This is a great time for women in the world of Children's Literature. So we thought we would share with you some titles we feel are important to share with our youth.
As a child in Pakistan, Malala made a wish for a magic pencil. She would use it to make everyone happy, to erase the smell of garbage from her city, to sleep an extra hour in the morning. But as she grew older, Malala saw that there were more important things to wish for. She saw a world that needed fixing. And even if she never found a magic pencil, Malala realized that she could still work hard every day to make her wishes come true.
There are several titles about Malala for young people, this one is best suited for the youngest audience, with short sentences and beautiful illustrations. Malala's message of hope and perserverance shines through.
Malala Yousafzai is a Pakastani Muslim. From the age of eleven she has been working against those Muslims who believe that girls don't have the right to an education. She paid greatly for this work, inlcuding enduring physical harm. Today, after winning the Nobel Peace Prize, she continues her work to ensure that all children, rich or poor, receive an equal and quality education. This book tells her story in a format easily accesible to elementary readers.
I Am Malala is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls' education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons.
This book will make you believe in the power of one person's voice to inspire change in the world. Adapted from the adult title with a similar name, this book is for middle grade-teen readers, but could be enjoyed by adults also.Want to Read
This biography for early readers tells the story of the former First Lady, Secretary of State and the first female candidate from one of our two great political parties to ever win the nomination for President of the United States. Hillary Clinton knew from a young age that she wanted to serve the people of our country and with that goal in mind, she forged a career unlike any other woman in our nation. This book chronicles her life from her childhood through the announcement of her presidential run in 2015.
In early 2017, Senator Elizabeth Warren’s refusal to be silenced in the Senate inspired a spontaneous celebration of women who persevered in the face of adversity. Women around the world took this as a call to action, including the daughter of Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton. Inspired by the #shepersisted movement, Chelsea Clinton introduces tiny feminists, mini activists and little kids who are read to take on the world to thirteen inspirational women who never took no for an answer, and who always inevitable and without fail, persisted.
Talk about persisting! Rosa Parks dared to stand up for herself and other African Americans by staying seated at the front of a bush - a right until that time, denied African-Americans, and as a result she helped end public bus segregation and launch the country's Civil Rights Movement. This book tells the story of one of America's icons in a vivacious, conversational way that works well for the youngest nonfiction readers.
Once upon a time, American children couldn’t borrow library books. Reading wasn’t all that important for children, many thought. Luckily Miss Anne Carroll Moore thought otherwise! This is the true story of how Miss Moore created the first children’s room at the New York Public Library, a bright, warm room filled with artwork, window seats, and most important of all, borrowing privileges to the world’s best children’s books in many different languages. This book makes a good read aloud for younger elementary students, but would also appeal to independent readers.
This title highlights the contributions of fifty notable women to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from the ancient to the modern world.The trailblazing women profiled include well-known figures like primatologist Jane Goodall, as well as lesser-known pioneers such as Katherine Johnson, the African-American physicist and mathematician who calculated the trajectory of the 1969 Apollo 11 mission to the moon. This book celebrates the achievements of the intrepid women who have paved the way for the next generation of female engineers, biologists, mathematicians, doctors, astronauts, physicists, and more! Written for middle grade and teen readers, the illustrations and short passages make this a fun book for adults also, and will work as a read aloud with younger children.