Top Picks to Celebrate Women's History Month

 It’s Women’s History Month, friends, and you can believe that this woman-owned, women-staffed indie bookstore is celebrating. Here, we’ve compiled a list of some of our very favorite nonfiction books that celebrate women throughout history—from forgotten stories and tales of history to modern examples of perseverance and generational change. We’ve included all ages in our list, as well as short blurbs from our merry band of booksellers. So whether you’re looking for yourself or for the youngest of readers in your life, you’ll find just the right fit. Read on!


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What Do You Do with a Voice Like That?: The Story of Extraordinary Congresswoman Barbara Jordan Cover Image
By Chris Barton, Ekua Holmes (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781481465618
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Published: Beach Lane Books - September 25th, 2018

“Chris Barton tells the remarkable story of Congresswoman Barbara Jordan, from her childhood in Houston through her time in politics to her teaching career at the University of Texas. Gorgeous illustrations highlight the story of this outstanding public servant.”

Ambitious Girl Cover Image
By Meena Harris, Marissa Valdez (By (artist))
ISBN: 9780316229692
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - January 19th, 2021

“Activist and entrepreneur Meena Harris (Kamala’s niece!) teams up with Houston-based illustrator Marissa Valdez for an empowering picture book—based on her own family—that inspires young girls to reclaim phrases like ‘too ambitious’ or ‘too assertive.’”

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History (Vashti Harrison) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316475112
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - December 5th, 2017

“Filled with Harrison’s signature illustrations, these stories of 18 trailblazing Black women are great for multi-generational read alouds and sparking conversation.”

Becoming: Adapted for Young Readers Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593303740
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Published: Delacorte Press - March 2nd, 2021

“After reading her bestselling memoir last year, I was moved by how seriously she takes the job of empowering young women. Yes, she is a mother of girls, but her commitment is inspiring. Now, she speaks directly to these young readers.”

Leading the Way: Women In Power Cover Image
By Janet Howell, Theresa Howell, Hillary Rodham Clinton (Foreword by), Kylie Akia (Illustrator), Alexandra Bye (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781536208467
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Published: Candlewick - October 8th, 2019

“Yes, we can and yes, we will. This collection of vignettes about fifty women in American politics is the perfect starter to encourage young readers to learn more of their stories—and inspire them to make a difference.”

Girlhood: Teens around the World in Their Own Voices Cover Image
ISBN: 9781643750118
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - February 9th, 2021

“Journalist Masuma Ahuja delivers a thoughtful and informative project centering the voices of thirty teens from twenty-seven countries around the world. Full of diary entries and photographs, Ahuja adds reporting and research to put these girls’ stories into context.”

Bookish Broads: Women Who Wrote Themselves into History Cover Image
By Lauren Marino, Alexandra Kilburn (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781419746239
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Published: Abrams Image - February 9th, 2021

“A celebration of trailblazing female writers across history, each story matched with vivid illustrations. A great book to dip into and out of, or breeze through all at once.”

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ISBN: 9781635572520
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - March 30th, 2021

“This powerful collection of essays mines the traumas of girlhood cogently and furiously, examining the profound experiences of young women and reimagining who we can be despite how we've been treated and what we've been told. Intimate, heartbreaking, beautiful, and fierce.”

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Why We Can't Sleep: Women's New Midlife Crisis Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802148575
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Published: Grove Press - January 19th, 2021

“This is not about how to get better sleep!  An interesting read at any age, but particularly insightful for Gen X women, this book details how this group is coping with the coming of middle age—and how they’re deciding if the idea that one can ‘have it all’ is too high a standard to hold oneself to when reviewing one’s life.”