Women's History Month

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Celebrate Women's History Month!

March is Women’s History Month, a month dedicated to celebrating the contributions of women throughout American history. The month also includes International Women’s Day on March 8th!

Join us in spotlighting prominent historic women—the familiar faces and those new to you. Authors Dr. Artika R. Tyner and Leticia Gonzales share their experience working on the First But Forgotten book series and why telling lesser-known stories is so important. We also have great book recommendations for Women’s History Month featuring strong girl characters who can help empower young girl readers, including a sneak peek at our forthcoming series Jina Jeong!  

First But Forgotten

Open a history book, and you’ll probably see some familiar names. Why do we learn a lot about some historical figures, but not others? Whose stories have been excluded from the dominant narrative? The First But Forgotten series shines a light on some people you don’t know and how their stories connect to the people you do know, providing a fresh perspective about the history you think you know.

We spoke with authors Dr. Artika R. Tyner and Leticia Gonzales about their new books which spotlight women who readers may never have heard of, the challenges of trying to tell these lesser-known stories, and the reasons why these stories are so important to tell.

Author headshot images and corresponding book cover images of Leticia Gonzales (The Untold Story of Sylvia Mendez: School Desegregation Pioneer) and Dr. Artika R. Tyner (The Untold Story of Sarah Keys Evans: Civil Rights Soldier)

Meet Jina Jeong!

New series debuts in Fall 2023!

When Jina Jeong has an idea, she doesn’t hesitate to act. Whether it’s steps for saving energy, helping save an endangered animal, or helping out classmates, Jina makes a plan and follows through with it – sometimes with unexpected results.

Korean American author Carol Kim has created charming stories centered around a Korean American female character in the new Jina Jeong series for grades 1-3. Centering on stories of young children involved in local volunteerism may just inspire readers to become involved in their own communities and causes that are important to them! The series launches in August 2023 with four titles, but you can get a sneak peek at one of the titles now!

Illustrated image of a Jina Jeong, a Korean American girl, hiking with a walking stick along with a book cover image of Project Earth by Carol Kim, illustrated by Ahya Kim

8 Book Series Featuring Strong Girls

In celebration of Women’s History Month, we wanted to highlight some of our favorite strong girl characters in early chapter books and middle grade fiction. All written by women, these stories prominently feature girls who readers can relate to and admire. But what qualities make a strong girl character?

Illustrated image of Pakistani American character Yasmin in her soccer uniform and carrying a soccer ball, from the book Yasmin the Soccer Star by Saadia Faruqi, illustrated by Hatem Aly

Inspiring Women Who Changed the World!

Soaring in Style

One of the world’s most celebrated aviators, Amelia Earhart is an icon for her achievements in the sky. But you may not know that Amelia was also an incredibly creative and talented fashion designer. Her designs encouraged women to move freely and be just as active as men which was a highly unconventional idea at the time.

What moved author Jennifer Lane Wilson to write Soaring in Style, sharing this lesser-known story of Amelia Earhart, America’s first celebrity fashion designer? Learn more about Jennifer's inspiration and how Amelia Earhart was truly ahead of her time.

Illustrated image of Amelia Earhart with a plane flying in the background along with the book cover Soaring in Style: How Amelia Earhart Became a Fashion Icon by Jennifer Lane Wilson, illustrated by Lissy Marlin

How Female Characters Empower Girls

Books featuring strong, skillful, multidimensional female protagonists have a number of ways they empower young girl readers today. From giving them someone to aspire to or showing them that their place in society is valuable, books with female characters empower girls, and girls who feel empowered by the books they read, fall more in love with reading!

Illustrated image of African American girl in basketball jersey holding a basketball from Trick-Shot Triumph by Jake Maddox, illustrated by Eduardo Garcia

Books for Women's History Month

Share with your readers our curated collection of books for Women’s History Month, highlighting biographies of phenomenal leaders, activists, scientists, athletes, and entertainers, as well as compelling historical fiction and nonfiction stories.

Collage image of book covers for Women's History Month booklist