Women’s History Month

What do Amelia Earhart, Sandra Day O’Connor and Dr. Sally K. Ride all have in common? They were all women that made a difference in women’s history. Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic. Sandra Day O’Connor was the first woman justice, appointed by President Reagan. Sally K. Ride was the first American woman to be sent into space. All impressive women that are talked about and well-known. I decided to focus this post on women who haven’t been featured as often (especially in picture books), but are equally important to women’s history. I hope you enjoy and find out something new about women that have paved the way for the rest of us! Happy Women’s History Month!

Marching with Aunt Susan: Susan B. Anthony and the Fight for Women’s Suffrage by Claire Rudolf Murphy. Illustrated by Stacey Schuett. 2011. (K-3)

This amazing picture book focuses on an important moment in the life of ten-year-old Bessie Keith Pond. In 1896, Susan B. Anthony visited Berkeley, California, to encourage women to work for a state referendum that would give them the right to vote. When Bessie complains about not being allowed to do things that boys can, Anthony responds, “Women’s votes can help change the world.”  In turn, this motivates Bessie to join Anthony at the rally to see what the future might be like. Endnotes are included, with factual information about the real Bessie, Susan B. Anthony, and the suffrage movement.

Watcher: Jane Goodall’s Life with the Chimps by Jeanette Winter. 2011. (PS-2)

This read-aloud picture book about the world’s authority on chimpanzees is a majestic introduction for young animal lovers. The story opens with five-year-old Jane sitting in a chicken coop, pondering where eggs come from. From there we follow Jane’s life chronologically through her years in the African forests, to her worldwide movement to save these primates that face extinction. The poetic quality of the text and the childlike illustrations will be sure to fascinate children and adults alike. A wonderful addition to any biography or science unit!

Here Come the Girl Scouts!: The Amazing All-True Story of Juliette ‘Daisy’ Gordon Low and her Great Adventure by Shana Corey. Illustrated by Hadley Hooper. 2012. (K-2)

March 12th will be the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts, and what better way to celebrate than by reading aloud this essential picture book! Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low was an adventurous little girl who later started the Girl Scouts. She really believed that girls could do anything, and her belief eventually spread around the world. The simplified biographical descriptions and vintage illustrations will entertain all who read it! I especially enjoyed the Girl Scout values that were incorporated onto each page, since it added another wonderful element to the story. A great book that incorporates breaking barriers and setting new standards!

 

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