Happy International Women's Day, #Validators! We'd like to say a big thank you to our powerful women that work with us globally. From the all-girls school in Peru that is making sure women's rights are taught in the classroom to our incredible female mentors empowering girls in STEM, girls sure do run the world. Whether you're an educator, student, parent or anybody looking for a good #girlpower read, take a look at our top ten favorite books to read today (and every day, TBH).
1. I AM JAZZ
By our Celebrity Ambassador, Jazz Jennings
From the time she was two years old, Jazz knew that she had a girl's brain in a boy's body. She loved pink and dressing up as a mermaid and didn't feel like herself in boys' clothing. This confused her family, until they took her to a doctor who said that Jazz was transgender and that she was born that way. This book tells Jazz's story and empowers everyone to be proud of who they are.
2. AMAZING GRACE
Little Grace has a very vivid imagination. She loves to imagine and recreate famous storybook characters like Aladdin, Joan of Arc, and Hiawatha. One day, Grace tries out for the role of Peter Pan in a school play even though her classmates tell her she can't be Peter Pan because she's a Black girl. Of course, Grace proves them wrong. A delightful story about a young girl who is encouraged to be anything she wants to be.
3. WONDER WOMEN: 25 INNOVATORS, INVENTORS, AND TRAILBLAZERS WHO CHANGED HISTORY
Learn about some of the women who have changed our world.
4. I AM MALALA
"I come from a country that was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just after midday." When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.
5. MOMENTUS: SMALL ACTS, BIG CHANGE
A youth activist herself, Hannah Alper explores the lives of the social activists who have inspired her and the significant impacts they are making locally and globally. Featuring 19 exclusive interviews conducted personally by Hannah with activists, youth change-makers, and celebrities, the book highlights practical examples of the power of positive change in the world, whether large or small. Hannah also shares her personal journey.
6. GOOD NIGHT STORIES FOR REBEL GIRLS
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is a children's book packed with 100 bedtime stories about the life of 100 extraordinary women from the past and the present, illustrated by 60 female artists from all over the world.
7. LIFE IN MOTION: AN UNLIKELY BALLERINA
Misty Copeland makes history as the only African American soloist dancing with the prestigious American Ballet Theatre. But when she first placed her hands on the barre at an after-school community center, no one expected the undersized, anxious thirteen-year-old to become a groundbreaking ballerina. But when Misty became caught between the control and comfort she found in the world of ballet and the harsh realities of her own life, she had to choose to embrace both her identity and her dreams.
8. I DISSENT: RUTH BADER GINSBURG MAKES HER MARK
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! Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has spent a lifetime disagreeing: disagreeing with inequality, arguing against unfair treatment, and standing up for what’s right for people everywhere. This biographical picture book about the Notorious RBG, tells the justice’s story through the lens of her many famous dissents, or disagreements.
9. WOMEN IN SPORTS: 50 FEARLESS ATHLETES WHO PLAYED TO WIN
Illustrated profiles of 50 fearless female athletes. Because playing like a girl means winning the game.
10. FEMINIST ACTIVITY BOOK
Looking to smash the patriarchy and get your arts and crafts on? Want to have a laugh while taking down sexist stereotypes? Look no further than this Feminist Activity Book, where your dress up doll can wear whatever she wants and the only thing limiting your sexuality is the size of your colored pencil collection. Welcome to the games, coloring projects, and crafts of your egalitarian dreams! This has everything you need to usher in an era of colorful and intersectional joy.