and Athletes, Pirates and Punks, and Other Revolutionaries Who Shaped History

Authored by
Kate Schatz

Illustrated by
Miriam Klein Stahl

Recommended for ages
11 and older

Rad Women Worldwide gives short profiles of 40 women and girls in 31 countries who overcame obstacles and gender bias to excel in their chosen fields — science, medicine, the arts, sports, civil rights, politics, mountain climbing, and more. As the introduction says, the stories in this book “tell about the lives and accomplishments of bold, brave women who lived awesome, exciting, revolutionary historic, and world-changing lives — in other words, they’re rad.” (Ten Speed Press, 2016)


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