Happy International Women’s Day 2018!

I wonder if there has ever been a better year to celebrate International Women’s Day? It’s 100 years since women won the vote in the UK, and there has been a real explosion of books, especially for children, that celebrate women and their achievements throughout the ages. I thought it might be interesting to list some of the ones I have in the Library in case you’d like to check them out with your child.

Fantastically Great Women who Changed the World, by Kate Pankhurst, published by Bloomsbury

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A beautifully written and illustrated picture book aimed at younger readers (but equally interesting for anyone of any age!), this devotes a double-page spread to a diverse range of women, including Agent Fifi (Marie Christine Chilver) – a daring and clever young spy; Coco Chanel – French fashion designer who caused a revolution in clothing; and Amelia Earhart – the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic.

Anthology of Amazing Women, by Sandra Lawrence and Nathan Collins, published by 20 Watt

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This anthology helpfully separates the women into different fields, such as science, sport, history, art, business and film (amongst others), so children can look for heroines in an area that particularly interests them. There are women in here that I’d not heard of including Nellie Bly (who travelled around the world in fewer than 80 days in 1889!), Fanny Mendelssohn (the sister of her more famous brother Felix, she wrote more than 460 compositions which remain unpublished even though people like Queen Victoria preferred her work to her brother’s!); and Nakano Takeko (a brave Japanese warrior who led 20 female companions into battle).

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo, published by Particular Books

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This remarkably popular anthology celebrates the achievements of 100 women, from Elizabeth I to Serena Williams. Split into double-page spreads, with a picture on one side and text on the other, the book offers interesting, bite-sized information on a range of daring women – perfect for a short bedtime story or a longer session with more biographies. I chose my World Book Day costume from this, deciding to be feisty pirate Jacquotte Delahaye, who sounds like she would have given Captain Jack Sparrow a run for his money (literally). Ever since this, and talking to the children about the book, I have had queues at my desk to borrow a copy. It’s on order, I promise!

Fab Female authors

Apart from these anthologies, we have, of course, great books by great female writers in the Library including the following:

  • Enid Blyton
  • Cathy Cassidy
  • Lauren Child
  • Jo Cotterill
  • Julia Donaldson
  • Siobhan Dowd
  • Abi Elphinstone
  • Lissa Evans
  • Maz Evans
  • Sally Gardner
  • Sue Hendra
  • Katharine Hollabird
  • Shirley Hughes
  • Eva Ibbotson
  • Judith Kerr
  • Angela Kecojevic
  • Astrid Lindgren
  • MG Leonard
  • Sarah McIntyre
  • Michelle Paver
  • Beatrix Potter
  • Holly Smale
  • Lauren St John
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • JK Rowling
  • Robin Stevens
  • Noel Streatfield
  • Lisa Thompson
  • Jacqueline Wilson

I haven’t listed each and every female author – we have so many! – but please come in and look around at who we have got and share your favourites!





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