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Inspiring women run the gamut. There are artists, politicians, and athletes-- among others. We conclude March-- Women's History Month-- with a tribute to more books about some of our fantastic female forebearers. >

The books listed below are for elementary-school-aged readers. They all include authors’ notes in the back for those who are curious to learn more.

Amelia and Eleanor Go For a Ride by Pam Muñoz Ryan/ illustrated by Brian Selznick.

This book’s author and illustrator both did meticulous research to tell the tale (with a little artistic license) of an actual adventure that aviator Amelia Earhart and first-lady Eleanor Roosevelt share.

My name is Celia : the life of Celia Cruz = Me llamo Celia : la vida de Celia Cruz by Monica Brown/ illustrated by Rafael López.

Girls, we have a legacy. A century ago, women in the United States of America marched at the White House in Washington D.C. to demand the right to vote.1 This month, we recognize their actions and those of other women who have made our lives better. March is Women’s History Month. However, these books about female trailblazers are available all year long at the Kansas City Public Library.
The books listed below are for elementary-school-aged readers. They all include authors’ notes in the back for those who are curious to learn more.


How do you put on a page the sharp, sweet tang of a jazz tune? Sure, someone could stick musical notes on a ledger sheet. There is another way to absorb the mood of a jazz riff, though. These books use bright colors, stylized illustrations, font changes, rhythmic text, and onomatopoeia (said sounds) to make you feel like your home is a club and your story time is a jam session.

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