In celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8, we’ve put together a collection of books that feature smart, brave, and inspiring women and girls that have made their mark on the world around them.
Whether it be through making groundbreaking scientific discoveries, standing up for human rights or simply being kind to one another, these girls prove that they can do anything they put their minds to!
Mary Anning’s Curiosity by Monica Kulling and Melissa Castrillon
Mary Anning, considered the world’s greatest fossilist, discovered her first big find at the age of twelve. This novel is an imaginative re-creation of her childhood in early nineteenth-century Lyme Regis.
Mary Anning may have been uneducated, poor and a woman, but her life’s work of fossil hunting led her to make many discoveries that influenced our understanding of prehistoric creatures and the age of the Earth.
Operatic by Kyo Maclear and Byron Eggenschwiler.
A story of friendship, first crushes, opera and the high drama of middle school told by award-winning Kyo Maclear in her debut graphic novel.
How Emily Saved the Bridge by Frieda Wishinsky and Natalie Nelson
The amazing story of Emily Warren Roebling, the woman who stepped in to oversee the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge, which was completed in 1883.
The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis, Aircraft Pictures, Cartoon Saloon, Melusine and Nora Twomey
This beautiful graphic-novel adaptation of The Breadwinner animated film tells the story of eleven-year-old Parvana, who must disguise herself as a boy to support her family during the Taliban’s rule in Afghanistan.
What Milly Did by Elise Moser and Scot Ritchie
Milly Zantow wanted to solve the problem of her town’s full landfill and ended up creating a global recycling standard — the system of numbers you see inside the little triangle on plastics. This is the inspiring story of how she mobilized her community, creating sweeping change to help the environment.
Happy Birthday, Alice Babette by Monica Kulling and Qin Leng
It’s Alice’s birthday! But her friend Gertrude seems to have forgotten. No matter, Alice goes out and enjoys her day just the same.
While Alice spends the day walking around Paris — Gertrude turns her attention to the kitchen. She is determined to make a lavish dinner with all of Alice’s
Inspired by the lives of artist Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, Monica Kulling’s warm and whimsical narration is perfectly balanced by Qin Leng’s bright and energetic illustrations. This is a sweetly joyful story of love, friendship and creative inspiration.
The King of the Birds by Acree Macam and Natalie Nelson
In this picture book, inspired by the life of Flannery O’Connor, a young fan of fowl brings home a peacock to be the king of her collection, but he refuses to show off his
This delightful story, full of humor and heart, celebrates the legacy of a great American writer.
Jane, the Fox & Me by Isabelle Arsenault and Fanny Britt. Translated by Susan Ouriou and Christelle Morelli
Hélène has been inexplicably ostracized by the girls who were once her friends. Fortunately, Hélène has one consolation, Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre. Hélène identifies strongly with Jane’s tribulations, and when she is lost in the pages of this wonderful book, she is able to ignore her tormentors. But when Hélène is humiliated on a class trip in front of her entire grade, she needs more than a fictional character to see herself as a person deserving of laughter and friendship.
Leaving the outcasts’ tent one night, Hélène encounters a fox, a beautiful creature with whom she shares a moment of connection.
Lost Girl Found by Leah Bassoff and Laura DeLuca
In war-torn Sudan, a girl must make heart-rending choices as she fights for survival and a chance at a future. Available in paperback for the first time!
Flannery by Lisa Moore
A spellbinding story about chasing love, fighting family, losing friends and starting all over again, from the internationally acclaimed Lisa Moore.
Every day, nine-year-old Yasmin borrows a book from Book Uncle, a retired teacher who has set up a free lending library next to her apartment building. But when the mayor tries to shut down the rickety bookstand, Yasmin has to take her nose out of her book and do something.
Aluta by Adwoa Badoe
For eighteen-year-old Charlotte, university life is better than she’d ever dreamed — a sophisticated and generous roommate, the camaraderie of dorm living, parties, clubs and boyfriends. Most of all, Charlotte is exposed to new ideas, and in 1981 Ghana, this may be the most exciting – and most dangerous — adventure of all.
Becca at Sea by Deidre Baker
Becca has often gone with her parents to visit Gran at her rustic cabin by the sea. But this year Becca’s mother is expecting a baby, and Becca visits her grandmother on her own. The prospect of spending time at Gran’s is hardly appealing to Becca.
But by the time her parents arrive with the new baby, she realizes that adventures, and even friends to share them with, may have been right under her nose the whole time.
Becca Fair and Foul by Deidre Baker
When eleven-year-old Becca returns to her grandmother’s rustic cottage for another summer, she finds herself seeing her beloved island in new ways.
Dodger Boy by Sarah Ellis
From award-winning author Sarah Ellis comes the story of an American draft dodger who turns up to stay with thirteen-year-old Charlotte and her family.
Viola Desmond Won’t Be Budged by Jody Nyasha Warner and Richard Rudnicki
A picture-book biography of Viola Desmond, Canada’s Rosa Parks, who defied an order to sit in a segregated section of a movie theater and was arrested for doing so.
The Stella Series by Marie-Louise Gay
A collection of stories by Marie-Louise Gay about Stella and her little brother Sam as the explore the natural world. Stella is an adventurous, imaginative and curious child who is always excited to learn and go on a new adventure!