Books Celebrating Strong Women and Girls: The Perfect Gift
With Women’s Equality Day (August 26) approaching, we recommend these five titles to inspire women of today and tomorrow! From biography collections to picture books celebrating girlhood to feminist scifi, fantasy, and poetry, there’s something for everyone on this list.
Limitless: 24 Remarkable American Women of Vision, Grit, and Guts by Leah Trinari
This visually stunning graffiti-style portrait collection highlights twenty-four American trailblazers, including Dolly Parton, Aretha Franklin, Yuri Kochiyama, Gilda Radner, Sojourner Truth, Abby Wambach, and Ellen DeGeneres. Each portrait is surrounded by engaging facts about the subject and quotes that are both rousing and entertaining!
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Wonder Women by Sam Maggs
Subtitled 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History, Sam Maggs’ inspiring volume includes a wide-range of women, from well-known (Ada Lovelace, Amelia Earhart, Marie Curie) to obscure (Alice Ball, Mary Sherman Morgan, Huang Daopo). Including interviews with women currently in STEM careers and a guide to women-centric science and tech organizations, this book provides both motivation and resources to make your mark!
Dear Girl, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal & Paris Rosenthal, illustrated by Holly Hatam
In this love letter to girls of every stripe, mother-daughter team Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Paris Rosenthal remind readers of all the ways to be strong and embrace who they truly are. Beginning with the message: "Dear Girl, This book is for you. Wonderful, smart, beautiful you. If you ever need a reminder, just turn to any page in this book and know that you are special and you are loved,” readers will return to this celebration of girlhood again and again.
Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean edited by Kirsty Murray
In this mixed-format anthology from 20 Indian and Australian authors, including Justine Larbalestier, Anita Roy, Margo Lanagan, feminist scifi and fantasy take center stage. Varied in delivery – with formats including short story, screenplay, and comic — these stories consistently surprise and delight, inspiring readers to contemplate the ways in which women and girls move through the world.
Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty by Christine Heppermann
Perfect for fans of Rupi Kaur and Amanda Lovelace, the poems in this collection reference fairy tales and myth, the classic stories given a modern reworking. Referencing heavy and complex themes like eating disorders, pop culture, and standards of beauty, even readers normally uncomfortable with poetry will be drawn to the language and themes of these modern retellings.
Sara Grochowski is an unapologetic book pusher, whether she’s in the library stacks or bookstore. She also writes for Publisher’s Weekly and speaks at conferences about great books and best practices for booksellers and librarians. You can find her on Twitter @thehidingspot and her blog, The Hiding Spot.