This month honors strong women in history, and I thought I’d share a collection of books that have strong female protagonists and/or books that showcase the lives of strong women. After all, it is because we have had strong women come before us that we are able to vote, we are able to work where and in the positions we choose, and we can be leaders in our workplace, with our children, and in our communities. You might consider these quotes that I’ve paired with great literature.
Amelia Earhart, a strong woman in the air
“The most effective way to do it is to do it.”
Wilma Unlimited by Kathleen Krull
Helen Keller, a strong woman with a disability
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much!”
The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires
This sweet book is another great example of perseverance. The little girl is a creative spunky thing who loves to make things. Well, she gets an idea and gets stumped. When things don’t work, she gets mad, really mad. Luckily, she gets encouragement from her furry BFF. Together, they get the job done. Teamwork matters, and so does hard work.
Eleanor Roosevelt, a strong woman leader
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
This is one of my favorite books. Grace believes in herself. She is determined to make her mark as Peter Pan (a boy’s part) in her class play. She does not listen to the naysayers and sticks with her plan, and to everyone’s surprise, she nails it.
Margaret Mead, a strong woman in science
“Children should be taught how to think, not what to think.”
Stand Tall, Molly Lou Mellon by Patty Lovell
Erica John, a strong woman journalist
“And the trouble is, if you don’t risk anything, you risk more.”
The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles
Susan B. Anthony, a strong woman activist
“There never will be equality until women make laws and elect lawmakers.”
Sonia Sotomayor by Jonah Winter
Chrysanthemum by Keven Henkes
Rosie Revere Engineer by Andrea Beaty
Ladybug Girl by David Soman, and
Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life of Discovery by Russell Freeman
Oprah Winfrey, a strong woman in the media
Forget about the fast lane. If you really want to fly, harness your power to your passion.
(and I hope you find that passion in your teaching)
Other Posts You might Enjoy:
- 10 Tips for Building a Strong Reading Program
- Building Readers and Writers with Patricia Polacco
- Finding Great Books for Boys
What titles would you add to this list? What do you like about the books shared here? Share your thoughts in the comments.