Today the wonderful world of books is being celebrated at schools and in homes all across the country in honor of Read Across America day, which of course coincides with the birthday of Dr. Seuss. The man who’s responsible for helping kids learn to read for the last four decades.
But as many of you know, March is also Women’s History Month, which in itself is a pretty big deal for us at SheHeroes. So, in honor of Read Across America Day and Women’s History Month here is a list of some of my favorite books you can share with the little ones in your house today, and everyday!
Now this list barley scratches the surface of amazing women in history and the amazing books about them. So please leave a comment here on the blog post or on our Facebook page as to YOUR favorite books celebrating women in history. Let’s make this list grow!
Happy Read Across America Day and Happy Women’s History Month!
And remember, “You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child.”
- To Space and Back Sally Ride by Sally Ride – A look at space from the woman who’s been there.
- Women Who Broke All the Rules by Joan Avis – Women Who Broke All the Rules is a collection of stories of 100 everyday women born between 1945 and 1955 and their inspiring stories.
- Amelia and Eleanor Go For a Ride by Pam Munoz Ryan – An inspiring true story of Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt.
- The Girl Who Struck our Babe Ruth by Jean L.S. Patrick – The story of Jackie Mitchell, arguably one of the best ball players to hit the mound. Known to many as the girl who struck out the great Bambino…
- Escape North – The Life of Harriet Tubman by Monica Kulling – The story of one of America’s greatest SheHeroes.
- Letter to Henrietta by Isabella Bird – In Hawaii, Isabella Bird was the first woman to climb the world’s highest volcano; in Perak, she rode elephants through the jungles; in Colorado, she scaled 14,000 foot mountains, and then spent six months traveling mostly alone on horseback. Read her first hand account of an amazing life.
- Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race – Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers” used pencils, slide rules and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space.
- Rocket Girl: The Story of Mary Sherman Morgan, America’s First Female Rocket Scientist – his is the extraordinary true story of America’s first female rocket scientist. Told by her son, it describes Mary Sherman Morgan’s crucial contribution to launching America’s first satellite and the author’s labyrinthine journey to uncover his mother’s lost legacy–one buried deep under a lifetime of secrets political, technological, and personal.
- Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars – In the 1940s and 50s, when the newly minted Jet Propulsion Laboratory needed quick-thinking mathematicians to calculate velocities and plot trajectories, they didn’t turn to male graduates. Rather, they recruited an elite group of young women who, with only pencil, paper, and mathematical prowess, transformed rocket design, helped bring about the first American satellites, and made the exploration of the solar system possible.