HerStory: 50 Women and Girls Who Shook the World

Suggested age 9 – 12


Author: Katherine Halligan
Illustrator: Sarah Walsh
ISBN: 9781788001380
Date Published: 1 Mar. 2018

One of The Guardian’s Best New Children’s Books for Summer 2018.

Longlisted for the North Somerset Teachers’ Book Award.

Instead of just studying history, let’s think about HerStory too! In this uplifting and inspiring book, children can learn about 50 intrepid women from around the world and throughout history. Telling the stories of their childhood, the challenges they faced and the changes they made, each gorgeously illustrated spread is a celebration of girl power in its many forms. With a range of pioneering careers – from astronauts to activists, musicians to mathematicians and many more – young readers will be inspired to follow their own dreams and to make the world a better place. Compelling, motivating and brilliantly illustrated in equal measure, this is the perfect introduction to just some of the amazing women who have shaped our world.

List of women featured: Elizabeth I, Joan of Arc, Indira Gandhi, Theresa Kachindamoto, Empress Wu Zetian, Harriet Tubman, Boudicca, Hatshepsut, Isabella I of Castile, Sacagawea, Frida Kahlo, Beatrix Potter, Coco Chanel, Billie Holiday, Anna Pavlova, Mirabai, Maya Angelou, Georgia O’Keeffe, Emily Bronte, Sarah Bernhardt, Florence Nightingale, Helen Keller, Anne Sullivan, Mary Seacole, Shirin Ebadi, Maria Montessori, Mother Teresa, Wangari Maathai, Elizabeth Blackwell, Eva Peron, Marie Curie, Rachel Carson, Ada Lovelace, Hypatia, Rosalind Franklin, Mary Anning, Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Hodgkin, Dian Fossey, Valentina Tereshkova, Malala Yousafzai, Rigoberta Menchu, Amelia Earhart, Hannah Szenes, Rosa Parks, Noor Inayat Khan, Emmeline Pankhurst, Cathy Freeman, Sophie Scholl, Anne Frank.

“A lush non-fiction collection with beautiful illustrations, photos and interesting facts. Her Story celebrates fearless women from all over the world, and is sure to inspire young girls and women.” – The Guardian Best New Children’s Books, Summer 2018

“A lavishly produced book that looks at 50 women and girls who shook the world. Plenty of content and interesting details with lovely illustrations make this a comprehensive compendium.” – WRD Magazine

“This is the story of brave leaders, talented artists, gifted healers and scientists – it is the story of fifty women and girls who did extraordinary things. It is truly inspirational…Books like this are essential for all readers- not just girls – to allow those unheard stories to become as well – known as those of Ghandi, Churchill, Dickens, Brunel, Ramesses II and Martin Luther King.” – The North Somerset Teachers’ Book Award, Longlist Review

“HerStory: 50 Women and Girls Who Shook the World is a gorgeous new book – written by Katherine Halligan, illustrated by Sarah Walsh and published by Nosy Crow – that celebrates incredible women throughout history. Some of these figures are very well known; others have been forgotten by most, which is why we need this book to bring them back in the spotlight. From artists, teachers, scientists and mathematicians, HerStory covers a broad sweep of history, zeroing in on qualities of bravery, creativity, cleverness, kindness and hope. It’s perfect for children aged 9-12, although younger and older ones will get a lot out of it, too.” – BookTrust

“What this book does differently is divide the subjects into thematic chapters (e.g. Believe and Lead, Imagine and Create); it’s also pitched for older readers than many of its competitors. There’s also more focus on how childhood shaped the women’s dreams. Foiling and flashes of neon will help this high-end hardback stand out in an increasingly crowded market.” – The Bookseller

Nosy Crow

Dimensions26 × 1.5 × 30 cm

Nosy Crow


Age 9 – 12, Age 12 – 14




“It’s informative and more-ish; a great gift for a young woman.”
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