We started off the month celebrating Women's History month, and we find ourselves mid month practicing social distancing and trying to keep our out of school children entertained. We've got you covered with recommendations for both.
This one isn't specifically about female leaders, but it has some incredible women that may not be as well known to readers. Including Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Emmeline Pankhurst, and Rosemarie Kuptana.
When I Grow Up, Great Leaders by DK, Lucy Simple
Ages 2 to 5
"Everyone, from Nelson Mandela to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, was once a small child learning about the world. Read how a diverse array of kids discovered what they were passionate about, worked hard, and followed their dreams to make a positive difference as adults. With adorable illustrations of leaders as young kids, then as inspiring adults, these leaders will seem like friends to your little one, and kids will see that great leadership and change really can be achieved by anyone."
Includes Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Nelson Mandela, Emmeline Pankhurst, Mahatma Gandhi, Rosemarie Kuptana, Martin Luther King, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
Mother Jones & Her Army of Mill Children by Jonah Winter, Nancy Carpenter
Ages 4 to 8
Introducing Mother Jones, an Irish immigrant who was essential in the fight to create child labor laws. "Well into her sixties, Mother Jones had finally had enough of children working long hours in dangerous factory jobs, and decided she was going to do something about it. The powerful protests she organized earned her the name “the most dangerous woman in America.” And in the Children’s Crusade of 1903, she lead one hundred boys and girls on a glorious march from Philadelphia right to the front door of President Theodore Roosevelt’s Long Island home."
Rebel Girls, the popular anthologies of short, illustrated international women’s biographies, brings you new historical chapter books. The most recent additions are:
Dr. Wangari Maathai Plants a Forest illustrated by Eugenia Mello
Ages 6 to 9
"Wangari lives in the lush, green, land of rural Kenya where the soil is perfect for planting, the trees tower into the sky, and the streams are full of mysterious creatures. All day, she plays beneath her favorite fig tree, and at night she gathers around the fire with her family to listen to her mother’s stories.
Then Wangari grows up and goes away to school, and things start changing at home. Farmers chop down the trees. Landslides bury the stream. The soil becomes overworked and dry, and nothing will grow. People go hungry. After all her studies, Dr. Wangari Maathai realizes there is a simple solution to these problems: plant a forest full of trees."
Junko Tabei Masters the Mountains illustrated by Montse Galbany
Ages 6 to 9
"Junko is bad at athletics. Really bad. Other students laugh because they think she is small and weak. Then her teacher takes the class on a trip to a mountain. It’s bigger than any Junko’s ever seen, but she is determined to make it to the top. Ganbatte, her teacher tells her. Do your best.
After that first trip, Junko becomes a mountaineer in body and spirit. She climbs snowy mountains, rocky mountains, and even faraway mountains outside of her home country of Japan. She joins clubs and befriends fellow climbers who love the mountains as much as she does. Then, Junko does something that’s never been done before… she becomes the first woman to climb the tallest mountain in the world."
Folktales for Fearless Girls by Myriam Sayalero, Dani Torrent
Ages 8 to 12
"Wily women and clever girls, valiant queens and brave villagers--these are the people to save the day in this collection of folktales from around the world and across the ages. Long before J.K. Rowling brought us Hermione Granger, well before Katniss Everdeen entered the arena, these fierce protagonists were the role models for strong girls through the ages. Here we read the story of Jimena, who dresses like a man to go fight in a war; of Min, whose cleverness leads her family to riches; and of Nabiha, who outsmarts thieves and wins the respect of the king. With stories from China, Russia, Persia, India, Armenia, the UK, Spain, France, Southern Africa, Egypt, and Germany, this is a collection of tales that showcases the original literary feminists."
Links to purchase are attached to each book title, however many may be available as e books through your local library. If your children enjoy audiobooks, audible is available for free for 30 days.
Let's talk social distancing and self quarantine. It's day 3 for us, and I'll be honest it's harder than I thought it would be. My children's school is utilizing e learning. And while I'm appreciative for the hard work the faculty has put in to this endeavor, I am not a teacher. So, it's not going to be perfect, most likely it will be messy. We will need a lot of relief.
Mad Libs are a perennial favorite. They're silly and nonsensical, two things my kids love. These two add a little bit of learning slipped in.
Ages 8 to 12
Have extra junk laying around? Are you spring cleaning while in isolation and getting rid of a bunch of stuff? Let the kids get creative with it!
ScrapKins Junk Re Thunk by Brian Yanish
Ages 6 to 10
No school, no Scholastic Book Club flyers. Scholastic.com has you covered with up to 30% off activity books and toys, like this Magic School Bus lab kit. They're also offering free shipping on all book orders $25 and over.
Grades K to 3
And when your ready for some quiet time, with minimal supervision, reach for the tried and true memory games and puzzles. These Little Feminist versions our personal faves.
"Books are a uniquely portable magic."
Stay safe, friends! We know this is a scary, stressful, and chaotic time for everyone. We will continue to post ideas on the FB page to keep your family as content and occupied as possible during quarantine. Feel free to send any of your favorite ideas to keep busy our way so we can share with others. We are all in this together. We are so grateful for you and our Wire and Honey community!