Women’s History Month: 4 Empowering Books for Young Readers
March is Women’s History Month! This month (and every month), empower your child and celebrate the contributions of women throughout history with these children’s books for young readers of all ages.
Holding Her Own: The Exceptional Life of Jackie Ormes by Traci N. Todd, illustrated by Shannon Wright
This biographical picture book is a tribute to the legacy of Jackie Ormes, who made history with her groundbreaking syndicated cartoons, which were some of the first to depict the experiences of Black women in America! Jackie was also a journalist, fashionista, philanthropist, and activist who used her platform to advocate for civil rights in a post-World War II society. (Ages 7-10)
Troublemakers in Trousers: Women and What They Wore to Get Things Done by Sarah Albee, illustrated by Kaja Kafjez
Troublemakers in Trousers introduces middle-grade readers to twenty-one notable women throughout history who broke both fashion and gender norms to accomplish what society told them they couldn't. From Joan of Arc to Frida Kahlo to Marcenia Stone (and more!), this book is a must-read for children interested in women's history. (Ages 9-12)
We're in this Together by Linda Sarsour
From Women's March co-organizer and activist Linda Sarsour comes We're in This Together, the middle-grade edition of Sarsour's memoir We Are Not Here to Be Bystanders. Sarsour shares the inspiring story of how she came to be a staunch advocate for women's rights and reflects on her childhood as the daughter of Palestinian immigrants. We're in This Together is an empowering read that teaches kids to speak up for what they believe in.
The Davenports by Krystal Marquis
In this YA historical fiction novel, debut author Krystal Marquis introduces us to the Davenports, a wealthy Black family finding their way in 1910s America. The story follows Olivia, Helen, Amy-Rose, and Ruby—four young women determined to make their own way in a world that expects so much from them. As the girls find love and navigate societal and familial expectations, readers will be swept into a whirlwind romance that also explores a lesser-known period of African American history. (Ages 12-17)