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Nonfiction Picture Books for Women's History Month

March is Women's History Month. To celebrate, try one of these great picture books featuring the true stories of strong, smart women throughout history. 

America's champion swimmer: Gertrude Ederle by written by David A. Adler ; illustrated by Terry Widener
Describes the life and accomplishments of Gertrude Ederle, the first woman to swim the English Channel and a figure in the early women's rights movement

Eleanor quiet no more: the life of Eleanor Roosevelt by written by Doreen Rappaport ; illustrated by Gary Kelley
Explores the life of Eleanor Roosevelt from her upbringing, education, and marriage to Franklin Delano.

Elizabeth leads the way: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the right to vote by Tanya Lee Stone ; illustrations by Rebecca Gibbon
Describes the life of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, a pioneer of women's rights.

The librarian of Basra: a true story from Iraq by written & illustrated by Jeanette Winter
The true story of Alia Muhammad Baker and her efforts to save her library and its books in war-torn Iraq.

Look up!: Henrietta Leavitt, pioneering woman astronomer by Robert Burleigh ; illustrated by Raúl Colón
An illustrated portrait of astronomer Henrietta Swan Leavitt traces the years she spent measuring stars from her position at the Harvard College Observatory and her important discoveries that enabled the scientific community to gain a fuller understanding of the universe's vast size.

Marvelous Mattie: how Margaret E. Knight became an inventor by Emily Arnold McCully
Meet Mattie Knight - the woman known as "the Lady Edison. Mattie loved to make things - from a foot warmer to her mother to toys for her brothers. Find out what else this smart girl invented!

Miss Moore thought otherwise: how Anne Carroll Moore created libraries for children by written by Jan Pinborough ; illustrated by Debby Atwell
Examines the story of how librarian Ann Carroll Moore created the first children's room at the New York Public Library.

Moses: when Harriet Tubman led her people to freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford ; illustrated by Kadir Nelson
Describes Tubman's spiritual journey as she hears the voice of God guiding her north to freedom on that very first trip to escape the brutal practice of forced servitude.

My name is Georgia: a portrait by Jeanette Winter
Presents, in brief text and illustrations, the life of the painter who drew much of her inspiration from nature.

Seeds of change: planting a path to peace by Jen Cullerton Johnson ; illustrated by Sonia Lynn Sadler
A biography of Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize winner and environmentalist Wangari Maathai, a female scientist who made a stand in the face of opposition to women's rights and her own Greenbelt Movement, an effort to restore Kenya's ecosystem by planting millions of trees.--Provided by publisher.

Stone girl, bone girl by Laurence Anholt ; illustrated by Sheila Moxley
A biography of the English girl whose discovery of an Ichthyosaurus skeleton in 1811 when she was twelve led to a life-long interest in fossils and other important discoveries.

Summer birds: the butterflies of Maria Merian by Margarita Engle: illustrations by Julie Paschkis
In the Middle Ages, people believed that insects were evil, born from mud in a process called spontaneous generation. Maria Merian was only a child, but she disagreed. --Provided by publisher.

The watcher: Jane Goodall's life with the chimps by Jeanette Winter
An illustrated biography of British primatologist Jane Goodall, describing her childhood, the years she spent in the African forests to observe chimpanzees, and her efforts to protect and preserve primates and their habitats.

When Marian sang: the true recital of Marian Anderson, the voice of a century by [written by] Pam Munoz Ryan ; [illustrated by] Brian Selznick
An introduction to the life of Marian Anderson, extraordinary singer and civil rights activist, who was the first African American to perform at the Metropolitan Opera, whose life and career encouraged social change.