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There are so many amazing children’s books today about strong, awesome, famous women in American history that you can make an entire study unit out of it.
If you haven’t looked for women who changed or the world or children’s books with strong female characters, there are so many great books!
(You’re missing out by not adding some of these children’s books to the reading list!)
We’ve created the ultimate must-read kids’ book list to celebrate strong and interesting famous women in history — this time the famous women in American history version (although some of the books cover women in world history, too).
It’s a great list to get you started on your famous females in history studies and we’ve tried to include some books and names you may not have heard of (or read about in a while)!
Of course, there are many other books, too. So, don’t stop after you’ve read these books about female role models in history!
Before we get started with the most influential women book recommendations, I just wanted to add a little note:
I’ve provided the publisher’s age range here, but I caution you against “boxing in” your kids on what they can read (and can’t read, within reason, of course).
If you have a child who doesn’t show an interest in reading, you may want to stop here, click over to this post, Please Stop Telling Children How to Read and then come back after you’ve read it.
It will really help give you some perspective on your non-readers, struggling readers, or those who can read well but just don’t show an interest in it.
(I talk about how my daughter went from zero interest in reading to an avid reader!)
After you’ve read it, come back here and continue on to learn about important women through history in America.
17 Famous Women in American History Kids’ Books You Must Read
Although there are many other books about female heroines in history, we’ve given you a starting list of female role models in history in America.
(Some of them have women in history from America and around the world, too!)
After you read these, venture out for more books about women who changed the world! If you have a favorite that we missed, leave it in the comments so we can add it to our list!
Famous Women in American History Book #1: 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.”
Famous Women in American History Book #2:
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.”
Famous Women in American History Book #3: Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History
“An artist’s social media sensation is lovingly brought to life in this standout title. Initially a personal project for Black History Month, Harrison’s collection highlights 40 notable black women throughout U.S. history.
Each entry includes two to three paragraphs of biographical text, opposite which nearly identical figures (most are drawn facing forward with cherubic smiles and closed eyes) hold center stage of their full-page portrait, framed by simple yet clever backgrounds that contextualize their achievements.”
Famous Women in American History Book #4: She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World
The book includes stories about:
Margaret Chase Smith
Florence Griffith Joyner
Famous Women in American History Book #5: Amazing Women
Famous Women in American History Book #6: 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.”
Famous Women in American History Book #7: Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women
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?”
Famous Women in American History Book #8: 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.”
Famous Women in American History Book #9: 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.”
Famous Women in American History Book #10: Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries who Shaped Our History . . . and Our Future!
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.”
And, so much more!
Famous Women in American History Book #11: Hidden Figures
“Based on the New York Times bestselling book and the Academy Award–nominated movie, author Margot Lee Shetterly and Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Award winner Laura Freeman bring the incredibly inspiring true story of four black women who helped NASA launch men into space to picture book readers!
Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden were good at math…really good.
They participated in some of NASA’s greatest successes, like providing the calculations for America’s first journeys into space. And they did so during a time when being black and a woman limited what they could do. But they worked hard. They persisted. And they used their genius minds to change the world.
In this beautifully illustrated picture book edition, we explore the story of four female African American mathematicians at NASA, known as “colored computers,” and how they overcame gender and racial barriers to succeed in a highly challenging STEM-based career.”
Famous Women in American History Book #12: 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
Famous Women in American History Book #13: Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History
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
Famous Women in American History Book #14: 50 Fearless Women Who Made American History: An American History Book for Kid
This book with historical timeline covers some of the more well-known women in history (Harriet Tubman and Amelia Earhart) to lesser known women (Hawaiian Queen Lili‘uokalani and Revolutionary War soldier Deborah Sampson) and their contributions to society.
Famous Women in American History Book #15: Harlem’s Little Blackbird: The Story of Florence Mills
Performing catapulted her all the way to the stages of 1920s Broadway where she inspired everyone from songwriters to playwrights.
Yet with all her success, she knew firsthand how prejudice shaped her world and the world of those around her.
As a result, Florence chose to support and promote works by her fellow black performers while heralding a call for their civil rights. “
Ages: 3-7 years
Famous Women in American History Book #16: The Girl With a Mind for Math: The Story of Raye Montague
Raye was a naval engineer that created the first computer-generated draft of a U.S. naval ship and went on to become the first female program manager of ships in the United States Navy.
If you have a kid who loves math and/or computers, definitely add this one to your list!
Ages: 5-10 years
Famous Women in American History Book #17: The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin
“When young Temple was diagnosed with autism, no one expected her to talk, let alone become one of the most powerful voices in modern science.
Yet, the determined visual thinker did just that.
Her unique mind allowed her to connect with animals in a special way, helping her invent groundbreaking improvements for farms around the globe!”
There is also a good movie based on Dr. Grandin’s life. You can read the book and watch the movie with the kids for a whole study unit!
Ages: 5-10 years