A Month for Awesome Women

March is Women’s History month, the perfect time to read about some awesome women. Biographies may sound dull to some kids, but they don’t have to be. Why not check out a few true stories of interesting women? We have everything from computer programmers to performers to balloon pilots.

Everyone can enjoy these stories, but hopefully they will also inspire the next generation of women. Maybe a girl who reads these biographies today will go on to be the first person on Mars.

Annie Jump Cannon, Astronomer

A picture-book biography of a trailblazer in the field of astronomy, presents insight into the challenges of women interested in science during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The House That Jane Built: A Story About Jane Addams

Ever since she was a little girl, Jane Addams hoped to help people in need. She wanted to create a place where people could find food, work, and community. In 1889, she chose a house in a run-down Chicago neighborhood and turned it into Hull House–a settlement home–soon adding a playground, kindergarten, and a public bath, By 1907, Hull House included thirteen buildings. And by the early 1920s, more that nine thousand people visited Hull House each week. The dreams of a smart, caring girl had become a reality. And the lives of hundreds of thousands of people were transformed when they stepped into the house that Jane Addams built.

Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker

In exuberant verse and stirring pictures, Patricia Hruby Powell and Christian Robinson create an extraordinary portrait of the passionate performer and civil rights advocate Josephine Baker, the woman who worked her way from the slums of St. Louis to the grandest stages in the world.