BOOKS FOR PROGRESS | IWD & WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH

It’s not long now until International Women’s Day (8th March) AND March is Women’s History Month, so we’ve been getting in the mood (are we ever not?) and have rounded up some recent books to empower, inspire and educate: books for progress!

Watch our video above and then scroll down for some inspiration… 


1. DRESS LIKE A WOMAN 

What does it mean to dress like a woman? This book turns that question on its head by sharing a myriad of interpretations throughout history. It’s a comprehensive look at the role of gender and dress in the workplace and contains essays by renowned fashion writer Vanessa Friedman and feminist writer Roxane Gay.

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2. BYGONE BADASS BROADS

It’s Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls for grown-ups, based on Mackenzi Lee’s popular Twitter series of forgotten trail-blazing women. There are witty bios and in-depth stories of women who dared to step outside of traditional gender roles for their times. With stylish and bold illustrations by Petra Eriksson.

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3. 200 WOMEN

This landmark book was published in October last year to rave reviews and proceeds go to organisations nominated by the women featured. Alongside photographic portraits by acclaimed photograph Kieran Scott, each of the 200 Women answer the same five questions and provide a snapshot of female life around the globe. Interviewees include Margaret Atwood, Jane Goodall, Roxane Gay, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and many more from all walks of life.

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Visit the official 200 Women website

4. BAD GIRLS THROUGHOUT HISTORY & LEGENDARY LADIES

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Ann Shen’s brilliant Bad Girls Throughout History has been capturing hearts since 2016 but it never goes out of style and even has its own stationery range. Her next book comes out this April and looks set to do the same. Legendary Ladies is a lushly illustrated and empowering look at goddesses from around the world and an homage to the mighty women within us all.

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5. YOUNGER READERS

There’s no shortage of inspiration on hand for younger readers – from toddlers to teen and beyond. This is just a small selection with some recent favourites.

Little Feminist Board Book Set – the Little Feminist range from Galison Mudpuppy includes a Board Book Set, a 500 Piece Family Puzzle and Playing Cards! All feature illustrations by Lydia Ortiz, and text by Emily Kleinman. These are bright, colourful and inspiring baby books featuring incredible women from history and from the modern day. Find out more

Ada Twist, Scientist and Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty (illus. David Roberts) – these two characters have earned their places among the most beloved children’s characters and have inspired countless kids and adults to follow their dreams. They are great for the classroom and downloadable teacher’s guides and activities are available. 2018 is also the UK Year of Engineering, which Rosie Revere is very excited about. These rhyming picture books are perfect for ages 4-8, and each also has a linked Project Book for Science and Engineering related activities. Find out more

Lumberjanes: Unicorn Power! by Mariko Tamaki (illus. Brooklyn Allen) – the hit graphic novel series from BOOM! Studios now has whole new adventures in middle-grade novel format. Welcome to Miss Quinzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types! The series stars all types of girls: gay and straight, trans- and cisgendered and celebrates friendship, adventure and general hilarity! Book 2 is coming in May. Find out more


COMPETITION

Colour in a Bygone Badass Broads colouring sheet (download here) and email or tag us on Twitter or Instagram to be in with a chance of winning a book bundle of Bygone Badass Broads, 200 Women, Dress Like a Woman and Bad Girls Throughout History! (UK & Ireland Only) 

There’s also a downloadable Bygone Badass Broads protest sign here!  


Find all these books and many, many more on our website!

A Mother Is a Story.

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Motherhood powerfully transformed my life, and transformed me. Crafting this book, I sought to portray the experience in all its glorious, messy, sometimes terrifying beauty. Nothing in life prepared me for the instant mad love I felt at the first sight of each of my children, or the emotion I feel each time I smell them, or feel the softness of their skin and the warmth of their bodies. To be a mother is sublime.

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That said, motherhood presents a constant whirlwind of simultaneous, often conflicting emotions. We are deeply in love, deeply exhausted, exasperated and proud, worried and blissful—these feelings form their own special harmony in the music of motherhood.

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I began work on A Mother Is a Story while pregnant with my second child, Vivian. I continued work on it through the pregnancy, the birth, and the first year of her life. Simply curating the quotes struck me to the heart as I navigated so much flux and change in our lives, watching Vivi grow faster than thought while nurturing my proud little son Henry through an experience that would change his life forever at a moment when he was already buffeted by the start of school and all the other changing tides of life at five.A Mother Is A Story

I selected quotations I hope mothers of all ages and stages can recognise themselves in, words that can profoundly stir treasured memories of our children at each stage of life. I created my illustrations to convey my sense of the emotions of those words, the fragile, titanic beauty of the deepest love, the love of a mother for her children.

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Initially when I started searching for quotes I looked within the literature I referenced for my last book, Well-Read Women: Portraits of Fiction’s Most Beloved Heroines. There were very few in there as sadly many mothers in literature are not portrayed that well. I did land on a couple of good ones though, from J. M Barrie, Frances Hodgson Burnett and Nathaniel Hawthorne.ABR_20160119_0188

The first quote I found that made me want to do the book, actually didn’t make it in. It was from the iconic children’s book The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown. The page where the mother bunny says “If you become a bird and fly away from me, I will be the tree you come home to.” I find this so utterly poignant because as a parent you want to hold onto your children and make them feel so loved and supported. You never want to let them go but you know they need to fly, so you train them to do so and let them go but you will always be there for them to return to.

I really wanted the quotes to be unique from other motherhood quote books so I searched high and low for special ones. In fact I found some current ones from author Emma Straub, Sarah Ruhl and Natalie Holbrook as well as Cynthia Rowley. I wanted the vibe of the book to convey the whirlwind of emotions by including witty ones like the Lemony Snicket, and poignant ones like Promoedra Ananta Toer and even ones that can convey the mixed feelings we feel as mothers, like Rachel Cusk. There’s something in here for mothers of all ages and stages.

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A Mother Is A Story by Samantha Hahn is on Sale today!

Also available; Stories for My Child: A Mother’s Memory Journal, filled with features prompts for capturing the spectacular and quotidian moments of raising a child, alongside thoughtfully quotes from contemporary and literary sources. Designed with Hahn’s ethereal watercolours and chic hand lettering, the journal is a sophisticated parenting keepsake, and a treasure to pass along to your child.

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