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Mar 21

Children's Corner: Women's History Month

Posted on March 21, 2023 at 11:15 AM by Maggie Witte

We are celebrating Women’s History Month, which is dedicated to recognizing the contributions women have made throughout history. Women have long held many roles beyond the traditional. Take a look at achievements women from the past and present have made in order for a better future for all of us. Check out any of the selected books to learn what women have accomplished and what current and future women can do to further the work that’s already been done.

Find more children’s books about women using our online catalog. All of the books selected below are available whenever you like using BARD to download books to a mobile device or a flash drive to use in the digital talking books player.

DB 91951 Good night stories for rebel girls: one hundred tales of extraordinary women by Elena Favilli

Collection of reimagined fairy tales that tell the true stories of one hundred heroic and diverse women from Ada Lovelace to Zaha Hadid. Commercial audiobook. For grades K-3 and older readers. 2016.

DB 86127 Women in science: 50 fearless pioneers who changed the world by Rachel Ignotofsky

Profiles fifty notable women and their achievements in science, engineering, and mathematics, from the ancient world to the present. Includes Katherine Johnson, an African American physicist and mathematician, who worked for NASA as a female computer and later calculated the trajectory for the Apollo 11 mission. For grades 5-8. 2016.

DB 39616 Wilma Mankiller: principal chief of the Cherokees by Melissa Schwarz

Mankiller, born in Oklahoma in 1945, spent her adolescence in California. The 1969 occupation of Alcatraz Island by Native American activists led to her involvement in Indian affairs and her growing commitment to the rights and needs of the Indian community. She was so effective that, in 1985, she became the first woman to hold the office of principal chief of the Cherokee Nation. For grades 5-8 and older readers.

DB110430 I am Dolly Parton by Brad Meltzer

"Profiles the legendary country music artist, reading advocate, and philanthropist who has sent over one hundred fifty million free books to children through her Imagination Library, and describes the hardships she overcame." -- Provided by publisher.  --  Commercial audiobook. For grades K-3.

DB107785 Hedy & her amazing invention by Jan Wahl

Covers the pioneering scientific work and inspiring courage of Hedy Lamarr, the famous Hollywood actress who fought against old-fashioned parents, a domineering husband, prejudice, and stereotypes to become an accomplished inventor whose work helped pave the way for many of the communications technologies we enjoy today. For grades 2-4. 2019.

DB106827 Bold words from Black women: inspiration and truths from 50 extraordinary Black women who helped shape our world by Tamara Pizzoli

A collection of quotes from 50 inspirational Black women who have shaped the world we live in, from Toni Morrison to Angela Davis, from Solange and Beyonce´ to Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. For grades K-3. 2021.

DB106294 Lizzie demands a seat!: Elizabeth Jennings fights for streetcar rights by Beth Anderson

One hundred years before Rosa Parks took her stand, Elizabeth "Lizzie" Jennings tried unsuccessfully to board a streetcar in New York City on her way to church. Jennings took her case to court--where future president Chester Arthur represented her--and won, setting a precedent. For grades K-3. 2020.

DB105175 Sharice’s big voice: a native kid becomes a congresswoman by Sharice Davids

An autobiography introduces US Representative Sharice Davids, one of the first Native American women elected to Congress and the first lesbian congressperson to represent Kansas. Davids, a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, shares her love of talking, listening, and martial arts. For grades K-3. 2021.

DB105024 Instructions not included: how a team of women coded the future by Tami Lewis Brown

Chronicles how a team of women mathematicians, Betty "Jean" Jennings Bartik, Kathleen "Kay" McNulty Mauchly Antonelli, and Frances Elizabeth "Betty" Snyder Holberton, programmed an early computer called ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer). For grades 2-4. 2019.

DB 96477 Born to fly: the first women’s air race across America by Steve Sheinkin

Just nine years after American women finally got the right to vote, a group of trailblazers soared to new heights in the 1929 Women's Air Derby, the first women's air race across the country. Profiles the pilots, and recaptures the glory and grit of the early days of flying. Commercial audiobook. For grades 6-9. 2019.

DB 91382 Library of wheels: Mary Lemist Titcomb and America’s first bookmobile by Sharlee Mullins Glenn

Recounts the notable life of head librarian Mary Lemist Titcomb (1852-1932), whose determination to provide library access to all Washington County, Maryland, residents, led to her revolutionary plans to establish book deposits, a children's room, and a horse-drawn book wagon. Titcomb created America's first traveling library. For grades 3-6. 2018.

DB 87597 Motor girls: how women took the wheel and drove boldly into the twentieth century by Sue Macy

Discusses the first generation of female motorists who drove cars for fun, for profit, and to make a statement about the evolving roles of women. For grades 5-8. 2017.

DB 88185 She persisted: 13 American women who changed the world by Chelsea Clinton

Profiles the lives of thirteen American women who have left their mark on U. S. history, including Harriet Tubman, Helen Keller, Margaret Chase Smith, and Oprah Winfrey. Commercial audiobook. For grades K-3. 2017.

DB 86874 The gutsy girl: escapades for your life of epic adventure by Caroline Paul

The author recounts a life of personal escapades and shares exhilarating stories of daring women in history. Provides confidence-building activities and tips to inspire girls to pursue a life of adventure and excitement. Commercial audiobook. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 2016.