International Women's Day-Celebrating Minority Women

March 09, 2016

International Women’s Day is meant to honor the achievements and actions of women. It was developed by socialists groups in order to promote the equality of women. Below are nonfiction books and biographies that highlight the lives of underrepresented minority women.

Ages 3-5

-Drum Dream Girl by Margarita EngleA poetic story about a girl who wanted to become a drummer even though her community did not approve of it.
-Mae Jemison (You Should Meet) by Laurie Calkhoven

A fun story about the first African American female astronaut.

-Fly High!: The Story of Bessie Coleman by Louise Borden
Bessie Coleman was the first African American woman who became the first pilot.
-LaDonna Harris by Michael Schwartz
A biography that celebrates the life of a Comanche woman.

-Firebird by Misty Copeland
A story about an inspiring dancer.

Ages 5-8
Chasing Freedom: The Life Journeys of Harriet Tubman and Susan B. Anthony by Nikki Grimes
A historical narrative about Harriet Tubman and Susan B. Anthony who discuss important events during tumultuous times.
-When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson by Pam Munoz Ryan
Anderson was a talented singer. She dealt with discrimination and prejudice in order to follow her dreams.
Red Bird sings: the Story of Zitkala-Sa, Native American author, musician, and activist by Gina Capaldi
A picture book-biography of a Sioux girl.
-Rad American Women A-Z by Kate SchatzA color modern-day story about women activists, content creators, and leaders who impacted our society. Women in this book are featured that have been underrepresented in our history books.
Sadako and The Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr
A true story about a young Japanese girl who wanted to make 1000 origami cranes during her stay in her hospital, but she only made it to 644. She was affected by the affects in Hiroshima.

-Michelle Obama by Christine Taylor-ButlerA biography about the first African American first lady.

Ages 9-12
America Ferrera: Latina Superstar by Sheila Anderson A wonderful biography about a talented Latina actress.
Shannen and the dream for a school by Janet Wilson
Shannen Koostachin was a thirteen year old Attawapiskat.  She stood up to demand for better education decisions. She spoke in front of huge crowds and was even nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize.
Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir by Margarita Engle
Native Women of Courage by Kelly Fournel
Biographies of ten women who fought for the discrimination that Native American people face.
Paiute princess: the story of Sarah Winnemucca by Deborah Ray Kogan
A powerful woman who led her tribe to overcome the dominance of the American West.
-The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano by Sonia Manzano
A book for 11-14 year olds about a Puerto Rican activist group.

What women of color should also be included on this list?



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