Women’s History Month Book Recommendations 2021

February 28, 2021

March is Women’s History Month – a month dedicated to honoring and highlighting the contributions of women to history and society. In honor of that, I have some fantastic book recommendations for you to check out during the month of March! Each Wednesday throughout the month of March I will share a selected book on our Build Your Library Facebook page from one on this list.


Picture Books

Here Come the Girl Scouts: The Amazing All-True Story of Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low and Her Great Adventure by Shana Corey

In this exciting picture book, learn the true story of Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low, a peculiar Victorian girl who yearned for adventure. Her greatest accomplishment was founding the girl scouts, who are still active and carrying her legacy a hundred years later!

Amelia to Zora: Twenty-Six Women Who Changed the World by Cynthia Chin-Lee

Depicted through gorgeous collages and illustrations, learn about the amazing lives of twenty-six women, including Amelia Earhart and Zora Neil Hurston, who overcame great hardships and changed their world forever!

Secret Engineer: How Emily Roebling Built the Brooklyn Bridge by Rachel Dougherty

After her husband falls ill in the midst of the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge, Emily Roebling decides to take charge and complete the project herself. She was told that women couldn’t be engineers. She was determined to prove them otherwise.

Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World by Susan Hood

In a collaboration between fourteen female illustrators, this book of poetry tells the stories of fourteen young women who dared to fight back against the injustices they faced and bring positive change in the world, including Ruby Bridges and Malala Yousafzai!


Middle Grade

Step Up to the Plate, Maria Singh by Uma Krishnaswami

This delightful middle-grade novel follows the story of nine-year-old Maria Singh who dreams of playing girl’s softball in 1945, as World War II rages on. Coming from a multiracial family, Maria faces harsh discrimination, but nothing will sway her from following her dreams!

The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian’s Art Changed Science by Joyce Sidman

What girl would ever want to study something as gross as bugs? In this stunningly illustrated nonfiction (with artwork done by Maria Merian herself!) learn the story of the first person to ever document the metamorphosis of a butterfly, and whose research changed the study of entomology forever!


Young Adult

Watch Us Rise by Renee Watson and Ellen Hagan

Frustrated with how discriminatory their supposedly “progressive” high school is, teen girls Jasmine and Chelsea decide to start a Women’s Rights Club. As their club activities go viral online, however, they get targeted by internet trolls which leads to the school principal shutting down their club. But Jasmine and Chelsea aren’t going to go down that easy. They’ll stop at nothing in their fight for women’s voices to be heard!

History vs. Women: The Defiant Lives They Don’t Want You to Know by Anita Sarkeesian and Ebony Adams

Since the beginning of time, there have always been women making tangible change in the world, but so many of their stories are left untold. From Chinese pirates to Native American ballerinas, learn about the defiant lives of a variety of women who deserve to be remembered.


I hope your family enjoys these recommendations and can use some of them in your Women’s History Month homeschool studies. What are some of your favorites? I’d love for you to share them in the comments below.  🙂


Sarah CookSarah Cook has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pencil. She loves to read, daydream, and fangirl over her favorite anime and manga. As a K – 12 homeschool survivor and graduate, she is currently a creative writing major in college. She hopes to someday travel the world, write bestselling novels, and own 152 cats. You can follow her on YouTube, Twitter and Instagram.

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, meaning I get a small commission if you make a purchase through my links, at no cost to you.

Browse the course work
people are raving about


About Build Your Library

Have you been looking for a literature based homeschool curriculum that is secular? How about a way to incorporate narration, copywork, dictation and memory work into your child’s education? Or art study that ties into history?

Read more