Suggested Reading: History Books to Inspire Young Girls

Today we’re going to check out a few children’s history books that will help inspire and encourage young girls to achieve their dreams.

These books teach history and fill young readers with wonder and a curiosity to know more about some of our culture’s greatest heroes.

From collections to stand-alone titles, there will surely be a book recommendation here that would be a great treat for your little ones:

Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World – Katie Pankhurst

Fantastically Great Women on AMAZON

Age: 6 years +

This beautifully illustrated series of children’s books gives little ones the opportunity to learn about historical women who helped change the world for the better.

Written by a descendant of civil rights activist Emmeline Pankhurst, it’s a great tool for providing facts and teaching history in a digestible manner for kids. 

Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World – Susan Hood

Shaking Things Up on AMAZON

Age: 4 years +

This book is filled with lyrical poetry and beautiful illustrations that teach young children about women in history.

The poems share the stories of young famous figures like Ruby Bridges (a 6-year-old girl who helped end segregation) and Malala Yousafzai (a 17-year-old who fought for girls’ educational rights and won a Nobel peace prize). Created by a group of women, this book is bound to inspire our strong-willed girls of today. 

Amelia Earhart: A Kids Book About Flying Against All Odds – Mary Nhin

Amelia Earhart on AMAZON

Age: 3 years + 

Part of the Mini Movers and Shakers series, these books were developed to inspire children to dream big and work hard. Fun, relatable characters in graphic style books easy enough for young readers, yet interesting for adults.

MORE: Introduce Your Little Ones to Civil Rights History

The Mini Movers and Shakers book series is geared to kids 3-11+. Perfect for boys, girls, early readers, primary school students, or toddlers. Excellent resource for educators, parents, and teachers alike.

“My twin 6 year olds emphatically give this book 5 stars. One said that it inspired her to be a pilot when she grows up. Definitely recommend this book!” -5 star review, PrincessNk

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Tales of Extraordinary Women

Rebel Girls on AMAZON

Age: 4 years +

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is a children’s book packed with 100 bedtime stories about the lives of extraordinary women from the past and the present, illustrated by 60 female and non-binary artists from all over the world.

Created out of the most successful publishing project in crowdfunding, this must-have volume brings readers on an empowering journey, introducing them to the real-life adventures of trailblazing women from Elizabeth I to Malala Yousafzai.

Autumn Sykes

Autumn is a mother and a student, currently earning a Childhood Studies degree. In her spare time she's also a freelance writer focusing mainly on parenting and children.

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