Book recommendations

Key Stage 1 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.

The Girls by Lauren Ace and Jennie Løvlie (Caterpillar Books, 2018)

Suitable for KS1

Four little girls meet under an apple tree and form a bond that grows as they share secrets, dreams, worries and schemes. This beautifully illustrated tale charts the girls’ lives through ups and downs and laughter and tears. Find out how their friendship flourishes as the years pass by and the girls become women.

Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World by Kate Pankhurst (Bloomsbury, 2018)

Suitable for KS1 and KS2

A non-fiction book all about the women in history who have changed the world. From Emmeline Pankhurst to Rosa Parks, Mary Anning to Frida Kahlo. All the great women’s stories in this book show triumph over adversity and breaking barriers. Beautifully illustrated and full of amazing facts, this book is a super introduction to key women in our world’s history who have been integral in shaping the world we live in today.

Malala’s Magic Pencil by Malala Yousafzai and Kerascoet (Puffin, 2019)

Suitable for KS1

The story of the inspirational Malala Yousafzai for younger audiences. This book tells the story of Malala’s life in Pakistan and how she wished for a magic pencil so that she could redraw her reality. It is a story of hope, bravery and how to make your voice heard even in the most challenging circumstances.

Fly, Girl, Fly! Shaesta Waiz Soars Around the World by Nancy Roe Pimm and Alexandra Bye (1517 Media, 2020)

Suitable for KS1 and KS2

A must-read for those seeking an inspiring and empowering true story. This is all about Shaesta Waiz’s remarkable solo journey as the first Afghan-American woman to travel the globe in a single-engine plane. This book beautifully captures her adventurous spirit, personal challenges, and the triumph of determination. A compelling narrative that not only celebrates aviation milestones but also motivates readers to pursue their dreams fearlessly; it is a beacon of inspiration for anyone aspiring to reach new heights.

The World is not a Rectangle: A Portrait of Architect Zaha Hadid by Jeanette Winter (Simon & Schuster, 2017)

Suitable for KS1

This captivating and beautifully illustrated book introduces young readers to the ground-breaking work of the renowned architect Zaha Hadid. Through vibrant visuals and engaging storytelling, the book explores Hadid’s innovative designs and architectural contributions. It celebrates her creative genius and encourages children to think beyond shapes, imagining the limitless possibilities in the world of art and design. A perfect recommendation for inspiring the next generation of creative thinkers!