March is Women’s History Month where we celebrate and honor the amazing role women have played in American history. In the early 80s, Congress authorized the President to proclaim a week in the beginning of the March as “Women’s History Week,” but in the late 80s, it was petitioned by the National Women’s History Project to have the whole month of March dedicated to Women’s History.
Visit Women’s History Month’s website at https://womenshistorymonth.gov/ to learn more about these amazing, trail-blazing women!
Books for Little Ones:
Little Feminist: Celebrating 25 Amazing Women Throughout History by Yelena Moroz Alpert and illustrated by Lydia Ortiz & Patrick Rafanan.
Learn about different influential women from princesses, queens, artists, athletes, scientists, journalists, and politicians in this kid friendly and lighthearted book! This book includes famous women like Harriet Tubman, Cleopatra, Josephine Baker, and Frida Kahlo.
You can also get matching playing cards and collectable puzzles to go with the book! How cute?!
My First: Amelia by Isabel Sanchez Vegara
Introduce your little ones to the most celebrated female pilot, Amelia Earhart. Amelia was the first female cross the Atlantic first as a passenger and then as a pilot. This book is told in simple sentences making it the perfect book to read aloud.
“Amelia always said: “If you want to do something, do it.””
My First: Ella by Isabel Sanchez Vegara
Get ready to introduce your little ones to the pioneering jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald. Ella is sometimes referred to as the First Lady of Song, Queen of Jazz and Lady Ella. She is celebrated for her purity of tone, flexible, wide-ranging, accurate and ageless voice. This book is told in simple sentences for younger readers and is perfect to read aloud for little dreamers!
“Ella never sang a song the same way twice. She turned somersaults with her voice.”
My First: Coco by Isabel Sanchez Vegara
Let your little one's mind experience the creative world-famous fashion designer Coco Chanel. Coco was famous for her timeless designs, trademark suits and little black dresses that are still popular today. This book is told in simple sentences making it the perfect book to read aloud to little dreamers.
“Fashion is like a revolution- it only enters our lives after it has gone down the streets.”
Isabel Sanchez Vegara also has books about:
Lucy Maud Montgomery
Books for Young Readers:
Herstory: 50 Women and Girls Who Shook Up the World by Katherine Halligan and Illustrated by Sarah Walsh.
“Move aside history, it’s time for herstory!”
This uplifting and inspiring book features 50 power-house women from around the world who changed everything for the generations to come. Follow them from their childhood as they grow up and experience the challenges they faced on their way to achieving greatness.
From activists to musicians, astronauts to mathematicians, these incredible women are sure to motivate anyone with all kinds of interests and backgrounds. You can do anything! Herstory goes more in depth into the history of each woman mentioned.
Some notable women mentioned are the French army leader and saint, Joan of Arc, the Native American guide, Sacagawea, and African American mathematician and physicist for NASA, Katherine Johnson (Hidden Figures is an excellent movie about her and her team).
I recently discovered Rachel Ignotofsky, who is a New York Times Best Selling author and illustrator and was instantly captivated by her art style.
She has written three books honoring women:
Women in Art
Women in Science
Women in Sports
Rachel makes learning about history and science fun, easy, and accessible through her amazing illustrations. Her illustrations are also available in puzzles and she has downloadable coloring pages and activities related to each book!
It’s so important to celebrate and honor those who have done so much to make the world a better place! March is the perfect month to start teaching your kids about Women’s History because, you know, Beyoncé said it best, “Who run the world? GIRLS!”
You can read books about historical women, craft something inspired by historical women, play games like Women: Guess Who and thank the strong women in your life!
Mommy Nearest has some more ideas for activities to do with kids during March:
Adventure In A Box “Famous Women in History for Kids,”
Women: Guess Who Game: