March is Women’s History Month and National Reading Month which is the perfect time to read books with your child about women’s achievements, and the contributions that they have made in art, science, literature, and the performing arts. When children learn about other’s success, they will have an easier time envisioning their own.
Here are some recommended Children’s books that will inspire young readers to advocate for themselves, and pursue their dreams.
Brave Ballerina: The Story of Janet Collins by Michelle Meadows
This story is about a pioneer who was the first America Prima Ballerina in the Metropolitan Opera during the time when racial segregation was widespread in the United States.
Little Dreamers: Visionary Women Around the World by Vashti Harrison
This book features the true stories of 35 women which includes writers, inventors, artists, and scientists.
Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx by Jonah Winter
This is an inspiring story of Sonia Sotomayor, who rose up from a childhood of poverty and she became the first Latino woman to be nominated to the United States Supreme Court.
Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors?: The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell
This book discusses the life and achievements of the first American female doctor, the limited career prospects for women in the early 19th century, the opposition Elizabeth Blackwell faced while she was pursuing a medical education, and her medical career that opened doors for future generations of women.
Mae Among the Stars by Roda Ahmed
Mae wants to become an Astronaut. Her parents encouraged her to pursue her dreams. They told her, “If you believe it, and work hard for it, anything is possible.” This encouragement along with Mae’s curiosity, intelligence, and determination helped her become the first African American woman to travel in space.