7 Books for Girls & Teens About Badass Women Who've Changed the World – Kveller
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7 Books for Girls & Teens About Badass Women Who’ve Changed the World

In order to get kids to read more, we have to give them interesting and fun books that make reading enticing. I mean it’s not like I’m rushing out to read another dry history textbook for fun right now.

While I was one of those nerdy voracious readers as a kid, I definitely liked some books more than others. For me, I couldn’t get enough of “Nancy Drew,” Judy Blume, and “Harry Potter.” Because too many girls read stories about boys and boy heroes, I rounded up some books that highlight women who are (or were) heroes:

1. “Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls” by Francesca Cavallo Favilli 


It’s a book that focuses on real life badass women, like Malala, for instance:


2. “Frida Kahlo, Little People, Big Dreams” by Isabel Sanchez Vegara, Gee Fan Eng

frida kahlo

This series explores a myriad of famous women who have made a difference, and Frida is just one of them!

3. “Bad Girls Throughout History: 100 Remarkable Women Who Changed the World” by Amy Shen


You can never have too many books about fearless ladies. Also, who doesn’t love the inclusion of Lilith?

4. “Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World” by Rachel Ignotofsky

This one is geared for teens and preteens as a way to encourage girls to get into STEM.

5. “Girling Up: How to Be Strong, Smart and Spectacular” by Mayim Bialik


Mayim Bialik’s latest book, which just came out a few days ago, is a must-read guide for girls about empowerment–and standing up for yourself.

6. “Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions” by Catherine Thimmesh and Melissa Sweet


We always hear about inventions by men, but what about women, like Hedy Lamarr? This book includes Ruth Wakefield, Mary Anderson, Stephanie Kwolek, Bette Nesmith Graham, and more.

7. “Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World” by Kate Pankhurst


This book, for young kids, features Jane Austen, Gertrude Ederle, Coco Chanel, Frida Kahlo, Marie Curie, Mary Anning, Mary Seacole, Amelia Earhart, Agent Fifi, Sacagawa, Emmeline Pankhurst, Rosa Parks, and Anne Frank.

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