rad women

If you’ve been hiding under a rock, newsflash: March is Women’s History Month and today is International Women’s Day. I happen to know some pretty badass women and I hope you do, too. What better time to blog about some children’s and YA titles that highlight amazing women! Check out one or a few of them at your school or public library. I hope you enjoy curling up with them to read with the young rad girls in your life.


Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty. illus. by David Roberts. Abrams. 32 pp.

Curious about what surrounds her, young Ada is the scientist of her class. A classmate to Rosie Revere and Iggy Peck, Ada does research to find the answers to her questions. Perfect addition to a STEM or makerspace collection. (Inspired by Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie.)

Rosie Revere, Engineer by Beaty, Andrea. illus. by David Roberts. Abrams. 32 pp.

Rosie is an innovator and can build just about anything. When one of her contraptions turns out different than expected, she learns failure isn’t such bad thing. Spark a child’s imagination by adding this one to the collection. (Inspired by the life of Rosie the Riveter.)

Middle Grade

Rad American Women: A-Z by Kate Schatz. illus. by Miriam Klein Stahl. City Lights. 64 pp.

Let’s just call this the encyclopedia of radical women. Rad American Women offers brief histories of women who defied the odds to make to history.

Rad Women Worldwide: Artists and Athletes, Pirates and Punks, and Other Revolutionaries Who Shaped History by Kate Schatz. illus. by Miriam Klein Stahl. Ten Speed Press. 112 pp.

“Who run the world? Girls” Explore the world through the lens of women who exemplify what it means to be radical. From Frida Kahlo to Malala Yousafzai to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Hidden Figures: Young Readers’ Edition by Margot Lee Shetterly. HarperCollins. 240 pp.

Shetterly details the work and personal lives of four prominent African-American women who worked for NASA.

High School

IMG_4813Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose. Farrar Straus Giroux. 133 pp.

HERstory! For those who only believe the history they teach you. Phillip Hoose brings light to the first African-American woman to refuse to get up from her seat during the bus boycotts of the Civil Rights Movement.

Girl Rising: Changing the World One Girl at a Time by Tanya Lee Stone. Wendy Lamb Books. 208 pp.

Inspired by the documentary Girl Rising, the book introduces readers to more girls around the world looking to change the dynamic of education.

Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon & Shana Knizhnik. HarperCollins. 228 pp.

Get to know the Supreme Court Justice famous for her dissents on a more intimate level—from family to swag and photos of her life.

Why We March: Signs of Protest and Hope. Artisan. 264 pp.

Why We March showcases signs and the messages behind them from Women’s March (2017) events around the globe.

What woman inspires you? 


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