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[Monday Reading] Legendary Females of Mythology and Empowered Women in History

More books about Warrior Women. #WomenReadWomen2019



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It’s Monday, What are You Reading is a meme hosted by Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers (new host of Monday reading: Kathryn T at Book Date). Since two of our friends, Linda from Teacher Dance and Tara from A Teaching Life have been joining this meme for quite awhile now, we thought of joining this warm and inviting community.

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Women empowerment continues as we celebrate Warrior Women with two gorgeously illustrated books. If you like anthologies about women, add these books to your list!


Legendary Ladies

50 Goddesses to Empower and Inspire You

Written and illustrated by Ann Shen
Published by Chronicle Books (2018)
ISBN: 9781452163413
Copy provided by Twinsburg Public Library.
Cover image downloaded online.
Book photos by me.

Goddesses have been a part of mythology since the very beginning, many responsible for creating the world as we know it. Here you will find primordial goddesses who existed before time itself.. Many have stories of great adventure, of courage, of sacrifice.



Pictured above from top to bottom, left to right: Aditi (Hindu), Ran (Norse), Oshun (Yoruba), Ixchel (Mayan), Hathor (Egyptian), Creiddylad (Welsh), Mazu (Chinese), Spider Woman (Southwestern Native American), Liêu Hanh (Vietnamese)


Ann Shen, author and illustrator of Bad Girls Throughout History (2016), returns with a dazzling collection that features the divine feminine. Legendary Ladies is perfect for anyone who likes to read about mythology. The book is divided into five sections. They represent the things that we value and seek in our lives: creativity [and] manifestation, love, power, protection, and reinvention. Goddesses from different mythologies are brought together in this volume. Their stories are truly fascinating and inspiring. Don’t miss out on Shen’s beautiful illustrations!


About the Author Ann Shen is an illustrator and designer whose bright, whimsical work has been featured around the world. Her clients have included the New York Times, Disney, and Facebook, among many others. She lives in Los Angeles.


50 Women and Girls Who Shook Up the World

Written by Katherine Halligan
Illustrated by Sarah Walsh
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (2018)
ISBN: 9781534436640
Copy provided by Geauga County Public Library.
Cover image downloaded online.
Book photos by me.

History is often just “his story”: tales of kings and conquerors, of men who fought wars and built nations. But throughout human history, countless women and girls have fought in great and small ways to make their mark on the world and change the future.



Pictured above from top to bottom, left to right: Theresa Kachindamoto (Malawi), Empress Wu Zetian (China), Boudicca (East Anglia), Mirabai (India), Sarah Bernhardt (France), Annie Sullivan (United States), Mary Seacole (Jamaica), Dorothy Hodgkin (England), Rigoberta Menchú (Guatemala)


Katherine Halligan’s HerStory is a must-read for everyone. This juvenile non-fiction shares the stories of fifty women who did extraordinary things. Some of the stories may have been lost or forgotten so it is important to talk about them and their contributions to the world. Similar to Legendary Ladies, HerStory is divided into five sections: believe and lead, imagine and create, help and heal, think and solve, and hope and overcome. Each page contains their background story, at least one photograph, their portraits (beautifully illustrated by Sarah Walsh), and how they shook up the world. Sometimes, it helps to be reminded of these powerhouse women around the world.


About the Author Katherine Halligan grew up near the beach in California. She studied art, literature, history, and languages, traveling and living all over the world. Her love of words and pictures led her to work as a publisher, writing over one hundred books for children along the way.

About the Illustrator Sarah Walsh grew up in upstate New York. When she was young she was obsessed with animals. She also knew in her heart she would be an artist someday. Sarah is now an internationally published illustrator. She lives in Kansas City.

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9 comments on “[Monday Reading] Legendary Females of Mythology and Empowered Women in History

  1. I have a few girl power books on my TBR list. I love history, and too many women get overlooked. I want to learn about them. Have a great week!

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  2. Oh my, these are two books that I don’t know! Thanks, Fats, they sound terrific! I’m so glad these books are being published about women, some we’ve never heard of, not in our old history books!

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  3. Legendary Ladies has been so popular with teens at my library, I especially love the artwork, each page would be just beautiful framed as a work of art!

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  4. I sure hope we get a copy of Legendary Ladies in one of my local libraries. I would love to peruse this one SOON! Both the artwork and the information look fascinating. I’ve also heard some great things about The Tattooist of Auschwitz, so I hope you’re enjoying that one. Have a wonderful reading week, Fats!

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  5. Sarah Sammis

    Your books look interesting. My weekly updates

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  6. There are so many bada$$ ladies on this list. I love the theme of this post!!! Thanks for sharing these gems. I plan to share this post with my students.

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  7. Thanks for the heads up about these books. I am excited that My library has HerStory: 50 Women and Girls Who Shook Up the World on order and has Legendary Ladies available. If only I had the time….

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  8. crbrunelle

    I am definitely going to look for these books. They seem like excellent collections.

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