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Celebrating inspirational women

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Whether it's International Women's Day or not, it's always worth pointing out and celebrating the – often forgotten or undervalued – achievements of women, both past and present.

Luckily, there are some brilliant children's books right now that are doing just that.

If you want to challenge gender stereotypes and show your little one some fantastic role models, then this is a good place to start.

  • Skyward

    Author: Sally Deng

    Interest level: 7-11

    Reading age: 7+

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  • Skyward

    Author: Sally Deng

    Interest level: 7-11

    Reading age: 7+

    This slightly fictionalised version of the experiences of female pilots in World War Two is a fascinating read in terms of untold …

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  • Frida Kahlo

    Author: Ma Isabel Sanchez Vegara Illustrator: Gee Fan Eng Translator: Emma Martinez

    Interest level: 5-8

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Frida Kahlo

    Author: Ma Isabel Sanchez Vegara Illustrator: Gee Fan Eng Translator: Emma Martinez

    Interest level: 5-8

    Reading age: 6+

    Frida Kahlo's life story is adapted for younger readers - with bold and colourful illustrations, and an inspiring facts and photos…

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  • Lightning Mary

    Author: Anthea Simmons

    Interest level: 9-12

    Reading age: 10-12

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  • Lightning Mary

    Author: Anthea Simmons

    Interest level: 9-12

    Reading age: 10-12

    Lightning Mary tells the true story of Mary Anning, a Victorian fossil expert, whose discoveries of the ichthyosaur contribut…

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  • Gloria’s Voice

    Author: Aura Lewis

    Interest level: 5-7

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Gloria’s Voice

    Author: Aura Lewis

    Interest level: 5-7

    Reading age: 5+

    An inspirational picture book biography of an amazing woman: the feminist, journalist and activist Gloria Steinem. Aura Lewis’ dre…

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  • Girls Who Rocked the World

    Author: Michelle Roehm McCann and Amelie Welden

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Girls Who Rocked the World

    Author: Michelle Roehm McCann and Amelie Welden

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

    This fun and fascinating collection celebrates women who left their mark on history before the age of 20. Featuring a diverse…

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  • Ella: Queen of Jazz

    Author: Helen Hancocks

    Interest level: 7+

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Ella: Queen of Jazz

    Author: Helen Hancocks

    Interest level: 7+

    Reading age: 6+

    A focus on early prejudice towards Ella Fitzgerald and her unlikely friendship between Marilyn Monroe. The illustrations' glorious…

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  • Mary and Frankenstein

    Author: Linda Bailey & Julia Sarda

    Interest level: 7-9

    Reading age: 7+

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  • Mary and Frankenstein

    Author: Linda Bailey & Julia Sarda

    Interest level: 7-9

    Reading age: 7+

    Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is credited with having invented the science fiction genre. But many adults and very few chi…

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  • I am Malala

    Author: Malala Yousafzai

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 13+

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  • I am Malala

    Author: Malala Yousafzai

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 13+

    This is the real life story of one of the most incredible and inspirational young people in the world. Reading this book might jus…

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  • Until We Win

    Author: Linda Newbery

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 7-9

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  • Until We Win

    Author: Linda Newbery

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 7-9

    This dyslexia friendly book looks at feminism and friendship, set against the looming backdrop of the First World War. Lizzy is a …

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  • Ada Twist, Scientist

    Author: Andrea Beaty Illustrator: David Roberts

    Interest level: 4-8

    Reading age: 7+

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  • Ada Twist, Scientist

    Author: Andrea Beaty Illustrator: David Roberts

    Interest level: 4-8

    Reading age: 7+

    A brilliant and beautiful rhyming book about supporting your child's curiosity, and taking inspiration from Ada Lovelace (the pion…

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  • What Would She Do?

    Author: Kay Woodward

    Interest level: 7+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • What Would She Do?

    Author: Kay Woodward

    Interest level: 7+

    Reading age: 10+

    In this collection of women’s stories from across history and the present day, Kay Woodward introduces the reader to 25 heroines f…

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  • Ballerina Dreams

    Author: Michaela and Elaine DePrince Illustrator: Ella Okstad

    Interest level: 5-8

    Reading age: 6-8

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  • Ballerina Dreams

    Author: Michaela and Elaine DePrince Illustrator: Ella Okstad

    Interest level: 5-8

    Reading age: 6-8

    This heart-warming true story about working hard to achieve your dreams will inspire children to believe that they can be whoever …

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  • Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor

    Author: Patricia Valdez Illustrator: Felicita Sala

    Interest level: 7-10

    Reading age: 7+

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  • Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor

    Author: Patricia Valdez Illustrator: Felicita Sala

    Interest level: 7-10

    Reading age: 7+

    This amazing and deeply inspiring story of a largely unknown scientist – and pioneer of the care of Komodo dragons …

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