Friday Five: Books for Women’s History Month

Friday Five

Happy Women’s History Month! Now that it’s halfway through the month, I’m finally getting around to sharing some of my favorite books about women’s history. I keep most of these books in my classroom year round, and they are picked up by both the boys and the girls.

Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls
by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo

After the holidays, one of my students walked into the classroom clutching this book. She couldn’t stop talking about Serena Williams, Ada Lovelace, Cleopatra and other remarkable women. Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls holds the record for most funded book in crowdfunding history, and uses the fairytale format to tell the true stories of 100 inspirational women. My favorite part? It includes blank pages to tell the story of the rebel girl who is reading the book.

I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark
by Debbie Levy

I can’t wait for this book to make its way into the hands of little girls around the world. It tells the story of a girl who wanted to change little things, and built her way up to changing big things. This story teaches a powerful lesson about activism. It proudly proclaims that even young children can work to change things in their communities. (Read my full review here!)

Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World
Written and Illustrated by Rachel Ignotofsky

Last summer, in an independent bookstore on Cape Cod, the cover of Women in Science caught my eye. The remarkable illustrations in this book draw readers in, but it’s the incredible stories of female scientists that keep readers reading. This book taught me so much about the women who fought for spaces in labs and on research teams. We are all better off thanks to their courage and conviction.

Elizabeth Leads the Way: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Right to Vote
by Tanya Lee Stone

This book does a remarkable job introducing the women’s suffrage movement and telling the tale of one of its heroes. Author Tanya Stone introduces not only the reasons women pushed for suffrage, but also some of the reasons people pushed back against it. After reading this book, my students were begging to read more about the women who fought for the vote.

Who Was Maya Angelou?
By Ellen Labrecque

I recently found some Who Was books on sale at a local store, and had to snatch up this one, along with the biographies of Amelia Earhart, Rachel Carson, and more. The Who Was series is beloved by students around the world, and Women’s History Month is the perfect time to pull out some special stories.

Do your students have any favorite books about Women’s History? Feel free to share in the comments below!


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