Picture books are a powerful tool when teaching children about the important roles that women have played in shaping our world. Women are often overlooked in traditional historical narratives, but these inclusive read-alouds highlight their contributions. Novel Effect is ready to help you celebrate accomplished women by bringing their stories to life. Here are a few of our favorites that provide a spotlight on Women’s History Month.
Picture Books to Spotlight Women's History
When Temple Grandin was a girl, she was diagnosed with autism. Grandin became one of the most respected animal behavior scientists at a time when people with autism were often overlooked. Dr. Grandin’s story is one of perseverance in the face of adversity. It teaches that we are more than our diagnosis.
In this gentle and courageous autobiographical picture book, Malala Yousafzai shares her remarkable story. Even after an attack nearly ends her life, Yousafzai doesn’t back down from sharing her message – she’s determined to spread it even further.
The first (and so far only) woman inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, Effa Manley promoted racial equality through her role as co-owner of the Newark Eagles. She made a big difference on and off the field for civil rights.
Notorious Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s life story is full of disagreements. In this biography, she talks about how she stood up against inequality before and during her Supreme Court appointment. Despite other people’s opinions, RBG’s reputation for disagreement shows the power of perseverance.
Dive into Eugenie Clark’s life as a marine biologist, conservation advocate, and pioneer in research scuba diving. Clark became fascinated with all things aquatic after visiting the New York Aquarium as a kid and has dedicated her life to studying ocean life, including sharks. With this story of pursuing one’s passion, you can inspire budding zoologists.
Trailblazing on pointe, Misty Copeland’s universal tale of finding your footing is a must-read. Using her own journey, Copeland shows how confidence, faith, dedication, and hard work can help each of us fly high.
We can instill a sense of pride and empowerment in our little learners by reading any of these stunning biographies. Learn more about the women who have made a difference in our world by visiting Novel Effect’s Women’s History Collection.