March 1st through March 31st marks Women’s History Month! Celebrate with these stories about strong, fearless women by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing.
Women’s History Month Books for 2021
Here are two of our hand picked books for this year’s Women’s History Month featuring two amazing women in history.
By Mara Rockliff, Illustrated by Giselle Potter
We’re reading this new book about an amazing mom named Frieda Caplan that changed the produce industry by trying new fruits and vegetables in this brightly illustrated nonfiction picture book!.
Starting in 1956 in a world that was mainly potatoes, apples/bananas and tomatoes she introduced new foods to the produce market and changed people’s minds. If you enjoy seeing kiwifruit, mushrooms, seedless watermelon, purple potatoes, baby corn and more at the market it’s all because of her.
Love that she was the first woman in US to own and operate a wholesale produce business! I’m inspired by her persistence to share her ideas even when there is opposition. She taught that tasting unfamiliar foods could be a fun adventure.
By Erica Armstrong Dunbar and Kathleen Van Cleve
The recent Broadway Musical “Hamilton” sparked an interest for my 9 year old daughter to learn more about our first president George Washington and the society around that time in history. This title caught my daughter’s attention as it is the narrative of Ona Judge, George and Martha Washington’s runaway slave, who risked everything for a better life. During the time when America was seeking freedom from British rule, Ona’s was also on a journey to pursue her own freedom.
This book is written for young readers and tells the story about the hardship of life when this nation was first founded. I love how it starts with a timeline to put into perspective events in American history along with Ona’s life. Not only is this a story of incredible perseverance and bravery it will also give a glimpse into the lives of the free and enslaved communities during that time. This book is a National Book Award Finalist for Nonfiction.
Women’s History Month Books for 2020
My daughters and I read through these three following stories and were inspired by how each of these women made a difference by simply following their passion with unceasing determination. They were true to themselves at all obstacles even though they were all living in a time when it wasn’t so easy to lead as a women. Without fear, they continued their work, made their voices known, and as a result made an impact in the world.
These inspiring stories will be a great addition to your family library or as gifts to a little one. You can read the descriptions below.
By Hayley Barrett, Illustrated by Diana Sudyka
Discover the amazing true story of Maria Mitchell, America’s first professional female astronomer. Gorgeously illustrated by Diana Sudyka, this moving picture book is sure to inspire budding scientists everywhere.
By Katherine Krull, Illustrated by Alexandra Bye
Discover the incredible life of Frances Perkins, the first woman to serve in a presidential cabinet and the mastermind behind Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, in this fascinating picture book biography that’s perfect for fans of I Dissent.
By Lesa Cline-Ransome, Illustrated by John Parra
Renowned author Lesa Cline-Ransome and celebrated illustrator John Parra unite to tell the inspiring story of Ethel Payne, a groundbreaking African American journalist known as the First Lady of the Black Press.
By Joyce at Huddlebee (Written in collaboration with Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing. These books were provided for feature.)
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