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Seven Must-Read Children’s Books On Inspiring Women for International Women’s Day (March 8)

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February 25, 2020

International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8 every year. It is a day to celebrate womanhood and the movement for women’s rights. Take a moment this International Women’s Day to read the biography of an inspiring woman of history to your daughters … and sons. We can all learn from the amazing women featured in these beautiful children’s books.

Dust Bowl Girls by Lydia Reader

In the early 1930s, at the height of the Great Depression, an Oklahoma-based college basketball coach dreamed up an all girl team. Coach Sam Bab offered a free college education to any talented young woman, in exchange for playing on his basketball team, the Cardinals. Dust Bowl Girls takes readers on the Cardinals’ journey into women’s basketball history at a time when female athletes faced intense scrutiny and even ridcule.

I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy 

Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is profiled in this first picture book about her life. Why is important to stand up and argue against unfair treatment? Notorious RBG’s story is told through her famous dissents, or disagreements in this book that highlights the importance of taking a stand on your beliefs.

The House That Jane Built: A Story About Jane Addams by Tanya Lee Stone

Nobel Peace Prize award winner Jane Addams fought to build a community center that served Chicago’s struggling families. This is her story of her fight to transform a poor neighborhood in Chicago by opening up her house as a community center.

Marie Curie for Kids: Her Life and Scientific Discoveries, with 21 Activities and Experiments (For Kids series) by Amy M. O’Quinn

 Celebrate the life of Marie Curie, the first woman to win a Nobel Prize and the first person ever to win in two different fields—chemistry and physics—with 21 hands-on activities and experiments that illuminate both her life and work. Packed with historic photos, informative sidebars and a resource section, this makes for a great resource for budding scientists.

Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientist by Jess Keating

Eugenie Clark loved sharks. She devoted her life to learning everything you could about them, earning the name Shark Lady due to her many discoveries. At a time when many thought that women shouldn’t be scientists, Eugenie proved that women can do anything they set their minds to.

Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13 by Helaine Becker

Katherine Johnson, an African-American mathematician who worked for NASA during the space race, is credited with making sure that Apollo 13 returned safely home. This fascinating biography profiles her journey from gifted student to NASA mathematician.

Computer Decoder: Dorothy Vaughan, Computer Scientist by Andi Diehn

 Dorothy Vaughan was one of NASA’s first African American managers and a visionary in the field of electronic computing. Follow along as Dorothy becomes a math teacher to the first black supervisor in the history of NASA, paving the way for future female computer scientists.

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