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Good Reads for Women's History Month

Categories: Activities, Audiobook Library, Books, Authors, & Movies, Curriculum & Access, Education & Teaching, Educators, General

In celebration of Women's History Month, we're highlighting three "Good Reads" about women who have made a significant impact in their communities, their nation, and the world. You can find more audiobooks about accomplished women by searching in our library. Follow us on Twitter this month to learn more about famous women with dyslexia. 

Wondering what human-narrators sound like and how they can make each story come to life for the reader? Click on the book titles below and look for the audio preview under the cover image. These short recorded audio previews will entice you to select these #audiobooks for your children and students.

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book cover of Malala Yousafzai  Malala: My Story of Standing Up for Girls' Rights by Malala Yousafzai and Sarah J. Robbins 

A chapter book edition of Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai's best-selling story of a youngster who courageously stands up for girls' education. Her story is one of bravery and determination in the face of extremism. In this edition, Malala tells her story in clear, accessible language perfect for children who are too old for Malala's Magic Pencil and too young for her middle-grade memoir. Featuring simplified background matter, Malala teaches a young audience the value of speaking out against intolerance and hate in her own words.




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CoBook Cover of Code Girls by Liza Mundy - image of 5 young American girls de Girls: The True Story of The American Women Who Secretly Broke Codes in World War II Young Readers Edition by Liza Mundy

Code Girls is the amazing true story of the young American women who cracked German and Japanese military codes during World War II. More than ten thousand women served as codebreakers during World War II, recruited by the U.S. Army and Navy. Through their work, the "code girls" helped save countless lives and were vital in ending the war. Due to the top secret nature of their accomplishments, these women have never been able to talk about their story--until now. Abridged and adapted for a middle grade audience, Code Girls brings this important story to young readers showcasing this story of American courage, service, and scientific accomplishment.



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Audacity by MeBook cover of Audacity by Melanie Crowder - Black background with firelit imagelanie Crowder

A 2015 National Jewish Book Award finalist, Audacity is inspired by the real-life story of Clara Lemlich, a spirited young woman who emigrated from Russia to New York at the turn of the twentieth century. Clara fought for equal rights about the substandard working conditions in the factories on Manhattan's Lower East Side. This fight led her to organize one of the largest strikes by women in American history, culminating in the famous Uprising of the 20,000. Powerful, breathtaking, and inspiring, Audacity is the story of a remarkable young woman, whose passion and selfless devotion to her cause changed the world.




About Women's History Month

Women’s History Month began as a local celebration in Santa Rosa, California. The Education Task Force of the Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women planned and executed a “Women’s History Week” celebration in 1978. In 1980, a consortium of women’s groups and historians—led by the National Women’s History Project (now the National Women's History Alliance)—successfully lobbied for national recognition. In February 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued the first Presidential Proclamation declaring the Week of March 8th as National Women’s History Week. 

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