As you know if you follow me on Instagram, I've been reading books about bad-ass women all month in honor of Women's History Month. It's a really great excuse to make an effort and find inspiring stories about the women who've come before me. So far I've devoured Notorious RBG, Romantic Outlaws, Wrapped in Rainbows, and today I just broke my self-promise of not buying any more books this week and picked up Margaret the First, a new novel dramatizing the life of Margaret Cavendish.
Women's History Month is also a great time to introduce your kids not only to awesome who have come before us, but to take the time to read them stories that are empowering for girls. And this goes for both boys and girls. It's good for all children to read stories where girls are smart, strong, and accomplished. We can only break down gender norms and barriers if we start young! So I thought I'd compile a little list of my fave kids books, both fictional and autobiographical, that have strong female role models.
This is a must-have for all young readers. Malala is such a hero, and this book does a great job of explaining to kids why it is so important for girls to receive education throughout the world. Her story is an important one, and it's especially powerful since it is written in her voice.
One of my favorites to read with my little Lamb. Brave Irene tells the tale of a girl who overcomes seemingly insurmountable obstacles to help her dear mother. It confronts strong feelings of fear and then shows us how Brave Irene pulls through using her own guts and guile. The language is beautiful and (while written for very small children) isn't condescending.
I'm ever so slightly embarrassed to admit, I didn't know who Nellie Bly was until an episode of Drunk History last year. But I came across this book a few months ago and think it's a great introduction for kids into the world of investigative journalism and the awesome life of bad-ass Nellie Bly.
This book is also borrowed from my sweet Lamb's library and I have become obsessed with it. It takes you through Sadie's day where her imagination takes her all over the planet. She transforms into a boy raised by wolves, a girl who lived under the sea, and a hero in the world of fairy tales.
A great introduction to Elizabeth Cady Stanton and her contribution to the women's rights movement way back when. It also shines a light on other women who worked side by side with our founding fathers but never got the recognition they deserved. It's lighthearted, has fun illustrations, and is super-informative.
Sometimes, when I think about how awesome Jane Goodall is and how important her work is, I straight up start to cry. She is amazing. This book is a lovely tribute to her and a great introduction for small children. The Ordinary People Change the World book series is really great, and this Goodall book is one of my favorites.