Celebrate in March: 10 Stories of Resilience

By Stevia Morales, Children’s Instruction & Research Supervisor; and Carmen Jessop, Senior Teens’ Instructor & Research Specialist, at Howard County Library System; all book covers are provided by their publishers.

March is here, and with it comes many celebrations. In these books, we honor St. Patrick’s Day and and Irish-American heritage; Women’s History Month and the many notable women throughout history who initiated change and Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, in which we learn about kids and teens living with disabilities who overcome adversity with bravery. Enjoy these tales of resilience that celebrate identity, available at Howard County Library System.

Board Books

“I Can, Can You?” by Marjorie W. Pitzer

Come along with these babies and toddlers with Down syndrome as they discover their world and enjoy new experiences.

“This Little Trailblazer: A Girl Power Primer” by Joan Holub

Get to know 10 female role models whose lives show the true meaning of girl empowerment.

Picture Books

“Bodies Are Cool” by Tyler Feder

Illustrations and easy-to-read rhyming text celebrate bodies of all shapes, sizes, ages and colors. This body positive read honors bodies with different kinds of hair, eyes, spots, scars and more!

“Parker Looks Up: An Extraordinary Moment” by Parker Curry & Jessica Curry; illustrated by Brittany Jackson

During a museum visit, toddler Parker becomes mesmerized by a photograph of Michelle Obama, whom she believes is a queen. Based on the viral photograph of Amy Sherald’s portrait of Michelle Obama, illustrator Brittany Jackson reimagines real-life paintings and their inspirational subjects. What a world of possibilities!

Elementary Readers

“Not So Different: What You Really Want to Ask About Having a Disability” by Shane Burcaw

Born with a rare disease called spinal muscular atrophy, which hinders his muscles’ growth, the author shares his experiences in this honest and humorous book. Despite the author’s physical challenges, he shows how nothing stops him from living and loving his life while relying on help from others.

“She Persisted: 13 Women Who Changed the World” by Chelsea Clinton

Profiles the lives of 13 American women who have left a significant mark on U.S. history and includes details of the lives of Helen Keller, Margaret Chase Smith and Oprah Winfrey.

Middle-Grade Books

“Women Who Dared: 52 Stories of Fearless Daredevils, Adventurers and Rebels” by Linda Skeers; illustrated by Livi Gosling

The perfect introduction for learning about the amazing women throughout history who dared to do the extraordinary! The brief biographies throughout history will inspire our new generation of women to explore, discover, persist, succeed and fight like a girl!

“Artemis Fowl” by Eoin Colfer

Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is a millionaire genius and criminal mastermind. But even Artemis doesn’t know what he’s taken on when he kidnaps a fairy, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit. These aren’t the fairies of bedtime stories. Full of unexpected twists and turns, Artemis Fowl takes you on an exciting adventure.


“Amazons, Abolitionists, and Activists: A Graphic History of Women’s Fight For Their Rights” by Mikki Kendall and A. D’Amico

This fun and fascinating graphic novel covers the key figures and events which have advanced women’s rights from antiquity to the modern era. Read the compelling stories of notable women throughout history—from queens and freedom fighters to warriors and spies—and the progressive movements led by women, including abolition, suffrage, labor, civil rights, LGBTQ liberation, reproductive rights and more.

“Being Toffee” by Sarah Crossan

In honor of Irish-American Heritage month, from Irish author Sarah Crossan comes a novel in verse about Allison, a runaway who finds solace in a newfound friendship with an elderly woman with dementia. She mistakes Allison for her longtime friend Toffee. Allison must come to terms with where home is, where friendship lives and who she really is inside.

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