Book recommendations

Key Stage 2 picks for International Women’s Day

Celebrate International Women’s Day with inspiring books that showcase amazing girls and women changing the world with courage and kindness. From adventurous tales to true stories of remarkable women, these books are perfect for young readers to learn about the incredible achievements of women everywhere.

A Girl Called Genghis Khan by Michelle Lord and Shehzil Malik (Union Square, 2019)

Explore the captivating story of Khutulun, a Mongolian princess and skilled warrior, in this historical novel. It’s an adventurous tale that highlights her bravery and determination, offering a glimpse into her extraordinary life. With rich storytelling and a focus on challenging gender norms, this book is perfect for those who love inspiring stories about remarkable women.

Planting Peace: The Story of Wangari Maathai by Gwendolyn Hooks and Margaux Carpentier. (Wayland, 2022)

Wangara Maathai received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 for her efforts to lead women in a nonviolent struggle to bring peace and democracy to Africa through its reforestation. Her organisation planted over thirty million trees in thirty years. This beautiful picture book tells the story of an inspiring idea and an amazing woman.

Counting on Katherine by Helaine Becker and Dow Phumiruk (Pan Macmillan, 2019)

The bold story of Katherine Johnson, an African-American mathematician who worked for NASA during the space race and was depicted in the film Hidden Figures. From Katherine’s early beginnings as a gifted student to her heroic accomplishments as a prominent mathematician at NASA, Counting on Katherine is the story of a groundbreaking woman who not only calculated the course of moon landings but, in turn, saved lives and made enormous contributions to history.

Women Who Led the Way by Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom (Otter-Barry Books, 2023)

A diverse and inclusive book about 21 women who led the way exploring lands, oceans, mountains, skies and space. They also made pioneering discoveries in the fields of science, nature, archaeology, ecology and more. Told as personal stories, the lives of these women inspire bravery, ingenuity and persistence.