How do you encourage your young daughters, granddaughters and nieces to aspire to the greatness that they are all capable of? You provide them with a bookcase of inspiring stories featuring groundbreaking women who have made heroic leaps in various fields. Here are a few of our favorite books to read or gift to the important little women in your life as they begin to discover their unique gifts and interest.
Brad Meltzer’s The Ordinary People Change The World Series is sure to inspire and entertain young readers with it’s fresh take on introducing important historical figures that include Jane Goodall, Harriet Tubman and Lucille Ball. Told from the first person perspective, each story in this best selling picture book series is full of colorful illustrations by Christopher Eliopoulos, quotes, photographs, a timeline and notes of encouragement.
She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World by Chelsea Clinton and illustrator Alexandra Boiger brings to life the tales of 13 iconic women who defied conventions and adversity in order to achieve greatness. From Helen Keller to Oprah Winfrey, this highly anticipated Book Expo 2017 hit is a bookshelf essential for your favorite big dreamer. Another hit picture book that generated a lot of positive buzz at the expo is Savannah Guthrie and Allison Oppenheim’s empowering fairy tale, Princesses Wear Pants. Eva Byrne’s bright and whimsical illustrations help bring to life the adventures of Princess Penelope, a young royal who challenges gender stereotypes by showing girls that they can remain true to themselves while pursing all of their various interests and passions.
To put a new, international spin on bedtime story hour, check out Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls. Elena Favilli’s hit series presents an empowering collection of true fairy tales illustrated by 60 artists from around the world, all featuring strong women who stood their own ground, created their own success and became leaders in starting the positive change that they wanted to see in the world.
If you’re looking for a new, female centric twist on the English alphabet, check out Rad American Women A-Z by Kate Schatz and illustrator Miriam Klein Stahl. Introduce your aspiring little readers to 26 groundbreaking women who emerged from different economic and ethnic backgrounds over the course of several centuries. Fans of this publication will also enjoy reading Rad Women Worldwide, also written by Schatz.
More Girls Who Rocked The World: Heroines from Ada Lovelace to Misty Copeland by Michelle Roehm McCann successfully blends stories from contemporary ambitious women with a wide range of iconic women who made an impact before or by their late teens. In Bad Girls Throughout History: 100 Remarkable Women Who Changed the World (by Ann Shen) each story is accompanied by stunning watercolor portraits of 100 women. Photography enthusiasts can enjoy flipping through Kate T. Parker’s profound and affirmation filled portrait photography book, Strong Is The New Pretty.
Know a young girl who likes sports? Then check out Women In Sports: 50 Fearless Athletes Who Played To Win by Rachel Ignotofsky. For young women who dream of working in science, technology and innovative fields, pick up a copy of Catherine Thimmesh’s Girls Think Of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions and Sam Magg’s Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors and Trailblazers Who Changed History.