21 Kids Books About Strong Powerful Women Across the Globe

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Humans learn through storytelling, so it’s no wonder experts stress the importance of reading to young children! It’s a way for them to learn about the world they live in and dream about the world they can build. 

Growing up in the ‘80s and the ‘90s as a South Asian in America, it was difficult to find any content that felt reflective of me or anyone I knew. I so desperately wanted to believe I could do anything, but everywhere I looked, white kids were on the adventures I so longed for.

Now, there are so many new books and magazines out there to share with our children. The stories have expanded including who gets to be the adventurer. Here are some books and magazines our editors are reading with their families about strong, incredible women from around the globe. 


Books for Babies & Toddlers

Beck Feiner

Lady Legends Alphabet Book

This alphabet book is perfect for learning their ABCs and learning about the lady legends of the past, present, and future.

Emily Kleinman and Lydia Ortiz

Little Feminist Board Book Set

Help mold your little feminists with this series of books that highlight women who took a stand for women everywhere.

Eva Chen

A Is for Awesome!: 23 Iconic Women Who Changed the World

Celebrate the women who changed the world for the better—from A to Z—with this fun ABC favorite.

Anna Membrino

I Look Up To... Misty Copeland

Highlighting American ballet dancer Misty Copeland, this book details her life, fun details, quotes, and amazing graphics to inspire any little dancer.

Amelia Earhart
Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara

Little People, Big Dreams: Amelia Earhart

Soar into the story of the world-famous aviator Amelia Earhart with this uniquely illustrated board book.

Eva Chen

3 2 1 Awesome!: 20 Fearless Women Who Dared to Be Different

For your little rebel, this book highlights 20 women who dared to step outside of the box, like Megan Rapinoe and Greta Thunberg.

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Vashti Harrison

Little Dreamers: Visionary Women Around the World

This board book adaptation of Little Dreamers: Visionary Women Around the World shows even the littlest ones what's possible with stories of 18 women creators.


Books for Kids

Bravery Magazine

Issue 16 | Susan La Flesche Picotte

Bravery issues are full of fun educational activities, and highlight amazing women like Dr. Susan La Flesche Picotte who was a member of the Omaha Nation and the first Native American doctor.

Unfortunately, Bravery is no longer offering subscriptions, but they have a rich library of back issues available for sale!

Francesca Cavallo and Elena Favilli

Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls

Remind your little ladies just how special they are (and can be) with this lovely book for bedtime.

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Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara

Little People, Big Dreams: Michelle Obama

Learn about one of the world's favorite first ladies and her beginnings as a young girl from the south side of Chicago.

Debbie Levy and Elizabeth Baddeley

I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark

Keep the legend of Supreme court Justice Ruth Bader-Ginsburg alive with this book reminding little ones just how powerful they can be.

Chelsea Clinton and Alexandra Boiger

She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History

Teach your little ones to speak out, rise up, and fight for what's right in this book about persisting and making your dreams come true.

Patricia Hruby Powell and Christian Robinson

Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker

Teach your littles about the life of Josephine Baker, the dazzling performer and civil rights advocate, and her triumph as a legend.

Rachel Ignotofsky

Women in Art: 50 Fearless Creatives Who Inspired the World

Got an artist on your hands? Show your little one the women who have paved the ways for creatives to shine throughout history.

Rebel Girls

Madam C.J. Walker Builds a Business

Teach the wonderful story of Madam C.J. Walker and her journey of transforming haircare for Black women.

Malala Yousafzai and Kerascoët

Malala's Magic Pencil

To provide insight of the wider world, show your kids the story of Malala Yousafzai and the hope that got her through.

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Miranda Paul

One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia

Telling the story of Isatou Ceesay, who found a way to recycle cheap plastic bags and transform her community, shows kids that one person can really make a difference.

Lesa Cline-Ransome and John Parra

The Power of Her Pen: The Story of Groundbreaking Journalist Ethel L. Payne

Teach your little ones about the story of journalist Ethel Payne and her journey and ability to shine even through the toughest moments.

Vashti Harrison

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History

Showcase the excellence of Black women throughout history and how they dreamt big in a world that tried to keep them small.

Julia Adams and Louise Wright

101 Awesome Women Who Changed Our World

From Maya Angelou to Marie Curie to Simone Biles, show off the stories of these transformative women and their journeys of leading the way.

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Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara

Little People, Big Dreams: Amanda Gorman

Show your little ones the story of young poet and activist Amanda Gorman and her journey of finding strength in her experiences.

Just released in February 2022!


This article was originally published in February 2020. It has been updated for timeliness. 

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