Reading inspiration for International Women’s Day
This Sunday is International Women’s Day! Always celebrated on the 8th March, it’s an important day to both recognise the achievements of women throughout history and raise awareness of the inequalities still often faced by women around the world.
Books are the perfect way to celebrate the wonderful achievements of women across the ages and inspire every kind of reader! We have plenty for you to choose from and share in both fiction and non-fiction.
Here is a selection of the best books we have on offer for International Women’s Day and beyond:
Award-winning Scottish storyteller, Lari Don, casts an inspirational spell on you in these inclusive, gorgeously illustrated fairy tales.
Drawn from folklore originating in China, Scotland, Italy, Nigeria and more, these are stories of strong, fierce women who forged their own destinies. Women such as the long-haired Petrosinella, who escaped the tower and broke the evil spell that an ogress had cast over her. Or Kate Crackernuts, who broke a queen’s cruel curse.
Who needs a prince? The girls are taking charge!
NASA heroine, pioneering trailblazer, maths genius.
Celebrate the incredible life of the late Katherine Johnson, the extraordinary woman who used maths to get the historic Apollo 11 mission to the moon – and back again.
A hugely inspiring biography illustrated in full colour, telling the life story of a brilliant maths genius and trailblazing African-American woman who fought for equal rights.
Dream big and break ground with 50 fantastic women!
Read about supergirls from Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka in this amazing illustrated book. You’ll meet leaders, activists, sportswomen, entertainers and other greats who cracked open the limiting stereotypes written for them.
Discover the stories of singer M.I.A., wartime spy Noor Inayat Khan, poet Rupi Kaur, tennis star Sania Mirza and Bake Off star Nadiya Hussain, to name just a few.
Meet six inspiring girls who grew up to be great women.
These beautiful colour biographies illustrate the stories of Emmeline Pankhurst, Georgia O’Keeffe, Mother Teresa, Amelia Earhart, Maya Angelou, and Agatha Christie – pioneers who have changed our world in important ways.
Like all of us, these women started out as small people dreaming big dreams. Get children inspired with their stories!
Time’s up for staying silent. Say hello to 150 raw, wild poems where women speak out.
From suffragettes to schoolgirls, from spoken word superstars to civil rights activists, from aristocratic ladies to kitchen maids, these voices demand to be heard.
A stunning book of powerful poems by an array of classic and contemporary voices including, Maya Angelou, Wendy Cope, Emily Bronte, Hollie McNish and many more!
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