World Book Day: Books To Inspire!

Thursday 2 March 2017

I am a bookseller so I am lucky enough to have access to new and amazing books that make you want to stand up and change the world. Books that make you sit there in awe at the history and resilience of women. Books that are utterly amazing.

Every day I tell my six year old that they can be whatever they want in life and books inspire him to be creative and to see the world with different eyes.


Today is World Book Day and with International Women’s Day coming up next week, I wanted to share some of my favourite books that I think every young woman (or indeed anyone!) should read.

Non- Fiction

Bad Girls Throughout History - Ann Shen

A chronological look at some of the most remarkable women throughout history. This book has a mix of gorgeous watercolour images and powerful essays for people of all ages to dip in and out of. From Lady Godiva to Tina Fey, this is the perfect resource to share with any revolutionary.

Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls - Elena Favilli & Francesca Cavallo

Another collection of powerful and inspiring women, but this time it takes a bed time story twist. Originally started as a Kickstarter campaign, this book has collaborated with over 60 female artists to create a truly inspiring set of bed time stories. Empowering, moving and inspirational, these are true fairy tales for heroines who definitely don't need rescuing.

Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World - Kate Pankhurst

Aimed more at the picture book market, but definitely worth picking up for any age. This collection of fantastically great women is the perfect introduction and is packed with facts and gorgeous illustrations. Whilst it only features 13 women, it’s a book that’s so accessible and wonderful that you can’t help but add it to your collection.


What’s A Girl Gotta Do? - Holly Bourne

Want to know how to start a feminist revolution? Join Lottie as she calls out sexism and works her way through growing up as a woman in society today. An eye-opening book looking at issues as diverse as friendship, mental health and feminism from the perception of a teenager. This book forms part of Holly’s Spinster Club series and is a must read for any parents and teenagers.

Unbecoming - Jenny Downham

A multigenerational story about a daughter, mother and grandmother who all have their own secrets to tell. A story of growing up as a woman and finding your way in the world around you across different stages of history. Covering everything from mental illness to teen pregnancy and sexuality. A fantastic book for all generations to read.

Lies We Tell Ourselves - Robin Talley

Set in the 1950’s in America, this book looks at the story of two girls. One is a white girl, the daughter of a segregationist and the other a black girl, the first black girl in an all-white school. These two are never destined to be friends, until they are forced to spend time together and realise that race isn’t everything.

By Laura Davies, Advisory Panel Member & blogger


Are you a reader who wants to stand up for young women? Click here to find out about how you can start a Female-Authored book club with your friends to support Young Women's Trust.