Books and Resources for Women's History
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12
Profiles of notable women and information on women's history resources.
Scholastic Titles for Younger Grades
A Picture Book of Sacagawea by David A. Adler (Grades K–3)
Great Americans are brought to life in this critically acclaimed series. This book introduces young readers to Sacagawea in a sensitive, accurate, and assessable portrayal. Following the narrative is an author's note with further information, as well as a chronology of important dates in Sacagawea's life
Frida by Jonah Winter (Grades K–2)
When her mother was worn out from caring for her five sisters, her father gave her lessons in brushwork and color. When polio kept her bedridden for nine months, drawing saved her from boredom. When a bus accident left her in unimaginable agony, her paintings expressed her pain and depression and eventually, her joys and triumphs. Again and again, Frida Kahlo turned the challenges of her life into art.
Now Jonah Winter and Ana Juan have drawn on both the art and the life to create an insightful, playful tribute to one of the twentieth century's most influential artists. Viva Frida!
Scholastic Titles for Middle Grades
Rosa Parks: My Story by Cammie Wilson (Grades 3–5)
Most young readers know Rosa Parks refused to sit at the back of the bus one fateful day in Montgomery, Alabama. Yet the incident that propelled her to the front of the civil rights movement was just one moment in an extraordinary life. This book takes a close look at Parks's early life, and also follows her political career after the bus boycott.
Freedom Train: The Story of Harriet Tubman by Dorothy Sterling (Grades 3–7)
Harriet Tubman risked her life helping other salves to freedom on the Underground Railroad. "Well-rounded portrait of a remarkable woman." - New York Times
Riding Freedom by Pam Munoz Ryan (Grades 4–6)
The fictionalized account of a little-known heroine, Charlotte Parkhurst, a young girl in the 1800s, who is determined to become a top-notch horse rider, but is stymied because she is a woman. She comes up with a plan so clever and so secret that almost no one figures it out. Later she becomes a legendary stagecoach driver, and the first woman ever to vote.
Rosa Parks: My Story Guided Reading Set by Rosa Parks (Grades 2–6)
Rosa Parks is best known for the day she refused to give up her seat on a segregated bus, sparking the Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott. Yet there is much more to her story than this one act of defiance. In this straightforward, compelling autobiography, Rosa Parks talks candidly about the civil rights movement and her active role in it. Her dedication is inspiring; her story is unforgettable
This collection contains 6 paperback copies of the same book.
The Secret Soldier: The Story of Deborah Sampson by Ann McGovern (Grades 4–6)
The fascinating story of a young woman who disguised herself as a man and fought bravely for American independence during the Revolutionary War.
Scholastic Titles for Older Grades
Lady of Ch'iao Kuo by Laurence Yep (Grades 4–8)
Lady of Ch'iao, known as Princess Redbird, must serve as interpreter to the Hsien and Chinese people in order to save them both from a savage tribe. Chronicling her growth as a young woman and popular leader of her people, the princess's journal shows how she learns from her role models, discovers the power of an education, and strives for peace in her homeland.
Nzingha by Patricia McKissack (Grades 4–8)
Thirteen-year-old Nzingha's journal chronicles her royal life in an African tribe, as her father, the king of the Mbundu, tries to govern his people while holding back the invading Portuguese. With each exciting journal entry, learn Nzingha's relationship with her father develop, as she gains his respect and trust that she will become a successful tribal ruler.
Kaiulani by Ellen Emerson White (Grades 4–8)
Kaiulani leaves Hawaii for an English boarding school to study for the day she becomes queen. But her father dies and the monarchy is overthrown while she's away. The people clamor for her return, but can she convince the new American president to reinstate royalty?
Elizabeth I by Kathryn Lasky (Grades 4–8)
Welcome to the bizarre court of Henry VIII, where even a princess fears losing her head like her mother. Elizabeth hides her tenacious personality from everyone, especially her father. Your 21st-century kid will enjoy Elizabeth's "treasonous thoughts" and glimpse the daily life of a young woman who ascended the throne at 25 and went on to rule her country for 45 years.
Cleopatra by Kristiana Gregory (Grades 4–8)
Gripping journal entries tell a tale of ancient Egypt and Rome, where you'll meet one of history's most famous women, witness the pharaoh's attempted murder, and encounter Marc Antony. Cleopatra's journal brings to life the sights, sounds, and smells of ancient civilizations, personalizing history and showing your child what it's like to grow up in the public eye.
