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Great Children's Books for International Women's Day

International Women's Day

International Women's Day (8th March) celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and this year's theme is #ChoosetoChallenge..

We can all work towards a more gender-balanced world. We can celebrate women's achievements. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality. All of this starts when we're young (although it's never too late!) and helping the next generation to understand the importance of gender balance is a responsibility we must all bear. If you'd like to run an event for International Women's Day you can find a step by step guide here.

International Women's Day is a global celebration and began well over 100 years ago. 2018 marked 100 years since British women were allowed to vote, but this wasn't a universal right for all women, only those women who were aged over 30 and either owned land or were married to men who owned land, were granted the vote. It wasn't until The Equal Franchise Act in 1928 when British women were given equal voting rights to British men.

Below we have a selection of books to help children discover more about women who have helped make history, click through to find out more.

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Never Mess With a Pirate Princess

Princess Prue was sweet and fair, t ill PIRATES stole her teddy bear! Don't they know?! You NEVER mess with Prudence - pirate AND princess!
A feisty, mould-breaking heroine for adventure-hungry toddlers.

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Fantastically Great Women Scientists and Their Stories

Prepare to be inspired with this fantastically great new series for young readers. In this first book, read the true stories of amazing scientists and discover things that are out of this world. Women have been responsible for many of the world's most groundbreaking scientific discoveries. Kate Pankhurst, descendent of Emmeline Pankhurst, tells the stories of some incredible female scientists whose hard work and persistence changed our understanding of science, and transformed people's ideas of what women can do. As a child Mae Jemison imagined herself reaching for the stars and that's exactly what she did: she became the first African-American woman to go into space. When Elizabeth Blackwell was told women weren't allowed to be doctors, she didn't take no for an answer. Tu Youyou spent months on a remote island during the Vietnam War to try and invent a treatment for malaria - and she did it. Including comic strips, family trees, maps and more, Fantastically Great Women Scientists and Their Stories is a celebration of women who made some of the world's most important scientific breakthroughs. Women featured: Mae Jemison, Marie Curie, Elizabeth Blackwell, Janaki Ammal, Caroline Herschel, Katia Krafft, Tu Youyou and Rosalind Franklin.

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Forgotten Fairy Tales of Brave and Brilliant Girls

Once known, now largely forgotten, these empowering fairy tales have been brought together to inspire a new generation of readers. Discover heroines who outwit giants, fight evil, awaken sleeping princes and, of course, live happily ever after. With a foreword by Kate Pankhurst, author of Fantastically Great Women who Changed the World.

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Fabulously Feisty Queens: 15 of the brightest and boldest women who have ruled the world

Who needs a Prince Charming when you're busy running the world?

From ancient empresses and warrior queens, to fearsome pirates and modern-day monarchs, Fabulously Feisty Queens explores the lives and legacies of history's most powerful women.

Made of stronger stuff than beauty and grace, discover just how bright, brave, brilliant and clever the world's female rulers have been throughout the centuries.

With a foreword by historian and Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces, Lucy Worsley and illustrations by Pauline Reeves.

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A Girl's Guide to Being Fearless: How to Find Your Brave

THE ULTIMATE SELF-CARE BOOK FOR TEENAGE GIRLS Face up to the world with confidence and higher self-esteem Growing up has become faster, more furious and the pressures more intense. Anxiety and panic have reached epidemic proportions. A third of teenage girls will suffer from depression. Factor in a rise in self-harm and eating disorders and the mental health stats become alarming. It's time to equip young women with the means to fight back. A Girl's Guide to Being Fearless unlocks self-esteem, confidence, wellbeing, resilience and offers an antidote to an overwhelming world of altered photos, filters, and fillers. A Girl's Guide helps parents, girls, and teachers understand that wellbeing is an inside job. As an essential book for our time, this guide reflects the challenging world facing teens. The authors suggest there is little to be gained by asking girls to stop taking selfies or using Instagram filters, because these habits are ingrained in teenage culture. Instead, guidance is provided on how girls can take action to increase their confidence and love the skin they are in. Moreover, it's about learning to be a class act in person and online. Practical exercises and doable ideas to inspire young women Encouragement to eliminate self-limiting beliefs Guidance for girls on lifting themselves and others up Tips for showing greater confidence and being excited about the future Suggestions for how to live your best life Keep calm and read A Girl's Guide to Being Fearless, a gathering of life's cheat codes; all simple, do-able and hugely entertaining. Learn how to show anxiety the door and let in more of the good stuff. This book will help you find your Brave. Whisper it quietly, but it might even change your life.


Fantastically Great Women Who... (Bloomsbury) - Ages 5+

little people, big dreams (frances lincoln) - ages 4+

Fantastically Feminist (Wren & Rook) - Ages 5+

little guides to great lives (laurence king) - Ages 5+

first names (david fickling) - ages 5+

extraordinary lives (puffin) - ages 7+

Trailblazers (Stripes) - ages 7+

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25th February 2020

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