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International Womens Day booklist ages 3-8

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To celebrate International Women's Day we're sharing some stories with strong female characters.

Girls can be anything they want to be!

Ambitious Girl

By Meena Harris, illustrated by Marissa Valdez (Little, Brown Young Readers, US)

A young girl is on a journey of discovery through past, present, and future about the limits put on women and girls. Ambitious Girl says: No "too that" or "too this" will stop what's inside me from flowering. From now on, when I hear "too that" or "too this" I won't mind - it's empowering!

Clean Up

By Nathan Bryon, illustrated by Dapo Adeola (Puffin)

Join Rocket as she sets sail to save a Caribbean Island from plastic pollution! When Rocket goes on holiday to visit her grandparents, she's shocked by the pollution that's spoiling their island home and putting the local sea life at risk.

My Name Is Not Isabella

By Jennifer Fosberry, illustrated by Mike Litwin ( Sourcebooks, Jabberwocky)

Who Is Your Hero? Isabella's include U.S. Astronaut Sally Ride, activist Rosa Parks, and sharpshooter Annie Oakley―but there's no bigger hero than Isabella's own mommy! Join Isabella on an adventure of discovery.

The Most Magnificent Thing

By Ashley Spires (Kids Can Press)

Making the most magnificent thing is anything but easy, and the girl tries and fails, repeatedly. Eventually, the girl gets really mad, so mad that she quits. But after her dog convinces her to take a walk, she comes back to her project and manages to get it just right.

Astro Girl

By Ken Wilson-Max (Otter-Barry Books)

Astrid has always loved the stars and space. While Mama is away, Papa and Astrid have fun acting out the challenges an astronaut faces in space - eating food from a tube and doing science experiments. Then it's time to meet Mama at the airbase. But where has Mama been?

Ada Twist Scientist

By Andrea Beatty, illustrated by David Roberts (Abrams Books for Young Readers)

Inspired by real-life makers Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, this book champions STEM, girl power, and women scientists in a rollicking celebration of curiosity, the power of perseverance, and the importance of asking “Why?”

Rosie’s Hat

By Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Anna Currey (Macmillan Childrens Books)

Rosie's Hat isn't just any old hat. When a gust of wind sweeps it off her head, it goes off on a whole hatful of adventures! It becomes a toy for a dog, a hiding-place for a mouse, and a frisbee for some children. Surely poor Rosie will never find her hat again . . . or will she?

A Dress with Pockets

By Lily Murray, illustrated by Jenny Lovlie (Macmillan Childrens Books)

At the Fabulous Fashion Store, there are dresses to suit just about everyone. But Lucy wants a dress WITH POCKETS. And as she wades through the dresses, she starts to worry about where she's going to put her leaves, and nettles, and delicate petals.