Celebrate Women’s History Month with picture books that highlight women's contributions to history and society. The five picture books below feature women whose accomplishments focus on arts, sports, and business. While their stories are new to children’s literature, the life of these heroines is retold in a way that will captivate both adults and children alike.
1. Nina: a Story of Nina Simone
The story of Eunice Kathleen Waymon, known to many by her stage name Nina Simone, is told amongst pages filled with beautiful illustrations. Find out how Nina’s successful career as an artist helped her fight for Civil Rights.
2. Jump at the Sun: the True Life Tale of Unstoppable Storycatcher Zora Neale Hurston
Described as a “storycatcher” Zora Neale Hurston dedicated part of her career to collecting African-American folklore. Zora traveled across the South collecting stories, a dangerous endeavor during the time of Jim Crow laws. Illustrations are as bright as the Florida sun and the writing packs a lot of charm, accurately representing the life and work of Zora.
3. Sarah and the Big Wave
Sarah Gerhardt is the first woman to surf Mavericks, a cold dangerous reef on the northern coast of California. Along with honoring Sarah’s accomplishment, this book also helps the reader reflect on the intensity and wrath of the ocean’s waves.
4. Sister Corita's Words and Shapes
Sister Corita was Frances Elizabeth Kent before going to sisters’ college. She was a nun, teacher, and a print maker. Her artwork reached the world but the archbishop of Los Angeles did not approve of her ideas. This disapproval hurt Sister Corita causing her to choose a new life, her actions are further explained in the last half of the book.
5. Try It! How Frieda Caplan Changed the Way We Eat
As the first woman to own and operate a wholesale produce business, Frieda Caplan revolutionized the produce section across U.S. supermarkets. Thanks to Frieda, products like kiwifruit, artichoke, and mushrooms are no longer that unusual and are easily found in many stores.
This blog was written by Elizabeth M. and first appeared in March 2022.