Isabel by Carolyn Meyer (Grades 4–8)
Full of conspirators, manipulations, and an array of court customs, Isabel's journal paints an enthralling portrait of 15th-century Spain through the eyes of a teen who will grow up to fund Columbus's explorations. Isabel's daily life may seem like an alien universe, but your child is sure to relate to this young woman struggling for independence and learning whom she can trust.
Anastasia by Carolyn Meyer (Grades 4–8)
Twelve-year-old Anastasia leads a privileged life with loving parents who rule her nation. But the country erupts in chaos and her royal family becomes the enemy of the people. The story recounts Anastasia's tumultuous days and see what a historical event really meant to a young woman whose whole world was snatched away--and whose fate remains a mystery today.
Mae Jemison: A Space Biography by Della Yannuzzi (Grades 4–7)
This biography traces the life of the first African-American woman to go into space, from her childhood in Chicago through her astronaut training and first space flight after working with NASA.
Sally Ride: Space Pioneer by Lorraine Jean Hopping (Grades 4–7)
Sally Ride's career as an astronaut is seen from its beginnings in 1977. Ride became one of the most respected women in the world and a symbol of hope and progress for all Americans.
To Space and Back by Susan Okie, Sally K. Ride (Grades K–8)
Read about the human side of space exploration as Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, shares the personal experience of living and working while orbiting Earth.
To purchase any of these non-Scholastic titles, please visit your local bookseller or your favorite online retailer.
Women's History Activities (Grades K–6)
Moment in History: A Writing Project (Grades 3–8)
Women During World War II (Grades 5–12)
Women in Television (Grades 5–12)
Women in the News (Grades 5–12)
Uncommon Soldiers: Women During the Civil War (Grades 5–12)
Women's History CyberHunt (Grades 3–8)
Internet Field Trips
Women's History Activities (Grades 7–12)
All American Girls: A Play About Baseball (Grades 3–8)
Mary Chestnut and Her Diary (PDF) (Grades 3–8)
Alice Paul: We Want to Vote (Grades 4–8)
Lucy Stone: Crusader for Freedom (Grades 3–8)
The Waistmakers' Revolt (Grades 4–8)
Dr. Mary Walker's War: An American History (Grades 4–8)
Harriet Quimby, Flying Ace (Grades 2–4)
Years of Women in Science
Over 125 women from scientific and technical fields are featured. The fields represented include astronomers, inventors, mathematicians, scholars, and writers.
African-American Women Online Archival Collections
A historic collection of original letters and memoirs document the lives of African-American women during the 19th century. Photos and links contribute to an academic record, rarely depicted yet integral to United States history.
Amelia Earhart 1897–1937
A biographical narrative about the first lady of the skies, includes quotes, links, a poem, photos, a map of her last flight, a list of reported sightings, and other reference media.
Distinguished Women of Past and Present
A clearing house of biographies about women who contributed to American culture. Notable women include writers, educators, scientists, heads of state, politicians, civil rights crusaders, artists, entertainers, and others.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Research
Among the many resources offered at this site are information on aviation history and technology, including women in aviation.
Female Nobel Prize Laureates
A timeline and biography of the winners from 1903-1996.
I Was Wondering... A Curious Look at Women in Science
A project of the National Academy of Sciences that celebrates the work of 10 remarkable contemporary women scientists.
Laura Ingalls Wilder
This Web site is devoted to the life and works of Laura Ingalls Wilder, American pioneer and children's author of the famous Little House books. The site provides information about Laura Ingalls Wilder and the places and characters mentioned in her books.
Biography of astronaut Mae Jemison.
NASA Astronaut Biographies
This site features the biographies of astronauts and cosmonauts and information about NASA's astronaut agency and program. Astronauts are displayed in an alphabetical list or grouped by mission.
National Museum of Women's History
Political culture and imagery of American women suffrage.
National Women's History Project
A non profit organization dedicated to recognizing and celebrating the diverse and historic accomplishments of women by providing information and educational material and programs.
Amelia Earhart was the first president of this international organization of almost 7,000 licensed women pilots from 35 countries.
Sally Ride: The First American Woman in Space
Short biography on the trailblazing astronaut. Includes many links and resources about Ride and astronomy.
What Happened to Amelia Earhart?
Read an article about Earhart's disappearance, then participate in an instant opinion poll to find out how your opinion compares with those of other readers.