March is Women’s History Month – a time of year that emphasizes the celebration of women who overcame obstacles to break new ground, change attitudes, and forge a path for others to follow. Here are five of our favorite books that share the stories of our mothers, sisters, and female friends with young readers!
Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly
This picture book edition of Margot Lee Shetterly’s Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race, beautifully illustrated by Laura Freeman, brings the story of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden to younger readers. These four female African American mathematicians at NASA overcame gender and racial barriers to succeed in a highly challenging STEM-based career. They worked hard and used their genius minds to change the world.
Maya Lin: Artist – Architect of Light and Lines by Jeanne Walker Harvey
You may be familiar with the iconic Vietnam Veterans Memorial. But do you know about the artist-architect who created this landmark? This picture book biography follows Maya Lin’s journey from her first experiments with light and lines to the height of her success nationwide.
Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos by Monica Brown
The fascinating Mexican artist Frida Kahlo is remembered for her dramatic self-portrait paintings featuring bold and vibrant colors. Monica Brown’s story recounts Frida’s beloved pets—two monkeys, a parrot, three dogs, two turkeys, an eagle, a black cat, and a fawn—and playfully considers how Frida embodied the many wonderful characteristics of each animal.
She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World by Chelsea Clinton
She Persisted is for everyone who has ever wanted to speak up but has been told to quiet down, for everyone who has ever tried to reach for the stars but was told to sit down, and for everyone who has ever been made to feel unworthy or unimportant or small. With vivid, compelling art by Alexandra Boiger, this book shows readers that no matter what obstacles may be in their paths, they shouldn’t give up on their dreams. Persistence is power.
Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir by Margarita Engle
When a revolution breaks out in Cuba, Margarita fears for her family from her home in California. When the hostility between Cuba and the United States erupts at the Bay of Pigs Invasion, Margarita’s worlds collide in the worst way possible. How can the two countries she loves hate each other so much? This award-winning memoir from Margarita Engle, the first Latina woman to receive a Newbery Honor, poetically tells the story of growing up as a child of two cultures during the Cold War.
For more great titles celebrating women for readers ages 0-18, visit the Women’s History Section on the First Book Marketplace.