Encourage kids to be rebellious against the social norms of their genders. Learn about many phenomenal women and hear their stories as scientists, astronauts, writers, artists, politicians, motorcycle racers, and rappers. Illustrated in modern art style with each page completely different than the last. These very real biographies are told with the cadence of fairy tale stories and will surely entertain you as much as your child–or even just check it out for yourself to read! And don’t forget to then check out Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls 2.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg : the case of R.B.G. vs. Inequality by Jonah Winter
Today, Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the first female Jewish Supreme Court Justice. She has been paving the way for women since she decided to go to college. Not only has Ginsburg faced injustices of her own, especially sexism and antisemitism she received throughout her childhood and far into her adulthood, but now as a successful justice, Ginsburg takes on the injustices that others confront. This story details the barriers Ginsburg had to break to ascend to the position she now holds, and how she has brought some of the most powerful dissenting opinions to the Supreme Court in history.
Feminist Baby by Loryn Brantz
Author, Loryn Brantz, popular comic artist and creator of Jellybean Comics, has started creating funny children’s books. Feminist Baby encourages kids to make their own choices for what they like and don’t like instead of being told what to like because they are a certain gender. Most of all, it tells kids that they can can accomplish their dreams.
Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly
This book helps uncover the historic black women in NASA’s mathematicians team to America’s space program, describing how Jim Crow laws segregated them despite their groundbreaking successes. What makes this a great read for women’s history month is that it tells a story not often taught in regular history classes (although it should be) and also gives insight into inclusiveness, civil rights, and nontraditional professions.
I am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
I will always promote “I am Jazz” any chance I get and there’s no time better than Women’s History Month. Read about Jazz Jenning’s story about her childhood as a transgender girl and teach your child to embrace diversity and understand the gender spectrum.
In Pakistan, young Malala wishes for a magic pencil so that she could use it to magically draw objects into her life and erase all the ugly garbage from the city. But one day while at the garbage dump, she sees a girl collecting trash from a heap and sorting it into a pile. When her father arrives home that night, she asks him why she’d never seen that girl in class before, and he tells her that not all family’s send their daughter’s to school, that if everyone went to school in their families, their families wouldn’t have enough money for food. Malala wished even harder for a magic pencil that would help them. When it doesn’t come, Malala is inspired to be the best she could, so that one day she could help everyone get an education. Then when her own education and that of every girl in the country’s is threatened, Malala takes a stand.
Discovery women in science throughout history. Many of these women had more than one job. From Engineers, Cosmonauts, and astronauts to biologists, volcanologists, chemists, and anthropologists, this beautifully illustrated book details the biographies of 50 historic women and their extraordinary careers. This is a great book to get kids interested in science and perhaps combine those interests with altruism in order to make their world a better place.
Happy Women’s History Month!