Picture Books About Trailblazing Women
These lists of books are great to show students specific examples of female leadership in a wide range of careers and areas throughout history.
Grace Hopper - Queen of Computer Code
by Laurie Wallmark
This book is a celebration of STEM thinking. Grace Hopper spent decades in the U.S. Navy and worked as a computer programmer, inventing a new way to write computer code.
Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor
by Patricia Valdez
NCTE Orbis Pictus and Monarch Award nominee
Born in 1879, Joan was expected to play with dolls, but she preferred pet lizards. She became the curator of the reptiles at the British Museum, and designed the reptile house at the London Zoo.
Miss Mary Reporting
by Sue Macy
NCTE Orbis Pictus Nominee, Ohioana Award
Mary Garber grew up in the 1920s and became a sports writer, covering stories about Jackie Robinson in WWII.
My Name is Elizabeth!
by Annika Dunklee & Matthew Forsythe
Elizabeth has a long name, but it's her name. Why do people insist on shortening it with nicknames?
Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx
by Jonah Winter
With text in English and Spanish, this book tells Sonia Sotomayor's story of growing up without much money and becoming a justice on the U.S. Supreme Court
The World is Not a Rectangle
by Jeanette Winter
NCTE Orbis Pictus Honor
Born in Iraq, Zara Hadid used her love of math to become an internationally-known architect, designing unique buildings inspired by nature.
Mary Wears What She Wants
by Keith Negley
Mary Edwards Walker, future doctor, shocked people around her by wearing pants at a time when most girls and women wore dresses.