10 Women’s History Books for Kids in Elementary, Middle, or High School

Empowering the next generation starts with inspiring them through stories of strong women from history. Introducing children to these trailblazers through engaging books allows them to see the world through the eyes of resilient women who have changed it for the better. Here are 10 women’s history books perfect for kids in elementary, middle, or high school.

1. “I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark” by Debbie Levy

This picture book biography of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg teaches young readers about the importance of standing up for what they believe in and offers an engaging look into her early years as a judge and activist.

2. “Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race” by Margot Lee Shetterly

This middle-grade adaptation of the bestselling adult book tells the inspiring story of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and Christine Darden, four black women whose mathematical skills were instrumental in helping NASA launch into space.

3. “The Diary of a Young Girl” by Anne Frank

This classic autobiography details the harrowing experiences of Jewish teenager Anne Frank during World War II as she and her family hid from persecution in a secret annex.

4. “Code Girls: The True Story of the American Women Who Secretly Broke Codes in World War II” by Liza Mundy

In this middle-grade adaptation, young readers will learn about the brave women who cracked codes during World War II and played a significant role in winning the war.

5. “Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World” by Susan Hood

This picture book features poems about 14 extraordinary young women throughout history who defied conventions and made significant contributions to their fields.

6. “Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx” by Jonah Winter

This bilingual picture book recounts the life of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, from her upbringing in the Bronx, New York, to her appointment to the highest court in the United States.

7. “Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries” by Kate Schatz

This book introduces readers to 26 American women who have made history in various fields, from artists to athletes and scientists.

8. “Malala: My Story of Standing Up for Girls’ Rights” by Malala Yousafzai

Malala’s story of fighting for her education against the Taliban is an inspiration to young readers everywhere. This middle-grade adaptation is perfect for kids looking to learn about contemporary heroines.

9. “Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride” by Pam Muñoz Ryan

This picture book tells the story of a remarkable friendship between Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt as they embark on a nighttime flight above Washington D.C., breaking societal norms and showcasing their determination.

10. “Warrior: The World-Famous War Horse” by General Jack Seely

This middle-grade adaptation of General Seely’s biography tells the inspiring story of Warrior, a war horse who played a significant role during World War I. The book also explores the bond shared between animals and human beings as they face difficult circumstances together.

These books can help young readers understand and appreciate the experiences and achievements of women throughout history. As educators and parents nurture curious minds with such inspirational stories, they can instill in children a sense of empowerment that will guide them as they navigate life’s challenges.

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