Women’s History Month
March is Women’s History Month, and to help you prepare, we’ve put together a great list of titles you should have on your shelves. This list, which has titles for all age ranges, has books on all women who have both inspired and changed the world. Below are just a few of the great titles, but you can check out the whole list here.
Julie Cummins takes a look at ten women explorers who typically receive little credit for their work since they were exploring during a time it was considered taboo for women to be out adventuring in the world. Cummins includes women like Lucy Evelyn Cheesman, who traveled the South Pacific studying rare insects and living among cannibalistic tribes, and Louise Boyd, who studied in the Arctic. This is a companion book to Women Daredevils: Thrills, Chills, and Frills, also written by Cummins, who worked as the coordinator of children’s services for the New York Public Library for several years. Learn more about this title and order here.
If you’re anything like me, you’ve never heard of Marie Tharp. However, you might know a little something about plate tectonics, or the idea that the continents are moving. Marie Tharp’s maps of Mid-Atlantic Ridge, created from information gathered by her partner Bruce Heezen, were vital in supporting the then-controversial theory. Biographer Hali Felt was inspired to write this memoir after reading Tharp’s obituary, and was intrigued by the “forgotten” woman who was working in an extremely male-dominated field during the early 20th century. Learn more about this title and order here.
Acclaimed picture book biographer Jeanette Winter focuses this title on Jane Goodall, probably the most famous observer of chimpanzees ever. Winter covers everything from Goodall’s childhood in London to her years in Tanzania and her worldwide mission to save the habitat and lives of the endangered primates she so loves. Written for readers ages three to eight, The Watcher, released in 2011, was named a Best Book of the Year by Kirkus Reviews, Booklist, and the Boston Globe, on top of its numerous reviews. This is the perfect time to add more copies of this gorgeous picture book to your shelves, or replace copies that may be run down from numerous circulations. Learn more about this title and order here.