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Strong Women, Real Change

Inspired by the life and work of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the CBC has gathered a list of children’s books about strong and courageous women in recent history who have been central to change and social justice. We also found books about some unsung heroes like Pauli Murray and Frances Perkins.

This list is gathered from new books submitted to the CBC for a social justice podcast and the CBC-Goddard Social Justice award, to be announced this October.

  • ¡Solo pregunta!: Sé Diferente, Sé Valiente, Sé Tú (Spanish Edition), by Sonia Sotomayor; illus. Rafael López (Penguin Young Readers/Philomel Books)
  • 50+ African American Women Who Changed the World, by Cheryl Hudson; illus. Erin K. Robinson (Random House Children’s Books)
  • Ada Lovelace (Little People, BIG DREAMS), by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara; illus. Zafouko Yamamoto (Quarto Children’s Group)
  • Agatha Christie (Little People, BIG DREAMS), by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara; illus. Elisa Munso (Quarto Children’s Group)
  • Amelia Earhart (Little People, BIG DREAMS), by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara; illus. Maria Diamantes (Quarto Children’s Group)
  • Anne Frank (Little People, BIG DREAMS), by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara; illus. Sveta Dorosheva (Quarto Children’s Group)
  • Aretha Franklin (Little People, BIG DREAMS), by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara; illus. Amy Blackwell (Quarto Children’s Group)
  • Astrid Lindgren (Little People, BIG DREAMS), by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara; illus. Linzie Hunter (Quarto Children’s Group)
  • Audrey Hepburn (Little People, BIG DREAMS), by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara; illus. Amaia Arrazola (Quarto Children’s Group)
  • Kamala Harris: Rooted in Justice, by Nikki Grimes; illus. Laura Freeman (Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers)
  • L. M. Montgomery (Little People, BIG DREAMS), by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara; illus. Anuska Allepuz (Quarto Children’s Group)
  • Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters, by Andrea Daivs Pinkney; illus. Stephen Alcron (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers)
  • Lift As You Climb, by Patricia Hruby Powell; illus. R. Gregory Christie (Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers)
  • The Lightning Dreamer, by Margarita Engle (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers)
  • Lizzie Demands a Seat, by Beth Anderson; illus. E.B. Lewis (Boyds Mills & Kane)
  • Louise Bourgeois (Little People, BIG DREAMS), by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara; illus. Helena Perez Garcia (Quarto Children’s Group)
  • Make Trouble, Young Readers Edition, by Cecile Richards (Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers)
  • Malala: Activist for Girls’ Education, by Raphaële Frier; illus. Aurélia Fronty (Penguin Young Readers)
  • Marching with Aunt Susan, by Claire Rudolf Murphy; illus. Stacey Schuett (Peachtree Publishing)
  • Maria Montessori (Little People, BIG DREAMS), by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara; illus. Raquel Martín (Quarto Children’s Group)
  • Marie Curie (Little People, BIG DREAMS), by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vergara; illus. Frau Isa (Quarto Children’s Group)
  • Mary Shelley (Little People, BIG DREAMS), by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara; illus. Yelena Bryksenkova (Quarto Children’s Group)
  • Maya Angelou (Little People, BIG DREAMS), by Lisbeth Kaiser; illus. Leire Salaberria (Quarto Children’s Group)
  • Michelle Obama, by David Colbert (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers)
  • Mother Teresa (Little People, BIG DREAMS), by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara; illus. Natascha Rosenberg (Quarto Children’s Group)

Find these and more books in our curated lists under the Reading Lists section.

If you’re a CBC member publisher and wish to add your book to the list, please email us.

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