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International Women’s Day Books for kids

International Women’s Day is round the corner, not that we need a dedicated day to rave about the bravery and strength of girls! We’ve curated a list of books that are a great starting point for teaching young girls and boys why we celebrate women, drawing in on great female figures as well as books which feature a strong female lead. Each book has a valuable story to tell.

Women in Sport: Fifty Fearless Athletes Who Played to Win 

By Rachel Ignotofsky (Author and Illustrator)

Wren & Rook

Women in Sport celebrates the success of the tough, bold and fearless women who paved the way for today’s athletes. The sportswomen featured include well-known figures like tennis player Serena Williams and broadcaster Clare Balding, as well as lesser-known pioneers like Gertrude Ederleand Keiko Fukuda.

£9.24, Amazon

Dreams for our Daughters – Songs and Dreams 

By Ruth Doyle (author), Ashling Lindsay (illustrator)

Andersen Press Ltd 

This lavishly foiled, inspiring picture book is the perfect gift for every key moment in a child’s life, from birth to graduation.

£12.99, Muthahood 

Women in Art: 50 Fearless Creatives Who Inspired the World 

By Rachel Ignotofsky  (Author and Illustrator)

Women in Art is an EMPOWERING and INSPIRATIONAL celebration of some of the most iconic and fearless women who paved the way for the next generation of artists. From well-known figures such as Frida Kahlo and Dame Vivienne Westwood to lesser-known artists including Harriet Powers and Yoyoi Kusama, this charmingly illustrated and inspiring book highlights the achievements of 50 notable women in the arts.

£9.25, Amazon

The Little Girl or Boy Who Dared to Dream

“You really are remarkable – more than you’ll ever know!” The Little Girl or Boy Who Dared to Dream is a dazzling personalised story based on the letters of your child’s name. Send a child on a magical journey to discover nothing’s impossible, if they dare to dream.

£21.99, Wonderbly 

Little People Big Dreams: Greta Thunberg

by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara (Author), Anke Weckmann (Illustrator)

Frances Lincoln Children’s Books

From the empowering Little People, Big Dreams series, the Greta Thunberg edition is about the inspiring school girl from Sweden who started a global movement against climate change, and how she even made politicians listen. It’s a very child-friendly biography, with quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a biographical timeline, great for inspiring kids that they too can make a difference.

£8, Kidly

Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World 

By Rachel Ignotofsky  (Author and Illustrator)

Wren & Rook

A gloriously illustrated celebration of trailblazing women. Women in Science highlights the contributions of fifty notable women to the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, from both the ancient and modern worlds. The book also contains fascinating infographics and an illustrated scientific glossary.

£8.71, Amazon

The Proudest Blue

By Ibtihaj Muhammad (author), Hatem Aly (illustrator), S. K. Ali (author)

Anderson Press

Asiya’s hijab is like the ocean and the sky, no line between them, saying hello with a loud wave. It’s Faizah’s first day of school, and her older sister Asiya’s first day of wearing hijab – made of a beautiful blue fabric. But not everyone sees hijab as beautiful. In the face of hurtful, confusing words, will Faizah find new ways to be strong? This is an uplifting, universal story of new experiences, the unbreakable bond shared by siblings and of being proud of who you are, from Olympic medallist Ibtihaj Muhammad.

£6.49, Waterstones

Little People, Big Dreams: Malala Yousafzai

By Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara (Author), Manal Mirza (Illustrator)

Frances Lincoln Children’s Books

When Malala was born in Mingora, Pakistan, her father was determined she would have every opportunity that a boy would have. She loved getting an education, but when a hateful regime came to power, girls were no longer allowed to go to school. Malala spoke out in public about this, which made her a target for violence. She was shot in the left side of her head and woke up in hospital in England. Finally after long months and many surgeries, Malala recovered, and resolved to become an activist for girls’ education. Now a recent Oxford graduate, Malala continues to fight for a world where all girls can learn and lead. This powerful book features stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a biographical timeline with historical photos and a detailed profile of the activist’s life.

£8.19, Amazon

HerStory: 50 Women and Girls Who Shook the World 

By Katherine Halligan  (Author), Sarah Walsh  (Illustrator)

Nosy Crow

Instead of just studying history, let’s think about HerStory too! In this uplifting and inspiring book, children can learn about 50 intrepid women from around the world and throughout history. Telling the stories of their childhood, the challenges they faced and the changes they made, each gorgeously illustrated spread is a celebration of girl power in its many forms. 

£12.11, Amazon

Little People, Big Dreams: Emmeline Pankhurst

By Lisbeth Kaiser  (Author), Ana Sanfelippo (Illustrator)

Frances Lincoln Children’s Books

Meet an inspiring women’s rights activist who changed the world for future generations of women. As a child, Emmeline Pankhurst was shocked at the inequality of men and women that she saw all around her. When she grew up, she never stopped fighting for women to get the vote, inspiring other women to demonstrate, go on hunger strike and protest for the cause.

£7.99, Amazon

Have you read your child a book that you’d like us to share with our readers? Do get in touch via our Instagram page and we’ll add to this list! 

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