Fearless Females and Courageous Women Middle Grade Non-fiction Wednesday Nonfiction Picture Books Reading Themes

[Nonfiction Wednesday] Text Set: Juvenile Nonfiction Books That Highlight Stories of Amazing Women

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Fats here.

We are delighted to join the Nonfiction Picture Book meme 2016 hosted by Alyson Beecher @ Kid Lit Frenzy. We would also be linking our nonfiction choices with our reading themes throughout the year.


From music to sports to daring stunts, these books focus on the lives of amazing women across the globe. Parents and teachers can use these non-traditional biography series to help children familiarize themselves with strong-willed women who made a difference in this world. Each of the books in this list offer short biographical accounts of these amazing women. I thought of listing the names of women mentioned in the books but I didn’t want your eyes to get sore after reading through a lot of names! I can assure you, however, that these books are a great addition to your shelves!


nfpb0420aGirls Race!: Amazing Tales of Women in Sports

Kathy Allen
Publisher: Capstone Press (2014)
ISBN-10: 1476502331
ISBN-13: 978-1476502335

“Most athletes will never be famous. Most will never win a gold medal or break a world record. But sometimes an athlete will rise above the rest. She doesn’t just break records. She breaks barriers and influences generations of athletes to come.”

nfpb0420bGirls Rebel!: Amazing Tales of Women Who Broke the Mold

Author: Heather E. Schwartz
Publisher: Capstone Press (2014)
ISBN-10: 1476502323
ISBN-13: 978-1476502328

“They are laughed at and called names. They are arrested, threatened, and even physically harmed. But even in tough situations, rebels don’t back down. They stir controversy, inspire new ideas, and stand for what they believe in. Women who rebel don’t always set out to change the world. But their personal choices have an influence that can’t be denied.”

nfpb0420cGirls Research!: Amazing Tales of Female Scientists

Author: Jennifer Phillips
Publisher: Capstone Press (2014)
ISBN-10: 147654056X
ISBN-13: 978-1476540566

“Women explore every nook and cranny of our world, from the depths of the ocean to the boundaries of space. They introduce inventions that improve and save our lives. They help us understand our past and drive us into the future. Their stories inspire all who hear them to work harder, push farther, and dream bigger.”


Girls Rock!: Amazing Tales of Women in Music

Author: Shelley Tougas
Publisher: Captsone Press (2014)
ISBN-10: 147650234X
ISBN-13: 978-1476502342

“The women in this book represent the dreams, successes, and struggles of music’s most fascinating artists. Trailblazing musicians shared the challenge of smashing barriers. From jazz to punk to rap, the walls crumbled. Today’s young female artists stand on the shoulders of the women who destroyed those barriers.”

nfpb0420eGirls Rule!: Amazing Tales of Female Leaders

Author: Shelley Tougas
Publisher: Capstone Press (2014)
ISBN-10: 1476502358
ISBN-13: 978-1476502359

“Throughout history women have proven they have the power, courage, and strength to lead. From launching businesses to improving the lives of others, women have kicked open the doors to change. Some people think it’s easier to accept the world’s problems than change them. But leaders act on their behalf. Female leaders have leapt over barriers and paved history with stories of inspiration.”

nfpb0420fWomen Daredevils: Thrills, Chills, and Frills

Author: Julie Cummins
Illustrator: Cheryl Harness
Publisher: Dutton Children’s Books (2008)
ISBN-10: 0525479481
ISBN-13: 978-0525479482

“From 1880 to 1929, these women, ranging in age from fifteen to sixty-three, demonstrated derring-do and nerves of steel equal to any male thrill-seeker. Their spunk and courage made them inspiring at a time when women were testing the waters of equality and freedom.”

nfpb0420gRabble Rousers: Twenty Women Who Made a Difference

Author/Illustrator: Cheryl Harness
Publisher: Dutton Children’s Books (2003)
ISBN-10: 0525470352
ISBN-13: 978-0525470359

“Spurred by misery and unfairness, they wanted to rouse the people: to wake them up to what they didn’t see. They wanted to remake, reeducate, redeem, and reform. Each of these women spoke out loud her personal vision of a nation in which the powerless would have an equal chance at Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

nfpb0420hAmelia to Zora: Twenty-Six Women Who Changed the World

Author: Cynthia Chin-Lee
Illustrator: Megan Halsey and Sean Addy
Publisher: Charlesbridge (2005)
ISBN-10: 1570915237
ISBN-13: 978-1570915239

“Twenty-six amazing women; twenty-six amazing stories. From Amelia Earhart, pilot and adventurer, to Zora Neal Hurston, writer and anthropologist, learn about the hardships and triumphs that inspired each woman to change the world around her. Detailed collages and illustrations draw from various events in the women’s lives.”

7 comments on “[Nonfiction Wednesday] Text Set: Juvenile Nonfiction Books That Highlight Stories of Amazing Women

  1. Wow, you’ve gathered such a wonderful grouping of books, Fats. I will pick a few and see if my library has them. Thanks for so many titles!


  2. What an inspiring collection of books! Girls Research! looks particularly useful for my collection – unfortunately there is still a cultural bias here against women in science and engineering, which has lingered despite decades of work to change perceptions of women in traditionally-male fields.


  3. crbrunelle

    What a cool set of books. I will have to check these out. I am only familiar with Amelia to Zora. Like Jane, I am on the lookout for more books highlighting accomplishments of women. Thanks!


  4. Thanks for reminding me about Amelia to Zora. I’d been meaning to read that!


  5. Oooooohhhh, I want to check out the Girls Race book! I haven’t seen this collection before.


  6. Love this text set! I Pinned this, so I can reference later!


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