The best board books about Mighty Girl role models and the potential of every Mighty Girl!
What better way to welcome a little Mighty Girl to the world than with a few empowering books? Board books are a wonderful way to build a love of reading from a baby's first months, whether parents are reading to them at bedtime or they're ready to sit on the floor and explore them on their own. And, today's board books provide plenty to explore, from the lives of baby girls around the world to inspiring women of the past and present to the exciting possibilities for her future. In this blog post, we're sharing our favorite board books that are perfect as a gift for a new baby or a mom-to-be at a baby shower. Durable and appealing for both parent and child, they're sure to be favorites for years to come!
You can browse our full selection of board books for babies and young toddlers in our Baby Book Collection.
Board Books for Mighty Girl Baby Showers
Even the youngest children love seeing faces from around the world! This charming book features photographs of baby girls from many different countries — and celebrates their potential to become women who change the world. This delightful book, which was developed by the Global Fund for Children, also provides charitable outreach: part of the proceeds of each book sold are donated to community organizations that are dedicated to helping girls thrive and succeed.
Introduce the littlest Mighty Girls to feminist heroes and icons with these colorful board books! Each of the books in this set feature illustrations by Lydia Ortiz and words by Emily Kleinman, providing a short introduction to each woman alongside a vibrant portrait. The set includes four books — Artists, featuring Maya Angelou, Lucille Ball, Frida Kahlo and Ella Fitzgerald; Leaders, featuring Cleopatra, Queen Elizabeth I, Indira Gandhi and Hillary Clinton; Activists, featuring Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Gloria Steinem and Malala Yousafzai; and Pioneers, featuring Marie Curie, Sally Ride, Amelia Earhart and Billie Jean King — providing plenty of inspiration for your little one.
"Feminist Baby likes pink and blue. / Sometimes she'll throw up on you! / Feminist Baby chooses what to wear / and if you don't like it she doesn't care!" Fans of comic artist Loryn Brantz — and anyone with a Feminist Baby who refuses to be anyone but herself — will love this board book starring a joyful, brash, and irrepressible baby girl. With simple text and appealing illustrations, this will be a hit with the babies in your life... and with all the Mighty adults determined to raise Mighty Girls! There's also a delightful companion about Feminist Baby learning to talk, Feminist Baby Finds Her Voice.
This inspiring oversized board book reminds toddlers that they can do great things — if they dream big! With cheerful, child-friendly illustrations and simple text, Joyce Wan pays tribute to inspiring women like Rosa Parks, Jane Goodall, Zaha Hadid, Junko Tabei, and many more. The final inspiring person? "You. Can’t wait to see where your dreams take you!" Affirming and empowering, this book is a delight to read to little ones and will be a treasured message of encouragement for years to come.
Accurate enough to satisfy an expert, yet simple enough for baby, this colorful book about a science-loving little girl explores the basics of flight – from birds, to planes and rockets – and ties it all to a baby’s world. Beautiful, visually stimulating illustrations complement age-appropriate language to encourage baby’s sense of wonder. Parents and caregivers may learn a thing or two, as well! For more volumes from this fun and inspiring series, including ones focused on quantum physics, thermodynamics, and coding, visit our Baby Loves Science Collection.
Before they were feminist icons... they were babies! In this clever lift-the-flap book, the littlest readers get to imagine what inspiring women like Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, astronaut Mae Jemison, artist Frida Kahlo, and more were like as babies and toddlers. Clever cut-outs in each flap tie the adult woman to the baby girl — so even adults will love details like Ginsburg's dissenting collar becoming a baby's bib. With its empowering message that all babies can grow up to change the world, this board book is the perfect choice to raise daring feminists from day one! The fun continues with more role models in Baby Feminists Too.
Jane Goodall's love of animals began with a gift from her father: a stuffed chimpanzee named Jubilee. She would go on to live with chimpanzees in their natural habitat, where she would become famous for her pioneering approach to research and for the remarkable discoveries she made that changed the way people understood their place in the world. Today, she is an advocate for animal rights and conservation. This board book adaptation of the picture book biography Jane Goodall (Little People, Big Dreams) is sure to inspire little animal lovers! For more board book biographies of inspiring women, including Frida Kahlo, Jane Austen, Harriet Tubman, Ada Lovelace, and Rosa Parks, visit our My First - Little People, BIG DREAMS Collection.
Introduce babies and toddlers to numbers in English and Spanish — and to one of Mexico's groundbreaking artists! In this clever counting book, each number reflects something relating to the story of Frida Kahlo, beginning with "one blue house / una casa azul," and the illustrations draw on Kahlo's style and famous works. With vibrant colors and simple text perfect for little readers, this is sure to be a favorite counting book! The Lil' Libros bilingual board book series also includes biographies of Celia Cruz and Selena.
"I am Amelia Earhart. Would you like to come fly?" Brad Meltzer adapts his best-selling picture book biography I Am Amelia Earhart into a board book that's perfect to introduce toddlers and preschoolers to the groundbreaking aviator! Simple rhyming text and short sidebars are perfectly crafted for younger readers, while colorful child-friendly art invites kids to follow Amelia through her adventures in the sky. It's a delightful addition to the Ordinary People Change the World biography series. For another board book adaptation from this series, check out I Am Caring: A Little Book about Jane Goodall.
This pigtailed Baby Astronaut is ready for liftoff! She and her crew put on space suits and helmets before they blast off. Once she's in orbit, she'll explain why astronauts float (and even how they sleep.) Then, she'll conduct experiments: Can ants live in space? Yes! Can plants grow in space/ Yes! This adorable board book from the Baby Scientist series, which also includes the book Baby Botanist, is perfect for curious babies and toddlers.
This empowering board book is a great way to teach kids that "little trailblazers cause great big changes!" Ten groundbreaking women leaders are featured in this book, ranging from computer pioneer Ada Lovelace to athlete Wilma Rudolph to prima ballerina Maria Tallchief. Each woman's story is told in a short verse and accompanied by a cheerful illustration, while a final two-page spread provides a list of twelve more women whose stories you can explore together.
"I look up to Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Let me tell you why..." This detailed board book is a great way to introduce babies, toddlers, and preschoolers to a woman you admire! The book distills Ruth Bader Ginsburg's inspiring attributes into page spreads with vibrant illustrations that are appealing for babies and toddlers and text that's interesting enough for preschoolers. Each spread includes a quote from RBG herself! This book is from the I Look Up To... series that celebrates inspiring women; other volumes in the series feature Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Malala Yousafzai, Serena Williams, and Misty Copeland.
In Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History, Vashti Harrison introduced school-aged kids to inspiring role models they probably won't meet in their history books. Now, in this detailed board book, she adapts 18 of her profiles for preschool readers! With simple text and her trademark illustrations that throw back to classic mid-century children's literature, she shows kids a variety of heroes and role models in every field — and inspires them to dream of how they themselves might change the world. Harrison is also the author of another board book, Think Big, Little One, which shares the story of women creators from around the world.
This vibrant picture book presents a colorful world of possibilities — from astronaut to zoologist and everything in between — for Mighty Girls with big dreams! Each letter of the alphabet is represented by a career, from veterinarian to judge to firefighter, and features a fun illustration of a woman at work and a one-line description about the impact she makes on the world ("A is for Astronaut. She blasts into outer space to explore new worlds.") This oversized board book featuring a diverse array of women will leave Mighty Girls dreaming of what their own futures will bring!