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Women's History Month

Women's History Month celebrates the accomplishments of women like Amelia Earhart, Rosa Parks, and Eleanor Roosevelt. The following recommended poetry, biography, and fiction books for kids ages 0-9 will inspire boys and girls alike to dream and dare.

Quotable Quotes: The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go. -- Dr. Seuss

Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride

By: Pam Muñoz Ryan
Illustrated by: Brian Selznick
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Two well known women sneak away from the White House for an aerial adventure in this handsomely illustrated story based on real people. Though fictionalized, readers will appreciate the common interests and similar personality traits of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and aviatrix Amelia Earhart.

America's Champion Swimmer: Gertrude Ederle

By: David Adler, Terry Widener
Illustrated by: Terry Widener
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Trudy Ederle loved to swim and was determined to be the best. Through hard work and determination she became the first woman to swim the English Channel.

Author: A True Story

By: Helen Lester
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

By sharing her own struggles as a child and later as a successful author, Helen Lester demonstrates that hurdles are part of the process. She uses her unique ability to laugh at her mistakes to create both a guide for young writers and an amusing personal story of the disappointments and triumphs of a writer's life.

Betsy Ross

By: Alexandra Wallner
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

An easy to read biography of the woman who made the first American flag.

Fly High! The Story of Bessie Coleman

By: Louise Borden, Mary Kay Kroeger, Teresa Flavin
Illustrated by: Teresa Flavin
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Bessie Coleman grew up picking cotton in Texas, but she aimed high — soaring into history as the first African American woman aviator. Her riveting story is told in inviting, rhythmic language and engaging illustration.

Henry's First Moon Birthday

By: Lenore Look, Yumi Heo
Illustrated by: Yumi Heo
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Jen helps her Chinese-American family get ready for the traditional celebration of her brother Henry’s one-month birthday. Lively, stylized illustrations move the story at a quick pace to its satisfying conclusion.

Honey I Love and Other Poems

By: Eloise Greenfield, Diane Dillon
Illustrated by: Diane Dillon, Eloise Greenfield
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

A collection of poetry conveys the joys of a young girl.

I Am Rosa Parks

By: Rosa Parks, James Haskins
Illustrated by: Wil Clay
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

The famous civil rights activist Rosa Parks has simplified her autobiography for young readers in this Puffin Easy to Read book. She describes how she was arrested for not giving up her bus seat and shows that her personal role was part of a wider political struggle.

Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman

By: Alan Schroeder
Illustrated by: Jerry Pinkney
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

This beautifully written book, illustrated by four-time Caldecott Honor recipient Jerry Pinkney, makes the story of Harriet Tubman's childhood accessible to very young readers. As a young slave nicknamed Minty, Harriet Tubman was a feisty and stubborn girl with a dream of escape, and a rebellious spirit that often got her into trouble. Pinkney's expressive illustrations bring every emotion to brilliant life – from troubled sorrow to spirited hope for freedom.

Remember the Ladies: 100 Great American Women

By: Cheryl Harness
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

They have come in all colors and sizes and times throughout American history and their impact is still felt. Meet 100 interesting, diverse women whose contributions range from helping people escape injustice to creating fashion. Portraits accompany each engaging biographical essay.

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