Women’s History Month Books

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In 2017, the Women’s March became the largest single-day protest in US history and a record 22,000 women signed up to run for office. What history will women make in 2018?
From Badass Babes to Be the Change to Little People, Big Dreams, I have some interesting books below that helps to inspire women and girls of all ages with stories of strong, intelligent and creative women.

Marilyn by Richard Havers and Richard Evans

Marilyn Monroe continues to be an identifiable cultural figure over 50 years after her death. Marilyn is a photographic history of her career, from Norma Jeane to stardom.

Marilyn Monroe always felt like she lived her life on the outside. She was never fully accepted by Hollywood, and across three marriages, she never managed to find what she was looking for in a man. And since her untimely death in 1962, there have been countless conspiracy theories which have overshadowed her talent as an actress.

This exquisitely designed, photographic history of Marilyn’s life is filled with some of her greatest portraits, most famous shots, candid pictures, and images rarely circulated. In Marilyn, you will see this cultural icon’s life and history as she went from “poor little orphan girl” to a worldwide celebrity. Required reading for any fan of modeling and classic Hollywood, this is the story of how Norma Jeane became Marilyn Monroe in a way you’ve never seen before.

Words to Live By by Dawn Nicole Warnaar

With step-by-step, hand-lettering lessons and spectacularly illustrated coloring pages, artists of any age can create beautiful works of letter art.

Words to Live By is a unique combination of inspirational quotes, hand-lettering tips and techniques, and fun coloring pages. With easy step-by-step lessons in the art of hand lettering and illustration, artists of any age can learn to create beautiful works of letter art. Also included are 24 inspirational perforated coloring pages that can be personalized and displayed, framed, or given as gifts.

Badass Babe Workbook by Julie Van Grol

Channel your inner lady badass by harnessing creativity with the Badass Babe Workbook! 

This empowering art book highlights the accomplishments and messages of over 100 badass babes with prompts, art activities, and writing exercises that will encourage you to unearth, fuel, and cultivate your own inner superpowers, unleash your creativity and find your voice.

Get details on trailblazing, badass babes — scientists, artists, athletes, writers, activists, poets, entertainers, and boundary breakers — and you will see how creativity and self-expression combine to energize change in yourself, and in the world. The Badass Babe Workbook is a playground for you to tap into your ideas, find your voice, and be reminded of the difference each of us can make when we are unafraid and assured in what we envision and express.

In these complex, sometimes bewildering times, the Badass Babes Workbook keeps you engaged and connected with phenomenal women. Dig deep into yourself, polish up your gifts, fight injustice, and be your biggest, best, badass self!

I Know a Woman by Kate Hodges

Behind every great woman… is another great woman. Here, the extraordinary achievements, relationships and secret histories of 84 pioneering women are revealed in inspirational stories which together show the indomitable strength of womankind. From ground-breaking scientist Marie Curie to political activist Malala Yousafzai, from feminist author Virginia Woolf to the game-changing Billie Jean King; I Know a Woman creates a gigantic web of womanhood which celebrates the relationships between the world’s most inspirational and influential women. Threading tales from across the globe and throughout history, the lives of innovative aviatrixes, gun-toting revolutionaries and women with incomparable intellects are revealed. Each woman is connected to the next, discovering the women behind the scenes; those who didn’t get the credit for scientific discoveries, sporting achievements or acts of bravery when they were alive. Some names will be familiar, some might not, but all are equally important. With compelling story-telling and beautifully illustrated portraits, I Know a Woman is bold and engaging with a unique purpose: to uncover the links between 84 pioneering women. Featuring Michelle Obama, Gala Dali, Emma Watson, Nina Simone, Frida Kahlo, Coco Chanel, Greta Garbo, Eleanor Roosevelt, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and many more pioneering women who have shaped the world we live in today

The Chicken Chick’s Guide to Backyard Chickens by Kathy Shea Mormino

The Chicken Chick’s Guide to Backyard Chickens takes enthusiasts through all aspects of small-flock ownership. You’ll find all the info you need on feeding, housing, flock health, and more.

