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!

Summer Reads – Picture Books for 4-6 Year Olds

Despite the weather, the summer is upon us and it is time to find your #‎SummerReads‬!

We are all about getting kids reading here at A&CB, so we would like to introduce you to the BEST of our PICTURE BOOKS to get your little ones reading this summer. First up, an office favourite, Happy Birthday Madame Chapeau.

“A sweet reminder that however different the hats we wear may be, we are united by a common thread” Maria Popova, Brain Pickings

Happy Birthday Madame Chapeau

In a three-story house with a shop down below,

lived the worlds finest hat maker, Madame Chapeau.

Like the Lady herself, all her hats were refined.

Brilliantly singular. One of a kind.

In a three-story house with a shop down below,  lived the worlds finest hat maker, Madame Chapeau.

So begins the tale of a lonely hat maker who matches customers to the perfect hat but lacks her own perfect match in life. Once a year, on her birthday, Madame Chapeau ventures out in her favourite bonnet to dinner. This time, a crow snatches her hat and flies away. Mon dieu! As she chases the crow through the streets of Paris, a baker, a policeman, a cowboy, and others offer her their own hats to wear. None of them are quite right, though, until one special little girl offers her a hat “knitted with love and [her] best birthday wish.”

From promptly at eight till exactly at four, the hatless but hopeful arrived at her door. Each person was special. Each one of a kind, and perfectly matched to the hat she designed. She made hats for all, from the young to the old, and each left her boutique a sight to behold.

“This is a whimsical and charming book which celebrates creativity, generosity and thoughtfulness from start to finish.” Playing By The Book Blog

Text copyright © 2014 Andrea Beaty
Illustrations copyright © 2014 David Roberts

Our second picture book recommendation is the beautiful Bear’s Song by Benjamin Chaud.

The Bear's Song

Get your kids reading this summer with this over-sized, hide-and-seek gem of a picture book. The Bear’s Song is a richly illustrated, immersive picture book about two bears on a big-city adventure.

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Papa Bear is searching for Little Bear, who has escaped the den. Little Bear is following a bee, because where there are bees, there is honey! When the quest leads both bears into the bustling city and a humming opera house, theatrical hijinks ensue, culminating in a deliciously harmonious reunion.

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Copyright © 2011 by Benjamin Chaud.

Book Three of our #PictureBook #SummerReads list is the unique, beautiful and informative Manfish.

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Once upon a time in France, a baby was born under the summer sun. His parents named him Jacques. As he grew, Jacques fell in love with the sea. He dreamed of breathing beneath the waves and swimming as gracefully as a fish. In fact, he longed to become a manfish.

Text © 2008 by Jennifer Berne. Illustrations © 2008 by Éric Puybaret
Text © 2008 by Jennifer Berne.
Illustrations © 2008 by Éric Puybaret

 

Jacques Cousteau grew up to become a champion of the seas and one of the best-known oceanographers in the world. In this lovely biography, now in paperback, poetic text and gorgeous paintings come together to create a portrait of Cousteau that is as magical as it is inspiring.

Text © 2008 by Jennifer Berne. Illustrations © 2008 by Éric Puybaret
Text © 2008 by Jennifer Berne.
Illustrations © 2008 by Éric Puybaret

Text © 2008 by Jennifer Berne.
Illustrations © 2008 by Éric Puybaret

Today we are adding Lately Lily to our #‎SummreReads‬ ‪#‎PictureBook‬ wishlist!

Lily is the perfect companion for your summer holiday.

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Where has Lily been lately? Everywhere! In this heartfelt picture book from illustrator Micah Player, Lily—a world-travelling girl with boundless curiosity—goes on enviable adventures with her best friend Zeborah, travelling by plane, train, boat and even by camel. Whether venturing far away or staying close to home, Lily knows that the joy of discovery is the best way to travel each and every day.

Copyright © 2014 by Micah Player.

Copyright © 2014 by Micah Player.
Copyright © 2014 by Micah Player.

Copyright © 2014 by Micah Player.

Today we are adding The Museum by Susan Verde, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds to our #SummerReads wishlist.

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A glorious celebration of the joy and inspiration (as well as exhaustion) that a trip to the museum can evoke.

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As a little girl tours and twirls through the halls of the art museum, she experiences different emotions motivated by the different styles of art, and when confronted with an empty canvas, she, too, is energized to create and express herself. As Peter Reynolds writes, “This book reminds us that art is meant to cause the audience to feel, and even be challenged and mystified. It is with deep thinking and feeling that we truly experience art.”

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Text copyright © 2013 Susan Verde
Illustrations copyright © 2013 Peter H. Reynolds