12 Must Have Books to Celebrate Women Who Soar!
You and your little learner will love reading and sharing stories about fearless and dynamic women of color like Frida Kahlo, Shirley Chisholm, Harriet Powers, Zaha Hadid, and more!
Selections on our booklists always feature black and brown people or characters and available for purchase in the Ruby Rae Society independent bookshop.
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Frida Kahlo: Little People, Big Dream
By Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara, Illustrated by Gee Fan Eng
Aretha Franklin: Little People, Big Dream
By Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara, Illustrated by Amy Blackwell
Wilma Rudolph: Little People, Big Dreams
By Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara, Illustrated by Amelia Flower
Sewing Stories: Harriet Powers’ Journey from Slave to Artist
By Barbara Herkert, Illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton
The World Is Not a Rectangle: A Portrait of Architect Zaha Hadid
By Jeanette Winter
Flying High: The Story of Gymnastics Champion Simone Biles (Who DId It First?)
By Michelle Meadows, Illustrator Ebony Glenn
2nd - 3rd GRADE
She Was the First!: The Trailblazing Life of Shirley Chisholm
By Katheryn Russell-Brown, Illustrated by Eric Velasquez
Fly High!: The Story of Bessie Coleman
By Louise Borden and Mary Kay Kroeger, Illustrated by Teresa Flavin
Fancy Party Gowns: The Story of Fashion Designer Ann Cole Lowe
By Deborah Blumenthal, Illustrated Laura Freeman
4th GRADE & UP
She Loved Baseball: The Effa Manley Story
By Audrey Vernick, Illustrated by Don Tate
Amelia to Zora: Twenty-Six Women Who Changed the World
By Cynthia Chin-Lee, Illustrated by Megan Halsey and Sean Addy
The Power of Her Pen: The Groundbreaking Story of Journalist Ethel L. Payne
By Lesa Cline-Ransome and John Parra