Book Recommendations

Women’s History

51omwmrslul-_sy498_bo1204203200_Rodriguez, Patty.  Counting With Frida/Contando con Frida (2014)

Ages 0-3/Board book

Part of the Lil’ Libros series, which includes other bilingual conceptual board books  such as Loteria: First Words/Primeras Palabras, Counting With Frida/Contando con Frida helps readers master numbers while introducing them to this famous Mexican painter.


Schatz, Kate.  Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries who Shaped Our History . . . and Our Future! (2015)

Ages 8+

“Like all A-Z books, this one illustrates the alphabet—but instead of “A is for Apple”, A is for Angela—as in Angela Davis, the iconic political activist. B is for Billie Jean King, who shattered the glass ceiling of sports; C is for Carol Burnett, who defied assumptions about women in comedy; D is for Dolores Huerta, who organized farmworkers; and E is for Ella Baker, who mentored Dr. Martin Luther King and helped shape the Civil Rights Movement.” — publisher summary


Meltzer, Brad.  I Am Rosa Parks (2014)

Ages 5-8

““Kids always search for heroes, so we might as well have a say in it,” Brad Meltzer realized, and so he envisioned this friendly, fun approach to biography – for his own kids, and for yours. Each book tells the story of one of America’s icons in a vivacious, conversational way that works well for the youngest nonfiction readers, those who aren’t quite ready for the Who Was biography series. Each book focuses on a particular character trait that made that role model heroic. For example, Rosa Parks dared to stand up for herself and other African Americans by staying seated, and as a result she helped end public bus segregation and launch the country’s Civil Rights Movement.” — publisher summary

Ed. note: Any of the entries in this “I Am” series (which includes such famous female figures as Jane Goodall, Helen Keller, and Amelia Earhart) are great choices, and new installments are being added all the time.  Older readers can ‘graduate’ to the “Who Was” series, with an even wider selection.


Pinkney, Andrea Davis and Alcorn, Stephen. Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters. (2000)

Ages 6+

“Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus and sparked a boycott that changed America. Harriet Tubman helped more than three hundred slaves escape the South on the Underground Railroad. Shirley Chisholm became the first black woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

The lives these women led are part of an incredible story about courage in the face of oppression; about the challenges and triumphs of the battle for civil rights; and about speaking out for what you believe in–even when it feels like no one is listening.” — publisher summary


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