With Women’s History Month in full swing and International Women’s Day on March 8th, I want to commemorate the Latina women who’ve made history by sharing a collection of children books that energize and motivate us.
I’m sharing both biographies and fiction books (based on real life events) about women who have paved the way for the future and inspired us with their determination, strength and hope.
Awaken your child’s passion to change the world by opening up their imagination with these fascinating stories based on real life events. It’s a great way for kids to learn about historical figures, both famous and obscure. Many of the women mentioned below in the have sacrificed their lives to fight for equality and the rights of children and workers, so be prepared to be inspired by Women of Courage and Character Children’s Books.
Celebrating Hispanic Women of Courage and Character Children’s Books 1 of 10
With Women's History Month in Full swing, here's a collection of Hispanic women of character and courage to help us celebrate their contributions in making this world a better place.
My Name is Gabriela 2 of 10
My Name is Gabriela by Monica Brown is a wonderful story to encourage our children to use their imagination as it unfolds the story of Mistral, the first Latin American writer to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature.
You can find My Name is Gabriela by Monica Brown on Amazon.
Me, Frida 3 of 10
For Halloween I shared that I wanted to dress up as Frida Kahlo and I was surprised how many of my adult friends were not familiar with this famous painter. This is a great way to expose your children to the great work of Frida and her life.
Me, Frida is an exhilarating true story that encourages children to believe in themselves so they can make their own dreams soar.
Me, Frida by Amy Novesky can be found on Amazon.
The Revolution of Eveyln Serrano 4 of 10
The Revolution of Eveyln Serrano by Sonia Manzano - This book is based on historical events of 1969--a time Latinos stood up for themselves and took charge.
"When Abuela steps in to take charge, Evelyn is thrust into the action. Tempers flare, loyalties are tested. Through it all, Evelyn learns important truths about her Latino heritage and the history makers who shaped a nation."
Be Beautiful Be You 5 of 10
Lizzie Be Beautiful Be You by Lizzie Velasquez - A beautiful story of hope, courage and determination. "Lizzie's undiagnosed syndrome prevents her body from storing fat and building muscle. In a time when many people change their appearance in order to feel accepted, she has accepted herself with extraordinarily positive self-esteem. Her attitude, not her syndrome, is contagious."
You can find more information here.
Good Night Captain Mama 6 of 10
Good Night Captain Mama by Graciela Tiscareno-Sato - This unique book was written by a Latina military officer and former aviator. It's the first bilingual children's book in English and Spanish about why mommies wear military uniforms.
"Good Night Captain Mama captures the essence of a child's wonder and admiration of his mother's career, while giving the reader a clear and loving explanation of what it's like being in the United States Air Force."
You can find this book on Amazon.
Steps 7 of 10
Steps by Alma Flor Ada shares with us two notable Latina women and their contributions to the entertainment world, one as a singer and the other as a ballerina.
I would like children to realize that the people we admire earned that admiration as they faced life with courage and dignity, determined not to be stopped by difficulties, but consistently following their dreams.
"It is our great hope that children will recognize that humble beginnings or physical limitations, while creating unquestionable challenges, should not be seen as impossible barriers, and that these biographies will be for them an inspiration."
You can find more information about Steps by Alma Flor Ada here.
Ellen Ochoa: The First Hispanic Woman Astronaut 8 of 10
Ellen Ochoa: The First Hispanic Woman Astronaut by Maritiza Romero is a great book reminding us that hard work and education can take us to places others have never gone before. This book profiles the first Hispanic woman astronaut including her childhood, education and family life.
Ellen Ochoa: The First Hispanic Woman Astronaut by Maritiza Romero can be found on Amazon.
Side by Side 9 of 10
Side by Side by Monica Brown - Unfolds the story of Dolores Huerta, an activist fighting for the rights for thousands of children and migrant workers.
"When she finds out that the farm workers in her community are poorly paid and working under dangerous conditions, she stands up for their rights."
You can find Side by Side by Monica Brown at Amazon.
Sonia Sotomayor 10 of 10
Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx by Jonah Winter - "Before Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor took her seat in our nation's highest court, she was just a little girl in the South Bronx. Justice Sotomayor didn't have a lot growing up, but she had what she needed -- her mother's love, a will to learn, and her own determination. With bravery she became the person she wanted to be."
You can find Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx by Jonah Winter Amazon.
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