Celebrate Women’s History Month With These Books

Celebrate Women’s History Month with these five picture books about women who refused to be silenced.

 

 Women Who Broke the Rules: Coretta Scott King

Written by Kathleen Krull and illustrated by Laura Freeman

Coretta Scott King was so much more than just the wife of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. In addition to participating in politics, marches, and demonstrations Coretta Scott King also gave concerts to raise money and awareness for her causes. After her husband’s assassination, she founded the Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta and continued to fight for civil rights.

 

Dolores Huerta: A Hero to Migrant Workers

Written by Sarah E. Warren and illustrated by Robert Casilla

Dolores Huerta stood up for migrant workers when she learned that they were paid too little to afford basic necessities for their children and that they worked in poor conditions. From strikes and marches to negotiating new employment contracts, Huerta’s work changed the lives of those she sought to help.

 

Helen’s Big World: The Life of Helen Keller

Written by Doreen Rappaport and illustrated by Matt Tavares

You may know how Helen Keller learned to speak, but did you know that she visited over thirty-five countries? Or that she spoke out on issues other than her life, like women’s rights, socialism, unions, and civil rights? Learn more about Helen Keller’s remarkable life in this biography.

 

Ida B. Wells: Let the Truth Be Told

Written by Walter Dean Myers and illustrated by Bonnie Christensen

A legendary figure, Ida B. Wells worked as an activist, educator, writer, journalist, and suffragette. Accompanied by her own writing, this story introduces young readers to the courage and persistence of this remarkable woman.

 

Wangari Maathai: The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees

Written by Franck Prevot and Aurélia Fronty

This biography about Wangari Maathai introduces young readers to the remarkable founder of the Green Belt Movement and Noble Prize winner.

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