Must-Read Women’s History Book List for Kids

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There are so many amazing children’s books today about strong, awesome women. If you haven’t looked lately, you’re missing out by not adding some of these kids’ books to the reading list yet. But, no worries! We’ve created the ultimate must-read kids’ book list to celebrate strong and interesting women in history!

13 Ultimate Women in History Children’s Books

My Name Is Not Isabella (affiliate)

My Name Is Not Isabella: Just How Big Can a Little Girl Dream?

Who Is Your Hero? Isabella’s include U.S. Astronaut Sally Ride, activist Rosa Parks, and sharpshooter Annie Oakley-but there’s no bigger hero than Isabella’s own mommy! Join Isabella on an adventure of discovery-and find out how imagining to be these extraordinary women teaches her the importance of being her extraordinary self.

Ages: 4-8

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Here Come the Girl Scouts (affiliate)

Here Come the Girl Scouts!: The Amazing All-True Story of Juliette ‘Daisy’ Gordon Low and Her Great Adventure

The amazing, all-true story of the first Girl Scouts and their visionary founder. She loved the outdoors, and she yearned for adventure! Born into a family of pathfinders and pioneers, she too wanted to make a difference in the world–and nothing would stop her.

Ages: 4-8

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I Am Jane Goodall (affiliate)

I am Jane Goodall (Ordinary People Change the World)

Each picture book in this series is a biography of a significant historical figure, told in a simple, conversational, vivacious way, and always focusing on a character trait that makes the person a role model for kids. This tenth book in the series features Jane Goodall, the scientist and conservationist who is famous for her work with chimpanzees.

Ages: 5-8

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For Such a Time as This: Stories of Women from the Bible, Retold for Girls (affiliate)

For Such a Time as This: Stories of Women from the Bible, Retold for Girls

For Such a Time as This illuminates the stories from the perspective of prominent women of the Bible, including Eve, Sarah & Hagar, Esther, Mary Magdalene, Gomer, and more with vivid and historical accuracy.

Ages: 6-10

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Amazing Women

From world leaders to explorers to writers, artists, and performers, discover more than 40 women who changed the world in Amazing Women.

Ages: 9-12

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100 Women Who Made History (affiliate)

100 Women Who Made History


From super scientists like Marie Curie and Rosalind Franklin to clued-up creatives like Emily Dickinson and J.K. Rowling to leading ladies like Joan of Arc and Eleanor Roosevelt, profiles explore the lives of each woman in detail, and photography and quirky “bobble-head” illustrations present history in a new and fun way.

Ages: 8-12

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Girls Think of Everything (affiliate)

Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women

In kitchens and living rooms, in garages and labs and basements, even in converted chicken coops, women and girls have invented ingenious innovations that have made our lives simpler and better. Their creations are some of the most enduring (the windshield wiper) and best loved (the chocolate chip cookie). What inspired these women, and just how did they turn their ideas into realities?

Ages: 10-12

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Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World (affiliate)

Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World

A charmingly illustrated and educational book, New York Times best seller Women in Science highlights the contributions of fifty notable women to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from the ancient to the modern world.

Ages: 8-12

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Women in Sports (affiliate)

Women in Sports: 50 Fearless Athletes Who Played to Win

Covering more than forty sports, this fascinating collection also contains infographics about notable women’s teams throughout history, pay and media statistics for female athletes, and muscle anatomy. Women in Sports celebrates the success of the tough, bold, and fearless women who paved the way for the next generation of athletes.

Ages: 8-12

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RAD American Women A-Z (affiliate)

Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries who Shaped Our History . . . and Our Future!

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.

Ages: 8-16

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Rad Women Worldwide: Artists and Athletes, Pirates and Punks, and Other Revolutionaries Who Shaped History (affiliate)

Rad Women Worldwide: Artists and Athletes, Pirates and Punks, and Other Revolutionaries Who Shaped History

Rad Women Worldwide tells fresh, engaging, and amazing tales of perseverance and radical success by pairing well-researched and riveting biographies with powerful and expressive cut-paper portraits. The book features an array of diverse figures from 430 BCE to 2016, spanning 31 countries around the world.

Ages: 8-16

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Bad Girls (affiliate)

Bad Girls Throughout History: 100 Remarkable Women Who Changed the World

The 100 revolutionary women highlighted in this gorgeously illustrated book were bad in the best sense of the word: they challenged the status quo and changed the rules for all who followed. From pirates to artists, warriors, daredevils, scientists, activists, and spies, the accomplishments of these incredible women vary as much as the eras and places in which they effected change.

Ages: 8 and up

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Wonder Women (affiliate)

Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History

Smart women have always been able to achieve amazing things, even when the odds were stacked against them. In Wonder Women, author Sam Maggs tells the stories of the brilliant, brainy, and totally rad women in history who broke barriers as scientists, engineers, mathematicians, adventurers, and inventors. 

Ages: 8 and up

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