Books that Celebrate Women (for various ages)

Recommendations from Kara

Books that celebrate female activists, icons, political leaders, scientists, mathematicians, artists, creators, performers, and athletes.

Rad Women Worldwide: Artists and Athletes, Pirates and Punks, and Other Revolutionaries Who Shaped History Cover Image
By Kate Schatz, Miriam Klein Stahl (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780399578861
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Published: Ten Speed Press - September 27th, 2016

Educational and inspirational, this gift-worthy New York Times bestseller from the authors of Rad American Women A-Z, is a bold, illustrated collection of 40 biographical profiles showcasing extraordinary women from across the globe.
 


Icons: 50 Heroines Who Shaped Contemporary Culture (Inspirational Book about Strong Women, Empowering Book for Girls, Teens, and Women) Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781797201351
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Published: Chronicle Chroma - February 25th, 2020

Icons features colorful portraits of 50 of the most admired women in the fields of music, politics, human rights, and film.

This diverse and inclusive collection features the world's most inspiring women, including Michelle Obama, Beyonce, Aretha Franklin, Dolly Parton, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Yayoi Kusama and so many more.


Noisemakers: 25 Women Who Raised Their Voices & Changed the World - A Graphic Collection from  Kazoo Cover Image
By Kazoo Magazine, Erin Bried (Editor)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525580188
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - February 4th, 2020

"Astonishing comics about world-changing women. What could possibly be better?" --NEIL GAIMAN

"Thoughtful, timely and super-engaging." --JACQUELINE WOODSON

"I wish I'd had Noisemakers when I was growing up." --ALISON BECHDEL


No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference Cover Image
$10.00
ISBN: 9780143133568
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Published: Penguin Books - November 12th, 2019

The #1 New York Times bestseller by Time's 2019 Person of the Year

The groundbreaking speeches of Greta Thunberg, the young climate activist who has become the voice of a generation, including her historic address to the United Nations 


Malala: My Story of Standing Up for Girls' Rights Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780316527156
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 9th, 2018

A chapter book edition of Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai's bestselling story of courageously standing up for girls' education.

Malala's powerful memoir of risking her life for the right to go to school is now abridged and adapted for chapter book readers.


The ABCs of AOC: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from A to Z Cover Image
By Jamia Wilson, Krystal Quiles (By (artist))
$13.99
ISBN: 9780316495141
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 1st, 2019

The ABCs of AOC is an inspiring, educational, and giftable book about the representative taking Congress--and the media--by storm.


This empowering and informative book is the perfect conversation starter for young people interested in government and activism, and the ultimate gift for anyone who wants to learn more about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.


Woman in the House (and Senate) (Revised and Updated): How Women Came to Washington and Changed the Nation Cover Image
By Ilene Cooper, Elizabeth Baddely (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781419742668
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - March 3rd, 2020

Becoming RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Journey to Justice Cover Image
By Debbie Levy, Whitney Gardner (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781534424555
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - November 5th, 2019

From the New York Times bestselling author of I Dissent comes a biographical graphic novel about celebrated Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a modern feminist icon—a leader in the fight for equal treatment of girls and women in society and the workplace.


Women Win the Vote!: 19 for the 19th Amendment Cover Image
By Nancy B. Kennedy, Katy Dockrill (Illustrator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781324004141
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Published: Norton Young Readers - February 11th, 2020

A bold new collection showcasing the trailblazing individuals who fought for women’s suffrage, honoring the Nineteenth Amendment’s centennial anniversary.


Eleanor Roosevelt, Fighter for Justice: Her Impact on the Civil Rights Movement, the White House, and the World Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781419736834
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - September 24th, 2019

Michelle Obama: First Lady and Superhero: I Can Read Level 1 Cover Image
By Sarah Howden, Nick Craine (Illustrator)
$4.99
ISBN: 9781443460279
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Published: Collins - January 21st, 2020

Becoming Cover Image
$32.50
ISBN: 9781524763138
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Published: Crown - November 13th, 2018

An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States
 


A Computer Called Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Helped Put America on the Moon Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316435178
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 12th, 2019

The inspiring true story of mathematician Katherine Johnson--made famous by the award-winning film Hidden Figures--who counted and computed her way to NASA and helped put a man on the moon!


Born Curious: 20 Girls Who Grew Up to Be Awesome Scientists Cover Image
By Martha Freeman, Katy Wu (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781534421530
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Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - February 18th, 2020

“An inspiring look at women who realized curiosity plus tenacity equals success.” —Kirkus Reviews
“[A] captivating compendium.” —Publishers Weekly

Discover the histories of twenty incredible female scientists in this inspiring biography collection from beloved author Martha Freeman and Google Doodler Katy Wu.


Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean's Most Fearless Scientist Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781492642046
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Published: Sourcebooks Explore - June 6th, 2017

One of New York Times' Twelve Books for Feminist Boys and Girls

This is the story of a woman who dared to dive, defy, discover, and inspire. This is the story of Shark Lady. One of the best science picture books for children, Shark Lady is a must for both teachers and parents alike


Emmy in the Key of Code Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780358040828
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Published: Versify - September 24th, 2019

In this innovative middle grade novel, coding and music take center stage as new girl Emmy tries to find her place in a new school.


Path to the Stars: My Journey from Girl Scout to Rocket Scientist Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780358206934
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Published: Clarion Books - March 31st, 2020

The inspiring memoir for young readers about a Latina rocket scientist whose early life was transformed by joining the Girl Scouts and who currently serves as CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA.

A meningitis outbreak in their underprivileged neighborhood left Sylvia Acevedo’s family forever altered.


Ruth Asawa (1926-2013) was an influential and award-winning sculptor, a beloved figure in the Bay Area art world, and a devoted activist who advocated tirelessly for arts education.


Women Artists A to Z Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780593108727
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Published: Dial Books - February 11th, 2020

An empowering and educational alphabet picture book about women artists, perfect for fans of Rad American Women A-Z.


We are Artists: Women who Made their Mark on the World Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780500651964
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Published: Thames & Hudson - September 24th, 2019

Wonderfully illustrated throughout, this book tells inspiring stories of fifteen women artists who made a lasting impact on art and the world through their lives and work.


A Voice Named Aretha Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781681198507
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - January 7th, 2020

From acclaimed author and illustrator pairing comes a beautiful picture book biography about the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin and how she fought for respect throughout her life.

Aretha Franklin is the Queen of Soul, a legend. But before she became a star, she was a shy little girl with a voice so powerful it made people jump up, sway, and hum along.


Hope Is the Thing with Feathers: Poems of Emily Dickinson Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781423650980
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Published: Gibbs Smith - February 12th, 2019

Part of a new collection of literary voices from Gibbs Smith, written by, and for, extraordinary women--to encourage, challenge, and inspire.


Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250112491
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - May 2nd, 2017

The bold story of Maya Lin, the visionary artist-architect who designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

You may be familiar with the iconic Vietnam Veterans Memorial. But do you know about the artist-architect who created this landmark?


Maya Lin: Thinking with Her Hands (Middle Grade Nonfiction Books, History Books for Kids, Women Empowerment Stories for Kids) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781452108377
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Published: Chronicle Books - November 7th, 2017

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., is one of the most famous pieces of civic architecture in the world. But most people are not as familiar with the reserved college student who entered and won the design competition to build it.


Breaking Through: How Female Athletes Shattered Stereotypes in the Roaring Twenties Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781426336768
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Published: National Geographic Kids - February 4th, 2020

Love Your Body: Your body can do amazing things... Cover Image
By Jessica Sanders, Carol Rossetti (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780711252424
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Published: Frances Lincoln Children's Books - March 3rd, 2020

What if every young girl loved her body? Love Your Body encourages you to admire and celebrate your body for all the amazing things it can do (like laugh, cry, hug, and feel) and to help you see that you are so much more than your body.

Bodies come in all different forms and abilities.


Serena: The Littlest Sister Cover Image
By Karlin Gray, Monica Ahanonu (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781624146947
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Published: Page Street Kids - May 21st, 2019

Serena Williams is one of the biggest names in sports, but she grew up the littlest of five girls in her family. While sharing a room and playing tennis with her older sisters, Serena had to figure out how to be her own person—on and off the court.


Go with the Flow Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781250143174
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Published: First Second - January 14th, 2020

High school students embark on a crash course of friendship, female empowerment, and women's health issues in Lily Williams and Karen Schneemann's graphic novel Go With the Flow.

Good friends help you go with the flow.
Best friends help you start a revolution.


Women in Sports: 50 Fearless Athletes Who Played to Win (Women in Science) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781607749783
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Published: Ten Speed Press - July 18th, 2017

Illustrated profiles of fifty pioneering female athletes, from the author of the New York Times bestseller Women in Science

Women for the win!


My Best Friend Cover Image
By Julie Fogliano, Jillian Tamaki (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534427228
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - March 3rd, 2020

New York Times bestselling author Julie Fogliano and Caldecott Honor winner Jillian Tamaki come together to tell a delightful story of first friendship.

she is my best friend i think
i never had a best friend so i’m not sure
but i think she is a really good best friend
because when we were drawing
she drew me
and i drew her.


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