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During Women's History Month, we're sharing a shelf of Picture Book Biographies that have inspired us. From Anna Comstock who began teaching nature study in school to Sarah Edmonds, a Civil War Hero, women have made incredible contributions to the areas of science, the arts, mathematics, nature, medicine and everything in between. This list includes some of our favorites but there are so many more! You can use our Advanced Search to find over 200 picture book biographies of women and you can limit your results to books available to read free online or listen to on audio so you can select just the story you want to share with your children today.

A Computer Called Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Helped Put America on the Moon
Are You an Echo?: The Lost Poetry of Misuzu Kaneko
Before She Was Harriet
Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909
Dancing Hands: How Teresa Carreņo Played the Piano for President Lincoln
Dinosaur Lady: The Daring Discoveries of Mary Anning, the First Paleontologist
Eliza: The Story of Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton
Georgia in Hawaii: When Georgia O'Keeffe Painted What She Pleased
Goldie Takes a Stand! Golda Meir's First Crusade
Good Queen Bess: The Story of Elizabeth I of England
Grace Banker and Her Hello Girls Answer the Call: The Heroic Story of WWI Telephone Operators
Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code
The House That Jane Built: A Story About Jane Addams
How Emily Saved the Bridge: The Story of Emily Warren Roebling and the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge
Julia Morgan Built a Castle
The Last Princess: The Story of Princess Ka'iulani of Hawai'i
Louisa: The Life of Louisa May Alcott
My Name Is Gabriela: The Life of Gabriela Mistral / Me Llamo Gabriela: La Vida de Gabriela Mistral
Nurse, Soldier, Spy: The Story of Sarah Edmonds, a Civil War Hero
Ordinary, Extraordinary Jane Austen
Osnat and Her Dove: The True Story of the World's First Female Rabbi
Out of School and Into Nature: The Anna Comstock Story
Peeps at Many Lands: France
Pies from Nowhere: How Georgia Gilmore Sustained the Montgomery Bus Boycott
Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpre
Purple Mountain Majesties: The Story of Katharine Lee Bates and
Queen of Physics: How Wu Chien Shiung Helped Unlock the Secrets of the Atom
Red Bird Sings: The Story of Zitkala-Sa, Native American, Author, Musician, and Activist
Saving the Countryside: The Story of Beatrix Potter and Peter Rabbit
Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea: Marie Tharp Maps the Ocean Floor
Spring After Spring: How Rachel Carson Inspired the Environmental Movement
Trudy's Big Swim: How Gertrude Ederle Swam the English Channel and Took the World by Storm
Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement
When Esther Morris Headed West: Women, Wyoming, and the Right to Vote
Yours for Justice, Ida B. Wells: The Daring Life of a Crusading Journalist

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