“Providing Healing, Promoting Hope”


Helen Keller, Delores Huerta, Kathrine Johnson, and Wilma Mankiller

Women’s History Month is a celebration of women’s contributions to history, culture, and society.  It has been observed in the month of March since 1987.  This year’s theme, Providing Healing, Promoting Hope, speaks to the women who have used their talents, intelligence and aspirations to make our world a better place.

Celebrate Women’s History Month using picture books to introduce students to a diverse group of exceptional women.  The provided lessons are interactive and cross-curricular.  They can be used to teach the economic concepts of choice, human capital, opportunity cost, productive resources and wants.

Classroom-ready lessons and activities are provided for each picture book title.

Helen’s Big World: The Life of Helen Keller

Author -Doreen Rappaport

Illustrator – Matt Tavares

Walt Disney Press/ Hyperion- 2017

“Knowledge is love and light and vision.  -Helen Keller

YES Helen’s Big World Lesson Plan

Dolores Huerta: A Hero to Migrant Workers

Author-Sarah Warren

Illustrator- Robert Casilla

Marshall Cavendish-2012

“We must use our lives to make the world a better place to live, not just to acquire things. That is what we are put on the earth for.”– Dolores Huerta

YES Dolores Huerta from Planter to Plate

Hidden Figures:

The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race

Author-Margot Lee Shetterly

Illustrator- Laura Freeman

HarperCollins -2018

“If you’re prepared and the opportunity comes up, it’s your good fortune to have been in the right place at the right time and to have been prepared for the job.”

– Katherine Johnson

YES Hidden Figures Lesson Chain of Events

Wilma’s Way Home:

The Life of Wilma Mankiller

Author -Doreen Rappaport

Illustrator – Linda Kukuk

Walt Disney Press/ Hyperion- 2019

“Friends describe me as someone who likes to sing and dance along the edge of the roof. I try to encourage young women to be willing to take risks, to stand up for the things they believe in, and to step up and accept the challenge of serving in leadership roles.”– Wilma Mankiller

YES Woman’s History Month Wilma Mankiller Opportunity Cost



Some of these titles have been picture books featured in the Reading Makes Cents Program sponsored by the Virginia Council on Economic Education and Virginia 529.  Classroom-ready lessons and activities are provided for each picture book title.