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12 Picture Book Biographies for Women’s History Month

This week, I’m bringing you twelve gorgeous picture book biographies for Women’s History Month! As I did with the YA and MG Women’s History Month booklists, I’ve got an editable Google Slides booktalk, display sign, Toilet Talkers, and a printable list to give out to students and teachers.

Links to all the freebies are below the slideshow below.

***NOTE***

I have deleted one of the books posted earlier today from the list. It was brought to my attention that Parker Looks Up contains an illustration that misrepresents Native American people. A painting in one of the art gallery photos was edited to add more feathers than the original contained.

You can read more about the issue in Dr. Debbie Reese’s American Indians in Children’s Literature blog.

I was previously unaware of this, and I appreciate the librarian who let me know about it. For the shared materials below, I have switched Parker Looks Up out for Ablaze with Color by Jeanne Walker Harvey. 

ABOUT PICTURE BOOK BIOGRAPHIES FOR WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH

These are all picture books for elementary students, but many will also work for middle and high school students.

Again, I want to remind you that I am not paid to endorse any particular titles. I do not know any of the featured authors personally, and I do not accept any solicitations, paid or unpaid, to recommend any particular titles.

I chose this week’s Women’s History Month titles based on their professional reviews, personal knowledge of the book (i.e., I’ve read the book), Goodreads ratings, appeal to young readers, and whether I would purchase and promote the book in my own library.

CRITERIA FOR SELECTION

For this list of picture book biographies for Women’s History Month, I also considered all the following criteria to ensure maximum diversity.

1. Varied ethnicities, religions, and skin tones of biographical subjects

  • Books on this list include Black, white, Asian, and Middle Eastern women.
  • Religious representation includes one Jewish woman and two Muslim women.

2. Represents many countries and not just the USA

  • Women in these picture book biographies are from China, Italy, the USA, Iran, Austria, and Northern Africa.

3. Varied historical periods

  • The Oldest Student is about a former southern slave who lives through the American Civil War, Emancipation, Prohibition, Women’s Suffrage, and the Civil Rights Era. Seriously, she lived to be 121 years old!
  • A Thousand Glass Flowers is set in Renaissance Italy (15th Century)
  • I Am Mozart Too is set in Austria in the 18th Century.
  • Parker Looks Up is set in Washington, DC in 2018.
  • The rest are set during the 20th Century.

4. Visually-appealing artwork

5. Multiple disciplines and interests

  • This list includes physics, music, law, glassblowing, acting, math, and ballet!

6. Released within the past five years

  • The oldest book on the list is Trailblazer, published in 2018.
  • Three titles were published in the first quarter of 2022.

All this is to say that this list is carefully-considered. I take my time selecting the books and examine each title I include thoroughly before adding it to the list.

COMING NEXT WEEK…

Next week will be a giant New Release Spotlight for all of March 2022! I plan to break this up into three individual posts–picture books, middle grades, and YA titles. These will be the best of the best March books, you won’t want to miss it!

MORE WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH MATERIALS

This is a K-6 Library Lesson for Women's History Month. It includes an editable Google Slides presentation and an editable booklist of related titles to hand out to parents and students.Looking for a longer scrolling slide presentation for Women’s History Month?

This one includes a guessing game for students, biographical profiles of notable women throughout history, facts, trivia, Would-You-Rathers, and other fun stuff for Women’s History. It’s perfect for elementary librarians serving Grades K-6.

You can also download the “letter-sized” version of 12 Picture Book Biographies for Women’s History Month into these slides to booktalk even more titles.

Prefer TPT? Find the Women’s History Library Lesson for K-6 here.

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