Today, on the Scholastic Parents Facebook page, I shared some recommendations for books that celebrate Women's History Month and feature main characters that are smart, strong, and brave. I started out with one of my childhood favorites - The Baby-Sitters Club!
For the full list of titles that we shared, visit the Scholastic Parents 'Raise a Reader' blog.
Thanks to everyone who participated, asking questions and sharing book suggestions in the comments area. Here are some of the 'extras' that came up:
- Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors? The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell, by Tanya Lee Stone and Marjorie Priceman
- Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World's Fastest Woman, by Kathleen Krull and David Diaz
- Mighty Jackie: The Strike Out Queen, by Marissa Moss and C.F. Payne
- Players in Pigtails, by Shana Corey and Rebecca Gibbon
- Queen of the Diamond: The Lizzie Murphy Story, by Emily Arnold McCully
A Strong Right Arm: The Story of Mamie "Peanut" Johnson, by Michelle Y. Green
Interestingly, we got a lot of suggestions for books about women in sports - particularly baseball. Track and field was my sport of choice in college and high school; I did the pentathlon, high jump, and triple jump. The contribution of women in sports is a great angle to take for Women's History Month, and both boys and girls will be inspired by their stories of perseverance, grit, and determination.
Join us next month on the Scholastic Parents Facebook page for another episode of Live From Our Library.