Women’s History Month Book Recommendations

Jumpstart's Book Recommendation for Women's History Month

All month-long in March, we celebrate Women’s History Month! We invite you to explore these book lists with the children in your life to honor women’s strength, impacts, and contributions to our communities and throughout history. 

Women in Our Lives: Let’s celebrate the strong women in our lives! Read these stories with your child and learn about just some of the many things, both big and small, women do that provide the love, support, and growth. Invite your child to reflect on what some things they’ve noticed the women in their own lives doing that have impacted them or their communities and share that gratitude by writing a note or drawing a picture! 

  • Kapaemahu by Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Dean Hammer, and Joe Wilson
  • Mama Shamsi at the Bazaar by Mojdeh Hassani and Samira Iravani 
  • The Best Bed for Me by Gaia Cornwall 
  • My Paati’s Saris by Jyoti Rajan Gopal 
  • Holding On by Sophia N. Lee 

Women in STEM: Read about women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics! As you share these stories with your child, what are ways they’ve noticed the women overcome challenges? How did it make them stronger?

  • Tu Youyou’s Discovery by Songju Ma Daemicke  
  • Mae Among the Stars by Roda Ahmed  
  • Evelyn the Adventurous Entomologist: The True Story of a World-Traveling Bug Hunter by Christine Evans 
  • Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly  
  • Swimming with Sharks: The Daring Discoveries of Eugenie Clark by Heather Lang 

Women Making Changes: In these stories, your child can learn about women who have made changes around the world. Ask your child, “What changes did these women create? What big or small way have they changed history?”

  • Loujain Dreams of Sunflowers by Uma Mishra-Newbery and Lina Al-Hathloul 
  • Sharice’s Big Voice: A Native Kid Becomes a Congresswoman by Sharice Davids and Nancy K. Mays 
  • Courageous History Makers: 11 Women from Latin America Who Changed the World by Naibe Reynoso 

Biographies about Women of Color: Share these biographies, or stories about real people, with your child. After reading, help your child make the connection about these women’s contributions and impacts on the world today.  

  • Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré by Anika Denise 
  • A Girl Named Rosita: The Story of Rita Moreno: Actor, Singer, Dancer, Trailblazer! by Anika Aldamuy Denise  
  • The Green Piano: How Little Me Found Music by Roberta Flack 


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