15 Children’s Books for Women’s History Month

Mary Church Terrell, the daughter of wealthy Memphis businessman, Robert Church said, “while most girls run away to marry, I ran away to teach.” Her bold act of disobedience infuriated her father, but Terrell believed it was her mission to “promote the welfare of [her] race.” March is Women’s History Month (WHM), and while the stories of some women in history may not be as dramatic as Terrell’s, WHM was created to celebrate the contributions of “notable and ordinary women.” The stories of the women represented in the picture, middle grade, and young adult books listed range from well-known narratives to tales of lesser known women buried deep in history.




An Apple for Harriet Tubman – Glenette Tilley Turner

An Apple for Harriet Tubman – Glenette Tilley Turner

Hoorah for Mary Seacole – Trish Cooke

Hoorah for Mary Seacole – Trish Cooke

Mary Church Terrell: Leader for Equality – Patricia & Fredrick McKissack

Mary Church Terrell: Leader for Equality – Patricia & Fredrick McKissack

Celia Cruz, Queen of Salsa – Veronica Chambers

Celia Cruz, Queen of Salsa – Veronica Chambers

Hoop Queens – Charles R. Smith Jr.

Hoop Queens – Charles R. Smith Jr.

Michelle Obama – Christine Taylor-Butler

Michelle Obama – Christine Taylor-Butler

The Princess of the Press: The Story of Ida B. Wells-Barnett – Angela Shelf Medearis

The Princess of the Press: The Story of Ida B. Wells-Barnett – Angela Shelf Medearis

Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker: The Unlikely Friendship of Elizabeth Keckley and Mary Todd Lincoln – Lynda Jones

Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker: The Unlikely Friendship of Elizabeth Keckley and Mary Todd Lincoln – Lynda Jones

Sweethearts of Rhythm – Marilyn Nelson

Sweethearts of Rhythm – Marilyn Nelson

Nzingha: Warrior Queen of Matamba, Angola, Africa, 1595 – Patricia McKissack

Nzingha: Warrior Queen of Matamba, Angola, Africa, 1595 – Patricia McKissack

Katherine Dunham – Jim Haskins

Katherine Dunham – Jim Haskins

At Her Majesty's Request: An African Princess in Victorian England – Walter Dean Myers

At Her Majesty's Request: An African Princess in Victorian England – Walter Dean Myers

Young, Black, and Determined: A Biography of Lorraine Hansberry – Patricia & Fredrick McKissack

Young, Black, and Determined: A Biography of Lorraine Hansberry – Patricia & Fredrick McKissack

And Not Afraid To Dare: The Stories of Ten African-American Women – Tonya Bolden

And Not Afraid To Dare: The Stories of Ten African-American Women – Tonya Bolden

Find Where the Wind Goes: Moments from My Life – Dr. Mae Jemison

Find Where the Wind Goes: Moments from My Life – Dr. Mae Jemison

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