Sharuko: El Arquelógo Peruano/Peruvian Archaeologist Julio C. Tello

Written By: Monica Brown Illustrated by: Elisa Chavarri For Ages: 4-8 years Language: Bilingual: Spanish & English Topics Covered: Biography, Indigenous Voices, Peruvian Culture & Identity, Archaeology, Own Voices. Summary: This gorgeous bilingual picture book is all about the life and accomplishments of Julio “Sharuko” Tello, the first Indigenous Peruvian archaeologist! Julio was born in…

Unstoppable: Women with Disabilities

English 9-12 Disability Own Voices Historical Figures Feminism Helen Wolfe & Karen Patkau summary Aimed at ages 9-12, this book profiles disabled women. And let’s be clear, this isn’t inspiration p*rn. Both author and illustrator are members of the disabled community! I’m asked for recommendations a lot, and there are some books out there that…

A Girl Named Rosita

Written By: Anika Aldamuy Denise Illustrated by: Leo Espinosa For Ages: 4-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: Rita Moreno, Latinx Family, Show Business, Performance, Acting, Biography, Racism. Summary: It’s hard to think of a time when the world didn’t know Rita Moreno’s name. After all, she’s one of only six women to have an EGOT!…

Lesson Plan: Drawing on Walls

Written by Matthew Burgess

Illustrated by Josh Cochran

I don’t know about you, but I love Keith Haring. He was an artistic visionary and beloved figure in the queer community. When first seeing this book, I was so pleased with the large size and the quality of the squishy covers! It’s larger than life, something I also associate with Keith himself. This lesson plan covers multiple topics: LGBTQ Stories, Artist Biography, and Creativity.

This lesson plan includes:



Reflection Questions

Continuing the Conversation Activities

Other Books You Might Enjoy

some women in stem you need to know!

This March, I decided to do a few roundups of biographies (arguably my favorite genre) of people not all of us learned about in school (I sure didn’t).

Lesson Plan: Schomburg

  • Written By: Carole Boston Weatherford
  • Illustrated by: Eric Velasquez
  • For Ages: 8-12 years old, or a confident reading level. 
  • Language:  English
  • Topics Covered: POC-Centric Narratives, Historical Fiction, Historic Figures, Literacy, Trailblazers, Afro-Puerto Rican Figures, Professional Life, Schomburg Library.  
This is an amazing book about a scholar that changed the world by collecting stories of histories erased maliciously.  Arturo Schomburg went on to curate the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, still open and changing lives today. This book is hefty! It is crammed with information about Arturo Schomburg himself, as well as biographies of some individuals that he gathered books about.  Schomburg was fascinated with Black stories, gathering tales of “his history” to share with the world.

This lesson plan includes:

  • Vocabulary
  • Summary
  • Reflection Questions
  • Continuing the Conversation Activities
  • Other Books You Might Enjoy

Shaped by her Hands: Potter Maria Martinez

English & Tewa 4-8 years Artist Indigenous Voices San Ildefonso Pueblo Pottery Ceramicist Historical Figure Anna Harber Freeman, Barbara Gonzales & Aphelandra summary Shaped by Her Hands is a lovely biography aimed at typical picture book audiences about famous Native American potter Maria Martinez. She grew up in the San Ildefonso Pueblo at the turn…

Elizabeth Warren’s Big, Bold Plans [released 5/5]

Written by: Laurie Ann Thompson Illustrated by: Susanna Chapman For ages: 4-8 years  Language: English Topics Covered: Politics, Historical Figure, Biography, Women in Politics, Feminism, Activism, Education, Family, Trailblazers.  Summary:  Elizabeth Warren’s Big, Bold Plans is a lovely overview of the life of Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts senator (our first one!).  This is a book developed for children, so it doesn’t cover…

When We Say Black Lives Matter

English 5+ Black Lives Matter White Supremacy Racism Empowerment Maxine Beneba Clarke summary When We Say Black Lives Matter was published in Australia last year, and has finally made its way across the pond to gut punch North American readers in the most poignant way possible. The stunning artwork that Beneba Clarke has created to…


English & Spanish MG & Up english Juliet Menéndez summary I couldn’t let Women’s History Month end without featuring this incredible book! First of all, how gorgeous is this cover? I’m kind of obsessed with the limited color palette and over the moon to see how many countries are represented (helpfully with flags by the…