Updated: Mar 4, 2020
If any month can make an entrance by simply saying its own name, it would be MARCH! It is such a refreshing month that ushers in Spring and fills the air with butterflies, rainbows, and birds chirping to the melody of changes all around us.
It is a celebratory month that will jam-pack your calendar with National Holidays including National Grammar Day, National Pi Day, St. Patrick's Day, and my personal favorite-International Waffle Day! 😋🥞
It is also a month that reminds us of the importance of marching to the beat of one's own drum; one that leads in a direction that positively impacts society, advocates for change, brings awareness to good causes, and warrants for the need to stand up for the voices that may be silenced, unheard, or muffled by the "noise and distractions" around us. It is, after all, a month representative of renewal, promise, and hope.
March also consists of celebrating both National Read Across America Day and National Women's History Month-both near and dear to my heart.
This year, the National Education Association rebranded itself in support of diversifying its long-standing mission. And what did NEA's new mission mean for National Read Across America Day? That there would be,
"A new focus on books that tell children of color or of different gender identities that they belong in the world and the world belongs to them."
National Women's History Month is also known to commemorate the importance of diversity and equality. It not only serves as a platform to take the time to acknowledge the monumental movements paved by women in history, but also serves for a time to recognize the women and young girls of today who continue to disrupt the status quo in politics, sports, music, arts, technology, science, engineering, medicine, advocacy, etc.
So for this month, our team curated a visual booklist that supported the fundamental values of inclusion, diversity, and equality that both National Read Across America Day and National Women's History month represent! ❤️
We gathered titles that focused on women (and girls!) of all ages and backgrounds who made history in support of civil rights, who brought light to equality, who advocated for change, and who broke barriers without looking back. To make our list complete, we also made sure to give a special nod to the young women who are making history today.
I hope this list inspires you to continue to share the love of books with others!
Here's to wishing you a month full of inspiration and good reads.
XO & Happy Reading,