Nonfiction for International Women’s Day 2023

Happy International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month to all who identify as women! Share these nonfiction stories with readers of all ages as you highlight modern and historic women this month.

NEW Releases

Marvelous Mabel: Figure Skating Superstar: Meet Mabel Fairbanks, the figure skating superstar who became the first Black athlete inducted into the US Figure Skating Hall of Fame.

Stacey Abrams: Lift Every Voice: How do we move our country forward? Stacey Abrams has an answer in this bright and stirring biography, perfect for discussions of voting rights and how people working together can make a difference.

Tenacious: Fifteen Adventures Alongside Disabled Athletes: Meet fifteen remarkable athletes who use adaptive equipment in this beautiful and truthtelling picture book.

El cuarto turquesa / The Turquoise Room: Bestselling author Monica Brown takes us on a magical journey into the lives of generations of creative women in her family in this gorgeously illustrated bilingual picture book

¡Ándale, Prieta!:This beautifully open coming-of-age memoir by a Mexican American debut writer doubles as a love letter to the tough grandmother who raised her.

Some Old Favorites

Hiromi’s Hands: The true story of Hiromi Suzuki, a Japanese American girl who defied tradition to train at her family’s restaurant, and who became one of the first female sushi chefs in New York.

In Her Hands: The Story of Sculptor Augusta Savage: A recreation of events from the childhood and early career of Augusta Savage, a pioneering female sculptor and major figure of the Harlem Renaissance.

Rattlesnake Mesa: Stories from a Native American Childhood: A true account of a spirited Native American girl’s experiences growing up on a reservation and attending Phoenix Indian School in the 1920s, written in an engaging, unconventional style and accompanied by 38 dramatic photographs.

She Was the First!: The Trailblazing Life of Shirley Chisholm: A timely, inspiring picture book biography of the dynamic twentieth-century educator, activist, and politician Shirley Chisholm.

The Story of Movie Star Anna May Wong: A biography documenting the struggles and triumphs of the first Asian American film star.

Further Reading

Women’s Text Set Collection Grades PreK–8
Women’s History Month: A Book List
10 Great Women of Color Whose Stories You Should Know
5 Books About Girls and Women in Sports