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Books Celebrating African-American Women for Women’s History Month

Books Celebrating  African-American Women for Women’s History Month

March 8th is International Women’s Day – a day to celebrate the important role women have played in history. It’s a day to reflect on accomplishments of pioneer women that have paved the way for women’s rights.

Since Women’s History Month follows Black History Month, this book list focuses on inspiring African-American women who are truly pioneers for women’s rights.

If you’re always searching for books to teach your children about strong women, then this post is a MUST Read!

Mae Among the Stars by Roda Ahmed

A beautiful book that tells the story of Mae Jemison who followed her dream to become the first African-American astronaut. It’s a special book that teaches little girls the importance of believing in themselves and having the courage to pursue their dreams.

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History

An important book that should be on every child’s bookshelf. Each page highlights iconic women trailblazers in African-American history. Biographies of Harriet Tubman, Maya Angelou and Shirley Chisholm are just a few names honored in this inspiring book.

Trailblazer: The Story of Ballerina Raven Wilkinson

If you have a child that loves ballet, he or she will be dazzled by this book. It tells the story of Raven Wilkinson  the first African-American woman to dance for a major ballet company. This story is truly a magnificent book that shows the meaning of overcoming obstacles to fulfill a dream.

Born to Swing: Lil Hardin Armstrong’s Life of Jazz

A pioneer of jazz music, Lil’ Harden bounded onto the musical scene with her love of music and vibrant personality. Not only is she the first women jazz musician, but was also influential in bringing jazz to the world.

Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly

This book tells the story of four incredible African-American mathematicians that broke down gender and racial barriers. These women are responsible for helping NASA launch a spaceship that resulted in putting the first man on the moon. It’s the true definition of “reaching for the stars”.

Pies From Nowhere: How Georgia Gilmore Sustained the Montgomery Bus Boycott by Dee Romito

An uplifting story about Georgia Gilmore who used her incredible baking skills to make a real impact on the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Her organization of a group of women who baked pies helped fund-raise the boycott and was a powerful force behind the movement.

Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13 by Helene Becker

Based on Katherine Johnson from “Hidden Figures” this book beautifully tells the story of how Katherine’s love of math helped her to become a notable mathematician that helped put NASA’s first man on the moon.

Molly by Golly! The Legend of Molly Williams, First American Firefighter by Dianne Ochiltree

When the firefighters come down with the flu, Molly who is a cook for the fire station jumps in and saves the day! After she successfully puts out the fire, she becomes the nations first female firefighter.

Fly High: The Story of Bessie Coleman by Louise Borden

A book about the first African-American woman to earn her pilots license at a time when women weren’t traditionally allowed in flight school. Bessie is the perfect example of the benefits of hard work paying off.

Let me know some of your favorite books celebrating African-American women for Women’s History Month in the comments! As always, follow our book journey on Instagram to see what we’re reading!

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