March is Women’s History Month, and we have a few suggestions to introduce even the littlest readers to the accomplishments of great women.
Me… Jane , Patrick McDonnell (preschool & up)
This appealing picture book introduces young children to the work of primatologist Jane Goodall– starting with her favorite childhood toy, a stuffed chimpanzee named Jubilee.
Queen of the Falls, Chris Van Allsburg (K & up)
Annie Taylor, a sixty-two year old widow, resolved to find fame and fortune by being the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel. This story of bravery is masterfully enhanced by an award-winning illustrator.
Nurse, Soldier, Spy: The Story of Sarah Edmonds, a Civil War Hero, Marissa Moss (grades 1 & up)
Sarah Emma Edmonds dressed as a man and joined the Army during the Civil War to fight the Confederates. She also worked as a nurse on the battlefield and served as a spy.
Maggie L. Walker, Moira Rose Donohue (grades 2 & up)
This great Virginian of African-American ancestry became the first female president and founder of one of the oldest banks for Black Americans in the late 1800s.
I am Malala, Malala Yousafzai (grades 5 & up)
This young reader’s version of the famous teenager’s memoir tells of a decision Malala made when she was only ten years old to fight for peace and democracy in her country. As an advocate for education, she became the youngest person ever to win a Nobel Peace Prize.
Ida M. Turnbell: The Woman Who Challenged Big Business- and Won!, Emily Arnold McCully (grades 6 & up)
This award-winning book tells one of the first investigative journalists whose articles on the Standard Oil Trust, run by John D. Rockefeller, revealed to the public the unethical, even illegal, practices that led to Rockefeller's success.
Ten Days a Madwoman: The Daring Life and Turbulent Times of the Original “Girl” Reporter, Nellie Bly, Deborah Noyes (grades 6 & up)
Also known for circling the globe in a record 72 days, this book describes one of Nellie Bly’s audacious feats of journalism. Feigning insanity, she had herself committed to a notorious asylum to investigate and expose abuses of human rights.
Do you have a favorite book about an amazing woman? Please let us know in the comments field.
-Suzanne LaPierre, City of Fairfax Regional Library