Internationally known as The Chicken Chick, Kathy Shea Mormino brings an informative style and fresh perspective on raising backyard chickens to millions of fans around the world. An attorney by profession, Kathy is the founder and one-woman creative force behind her wildly popular and award-winning Facebook page and blog, The-Chicken-Chick.com.

Now her practical, down-to-earth approach to chicken-keeping is available in book form. Sharing her years of hard-earned experience and collaborations with poultry veterinariansnutritionists, and professors, she provides simple steps to care for these uncommon pets with confidence. Kathy’s personality permeates the book as she guides newbie, veteran, and would-be backyard chickeneers alike through all aspects of small-flock care–from getting into the hobby to housing, feeding, egg production, health, and much more. The result is accurate information presented in the fun and abundantly illustrated format that Mormino has delivered on her blog for years

The Anne of Green Gables Cookbook by Kate Macdonald and L.M. Montgomery

Finally, experience the foods from this classic children’s series with The Anne of Green Gables Cookbook.

Join Anne Shirley and her friends in Avonlea with the charming recipes in The Anne of Green Gables Cookbook, a recipe collection inspired by L.M. Montgomery’s famous children’s book series, Anne of Green Gables.

Have you ever wanted to sneak a sip of Diana Barry’s Favorite Raspberry Cordial or try a slice of Anne Shirley’s Liniment Cake (without the liniment!)? Now you can, with the delightful teatime snacks, mains, desserts, and more created by Kate Macdonald, L.M. Montgomery’s granddaughter

Sally’s Cookie Addiction by Sally McKenney

Bake exquisite cookies, bars, and doughs perfectly every time with Sally’s Cookie Addiction. A world of baking wonder awaits you and all the lucky people you’ll share them with.

Are you ready to sink your teeth into Brown Butter Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies? How about Peanut Butter Nutella Swirl Cookies or Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies? Featuring a mouthwatering selection of cookiescookie barscookie dough dipsslice-and-bakesno-bakes, and more, Sally’s Cookie Addiction features dozens of exciting flavors, including chocolate, butterscotch, peanut butter, sugar, coconut, lemon, s’more, and oatmeal, oh my!

The best part? Sally’s Cookie Addiction, Sally will tell you how to make each and every cookie in the book ahead of time. So, if you want to start preparing for the holidays, or if you just like keeping cookie dough in your freezer for those critical cookie emergencies!

Audrey Hepburn by Michael Heatley

Through discussions of her films, charity work, reminiscences from friends, and photographs of her looks over the years Audrey Hepburn reveals the woman and the icon.

Nearly two decades after her final film appearance, film starstyle icon, and humanitarian, Audrey Hepburn continues to captivate the world with her beauty, grace, image, and activism. One of the most successful and popular actress in the world, some of the greatest leading men in Hollywood shared the screen with Audrey. She was also one of the first activist stars as the public face of UNICEF for over twenty years.

Yet her life was not a complete fairy tale. She endured early life in Nazi-occupied Netherlands, and saw many children her own age shipped off to concentration camps. She suffered miscarriages and failed marriages, yet throughout maintained her grace and dignityas a public figure.

Beautifully Said

Beautifully Said is a female-forward collection of 21 themed chapters of quote from strong, successful, intelligent women. Perfect for hand lettering artists of any age!

Looking for a quote to inspire your daughter, sister, mother, teammate or friend? Beautifully Said is a personal inspiration gallery, containing 21 themed chapters spotlighting women and girls who believe, build, discover, explore, heal, invent, laugh, lead, and more.

Quotabelle’s first book is a serendipitous result of the startup’s Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. This female-powered company creates products that add missing voices back into history and ensure today’s remarkable thinkers and doers aren’t overlooked going forward.

