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Celebrate Women’s History Month with These 10 Children’s Books!

Let’s hit the books! Artist-Educator in Residence Ciana Malchione compiles her favorite children’s books in honor of Women’s History Month. Who learned to read at the age of 116? Which doctor was arrested for wearing pants? Find out below!

Nina: A Story of Nina Simone by Traci N. Todd and Christian Robinson

This illuminating and defining picture book biography tells the story of little Eunice who grew up to become the acclaimed singer Nina Simone and her bold, defiant, and exultant legacy.

Love in the Library by Maggie Tokuda-Hall and Yas Imamura

Set in an incarceration camp where the United States cruelly detained Japanese Americans during WWII and based on true events, this moving love story finds hope in heartbreak.

Latinitas: Celebrating 40 Big Dreamers by Juliet Menéndez

In this collection of short biographies from all over Latin America and across the United States, author Juliet Menéndez explores the first small steps that set the Latinitas off on their journeys.

The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read by Rita Hubbard and Oge Mora

Imagine learning to read at the age of 116! Discover the true story of Mary Walker, the nation’s oldest student who did just that.

Mary Wears What She Wants by Keith Negley

This charming picture book is inspired by the true story of Mary Edwards Walker, a trailblazing 19th-century doctor who was arrested many times for wearing pants.

Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein by Linda Bailey and Júlia Sardà

The inspiring story of the girl behind one of the greatest novels (and monsters) ever, timed for the 200th anniversary of the publication of Frankenstein.

Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles by Patricia Valdez and Felicita Sala

This fascinating picture book celebrates a pioneering female scientist who loved reptiles.

Danza! Amalia Hernández and El Ballet Folklórico de México by Duncan Tonatiuh

Award-winning author and illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh tells the story of Amalia Hernández, dancer and founder of El Ballet Folklórico de México.

Viva Frida with Yuyi Morales

Frida Kahlo’s life was filled with laughter, love, and tragedy, all of which influenced what she painted on her canvases. Distinguished author and illustrator Yuyi Morales illuminates Frida’s life and work in this elegant and fascinating book.

Harlem’s Little Blackbird: The Story of Florence Mills by Renee Watson and Christian Robinson

Featuring a moving text and colorful illustrations, Harlem’s Little Blackbird is a timeless story about justice, equality, and the importance of following one’s heart and dreams.

Top Image: Tony Mirabella, 3rd Grade, USA. Part of CMA’s Permanent Collection of children’s art from around the world.

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