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21 Inspirational Children’s Books for International Women’s Day

Dive into a world of inspiration with our handpicked collection of 21 children’s books for International Women’s Day! From fearless adventurers and science-savvy superstars to real-life heroines who’ve left their mark, these stories are like a power-packed punch of empowerment for young minds. Join the journey as we turn the pages of these engaging tales, proving that strength, resilience, and the spirit of equality are lessons best learned through the magic of storytelling. Get ready to inspire the next generation with these fun and formidable reads!

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HerStory: 50 Women and Girls Who Shook the World

Written by Katherine Halligan Illustrated by Sarah Walsh
9-12
One of The Guardian's Best New Children's Books for Summer 2018. Longlisted for the North Somerset Teachers' Book Award. Instead of just studying history, let's think about HerStory too! In this uplifting and inspiring book, children can learn about 50 intrepid women from around the world and throughout history. Telling…
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Make More Noise!

9-12
"You have to make more noise than anybody else" - Emmeline Pankhurst, leader of the British Suffragette movement An incredible collection of brand new short stories, from ten of the UK's very best storytellers, celebrating inspirational girls and women, being published to commemorate the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage in…
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Granny Came Here on the Empire Windrush

Written by Patrice Lawrence Illustrated by Camilla Sucre
2-5
This heart-warming and heartfelt debut picture book from multi-award-winning author, Patrice Lawrence, will help ensure that the struggles and achievements of the Windrush generation are never forgotten. One day, Ava is asked to dress as an inspirational figure for assembly at school, but who should she choose? Granny suggests famous…
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And Everything Will Be Glad to See You

Written by Ella Risbridger Illustrated by Anna Shepeta
5-7
A forceful, passionate and uplifting collection of poems by women and girls that is guaranteed to inspire, delight and empower. From well-loved poets, including Maya Angelou, Wendy Cope, Lucille Clifton and Christina Rossetti, to newer voices such as Amanda Gorman, Yrsa Daley-Ward and Ada Limón, this outstanding collection from talented…
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I’m Going to Be a Princess

Written by Stephanie Taylor Illustrated by Jade Orlando
2-5
A warm and witty celebration of the lives of amazing Black women. What will Maya be when she grows up? A rocket scientist like Annie Easley? An Olympic athlete like Alice Coachman? A brain surgeon like Alexa Canady? In this heart-warming and funny story, Maya discovers the achievements of some…
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British Museum: Goddess: 50 Goddesses, Spirits, Saints and Other Female Figures Who Have Shaped Belief

Written by Janina Ramirez Illustrated by Sarah Walsh
9-12
Tales of powerful female figures have been told since the beginning of time and this collection brings together 50 stories from around the world. There are loving creators, wise leaders, fearsome warriors, gentle healers and mystical protectors, and they can each inspire you to find strength within yourself . .…
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What Are Little Girls Made of?

Written by Jeanne Willis Illustrated by Isabelle Follath
2-5
Award-winning author, Jeanne Willis, revamps all the favourite Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes. Think you know your favourite classic nursery rhymes? Read this picture book and think again! In this witty reworking of popular nursery rhymes, Georgie Porgie doesn't dare to make the girls cry, Little Bo-Peep's sheep are all present…
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Looking for Emily

Written by Fiona Longmuir
9-12
A hugely gripping, fast-paced mystery adventure, with brilliant twists and turns, from a fresh and exciting new voice in children's books. When twelve-year-old Lily moves to the sleepy seaside town of Edge, she's sure that nothing exciting is ever going to happen to her again. But when she stumbles upon…
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Escape Room

Written by Christopher Edge
9-12
The latest mind-blowing novel from award-winning author Christopher Edge, Escape Room is a thrilling adventure that challenges readers to think about what they've done to save the world today.   When twelve-year-old Ami arrives at The Escape, she thinks it's just a game - the ultimate escape room with puzzles…
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Princess Minna: The Best Princess