You’ll love seeing quotes by incredible women from bygone eras, like Eleanor Roosevelt, Ella Fitzgerald, Harriet Tubman, and Audrey Hepburn, as well as contemporary figures like Serena Williams, Amy Poehler, Malala Yousafzai, as well as noteworthy up-and-comers, including an Everest-scaling mountaineer, a space archaeologist, and a serial entrepreneur. Because sharing ideas and stories is how passions get sparked and role models emerge

She Sheds by Erika Kotite

Create your very own hideaway for relaxing, crafting, reading, or just to have a private place just for you. She Sheds provides the instruction and inspiration.

They’ve got their man caves, and it’s time for you to have a space of your own. She Sheds shows you how to create cozy getaways with inspiration from across the country. You will start by defining the goal and purpose of your space. Will you use it for entertaining?Crafting? Alone time?

Then, use the gallery of over 100 photos as inspiration for your decor, paint colors, and landscaping. Construction ideas, as well as ideas for upcycling, and other green resources are at your disposal throughout so you may truly personalize your she shed. Get inspired, and get started on your very own tricked-out retreat

Helen Keller by Helen Keller

Despite the fact that scarlet fever rendered Helen Keller deaf, blind, and mute when she was only 19 months old, she grew into a prolific and opinionated writer in her adulthood. A poetic pacifist, Keller wrote extensively on issues of social justice and morality with boundless optimism. The inspirational story of her life and letters regarding the beauty and light she found in her dark world is guaranteed to inspire a sense of wonder and hope

Womanskills by Erin La Rosa

Womanskills is packed with helpful techniques and tips for cooking, money matters, style, relationships, home improvement, and more. It can help you with advice for how to end a toxic friendship and finding a bra that actually fits. You can turn to it when you get the itch to DIY a new wine rack or chalkboard wall. Or you can flip through to answer those nagging questions like, you know, “why do my houseplants keep dying?”

While you’ll find plenty of woman-to-woman information (fighting off cramps, cleaning your makeup brushes, and learning to say “no” to name a few), you’ll also find skills to make you more of a badass, like learning how to grill a perfect steak, figuring out how to find a stud in the wall, understanding the stock market, and knowing how to snake a drain. Whether you’re headed to a birthday party and need to wrap that odd-shaped present in a hurry or you need a download on whiskey before book club, Womanskills has you covered.

Be the Change by Eunice Moyle and Sabrina Moyle

Be the Change! gives you the tools and encouragement needed to be the change you wish to see in the world. From the popular founders of Hello!Lucky stationery, this guidebook offers instruction and guidance to spark creativity and inspire action in your local communities.

First learn how to get inspired and how to inspire others, as well as the importance of embracing diverse perspectives and how to handle conflict diplomatically. Then discover how to channel your inspiration into creative outlets, such as organizing community events or meetings, using social media to affect change, and contacting your government representatives. Also get some great tips for generating creative ideas, running for office at school or getting involved with local government, and what to bring to protests. Once you learn about what it takes to effectively “be the change,” follow along with the simple step-by-step projects to promote your ideas and events, from protest posters and fundraising jars to iron-on tees and stenciled tote bags. With a little creativity and a positive outlook, you too can inspire change in the world!

Includes 16+ DIY projects and templates as well as tear-out postcards and stationery designs as a fun bonus


  • Shakeia Rieux March 10, 2018 at 4:01 pm

    These are all great books to have. I wouldn’t even know which one to start with.

  • Jessi Housel March 10, 2018 at 7:28 pm

    I like the idea of the Anne of Green Gables cookbook. I kinda am a fan of unique themed cookbooks (my daughter and just make pancakes from a Dr. Seuss inspired Green Eggs and Ham cookbook). Great compiled list.

  • Carol March 12, 2018 at 6:42 pm

    This is such a wonderful list and they all sound so interesting. I love cookbooks and new recipes. And the Words to Live By by Dawn Nicole Warnaar looks and sounds like it would be fun! Thanks for sharing.


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