In today’s times, gender stereotyping, equal rights, and empowering girls is very important and is happening globally. And what better way to initiate these topics to children than books? Books about heroines who are REAL, not fictional!! Books that introduce children to a diverse and accomplished group of women! Books that bring incredible women out of the shadows, celebrate their success and acknowledges their achievements!
Worldwide, the trend of illustrated feminist books for children on iconic figures has caught on in the last few years and a range of books aimed at children have been published that are inciting delight and inspiring trailblazers of all ages! I’m sure you’ve all read Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls (Also, Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls 2).
This book is a collection of stories about women who have moved forward with conviction and confidence and work towards their dreams, in the face of resistance.
Here is a list of some more books that showcase a collection of mini-biographies about inspirational women! Those who love Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls will love these as well.
Girl Power in Action – 21 Books that showcase a collection of mini-biographies about inspirational women
For Ages 8+
Features 12 Indian Warrior women
Flashing swords, firing guns, charging on horseback, planning strategies, talking peace… Twelve warrior women did it all, and how! Some were royalty, some ordinary women. But what they all had was courage. As they led from the front, this very visual peek into their turbulent, fascinating lives sweeps aside the myth that it takes a man to fight and rule and protect women.
For Ages 6-8
A book that challenges gender stereotypes and sketches inspiring messages that will surely go a long way!
For Ages 6+
Features 26 iconic Indian Women
An A to Z biography of iconic Indian women, one for each letter of the English alphabet. Each character is represented by an illustrative sketch and a 500-word summary. This inspirational and motivational book includes the achievements of pioneering female scientists, doctors, activists, painters, dancers, astronauts, comedians, political leaders and many more from different walks of life. Read our interview with Garima Kushwaha.
For Ages 8-12
Features women in A-Z Format
Celebrate a whole alphabet of trailblazing, groundbreaking wonder women from around the world and through time, taking in Ada Lovelace, J. K. Rowling, Oprah Winfrey and every letter in between. Men and women, boys and girls need heroes to look up to and to aspire to be. This book brings incredible women out of the shadows, celebrates their success and acknowledges their achievements. Certain to empower and inspire women and girls everywhere, it’s perfect for fans of The Little Book of Feminist Saints, Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls and We Should All Be Feminists.
For Ages 1-3
Women icons in A-Z format in a Boardbook
Why stick with plain old A, B, C when you can have Amelia (Earhart), Malala, Tina (Turner), Ruth(Bader Ginsburg), all the way to eXtraordinary You―and the Zillion of adventures you will go on? Instagram superstar Eva Chen, author of Juno Valentine and the Magical Shoes, is the author of this alphabet board book depicting feminist icons in A Is for Awesome: 23 Iconic Women Who Changed the World, featuring spirited illustrations by Derek Desierto.
For Ages 10+
Stories of 51 Indian Women from different fields. Parental guidance advised for a few stories though, Aparna hasn’t shied away from difficult icons.
Do you ever get the feeling that girls have it less easy than boys? Have you been told to behave ‘like a girl’? That you should learn to cook and be nice and keep your legs crossed? Well, here are the stories of fifty-six women who broke the rules to forge new paths for themselves and others. Adventurous and ambitious, they fought battles and legal cases. They won elections and matches. They climbed mountains and mastered science. Best of all, they never stopped chasing their dreams. Read about them. Talk about them. Get inspired. And go change the world!
For Ages 8-12
26 Women from different fields in A-Z Format
Twenty-six amazing women; twenty-six amazing stories. From writers to scientists, sports figures to politicians, this diverse collection highlights women who changed the world. Celebrating twenty-six unique voices, visions, and victories, Amelia to Zora, introduces children to the scope of both the struggles and the achievements of women historically and globally. Beautiful and intricate collages bring these women’s stories and message to life in this collection that will bring young readers inspiration in each turn of the page.
For Ages 8-12
Features 9 women inventors
In kitchens and living rooms, in garages and labs and basements, even in converted chicken coops, women and girls have invented ingenious innovations that have made our lives simpler and better. Their creations are some of the most enduring (the windshield wiper) and best loved (the chocolate chip cookie). What inspired these women, and just how did they turn their ideas into realities? Features women inventors Ruth Wakefield, Mary Anderson, Stephanie Kwolek, Bette Nesmith Graham, Patsy O. Sherman, Ann Moore, Grace Murray Hopper, Margaret E. Knight, Jeanne Lee Crews, and Valerie L. Thomas, as well as young inventors ten-year-old Becky Schroeder and eleven-year-old Alexia Abernathy. Illustrated in vibrant collage by Caldecott Honor artist Melissa Sweet.
