You Go, Girl!

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You Go, Girl!

Books to inspire girls and women to reach their full potential

Feeling dissatisfied with the obstacles that prevent women from reaching their full potential? Looking for a way to make a difference and inspire your child and the world around you to appreciate the contributions women make in society? Use these splendid resources as a tool to build confidence and gain a deeper understanding of women in the world.

For Young Readers (Pre-K to 3rd Grade)
Keep Climbing, Girls 
by Beah E. Richards
Richard's 1951 poem is beautifully illustrated in this motivational picture book. The message in this book rings loud and clear for young girls: reach for the highest and don't let anyone hold you back.
Grace for President 
by Kelly S. DiPucchio
When Grace learns that there have been no women presidents in the United States, she announces that she wants to run. To show everyone that she has what it takes, Grace runs for school president. Grace's determination is paired with excellent text and visuals that explain the electoral college and election processes in an accessible manner.

Ada Twist, Scientist 
by Andrea Beaty
Ada's silence and preoccupation with questions confounds her parents until they realize how driven she is in her search for answers. Produced by the creators of Iggy Peck, Architect and Rosie Revere, Engineer, Ada's story provides an inspiring look at supporting girls in their pursuits and encouraging girls to build interest in STEM fields. 

For Older Children (3rd to 6th Grade)
by Noelle Stevenson
This graphic novel series follows five not-so-stereotypical girls at a mysterious scouting camp. As Jo, April, Ripley, Mal, and Molly adventure through the campgrounds and surroundings, challenges arise that touch on themes of personal identity, environmental ethics, courage, and perseverance. Additionally, the series frequently and casually name-drops numerous influential women.

I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg makes her mark 
by Debbie Levy
I Dissent is the first picture book to focus on the life and accomplishments of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The illustrations augment the text and provide an illuminating view into the courageous and hardworking personality of the second woman to ever serve on the Supreme Court. Focusing on themes of justice and ethics, this book is a treasure to adults and children alike who wish to be inspired to defend the rights of others.

Women in Science: 50 fearless pioneers who changed the world
by Rachel Ignotofsky
Ignotofsky's newly published work is a powerful and accessible introduction to women who have been instrumental to the world's scientific knowledge. Each two-page spread features a comic style portrait and brief synopsis of the life and accomplishments of a scientist. This is an enjoyable and informative read for anyone interested in scientific discovery (and even for those who aren't).

For Teens and Adults (7th Grade and up)
by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Before writing The Missing series, acclaimed author Margaret Peterson Haddix penned this riveting multi-character narrative on the events surrounding the strikes and fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in 1911. With chapters voiced by three distinct female protagonists and a powerful sense of place and time, Haddix weaves a story that is impossible to put down and leads the reader to consider how to respond to social injustice in real life.

33 things every girl should know about women's history: from suffragettes, to skirt lengths, to the ERA
Edited by: Tonya Bolden
So much information is contained in this compact compilation that any summary will prove inadequate. Suffice to say that aside from the basics, Bolden's work also hosts a range of things that would be new to most adults, but definitely deserve to be in general history books. An excellent introduction to women's history for women, men, girls and boys, this easy-to-read work reveals the untold stories of womankind's most monumental figures and struggles since the foundation of the United States.

We Should All Be Feminists
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
A brief but wonderful work, this book is an adaptation of award-winning novelist Adichie's TED talk with the same name. Reviewing her experiences growing up in Nigeria, along with universal experiences and perspectives, Adichie masterfully creates a clear picture of why we still need feminism and how we need to redefine the word for the modern age. With a good dose of humor and an astute perspective on life, this book is an excellent introduction for the budding feminist.
Half the Sky: Turning oppression into opportunity for women world wide
by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
This 2009 non-fiction work written by two Pulitzer prize winning journalists explores the field of global feminism. Kristof and WuDunn explore how raising the standard of living for women worldwide will build richness in the world's economy. In each chapter, women's riveting stories and the efforts that women have made in the world leap from the page into the heart of the reader and inspire the reader to work for justice. The book also includes a useful appendix of organizations supporting women.