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Books to Enjoy for Women's History Month

March is fast approaching, so let's celebrate Women's History Month!  Here are some of my favorite young biographies of some fabulous females. Discover the stories of these less well-known ladies who left their mark in the fields of athletics, politics, science, and more. 

Queen of the Track by Heather Lang is a perfect book to celebrate Women's History month this Olympic year.  At a time when girls were discouraged from running and jumping, Alice Coachman soared and paved the way for Wilma Rudolph and Jackie Joyner-Kersee.  Touch the Sky by Ann Malaspina also does a wonderful job telling Alice Coachman's story and lets the reader know that she was recognized at the 1996 Olympics as one of the hundred best athletes in Olympic history.

If you are female and love to swim, you need to read Mermaid Queen. Shana Corey tells the story of Annette Kellerman, who could barely walk as a child, but swam herself to health, fame and fortune. She brought swimming to women and transformed female sports.

Mumbet's Declaration of Independence is an inspiring and intense story. It tells how Mumbet, a slave girl, approaches the young lawyer who wrote the Massachusetts Constitution demanding her freedom.

Nurse, Soldier, Spy by Marissa Moss tells the true story of Sarah Edmonds.  The book covers her life from her escape from an arranged marriage at age 16 to her first mission as a spy in the Union army. An author's note fills out her later life. 

Check out Primates by Jim Ottaviani, featuring three pioneering primatologists who made profound contributions to their field and changed the way we think of ourselves. This is a great introduction to three fantastic female scientists in graphic novel format.

If you have too many good books for March, keep this inspiring one for April and celebrate Arbor Day with Tree Lady by Joseph Hopkins.  Kate Sessions went against all conventions and made a difference. Learn about the woman who transformed the landscape of San Diego into what it is today.