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!

How to stay positive throughout 2017 – inspiration from Ups and Downs: A Journal for Good and Not-So-Good Days

Ups & Downs Journal

2016 was a tough year and 2017 is set to be full of it’s own challenges: with New Years Resolutions feeling like a distant memory, we are all in need of a little guidance for how to stay positive. The Ups and Downs Journal is the perfect place to let go of the bad and focus on the good.

Ups and Downs Journal

Give it a go today; jot down your answers to the following questions and feel your worries ebb out onto the page.

First the downs:

This rained on my parade: _______________________________________________

I view this as a problem/challenge, because…__________________________

The Future looks: _________________________________________________________

Would I rather be elsewhere right now? yes/no

If yes, where and why? __________________________________________________

The most annoying person I talked to: ________________________________

The biggest disappointment of the day: _______________________________

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Now the Ups:

This was quite good: ____________________________________________________

This unfortunately less so:_______________________________________________ , but it doesn’t matter.

Did I reward myself? yes/no

If yes, how and for what?_______________________________________________

If no, why not? __________________________________________________________

This made me laugh: __________________________________________________

I enjoyed this: __________________________________________________________

This day was my friend because ______________________________________

My resolution for tomorrow: _________________________________________

Ups and Downs Journal

With space to record the day’s low points followed by the day’s highlights, this journal encourages you to acknowledge the bad, let it go and embrace the good!

99 Things That Bring Me Joy.

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This month Abrams brought us this beautiful journal to collect some of our favourite things in.

*Breaks out into My Favourite Things from The Sound of Music*

And of course, we couldn’t wait to give it ago ourselves! Full of excitement we opened the beautiful foil embellished cover. squealed about the TWO ribbon markers, and got to work on our list of Favourite Books (predictable, we know).

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But with prompts like The Most Useful Thing You Own, Someone Who Makes You Laugh and A Piece of Wisdom Someone Gave You this little journal has us reflecting on the subtle little things that bring us joy. When completed this journal will be a physical reminder of life’s distinct little pleasures.

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Grab your copy now! And let us know your favourite prompt using #99Joys.