Since 1995, the month of March has been officially proclaimed Women’s History Month in the US. Here at Brain Hive, we’re excited to join teachers and librarians across the country in observing this month by reading lots of books that highlight many of the diverse stories of women’s issues, experiences, and contributions throughout history and across the world!
When you logged in to your Brain Hive account this morning, you may have noticed two new Women’s History Month carousels on your home page, one built for students in grades K-5, and one designed for 6-12 students (If you didn’t see these carousels because you have already built your own custom home page layout, never fear! They’re still available to you! You can access them by clicking on Manage Home Page Layouts under the Account tab on your Brain Hive home page). In order to help you get your students excited about reading these eBooks, every week in March, we will be giving you a taste of some of our favorite titles from each of these theme sets (they’re all pretty fantastic, though, so choosing our “favorites” is a little impossible…). This week, two collections of short biographies on some seriously fascinating ladies.
For K-5 readers, we have Amelia to Zora: 26 Women Who Changed the World – written by Cynthia Chin-Lee and illustrated by Megan Halsey and Sean Addy – Charlesbridge
In an interesting twist on the traditional “alphabet book,” Cynthia Chin-Lee presents us with short biographies about some of recent history’s most outstanding women. Some of the women she profiles, like Oprah Winfrey and Amelia Earhart, will be familiar to her readers, but Chin-Lee also takes care to present the stories of lesser-known – though no less impactful – women like Myanmaran democratic activist Daw Aung San Suu Kyi or labor organizer Dolores Huerta. This book celebrates the individual characteristics that have made these women the artists, scientists, athletes, political leaders, writers, and entertainers that they are, while also pointing to the traits they share – determination, hard work, and courage – to demonstrate just how influential they are.
And for readers in grades 6-12, take a look at Bad Girls: Sirens, Jezebels, Murderesses, and Other Female Villains – by Jane Yolen and Heidi E.Y. Stemple and illustrated by Rebecca Guay – Charlesbridge
Yolen and Stemple have gathered together some of history’s most infamous ladies to be judged (as fairly as possible) in this refreshing collection of short biographical vignettes. Was Cleopatra really as conniving as she’s been made out to be? Was Calamity Jane’s reputation really all that calamitous? These authors attempt – as best they can! – to separate the truth of these women’s reputations from centuries of legends, rumors, and hearsay. Drawing attention to the importance of including historical context in our understanding of the past, Yolen and Stemple have provided us with a truly entertaining and informative investigation into the lifestyles and exploits of many of our favorite historical villainesses.
Think your students might be interested in reading these titles during your school’s observation of Women’s History Month? Fabulous! Both eBooks are available now for just $1 per checkout on Brain Hive! Don’t forget to take a peek at the rest of the titles in the Women’s History Month theme sets in your Brain Hive account, and keep checking back on the blog as we continue to highlight more fantastic eBooks to use during Women’s History Month. Don’t be a stranger! Keep in touch with us by phone at 855-554-4483, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.