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9 Books Written by Women That Celebrate Women

March is Women’s History Month, and one of the many ways we’re celebrating is by reading books written by women and about women—from inspiring picture books for children to illustrated odes to icons both past and present.

Empowering Children’s Books

Josephine by Patricia Hruby Powell, illustrated by Christian Robinson

Josephine by Patricia Hruby Powell, illustrated by Christian Robinson

The Quickest Kid in Clarksville by Pat Zietlow Miller, illustrated by Frank Morrison

Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Meg Hunt

The award-winning Josephine creates an extraordinary portrait of the passionate performer and civil rights advocate Josephine Baker, while in The Quickest Kid in Clarksville, Wilma Rudolph inspires dreams, determination, and the power of friendship in Clarksville, Tennessee. Interstellar Cinderella takes the classic fairy tale and gives it a twist—this time, Cinderella is a spaceship mechanic and independent heroine.


Art-Focused Reads

The Art of Beatrix Potter

The Art of Beatrix Potter by Emily Zach

Ladies Drawing Night by Rachael Cole, Leah Goren, and Julia Rothman

Broad Strokes: 15 Women Who Made Art and Made History (in That Order) by Bridget Quinn, illustrated by Lisa Congdon

The Art of Beatrix Potter celebrates the beloved artist, whose work ranged from iconic children’s books to watercolor landscapes and natural history illustrations. Ladies Drawing Night, written by illustrators Julia Rothman, Leah Goren, and Rachael Cole, outlines ten evenings of fun and art-making to spark creativity for you and your friends. The forthcoming Broad Strokes delves into the lives of 15 brilliant female artists (from 1600 to present day) in text that’s smart, feisty, educational, and enjoyable.


Inspiring Female Pioneers

Bad Girls Throughout History by Ann Shen

Bad Girls Throughout History by Ann Shen

Bobbi Brown’s Beauty from the Inside Out by Bobbi Brown with Sara Bliss

Feminist Journal

In Bad Girls Throughout History, one hundred women are illustrated in Ann Shen’s stunning style and celebrated for challenging the status quo and changing the rules for all women who followed. (Spread the love to others with the new Bad Girls notes, and inspire yourself with the Bad Girls journal, too!) In addition, the forthcoming book Beauty from the Inside Out from the iconic Bobbi Brown explores makeup, wellness, and confidence for women of all ages. And finally, document your own thoughts and goals in the Feminist Journalan in-house passion project filled with inspiring quotes from feminists past and present.

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Happy Women’s History Month, everyone—here’s to everything we have achieved, and everything we will achieve. To find more books and things that are written by women and/or about women, head over here.

Jenna Homen

Community Manager at Chronicle Books. When she's logged off, she can be found cooking, camping, or in a museum. You can follow her on Twitter at @jn_na.
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