Women’s History Month Books: Ten Multicultural Reads for Kids

Although we should always acknowledge the contributions of women in history, March is Women’s History Month. To celebrate, I created this list of ten multicultural Women’s History Month books for kids that are perfect to read this month and all year. I included children’s books about famous women in history and books that celebrate the relationship of little girls with their mothers and grandmothers, which are crucial for their development.

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Women’s History Month Books: Multicultural Reads for Kids

Enjoy these multicultural Women’s History Month books, perfect to read any time of year!

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Children’s Picture Books

  1. Bella’s Recipe for Success, written by Ana Siqueira and illustrated by Geraldine Rodríguez, follows Bella as she discovers what she is good at. After a few false starts, she learns to bake polvorones with dulce de leche like her abuela. But she realizes that it’s not as easy and that asking her abuela for help, making mistakes, and determination are essential ingredients for success.
  2. Written by Namita Moolani Mehra and illustrated by Kamala Nair, The Light Within You is about Diya, who is excited about visiting India for Diwali, the Festival of Lights, and spending time with her amazing Nani. While Diya spends time with her beloved grandmother preparing for Diwali, she discovers that the most important light is the one within.
  3. A Gift for Nai Nai by author-illustrator Kim-Hoa Ung is a heartwarming story about the special relationship between Lyn Lyn and her Nai Nai, paternal grandmother, and the craft of crochet. Lyn Lyn decides she wants to make her Nai Nai a lucky hat for her birthday because every year, she receives a new hat from her. But first Lyn Lyn must learn crochet with perseverance, help, and a loving secret.
  4. In Paula’s Patches, written by Gabriella Aldeman and illustrated by Rocío Arreola Mendoza, Paula’s pants rip when she arrives at school, and she feels humiliated. As she hides the hole in her pants from her classmates throughout the day, she discovers they also have wear-and-tear items. So, with some help from her mother, Paula comes up with a crafty, creative solution to fix her and her classmates’ problems.

Children’s Biographies

  1. Written by M.O. Yukel and illustrated by Mariam Quraishi, One Wish: Fatima al-Fihri and the World’s Oldest University follows the real-life story of Fatima al-Fihri, a curious girl with a big dream. Her tenacity and faith were essential in her success in establishing a school for scholars from all around the world where they could become anything they wanted.
  2. Pedal, Balance, Steer: Annie Londonderry, the First Woman to Cycle Around the World, written by Vivian Kirkfield and illustrated by Alison Jay, shows that women can do anything. After seeing an ad promising $10,000 to a woman who would ride a bike worldwide in a year, Annie Londonderry, a mother of three during the 1890s, took on the challenge.
  3. The Astronaut with a Song for the Stars: The Story of Dr. Ellen Ochoa, written by Julia Finley Mosca and illustrated by Daniel Rieley, follows Ellen, a girl who dreamed of becoming a professional flutist. But that was until she discovered engineering in college. Even though she faced opposition, she pursued her new dream, and more than that, she became the first Hispanic woman astronaut to go into space.
  4. Written by Lydia Lukidis and illustrated by Sawyer Cloud, Dancing Through Space: Dr. Mae Jemison Soars to New Heights is about Mae, a girl who loves science and dance. Growing up, she was torn between her two passions. However, as an adult, she realized she could combine science and dance to become the first Black woman in space.

Middle-Grade Novels

  1. In A Spoonful of Time by Flora Ahn, seventh grader Maya’s grandmother, Halmunee, moves in with her tired mother because she has dementia. Halmunee is a great cook who makes delicious Korean dishes with Maya. One day, Halmunee transports them to Seoul when Maya’s mother is a kid, and they eat patbingsu. Halmunee has the gift of traveling in time through food memories. As Maya travels with her grandmother to the past through tasty recipes, she uncovers secrets about her family and learns about friendship, time, and grief.
  2. The Color of Sound by Emily Barth Isler follows twelve-year-old musical genius Rosie, who has synesthesia and can see colors and feel textures in music. Rosie’s mother, Shanna, is super strict about Rosie becoming a concert violinist. Frustrated with her mother, Rosie wants a break from music, so her mother forces her to visit her grandmother. Once there, Rosie meets a familiar girl, who ends up being twelve-year-old Shanna, who also has a difficult relationship with her mother. Through this glitch in time, Rosie finds out that her great-grandmother survived Auschwitz and learns how this terrible experience affected the relationships between mothers and daughters in her family.

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Yolimari García

Library Technician, Writer, Book Reviewer
Yolimari García is a Puerto Rican/Cuban American library technician, writer, and book reviewer who currently lives in Georgia with her husband and two bright daughters. She has lived in Puerto Rico, Germany, and three states. Books, travel, historical landmarks, cultures, exercise, food, and genealogy are her passions. She holds a bachelor's degree in American History and a master's degree in European History. She writes children's books under the name Yolimari Rosa.

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