Books About Women For All ages


girl wearing glasses sitting on desk reading bookI am envious of my 8-year-old daughter for many reasons, but the main one being the long list of empowering books available to her. I remember seeking out books about amazing women when I was her age. Today, I get to enjoy exploring with her and want to share our finds.

This Women’s History Month I invite you to read these empowering books about women with any of your children ages 0-100 and beyond. It’s likely that your child sees you as a superhero already – why not reinforce that with some empowering books about girls and women?

I polled my fellow contributors and came up with two book recommendations for each age category. Note that I am not a librarian, “just a mom,” so you should also go to your local library to ask recommendations. Seriously, librarians are superheroes!

8 Great Books for Girls

Comment below and share your book recommendations, too!

Recommended for ages 0-2

At this age you may want to seek out books with few words and bright colors.

Baby Aretha: A book about Girl Power by Pintachan

RESPECT! This book is a mini celebration of the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin. The quick board book will keep the attention of a baby with bright colors while showing off a very famous girl.

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: Baby’s First Book of Extraordinary Women by Rebel Girls

There are a few adaptations of this book for other ages, but this one was written specifically for babies. It features artists, athletes, and activists.

Recommended for ages 4-8

Your child has just started to learn to read. As they grow, they will seek out books with relatable topics.

Princess Smartypants by Babette Cole

This book was gifted to me when I was pregnant with my daughter. That person was my professor who went on to be an Iowa House Representative whom my daughter got to meet. It’s about a princess who enjoys being independent.

Girls Can Do Anything: An Empowering Book for Children by Caryl Hart

This book encourages girls to go after their dreams, whether she dreams of being a firefighter, a vet, an astronaut, or a jungle explorer. There’s nothing a girl can’t do.

Recommended for ages 8-12

By now you might have an avid book reader who is looking for deeper themes in a book, or a beautiful narrative.

Celebrate Your Feelings: The Positive Mindset Puberty Book for Girls by Lauren Rivers

Tween years are hard because they come with changes, and those might be overwhelming. This book highlights mindfulness, meditation, exercising, and self-care tips.

Wish by Barbara O’Connor

This fiction book explores the relationship between a girl and a dog. The author is praised in reviews for her ability to find the sweet spot for young readers who are beyond chapter books but not quite ready for a teen book.

Recommended for ages 12-18

By now your avid reader may be seeking out books with critical thinking, or self-development.

Because I was a Girl by Melissa de la Cruz

This book is a collection of inspiring true stories by women and girls about the obstacles, challenges, and opportunities they have faced. Hear from bestselling authors, a chef, engineers, and other industry pioneers all in one book.

Create Your Me Movement: An Empowering Guided Journal for Girls by Patricia Wooster

This journal is recommended for ages 8-14, but a guided journal can be applicable to any writer. There are 52 weekly exercises and writing prompts that will guide the forward-thinking teen in your life.

This makes me excited to read! What is on your list of books to read this Women’s History Month?

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Niki is an Iowa native who now lives with her husband Ryan, daughter Riley, and son Merritt in Johnston. She is passionate about paid leave for working parents, thrifting, and Beyonce. Niki is the Marketing Campaign Manager at Homesteaders Life Company in West Des Moines. She is also owner of Bee Thrifty, which consigns designer clothing for clients on Poshmark. Niki is a two-time graduate of Drake University with a bachelor’s in journalism (2008) and a Master’s in Communication Leadership (2015).


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