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HerStory: 50 Women and Girls Who Shook the World

HerStory: 50 Women and Girls Who Shook the World

Author Katherine Halligan
Illustrator Sarah Walsh



5-8, 8-12

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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 the stories of their childhood, the challenges they faced and the changes they made, each gorgeously illustrated spread is a celebration of girl power in its many forms. With a range of pioneering careers – from astronauts to activists, musicians to mathematicians and many more – young readers will be inspired to follow their own dreams and to make the world a better place. Compelling, motivating and brilliantly illustrated in equal measure, this is the perfect introduction to just some of the amazing women who have shaped our world.

List of women featured: Elizabeth I, Joan of Arc, Indira Gandhi, Theresa Kachindamoto, Empress Wu Zetian, Harriet Tubman, Boudicca, Hatshepsut, Isabella I of Castile, Sacajawea, Frida Kahlo, Beatrix Potter, Coco Chanel, Billie Holiday, Anna Pavlova, Mirabai, Maya Angelou, Georgia O’Keeffe, Emily Brontë, Sarah Bernhardt, Florence Nightingale, Helen Keller, Anne Sullivan, Mary Seacole, Shirin Ebadi, Maria Montessori, Mother Teresa, Wangari Maathai, Elizabeth Blackwell, Eva Perón, Marie Curie, Rachel Carson, Ada Lovelace, Hypatia, Rosalind Franklin, Mary Anning, Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Hodgkin, Dian Fossey, Valentina Tereshkova, Malala Yousafzai, Rigoberta Menchú, Amelia Earhart, Hannah Szenes, Rosa Parks, Noor Inayat Khan, Emmeline Pankhurst, Cathy Freeman, Sophie Scholl, Anne Frank

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What the Critics Said

“Halligan and Walsh offer approachable educational content about lesser-known subjects in a warm and vibrant visual presentation.”

– Starred review, Publishers Weekly

“HerStory celebrates fearless women from all over the world, and is sure to inspire young girls and women.”

– Independent Bookshop Week Best New Kids’ Books, The Guardian

“It’s informative and moreish; a great gift for a young woman.”

 i newspaper

“This book tells the stories of amazing women (and young girls), some well-known and others less so, who have inspired others to see the world differently.”

Children’s Books Ireland, Bold Girls Reading Guide

“Compelling, motivating and inspiring in equal measure this is a book to return to time and time again. A true treasure of a book.”

– Amy McKay, School Library Association

“After so many years of ignoring female accomplishments, this volume is a welcome addition to the many recent efforts to join her-story with his-story to reflect our-story.”

– School Library Connection (US)

“This joyful introduction to significant women throughout history is highly recommended.”

– School Library Journal (US)

“A lavishly produced book that looks at 50 women and girls who shook the world. Plenty of content and interesting details with lovely illustrations make this a comprehensive compendium.”

– WRD Magazine

“A book to spend hours poring over.”


“Celebrated in this lavish hardback, the stories of 50 great women redefine their “herstory”, from disability activist Helen Keller to Indian poet, singer and saint Mira Bai and Aboriginal Australian Olympic athlete Cathy Freeman.”

– BookTrust

“Compelling, motivating and brilliantly illustrated in equal measure, this is the perfect introduction to just some of the amazing women who have shaped our world.”

– Parents in Touch

“This is the story of brave leaders, talented artists, gifted healers and scientists- it is the story of fifty women and girls who did extraordinary things. It is truly inspirational.”

– North Somerset Teachers’ Book Award (blog)

“The things we look for in books like this are A) women we haven’t seen before / heard much about before and B) absolutely top-notch presentation, and HerStory delivers on both counts… A stunning, stunning book this.”

– Read It Daddy, blog

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Czech, Dutch, French, Hebrew, Polish, Russian, Spanish EU, Spanish LA, Turkish, Ukrainian, US English, Vietnamese, Portuguese EU, Chinese (simplified), German, Korean, Romanian, Japanese

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