It might seem a little late in the game, but we'd like to highlight a few books focusing on amazing, radical women who changed the world in their own way. Sometimes simply by being true to who they are and were. These are great books to read year-round to inspire your littles-girls, boys, and non-binary alike.
“Ablaze with Color: A Story of Painter Alma Thomas”, Jeanne Walker Harvey (Author), Loveis Wise (Illustrator). Told from the point of view of young Alma Thomas, readers can follow along as she grows into her discovery of the life-changing power of art.
"Loujain Dreams of Sunflowers", Uma Mishra-Newbery (Author), Lina Al-Hathloul (Author), Rebecca Green (Illustrator). Based on the experiences of Nobel Peace Prize nominee Loujain AlHathloul, who led the successful campaign to lift Saudi Arabia's ban on women driving, this moving and gorgeously illustrated story reminds us to strive for the changes we want to see--and to never take for granted women's and girls' freedoms.
“The Girls" by Lauren Ace (Author), Jenny Løvlie (Illustrator). A timeless picture book for friends of all ages, The Girls celebrates kindness, supportiveness, and the power of true friendship.
“Sylvia and Marsha Start a Revolution!: The Story of the Trans Women of Color Who Made LGBTQ+ History”, Joy Ellison (Author), Teshika Silver (Illustrator). This illustrated book introduces children to the story of Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson, the two transgender women of colour who helped kickstart the Stonewall Riots and dedicated their lives to fighting for LGBTQ+ equality. It introduces children to issues surrounding gender identity and diversity, accompanied by a reading guide and teaching materials to further the same
"Mighty Justice (Young Readers' Edition): The Untold Story of Civil Rights Trailblazer Dovey Johnson Roundtree", Katie McCabe (Author), Jabari Asim (Author). Developed with the full support of the Dovey Johnson Roundtree Educational Trust and adapted from her memoir, this book brings her inspiring, important story and voice to life.
"Tu YouYou's Discovery: Finding a Cure for Malaria" Songju Ma Daemicke (Author), Lin (Illustrator). Trained as a medical researcher in college and healed by traditional medicine techniques when she was young, Tu Youyou started experimenting with natural Chinese remedies. The treatment she discovered through years of research and experimentation is still used all over the world today.
As always, we love to help support small and BIPOC-owned bookshops. Shopping our bookshop is a great way for you to join us in this mission,but we also know this may not be an accessible option for everyone. All of these books can be found at larger retailers as well.
Thanks for reading and all of your support.
Ditto Kids Team