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Picture Books for Celebrating Women's History Month

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Easy Fiction:

Dear Girl by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Paris Rosenthal
This uplifting and inspiring picture book for young girls is written as a series of letters reminding every girl of just how much she is loved and how powerful she truly is.

Drum Dream Girl by Margarita Engle
In 1930s Cuba, girls were not allowed to play the drums. This vibrantly illustrated picture book tells the story of a young girl, Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, who was determined to become a drummer despite what others might say.

Firebird by Misty Copeland
Misty Copeland, an American ballet dancer, was the first African-American woman to achieve principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre. In this heartwarming picture book, Misty guides a young black girl on her journey to becoming a “Firebird” like herself.

Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio
Elementary student Grace Campbell is shocked to learn in school that there has never been a woman president in the history of the United States. So, she decides she will just have to be the first!

Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood
Everyone knows the story of Cinderella and her Prince Charming, but what about Cinderella in space? In this imaginative retelling of the classic fairy tale, instead of dreaming of finding her prince, Cinderella dreams of fixing space ships.

Mae Among the Stars by Roda Ahmed
Mae Jemison made history as the first African-American woman in space. Read about how little Mae dreamed big and reached for the stars in this beautiful picture book inspired by the astronaut’s real-life story!

Not All Princesses Dress in Pink by Jane Yolen and Heidi E.Y. Stemple
There are a lot of stereotypes about how princesses, and girls, should act. This picture book tells the story of strong and courageous princesses who do what they want, from playing sports to jumping in mud puddles, all while wearing their crowns!

Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty
Rosie dreams of becoming an engineer, but is afraid of failure so she does not let anyone see her amazing inventions. That is until she is visited by none other than Rosie the Riveter who teaches her a few lessons about never giving up and learning from our mistakes!



Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine by Laurie Wallmark 
Did you know that the first computer program was written by a woman? From a young age, Ada Byron Lovelace had a love for numbers and mathematics. When she met the creator of the first mechanical computer, Charles Babbage, she helped him understand the true power of such a device.

Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly
You might know that the first American in space was Alan Shepherd Jr., but do you know about the four black women who helped put him there? This picture book tells the inspiring story of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden who were mathematicians at NASA during a time when discrimination against women and minorities was high.

Little Dreamers: Visionary Women Around the World by Vashti Harrison
Read about the lives of 35 women visionaries and creators throughout history, from groundbreaking scientists to skilled painters. Many names may be familiar already, but many lesser known women are featured, too.

Miss Paul and the President: The Creative Campaign for Women's Right to Vote by Dean Robbins
Born in Mt. Laurel, Alice Paul was a leading figure in the fight for women’s right to vote. In this vibrantly illustrated picture book, learn about her courageous acts, including orchestrating the very first picket line at the White House in American history. 

Shark Lady: the True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean's Most Fearless Scientist by Jess Keating
Ever since she was a little girl, Eugenie Clark was fascinated by sharks while most others feared them. She was determined to learn more about them, and when she grew up, her research helped us all gain a better understanding of these fascinating creatures, earning her the name “Shark Lady.”

She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton
Read the inspiring and true stories of 13 American women who made history. You’ll meet remarkable women like Helen Keller, Harriet Tubman and Sally Ride. Each woman’s story reminds girls of the importance of not backing down in the face of obstacles and being persistent.

Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors?: The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell by Tanya Lee Stone
Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman in the United States to earn a medical degree and become a doctor. This picture book tells the inspiring story of a young Elizabeth who was determined to become a doctor, despite what anyone might have thought or said about girls being doctors!

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