According to then United Nations, “Since 2012, 11 October has been marked as the International Day of the Girl. The day aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights.” International Day of the Girl is a time to stop and reflect on the importance and value of girls in our lives and how we can come together to better support them. While this international day happens just once a year, the thoughts and actions to support girls around the world and within our very own communities should take priority e v e r y d a y of the year. “We need to uphold the equal rights, voices and influence of girls in our families, communities and nations. Girls can be powerful agents of change, and nothing should keep them from participating fully in all areas of life,” says UN Secretary-General António Guterres.
This year, the UN’s theme for the day is “GirlForce: Unscripted and unstoppable.” Here are a few book suggestions that celebrate girls who are unstoppable:
(1) A New York Times Bestseller , Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World by Rachel Ignotofsky is the perfect book for young girls, especially those interested in science. The book highlights the contributions of fifty notable women to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The inspiring women profiled include Katherine Johnson, the African-American physicist and mathematician who calculated the trajectory of the 1969 Apollo 11 mission to the moon and many more.
(2) An important book for all ages by Vashti Harrison, Little Leaders educates and inspires as it relates true stories of forty trailblazing black women in American history. Illuminating text paired with irresistible illustrations highlight iconic female figures of Black history such as abolitionist Sojourner Truth, pilot Bessie Coleman, chemist Alice Ball, politician Shirley Chisholm, mathematician Katherine Johnson, poet Maya Angelou, and filmmaker Julie Dash. Among these biographies, readers will find heroes, role models, and everyday women who did extraordinary things – bold women whose actions and beliefs contributed to making the world better for generations of girls and women to come.
(3) A New York Times bestseller and Goodreads Choice Awards picture book winner, I Am Enough will encourage your child to love who she is, respect others, and be kind to others. Grace Byers and talented artist Keturah A. Bobo teamed up to create a perfect book aimed at female empowerment!
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