9 Picture Book Biographies about Strong Women In History

Representation matters. Surround yourself with the representation that supports your ideas. Here is a selection of strong women who my kinda gals. These are women who get things done: activists, architects, doctors, explorers. Groundbreakers, all!








1. Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to FreedombyCarole Boston WeatherfordKadir Nelson(Illustrator)

Beautiful realistic images bring to life the work of Harriet Tubman, a major force in resettling enslaved Americans.

2. The World Is Not a Rectangle: A Portrait of Architect Zaha HadidbyJeanette Winter

Architect Zaha Hadid’s inspirations are the subject of this lovely little book.

3. Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou HamerbyCarole Boston WeatherfordEkua Holmes(Illustrations)

Fannie Lou Hamer’s work is shared in poems and collages in this Caldecott Honor book.

Jane Goodall, the friend of chimps, is shown in this pleasant, small biography.


4. You Forgot Your Skirt, Amelia Bloomer by Shana CoreyChesley McLaren (Illustrations)

Turns out the word bloomer comes from the last name of their inventor. While pants are every day wear for women now, they were scandalous once.

5. Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors?: The Story of Elizabeth Blackwellby Tanya Lee Stone (Goodreads Author)Marjorie Priceman (Illustrations)

Perseverance was an essential characteristic of many female groundbreakers, like Elizabeth Blackwell, first American female doctor.

6. Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride by Pam Muñoz RyanBrian Selznick (Illustrator)

Selznick’s luxurious illustrations heighten the glory of this nice moment when Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt’s life crossed.

7. The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever by H. Joseph HopkinsJill McElmurry (Goodreads Author) (Illustrator)

Urban green spaces require help from people. This story tells of a woman who wanted to keep San Diego green.

8. Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker  by Patricia Hruby Powell (Goodreads Author)Christian Robinson(Illustrator)

Josephine Baker was a tour de force. This book shows her life and times in abstracted, expressive illustrations and text.

9. Me…Jane by Patrick McDonnell


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