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15 Don’t Miss Children’s Books for Women’s History Month with Elizabeth from the Kid Lit Mama

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Children’s books have come such a long way, especially when it comes to nonfiction and biographies. As a child, I don’t remember reading anything even remotely similar to the titles I’m going to recommend today. The nonfiction we had access to was incredibly dry and fact-based, unlike the narrative biographies that exist nowadays. Today’s picture book biographies are written like stories, and they are incredibly engaging and beautiful!

Since March is Women’s History Month, this is a great time to amplify the stories of WOMEN in particular. I’m going to share with you a variety of picture book biographies about incredible women, as well as some titles featuring the stories of women’s lives for slightly older readers. Since I know many teachers and parents are working to diversify the books in their libraries to make their collections more inclusive, I’ve pointed out the ethnicity/race of the women featured in these titles, with an emphasis on titles featuring BIPOC characters.

Picture books:

Native/indigenous representation:

1) Shaped By Her Hands: Potter Maria Martinez

This biography highlights the life of Maria Martinez, a renowned potter who developed an incredible new firing technique that produced pottery known as blackware. Maria was one of the Tewa people of San Ildefonso Pueblo, one of nineteen Pueblo tribes in New Mexico.

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2) The Water Lady: How Darlene Arviso Helps a Thirsty Navajo Nation

This book highlights the story of an incredible woman who is making history TODAY, Darlene Arviso. In the mornings, Darlene drives a school bus, and in the afternoons, she delivers water to Navajo families living on the reservation, serving over 200 thirsty families each month! Darlene’s story reminds us of all the unsung heroes that exist in society and also encourages readers to help and listen to others.

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Black/African American representation:

3) Ablaze with Color: A Story of Painter Alma Thomas

Learn about the life of Alma Thomas, a talented painter who lived during segregation. Alma brought art to her community by teaching at the local school, welcoming children into her home and teaching them there, and leading field trips and art clubs. Alma’s art is a totally new style and is truly dazzling, inspired by her childhood in the South and her daily experiences in nature. Alma’s art was featured in the first ever solo show by a Black woman, and her artwork was the first by a Black woman to be displayed in the White House (by the Obamas).

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4) We Wait for the Sun: The Story of Young Dovey Johnson Roundtree and Her Grandmother’s Enduring Love