For Ages 4-8
Features 13 women across fields around the world. It is a companion to She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World.
The companion to Chelsea Clinton & Alexandra Boiger’s #1 New York Times bestseller, She Persisted. Perfect for tiny activists, mini feminists and little kids who are ready to take on the world. Women around the world have long dreamed big, even when they’ve been told their dreams didn’t matter. They’ve spoken out, risen up and fought for what’s right, even when they’ve been told to be quiet. Whether in science, the arts, sports or activism, women and girls throughout history have been determined to break barriers and change the status quo. They haven’t let anyone get in their way and have helped us better understand our world, and what’s possible.
For Ages 10-12
Features 50 Women in Scientific fields. Also, read a companion book – Women In Sports
Women in Science highlights notable women’s contributions to various scientific fields to inspire readers young and old. A fascinating collection full of striking, singular art, the book features 50 profiles and illustrated portraits of women in ‘Stem’ from the ancient to the modern world and also contains infographics about interesting and relevant topics such as lab equipment and rates of women currently working in ‘Stem’ fields.
Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked The World by Pénélope Bagieu
For Ages 11+
Features 29 women in a graphic novel format
Immerse yourself in the captivating adventures of some of history’s unsung heroines, whose stories are told through engaging voices, dazzling drawings and with startling wit. Discover the life of an apache warrior dubbed “strong as a man and braver than most of them”, the only female Empress of China, three rebel sisters who toppled a fascist regime, a dancer who escaped poverty in America to become the darling of the Paris jazz scene and a resistance fighter, and a little girl who grew up to realise that being a witch is better than being a princess. Take in the stories of volcanologists, astronauts, animal whisperers, activists, and explorers and feel ready to take on the world. Illustrated by award-winning Parisian artist Pénélope Bagieu, humorous dialogue, and uncommon true tales make Brazen an ideal book for anyone who loves trailblazers and courageous women, from Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls to The Handmaid’s Tale.
For Ages 5-10
Features women from different fields as concise facts. Also, read companion book Fantastically Great Women Who Made History
Discover fascinating facts about some of the most amazing women who changed the world we live in. Fly through the sky with the incredible explorer Amelia Earhart and read all about the Wonderful Adventures of Mary Seacole with this fantastic full-colour book. Bursting full of beautiful illustrations and astounding facts, Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World is the perfect introduction to just a few of the most incredible women who helped shaped the world we live in.
- Girls Who Rocked the World: Heroines from Joan of Arc to Mother Teresa by Michelle Roehm McCann, Amelie Welden, David Hahn
For Ages 8-12
Features 46 women who impacted the world as teenagers or younger. Also Read Companion More Girls who rocked the world
This fun and inspiring collection of influential stories provides forty-six illustrated examples of strong, independent female role models, all of whom first impacted the world as teenagers or younger. Originally published in two volumes over a decade ago, this fully updated and expanded edition of Girls Who Rocked the World spans a variety of achievements, interests, and backgrounds, from Harriet Tubman and Coco Chanel to S.E. Hinton and Maya Lin—each with her own incredible story of how she created life-changing opportunities for herself and the world. Personal aspirations from today’s young women are interspersed throughout the book, which also includes profiles of teenagers who are rocking the world right now—girls like Winter Vinecki, the creator of the nonprofit organization Team Winter, and Jazmin Whitley, the youngest designer to show at L.A. Fashion Week.
- We Can Do Anything: 200 incredible women who changed the world by Caitlin Doyle (Author), Chuck Gonzales (Illustrator)
For Ages 11+
Features chronologically organized 200 women across different fields.
Loaded with 200+ main entries, readers will be armed with incredible trivia about history, science, sports, and the arts―perfect for anyone looking to stimulate their mind, brush up for school, or simply indulge in a good read. Organized chronologically, this fact-o-pedia is subdivided into a range of subjects, including science & innovation, sports & endurance, arts & literature, politics & world-building, business & industry, world records, and unusual achievements. With engaging and accessible text and delightful illustrations throughout, We Can Do Anything is sure to educate, entertain, and inspire!
