Books for Women’s History Month

By Kaitlyn Spotts | March 1 2022 | GeneralHigh SchoolMiddle School

March is Women’s History Month, which recognizes the specific achievements women have made over the course of American history in a variety of fields. Beginning as “Women’s History Week,” a local celebration in Santa Rosa, California in 1978, the movement spread across the country as other communities initiated their own Women’s History Week celebrations the following year. To learn more, click here.

We’d like to take the opportunity to highlight a selection of fiction and nonfiction titles on extraordinary women to be shared with and read by your students all year long.

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Becoming: Adapted for Young Readers
978-0-593-30374-0
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Michelle Obama’s worldwide bestselling memoir, Becoming, is now adapted for young readers.
$18.99 US
Mar 02, 2021
Hardcover
432 Pages
Delacorte Press

The Hill We Climb
An Inaugural Poem for the Country
978-0-593-46527-1
The instant #1 New York Times bestseller and #1 USA Today bestseller Amanda Gorman’s electrifying and historic poem “The Hill We Climb,” read at President Joe Biden’s inauguration, is now available as a collectible gift edition. “Stunning.” —CNN“Dynamic.” —NPR“Deeply rousing and uplifting.” —Vogue
$15.99 US
Mar 30, 2021
Hardcover
32 Pages
Viking Books

DK Life Stories Marie Curie
978-0-7440-2762-4
Explore the incredible life and career of Nobel prize-winning scientist Marie Curie in this children’s biography.
$6.99 US
Mar 15, 2022
Paperback
128 Pages
DK Children

Who Sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott?: Rosa Parks
A Who HQ Graphic Novel
978-0-593-22446-5
Discover the story behind Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott in this compelling graphic novel -- written by Oh My Gods! author Insha Fitzpatrick and illustrated by #DrawingWhileBlack organizer Abelle Hayford.
$7.99 US
Jan 11, 2022
Paperback
64 Pages
Penguin Workshop

Cleopatra Rules!
The Amazing Life of the Original Teen Queen
978-1-62091-032-0
Learn all about Cleopatra, a far more capable and powerful ruler than people have thought, in this lively and informative biography. Most of what we've known about Cleopatra—and what crept into art, film, and literature—came from her enemies, the Romans. Ascending to the throne at young age of 17, Cleopatra proved to be a brilliant negotiator who forged alliances that kept her in power and in control of her kingdom. This book about Egypt's last and most famous pharaoh features an inviting text, many sidebars, and excellent color illustrations: maps, photos of ancient artifacts, and artworks from many historical periods.
$10.99 US
Apr 01, 2013
Paperback
176 Pages
Astra Young Readers

With Her Fist Raised
Dorothy Pitman Hughes and the Transformative Power of Black Community Activism
978-0-8070-0889-8
The first biography of Dorothy Pitman Hughes, a trailblazing Black feminist activist whose work made children, race, and welfare rights central to the women's movement.
$25.95 US
Jan 19, 2021
Hardcover
176 Pages
Beacon Press

Queens of the Resistance: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
A Biography
978-0-593-18985-6
A gifty, voice-driven celebration of Congress's newest superstar: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.Part of the QUEENS OF THE RESISTANCE series!
$18.00 US
Jun 30, 2020
Hardcover
208 Pages
Plume

Bitter
978-0-593-30903-2
From National Book Award finalist Akwaeke Emezi comes a companion novel to the critically acclaimed PET that explores both the importance and cost of social revolution--and how youth lead the way.
$17.99 US
Feb 15, 2022
Hardcover
272 Pages
Knopf Books for Young Readers

Original Sisters
Portraits of Tenacity and Courage
978-0-593-31614-6
From the internationally acclaimed artist, Original Sisters is a stunning collection of portraits of ground-breaking women—Joan of Arc, Josephine Baker, Greta Thunberg, Misty Copeland, and many more history-making women whose names have been forgotten and are finally being brought to light. With a Foreword by Roxane Gay
$30.00 US
Nov 09, 2021
Hardcover
320 Pages
Pantheon

The Soul of a Woman
978-0-593-35562-6
A passionate and inspiring meditation on what it means to be a woman from the New York Times bestselling author of A Long Petal of the Sea.
$22.99 US
Mar 02, 2021
Hardcover
192 Pages
Ballantine Books