Read Across America Day: Ten Inspiring Female Authors

Read Across America Day: Ten Inspiring Female Authors

These female children’s book authors and illustrators have significantly impacted the world of children’s literature. They continue to inspire young readers with their imaginative and thought-provoking stories. On this Read Across America Day, let’s celebrate their contributions and encourage young readers to pick up a book and immerse themselves in a world of adventure and imagination.

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Beverly Cleary

Beverly Cleary is the author of many beloved children’s books, including “Ramona Quimby, Age 8” and “Henry Huggins.” Her relatable characters and real-life situations have made her books a staple of children’s literature for over 50 years.

Lois Lowry

Lois Lowry is an American author who wrote over 40 children’s books covering many themes and subjects. She has won two Newbery Medals for the most distinguished children’s book of the year, in addition to numerous awards and critical acclaim.

Kate DiCamillo

Kate DiCamillo is a Newbery Medal-winning author of children’s books, including “The Tale of Despereaux” and “Because of Winn-Dixie.” Her stories are full of heart, humor, and a touch of magic, making them a favorite among young readers.

Amanda Gorman

Amanda Gorman is an American poet and author who gained attention after performing at the inauguration of President Biden. Her picture book “Change Sings: A Children’s Anthem,” encourages acts of kindness through rhyming verses. Gorman’s works have made her an important voice in contemporary literature.

Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison was a Nobel Prize-winning author and one of the most important voices in contemporary American literature. Her novels, including “Beloved” and “Sula,” explore themes of race, gender, and identity with stunning grace and insight.

J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling is the author of the “Harry Potter” series, one of the best-selling book series of all time. Her imaginative and magical stories have captured the hearts of readers of all ages and have become a cultural phenomenon.

Jane Austen

Jane Austen was a pioneering novelist whose wit and wisdom continue to captivate readers today. Her works, including “Pride and Prejudice” and “Sense and Sensibility,” are considered some of the greatest works of English literature.

Harper Lee

Harper Lee was the author of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” a novel that explores racial injustice and prejudice in the American South. The book remains a classic of American literature and continues to inspire new generations of readers.

Judy Blume

Judy Blume is an American author known for her honest and empathetic writing style, particularly in her popular books for children and young adults. Her works, such as “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret” and “Forever,” have significantly impacted the genre of children’s literature.

Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter was an English author and illustrator best known for her beloved children’s books featuring animals such as Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-Duck, and Squirrel Nutkin. Her whimsical stories and charming illustrations are adored by generations of readers and have been translated into numerous languages.

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Lesson Plan: Celebrating Women’s Contributions to Literature

In honor of these incredible female authors on Read Across America Day, we’ve created a lesson plan and author study activities to help students explore their work and impact on literature and society.

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Beverly Cleary; Washington State Archives. Lois Lowry; Courtesy of Lois Lowry. Kate DiCamillo; Courtesy of Kate DiCamillo. Amanda Gorman; Pat Benic—UPI/Shutterstock.com. Toni Morrison; Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. J.K. Rowling; Ben Pruchnie—Getty Images/Thinkstock. Jane Austen; © North Wind Picture Archives. Harper Lee; Terrence Antonio James—Tribune Content Agency LLC/Alamy. Judy Blume; © Carl Lender (CC BY 2.0). Beatrix Potter; Hulton Archive/Getty Images.

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Jaime Perris

Curriculum Project Manager/Education Consultant
Jaime is an Education Consultant and Curriculum Project Manager at Encyclopaedia Britannica. She is Australian and has lived and worked in 8 countries. She was a teacher for 15 years in Australia (Psychology, Law, Social Studies, Business and Chinese Mandarin), South Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Myanmar, the Bahamas, and the USA. Jaime has worked on government contracts for the U.S Navy, the Malaysian Ministry of Education, Taiwanese public prison in the fields of Curriculum Development and Teacher Training. She has also coached teachers and leaders across Malaysia, New York and New Orleans.

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