K-12 Reading List for Women’s History Month

Womens History Books

This list includes a selection of stories of amazing women and girls who stood up for what they believed in, from suffrage to civil rights and everything in between.

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Elementary (K-5) 

Emma’s Poem: The Voice of the Statue of Liberty
Linda Glazer, illustrated by Claire A Nivola
Grades Preschool-3

Write On Mercy! The Secret Life of Mercy Otis Warren 
Gretchen Woelfle
Grades K-3

Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors?: The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell
Tanya Lee Stone
Grades K-3

Elizabeth Started All the Trouble
Doreen Rappaport
Grades K-3

At the Mountain’s Base
Traci Sorell
Grades K-3

Ballots for Belva: The True Story of a Woman’s Race for the Presidency
Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen, illustrated by Courtney Autumn Martin
Grades K-3

Mae Among The Stars
Roda Ahmed
Grades K-3

Ordinary, Extraordinary Jane Austen
Deborah Hopkinson
Grades K-2

Mary Walker Wears The Pants: The True Story of the Doctor, Reformer, and Civil War Hero
Cheryl Harness
Grades K-3

The Only Woman in the Photo: Frances Perkins & Her New Deal for America
Kathleen Krull
Grades K-3

All the Way to the Top: How One Girl’s Fight for Americans with Disabilities Changed Everything
Annette Bay Pimentel
Grades K-3

The Who Was Series
Various authors, published by Penguin Random House
Grades 2-3

That’s Not Fair! / ¡No Es Justo!: Emma Tenayuca’s Struggle for Justice/La lucha de Emma Tenayuca por la justicia
Carmen Tafolla and Sharyll Tenayuca, illustrated by Terry Ybáñez
Grades K-3

Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows In The Bronx/La Juez Que Creció En El Bronx
Jonah Rodriguez, illustrated by Edel Rodriguez
Grades K-3

Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation
Duncan Tonatiuh
Grades K-3

Buffalo Bird Girl
S. D. Nelson
Grades 1-5

We Are Water Protectors
Carole Lindstrom, illustrated by Michaela Goade
Grades K-3

Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909
Michelle Markel
Grades K-3

Ho’onani Hula Warrior
Heather Gale
Grades K-3

A Song for Gwendolyn Brooks
Alice Faye Duncan, illustrated by Xia Gordon
Grades: 1-3

How Women Won the Vote: Alice Paul, Lucy Burns, and Their Big Idea
Susan Campbell Bartoletti, illustrated by Ziyue Chen
Grades 2-3

Ida B. Wells: Let the Truth Be Told
Walter Dean Myers, illustrated by Bonnie Christiansen
Grades Preschool-3

Around America to Win the Vote: Two Suffragists, a Kitten, and 10,000 Miles
Mara Rockliff, illustrated by Hadley Hooper
Grades K-3

Bold & Brave: Ten Heroes Who Won Women the Right to Vote
Kirsten Gillibrand, illlustrated by Maira Kalman
Grades 1-4

Soldier’s Secret: The Story of Deborah Sampson
Sheila Solomon Klass
Grades 3-5

The Hope Chest
Karen Schwabach
Grades 3-5

Woman in the House (and Senate): How Women Came to Washington and Changed the Nation
Ilene Cooper, illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley
Grades 3-5

Women Win the Vote!: 19 for the 19th Amendment
Nancy B. Kennedy
Grades 3-5

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate
Jacqueline Kelly
Grades 3-5

Maya Lin: Thinking With Her Hands
Susan Goldman Rubin
Grades 3-5

Book Uncle and Me
Uma Krishnaswami
Grades 2-5

Mary and the Trail of Tears
Andrea L. Rogers
Grades 3-5

Amelia and Eleanor Go For a Ride
Pam Munoz Ryan, illustrated by Brian Selznick
Grades 3-5

El Deafo
Written and illustrated by Cece Bell
Grades 3-5

Indian No More
Charlene Willing McManis
Grades 3-5

Rightfully Ours: How Women Won the Vote, 21 Activities (For Kids series)
Kerrie Logan Hollihan
Grades 3-5

I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark
Debbie Levy
Grades K-5

Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World
Susan Hood
Grades 3-5

The Taxing Case of the Cows: A True Story about Suffrage
Pegi Deitz Shea
Grades K-5

Alex Gino
Grades 3-7

Never Caught, the Story of Ona Judge: George and Martha Washington’s Courageous Slave Who Dared to Run Away; Young Readers Edition
Erica Armstrong Dunbar and Kathleen Van Cleve
Grades 4-8

Middle School and High School (Grades 6-12)

Roses and Radicals: The Epic Story of How American Women Won the Right to Vote
Susan Zimet
Grades 5-6

A Time For Courage: The Suffragette Diary of Kathleen Bowen
Kathryn Lasky
Grades 5-7

Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen!
Sarah Kapit
Grades 5-7

Give Us the Vote!: Over Two Hundred Years of Fighting for the Ballot
Susan Goldman Rubin
Grades 5-8

The Birchbark House
Louise Erdrich
Grades 5-8

Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (With a Few Flat Tires Along the Way)
Sue Macy
Grades 5-9

Dear Miss Breed: True Stories of the Japanese American Incarceration During World War II and a Librarian Who Made a Difference
Joanne Oppenheim
Grades 6-8

#NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women
Edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale
Grades 7-12

Warriors Don’t Cry
Melba Patillo Beats
Grades 7-12

Does My Head Look Big In This
Randa Abdel-Fattah
Grades 8-12

Watch Us Rise
Renée Watson and Ellen Hagen
Grades 8-12

Passenger on the Pearl: The True Story of Emily Edmondson’s Flight From Slavery
Winifred Conkling
Grades 9-12

A Shining Thread of Hope: The History of Black Women in America
Darlene Clark Hine
Grades 9-12

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
Malala Yousafzai
Grades 6-12

Hearts Unbroken
Cynthia Leitich Smith
Grades 10-12

This Time Will Be Different
Misa Sugiura
Grades 10-12

Votes for Women! American Suffragists and the Battle for the Ballot
Winifred Conkling
Grades 8-12

No One is Too Small to Make a Difference
Greta Thunberg

A Black Women’s History of the United States
Daina Ramey Berry and Kali Nicole Gross