There are many women we celebrate during the month of March, as the country as a whole recognizes Women’s History Month. There are so many fabulous stories held within the NSVRC/PCAR Libraries highlighting brave and courageous women who have made our lives better through the sacrifices they’ve made. This month, I want to share three inspirational children’s books. These books highlight three different women who, through stories of triumph of their own, have made it possible for other generations to have a more enriching life because of their blood, sweat, and tears.
Gloria’s Voice: The Story of Gloria Steinem – Feminist, Activist, Leader by Aura Lewis introduces young readers to a leader of the women’s liberation movement, using watercolor illustrations. Following her from childhood through her political awakening and beyond, Gloria’s Voice explains Steinem’s motivations and beliefs, as well as the obstacles she faced in fighting for women’s rights. Throughout, new author and artist Aura Lewis highlights Gloria’s message of equality and the importance of believing in oneself. Every young person will find inspiration in Gloria’s journey and this timely biography.
Her Fearless Run by Kim Chaffee creates a narrative biography which follows Katherine Switzer from running laps in her backyard to becoming the first woman to run the Boston Marathon with a registered race number in 1967. Her inspirational true story is for anyone willing to challenge the rules. The compelling collage art adds to the kinetic action of the story. With tension and heart, this biography has the influential power to get readers into running. The work is an excellent choice for sports fans, young dreamers, and competitive children.
My Name is Truth: The Life of Sojourner Truth by Ann Turner is written in the eloquent voice of Sojourner Truth herself. The story will captivate readers just as Sojourner’s passionate words enthralled her listeners. The text by acclaimed author Ann Turner and the paintings from illustrator James Ransome underwent expert review by two historians of the period. This beautifully illustrated and impeccably researched picture book biography includes a detailed historical note and a list of suggested supplemental reading material.
It is my pleasure and honor to offer books within our library highlighting the lives of these remarkable women. I strongly encourage you to check out the NSVRC/PCAR Library collection for these and many more fabulous books. As always, I wish you lovely day and happy reading!
“Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.” -Unknown