For Ages: 10+
Features 52 women across time and places who have risked their lives for adventure
Women have been doing amazing, daring, and dangerous things for years, but they’re rarely mentioned in our history books as adventurers, daredevils, or rebels. This new compilation of brief biographies features women throughout history who have risked their lives for adventure, many of whom you may not know, but all of whom you’ll WANT to know. This is the perfect read for anyone who wants to know what it means to explore, discover, play, climb, and fight like a girl!
For Ages: 10+
Features 50 women who have been fundamental to the story of humans in space
From small steps to giant leaps, A Galaxy of Her Own tells fifty stories of inspirational women who have been fundamental to the story of humans in space, from scientists to astronauts to some surprising roles in between. From Ada Lovelace in the nineteenth century to the women behind the Apollo missions, from the astronauts breaking records on the International Space Station to those blazing the way in the race to get to Mars, A Galaxy of Her Own reveals extraordinary stories, champions unsung heroes and celebrates remarkable achievements from around the world.
For Ages: 9-12
Features 50 stories of women across time, field and location.
This beautifully illustrated collection tells the awe-inspiring stories of 50 women who have pushed the boundaries of human excellence and endeavor. Featuring familiar icons like Elizabeth I and Malala Yousafzai, and introducing hidden figures like Chien-Shiung Wu and Aud the Deep-Minded, kids will be fascinated reading about these women’s achievements in science, sports, the arts, politics, and history, and it is sure to inspire a new generation of extraordinary girls!
For Ages 8+
Features 50 women across different fields, time and place.
Move aside history—it’s time for herstory. Celebrate fifty inspiring and powerful women who changed the world and left their mark in this lavishly illustrated biography compilation that’s perfect for fans of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls and She Persisted. In this uplifting and inspiring book, follow the stories of fifty powerhouse women from around the world and across time who each managed to change the world as they knew it forever. Telling the stories of their childhood, the challenges they faced, and the impact of their achievements, each lavishly illustrated spread is a celebration of girl power in its many forms. From astronauts to activists, musicians to mathematicians, these women are sure to motivate young readers of all backgrounds to focus not on the can’ts and shouldn’ts, but on what they can do: anything!
For Ages: 5 – 7
Features 40 stories of women across fields, time and location.
Meet the little leaders. They’re brave. They’re bold. They changed the world. Featuring the true stories of 40 inspirational women creators – from writers to inventors, artists to scientists – this book is as inspirational as it is educational. Readers will meet trailblazing women such as revolutionary architect, Zaha Hadid, actor/inventor Hedy Lamarr, environmental activist Wangari Maathai, modernist painter, and animator Mary Blair and physicist Chien-Shiung Wu. Some names will be familiar, some will not – but all these women had a lasting impact on their fields.
For Ages 4-8
Features 14 persistent women throughout history.
Fresh, accessible, and inspiring, Shaking Things Up introduces fourteen revolutionary young women―each paired with a noteworthy female artist―to the next generation of activists, trail-blazers, and rabble-rousers. From the award-winning author of Ada’s Violin, Susan Hood, this is a poetic and visual picture book that celebrates persistent women throughout history. This book was written, illustrated, edited, and designed by women. Includes a foreword by a prominent female activist, an author’s note, a timeline, and additional resources.
Not for children, but definitely worth a dekko for adults!
For Ages 18+
Features of 100 women of various backgrounds with a brief description of their achievements and how they overcame insurmountable problems to achieve their goals. These achievements span a broad spectrum of activities including art, science, politics, sports, music, legal issues as well as cultural problems. The 100 revolutionary women highlighted in this gorgeously illustrated book were bad in the best sense of the word: they challenged the status quo and changed the rules for all who followed. Featuring bold watercolor portraits and illuminating essays by Ann Shen, Bad Girls Throughout History is a distinctive, gift-worthy tribute.
It’s never too soon to start making a difference, and these exhilarating examples of girl power in action make for ideal motivation. These books will remind little girls that they can achieve their goals if they don’t let obstacles get in the way.
Do you know any more such books? Share the names with us in the comments!