In honor of Women’s History Month, let’s take a look at what’s new in books for younger readers that will help your daughters’ dream of a future of limitless possibilities. A couple years ago, the success of the movie Hidden Figures, helped promote a welcome increase in new children’s books featuring successful women scientists.  Last year, an exploration of successful women in science was published “Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World.”  The author declared, “It’s a scientific fact, Women Rock!”   An interview with the founder of the non-profit, code.org, featured on 60 Minutes is worth watching for an eye opening reveal on how girls are becoming inspired to pursue the field of computer science. ​

For a book that will provide great role models for a new generation, check out She Spoke: 14 Women Who Raised Their Voices and Changed the World”. For social justice inspiration,  check out this review of “We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices, which is  described as “a treasury of poems, prose and art that offers hope and encouragement to children in challenging times,  by more than 50 diverse, award-winning children’s book authors and illustrators.” Two children’s books written by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayer, describe what inspired her as a child, and will help girls see that big dreams can come true.  

Two volumes of “Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls” each provide 100 beautifully illustrated stories for progressive parents to share with their children. These books have also inspired a podcast that reinvents fairy tales and introduces young girls to dynamic women in history, showing girls they can be anything they want.

For older teens, the newly published “Broad Band” by Claire L. Evans, explains the history of the major role women played in creating the internet. I hear it’s a fascinating read.  Lastly, I highly recommend all of Marie Benedict’s novels, The Other Einstein, Carnegie’s Maid and The Only Woman in the Room, which are all fun reads about women who have made a profound impact on different events in history. Watch for more from this excellent author who says she has many more unknown women in history that she will feature in her future books.

Children are naturally resilient, and can learn to cope with changes in family dynamics when they see reflections of their life in books.  Learning how others have overcome obstacles helps readers of all ages be inspired, gain insight, and strengthen hope for a better future. At the Bellevue family law offices of Molly B. Kenny, LLC, we want to help you navigate the divorce process in ways that will support you and your children to better futures.

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