Written by Kirsty Applebaum Illustrated by Sahar Haghgoo
2-5
Princess Minna loves to sort out mix-ups and mishaps in the kingdom! In this full-colour, illustrated chapter book, join her on her hilarious quest to be the best princess OF ALL! Princess Minna lives in Castle Tall-Towers with the King and Queen, Raymond the Wizard and her best dragon friend,…
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Alice Éclair, Spy Extraordinaire! A Recipe for Trouble

Written by Sarah Todd Taylor
9-12
Alice Éclair, Spy Extraordinaire will whisk you away on a fabulous adventure, full of daring action and delicious cakes! Baker by day, spy by night - Alice Éclair leads an exciting double life! A mysterious message sends Alice on a mission aboard France's most glamorous train, The Sapphire Express. Alice…
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Friends and Traitors

Written by Helen Peters
9-12
Some secrets are just too dangerous to know... A gripping World War II story about how two girls foil an aristocratic plot to bring down the government and hand the country to the Nazis... When Sidney Dashworth's school is evacuated to a huge stately home in the countryside, she thinks…
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Dragon Storm: Erin and Rockhammer

Written by Alastair Chisholm Illustrated by Eric Deschamps
7-9
The sixth book in a thrilling, magical, and action-packed new fantasy series, illustrated throughout and perfect for 7-9 year olds! In the land of Draconis, there are no dragons. Once, there were. Once, humans and dragons were friends, and created the great city of Rivven together. But then came the…
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Storm Witch

Written by Ellen Renner
9-12
Child of Air, Water, Earth or Fire: now that she is thirteen Storm must undertake The Choosing and be claimed by one of the Elementals, which will determine her whole life's work. But for Storm, daughter of a father murdered by Water and a warrior mother claimed by Earth, there…
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Wren

Written by Lucy Hope
9-12
A dark, gothic adventure set on the island of Anglesey in North Wales and featuring a very fantastical beast...   Wren lives in an ancient castle in the mountains near the sea. The wind whistles through it and the walls sing to her. Wren is busy inventing things, and her…
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Always, Clementine

Written by Carlie Sorosiak
9-12
A funny, wise and heartwarming story, with a truly one-of-a-kind hero, from the author of the highly-acclaimed I, Cosmo and My Life as a Cat. <i>I am an optimist. A very difficult thing to be, sometimes, at three inches tall.</i> Clementine is a genius. She can calculate pi to 69,689…
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Mouse Heart

Written by Fleur Hitchcock
9-12
This atmospheric thriller, full of daring stunts and sinister villains, is perfect escapism for 9+ readers. Mouse, a foundling, loves her pieced-together family at the Moth Theatre fiercely. When their leading man, Walter, is wrongly arrested for murder, Mouse swears she'll free him. But another member of the cast has…
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Where’s Frida Kahlo?

Illustrated by Ingela P Arrhenius
0-2
The original, award-winning Felt Flap series - perfect for babies and toddlers! Each title in this stylish series has five spreads with friendly characters to find behind colourful felt flaps. In Where's Frida Kahlo?, you're on the look out for Pablo Picasso, Yayoi Kusama, Andy Warhol and Frida Kahlo herself!…
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The Consequence Girl

Written by Alastair Chisholm
9-12
A thrilling, unputdownable adventure, from the highly-acclaimed author of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize-shortlisted Orion Lost and the Blackwell's Children's Book of the Year, Adam-2. The world of Colony is in ruins. No one knows what caused society to begin tearing itself apart - but the secret may lie with…
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The Girl Who Lost a Leopard

Written by Nizrana Farook
9-12
From the author of The Girl Who Stole an Elephant comes another brilliant escapade. The third thrilling adventure set in a fictional Sri Lanka is jam-packed with peril, poachers and an endangered leopard! Selvi is a wild child who loves climbing in the beautiful mountains behind her home. She is…
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The Girl Who Planted Trees

Written by Caryl Hart Illustrated by Anastasia Suvorova
2-5
In this empowering picture book by award-winning author Caryl Hart, one small girl inspires her whole village to plant a beautiful forest on the mountain. When a little girl's grandad shows her a picture of what the great, grey mountain used to look like, she can't wait to plant a…
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