Top 12 books for International Women’s Day 2018

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From classics promoting female icons and role models, to contemporary titles that promote empowerment and self-expression, we’ve compiled a list of our top selections for International Women’s Day 2018 – what key literary pieces will inform, engage and inspire you this International Women’s Day?

I’m a Girl! by Yasmeen Ismail

I’m a Girl! is celebration of being who we are and not being restricted by stereotypes. Most of all it is joyful and full of energy. Be yourself – there’s no one better!


#NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women by Lisa Charleyboy

Whether looking back to a troubled past or welcoming a hopeful future, the powerful voices of Indigenous women across North America resound in this book. Sometimes angry, often reflective, but always strong, the women in this book will give teen readers insight into the lives of women who, for so long, have been virtually invisible.


Fancy Party Gowns by Deborah Blumenthal

This beautiful picture book shines the spotlight on a figure who proved that with hard work and passion, any obstacles can be overcome.


One Plastic Bag by Miranda Paul

Isatou Ceesay found a way to recycle plastic bags and transform her community. This inspirational true story shows how one person’s actions really can make a difference in our world.


Together we Rise by The Women’s March Organizers, Jamia Wilson

In celebration of the one-year anniversary of Women’s March, this gorgeously designed full-color book offers an unprecedented, front-row seat to one of the most galvanizing movements in American history, with exclusive interviews with Women’s March organizers, never-before-seen photographs, and essays by feminist activists.


Rad Women Worldwide by Kate Schatz

Explore fresh, engaging, and inspiring tales of perseverance and radical success by pairing well researched and riveting biographies with powerful and expressive cut-paper portraits.


Girl Up by Laura Bates

Hilarious, jaunty and bold, Girl Up exposes the truth about the pressures surrounding body image, the false representations in media, the complexities of a sex and relationships, the trials of social media and all the other lies they told us.


I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy

Get to know celebrated Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg—in the first picture book about her life—as she proves that disagreeing does not make you disagreeable!


Fight Like a Girl by Laura Barcella

Fight Like a Girl introduces readers to the history of feminist activism in the U.S. in an effort to celebrate those who paved the way and draw attention to those who are working hard to further the feminist cause today.


Muslim Girl: A Coming of Age Story by Amani Al-Khatahtbeh

Required reading from the founder of— Muslim Girl is a harrowing and candid memoir about coming of age as a Muslim American in the wake of 9/11, during the never-ending war on terror, and through the Trump era of casual racism.


When I was a Soldier by Valérie Zenatti

What is it like to be a young woman in a war? At a time when Israel is in the news every day and politics in the Middle East are as complex as ever before, this story of one girl’s experience in the Israeli national army is both topical and fascinating.


George by Alex Gino

BE WHO YOU ARE. When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she’s not a boy. She knows she’s a girl. After a situation arises, and with the help of her best friend, Kelly, George comes up with a plan so everyone can know who she is, once and for all.

We know there are more titles than this, so what’s on your list for International Women’s Day? Tweet at us (@LincolnwoodLib) using #LNKWomensDay letting us know what books/movies/music is on your International Women’s Day list.