On the Shelf: Bonus Books – Women’s History Month
Continue the celebration of Women’s History Month, explore the history of music and learn to push through anything. Break up the day at home with a good book. (Read at home tip: access eBooks through your library system for free.)
I’m Gonna Push Through by Jasmyn Wright, illustrated by Shannon Wright (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, ages 4 – 8)
Times are tough for all ages, but this beautiful, inspiring book reminds little ones that they can push through anything. Written by elementary school teacher and founder of the Push Through Organization, affirms to children that they can make a difference in the world.
Marching with Aunt Susan by Claire Rudolf Murphy, illustrated by Stacey Schuett (Peachtree Publishers, ages 6 – 10)
Get a child’s view of the fighting for women’s suffrage with Aunt Susan – Susan B. Anthony. A teacher’s guide is available at https://peachtree-online.com/pdfs/TeachersGuides/MarchingwithAuntSusanTG.pdf.
Mind Your Manners, Alice Roosevelt by Leslie Kimmelman, illustrated by Adam Gustavson (Peachtree Publishers, ages 4 – 8)
Teddy Roosevelt’s oldest child, Alice, was more than he could handle – and it is a delight to read about her adventures in the White House and beyond.
Yours for Justice, Ida B. Wells by Philip Dray, illustrated by Stephen Alcorn (Peachtree Publishers, ages 10 – 14)
With striking illustrations, this book for older readers details the life of an amazing woman who began life as a slave in Mississippi. From teacher to activist to journalist, Ida B. Wells fought valiantly for a better world. A teacher’s guide is available at https://peachtree-online.com/pdfs/TeachersGuides/YoursforJusticeIdaBWellsTG.pdf.
Women Artists A to Z by Melanie LaBarge, illustrated by Caroline Corrigan (Dial Books for Young Readers, ages 3 – 7)
Inspire young artists with this beautiful book that takes readers through the alphabet of women artists. Author’s notes give more detail for older readers.
Breaking Through: How Female Athletes Shattered Stereotypes in the Roaring Twenties by Sue Macy (National Geographic, ages 8 – 12)
This is a fantastically detailed look at some of the trailblazers in women’s sports. Golf, swimming, soccer and more are featured, along with biographers of athletes and a brief look at a timeline of the defining moment’s in women’s sports history. This is a great book for boys and girls.
Real Sports Content Network Presents Sloane Stephens by Craig Ellenport (Simon & Schuster, ages 8 – 12)
This chapter books tells the true story of tennis star Sloane Stephens and her journey to becoming US Open champion. It’s a terrific high interest story to engage readers.
Turn It Up! A Pitch-Perfect History of Music that Rocked the World by Joel Levy (National Geographic, ages 8 – 12)
Teaching music history and appreciation at home? This is the book you need to engage even the most reluctant reader. Illustrations are energetic and engaging and text is kept to bursts. This history literally covers everything from the earliest musical instruments to Lady Gaga.