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Teaching Spike about amazing women this International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day and what better way to celebrate than with books! 

This year we were lucky enough to be gifted some incredible books from Egmont to highlight incredible women. Two for me and two for Spike… And I wanted to share them with you today. 

Captain Sparklebeard – Spike’s picture book

I knew as soon as I saw Captain Sparklebeard by Tim Knapman and Sam Lloyd that I wanted it for our collection. spoilers ahead! A book about a little girl who wants to eats ape the horrible life she has, who is shunned by pirates for being a girl… yet goes on to become the best pirate ever because she has the ability to read… yeah. That was always going to be on my wish list. Thankfully when we read it for bed the other night Spike agreed. She thought it was brilliant that Peg uses jewels to distract the pirates and a paintbrush as a beard to fool them into thinking she’s a boy, then defeats them because she can read and they can’t. So much so that she now cant wait to be able to read herself! 

Amazing Women – Spike’s Picture book

Spike loves nothing more than sticking stickers at the minute. Whilst Amazing Women is aimed at 5+ I thought it was worth us getting this so we could stick together and enjoy the stories of some incredible women. Whilst we’ve only managed Amelia Earheart’s page so far, I’ve spotted many more amazing women I can’t wait to tell Spike about, including Malala Yousafzai. Spike loves learning about women from history so having it available in this format is so much fun for her! 

Speak Up! We Are Unstopable – My very own confidence book 

This spoke to me so much when I heard about it. It’s all about gaining confidence to stand up for what you believe in and get your voice heard. It’s by Laura Coryton, the amazing women who campaigned against the Tampon Tax. Aimed at girls of around adolescent age, its designed to give girls, and boys, the confidence I wish I had when I was that age! It looks, and is so far, amazing. I’m reading it now and its empowering me at 30 so I can just image the confidence it would give a 13 year old! I’m definitely keeping it, or hoping there’s an updated version, for Spike for later years – lets hope she doesn’t need it though! 

A Girl Called.Shameless – My next fiction read 

And finally this has been on my radar for a while. It’s a YA book about Izzy O’Neill, a writer, activist and the world’s worst waitress. By Laura Steven its a fiction book about an 18 year old who’s nudes get leaked… It is such a contemporary subject that I doubt has been covered much in YA before and its all about how to jump back from that. I cannot wait to read it and it is definitely next on my TBR – which is admittedly a little long these days! 

I had hoped to read and do a full review about these booked before the fantastic day where we celebrate amazing women… but like most things these days life got in the way! Even though I’m part way through two and haven’t read another though, I would recommend them wholeheartedly- especially if you want a little pick me up gift for a friend, daughter or niece this International Women’s Day! 


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