After researching which women were being profiled in recently published biographies of women, I thought I’d put together a list of what I consider to be the best. The links in this post lead to the books’ Goodreads profile.
Rad American Women from A-Z
by Kate Schatz
Recommed for ages 8+
I would argue that this is the book that started the publishing trend. With one page biographies of a very diverse group of women and awesome die-cut illustration, it set the standard for all to follow. Since the publication of Rad American Women, Schatz has also released Rad Women Worldwide and a journaling version called My Rad Life, both of which are equally awesome.
This Little Trailblazer: A Girl Power Primer by Joan Holub
Recommended for ages 0+
I love this one because it is designed for infants and toddlers. It is a board book, made out of thick cardboard that is chewable and not rippable, but the content is still high quality. There are similar books like this out there, but this one is by far the best. If you have a pregnant, feminist friend– this makes a great baby shower gift!
Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World
by Susan Hood
Recommended for ages 4+
I love Shaking Things Up. This one is unique because the biographical profiles are poems, making it great to read aloud and discuss as a family.
Women in Science by Rachel Ignotofsky
Recommended for ages 8+
This one is by far the most gorgeous of the bunch. In fact, I challenge you to find a nonfiction children’s book with more gorgeous illustrations than Women in Science. But the illustrations aren’t all it has to offer. It is accessibly written and profiles so many women of different backgrounds and eras, covering their amazing controbutions to to a male-dominated field. Get this one for all your kids, but especially your blossoming female scientist. Also notable is Ignotofsky’s Women in Sports.
There you go! The essentials among the hot new trend of women’s biographies!