The Little People, BIG DREAMS series of books are as bright and bold as the women they honour. Recently on Instagram @readingisourthing hosted a giveaway. I included an opportunity for anyone, if they wanted, to share the name of an inspirational woman. The response was overwhelming, and I love each one. I wanted to share your comments here…
@mamaoceanlove – We would probably say Frida.
@janinethorell – Harriet Tubman.
@chorltonbookclub – I think I will choose Florence Nightingale as my inspirational woman from history. But I have to say I work alongside many incredible teachers on a daily basis who achieve wonders with some of the pupils at my school.
@karedej – My sister is an inspirational woman.
@poweredbyhugs – I love RBG and all shes accomplished, plus we share a birthday!
@milkandcrayons – My Nana is a very influential woman in my life!
@sarahjoy_martin – My sister, amazing support and amazing friend.
@natandjose – Dr Fiona Wood is my woman inspo.
@lyssamcbean – My Aunty Ann. Because she’s just all kinds of awesome.
@jami_mac – Amelia Earhart is my favourite inspirational woman in history but for someone that I know it’s definitely my mom!
@lihinggummybearmama – My biggest hero is my grandmother! She was one of three women in her medical school class and graduated at #1. She travelled the world and was always reading and learning how to do new things. At 80, she took up botanical illustration and ended up having some of her work published in a book!
@biracialbookworms – Marian Anderson. Sonia Sotomayor. Frida Kahlo.
@smittenwithsage – My gramma would be my inspiration! Such a great woman, mother and wife! She did some many things with her life in travel and career. She is so kind and would help anyone in need.
@em.sasser – Jane Goodall.
@juliecurtin14 – My mum, my daughters, my sisters…impossible to choose.
@crystal_m_in_lanc – Michelle Obama is my inspiration! Humble, funny, smart and a great mom.
@ladydeelg – I love Sonia Sotomayor, Oprah and Ruth Bader Ginsburg!
@alldonemonkey – I’m continually inspired by my late godmother, Sarah Pereira.
@jenjustread – I’m always inspired by my grandma, Leona.
@theottohouse – I would nominate my grandmother, she had seven children, adopted two more, and still had time and love to give to all the waifs and strays who ended up in the youth group she ran. Her home was a refuge for so many and her homemade fudge the stuff of legends.
@librarylouana – There are too many inspirational women to mention!
@jes.e.hilton – You’re my inspiration @cbrookedecker
@heggis_ – My mum!
@kidsindoors – An inspirational woman for me is my daughter. She is so brave, so bold, so outgoing. She is so happy and full of hope that everything is going to be ok. She inspires me to be a better mom and person. Cecília is her name.
@melbourneminor – Frida
@chellecataldo – My mother-in-law
@maynalu – My mum!
@audrey.ayuningthyas.lai – An inspirational women definitely my mama (who named me after Audrey Hepburn- hence the book obsession hahaha).
@lovedecorateletters – Maya Angelou is an amazing inspiration of a life lived well, rising to the challenges and overcoming adversity.
@petitefleurlovesbooks – I have to say, Agatha Christie, as she died the year I was born and I love all her books. Josephine Baker an extraordinary woman who should be part of this collection actually.
@summerplayshouse – Frida Kahlo is quite the inspiration! A painter, a fighter, a creative force!
@mrslittlesmitty – My late mother. The most inspiring loving and serving woman I have ever known.
@wenflo – Rosa Parks!!
@cjseesart – Frida Kahlo inspires me every day to be true to myself and not let anyone’s perceptions influence who I become.
@simple_gifts_toys – Inspirational women, Ms Helen Vasquez. She and her husband travel annually to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota taking sewing machines and life necessities.
@minimakersstudio – Inspirational lady….Savonia! Inspiring us all to look outside the box with regards to creative children.
@sylvieloveplum – Rosa Parks.
@maguibd – My inspiration is my mom.
@rach86 – Connie Johnson aka @loveyoursister passed away yesterday but her determined personality and incredible work for breast cancer research will never be forgotten.
@christiebea – @suejohn60 and yes I’m picking you as my inspirational woman/mum!
@shazillas – Frida for wherever you go you add colour.
@bookbruin – My sister, Susan.
@the.oskarina – Martha Stewart I think she’s a superwoman in crafts & cooking!
@ourbookbag – My late grandmother, we called her Baba, is my inspiration.
@its.torific – All the women I’ve tagged are inspirational! @rach86 @borisandstasha_knits @holisticmamabri @mrs_step
@vee_happy – The woman I look up to is my grandma, Carmen. And Michelle Obama.
@sailorspy – My grandmother Momma was a rock to me and had amazing adventures over her life.
@felicia.pranatri – My mom.
@kazaland – @sylvieloveplum, you are my inspirational woman.
@apchari – @peetschari I wouldn’t want to start elsewhere for inspirational women but from home first! This twin sister of mine has gone through so many challenges in her life and she’s bringing up her son so beautifully that she puts me to shame. I’ve a lot to learn from her strength and grit and I can only wish the best for her! U go girl.
@szelyn – Maya Angelou, for her courage and her creativity.
@littlebirdbliss – Always inspired by the grace and honesty of Maya Angelou and you @teebiff87
@jenrcurtis – As a kid, Clara Barton was inspirational to me. Ok, still an incredible woman!
@louisejnelson – So many women to be inspired by and aspire to… these books have reminded me of my love for Audrey Hepburn though. Poise, grace, intelligence and wit.
@bootsy1122 – I have been blessed by many inspirational women in my life!
@krisnanti – My Mum as always.
@redpoppyreading – My sister Ali (@alitheluddite ) is an inspiration to me!
@wanderlustfaeries – JK Rowling
@muchaloha – My 6 year old daughter and her sweet loving heart is my inspiration!
@the.bookplate – I think Audrey Hepburn is a phenomenal role model and she did it all while remaining decidedly feminine and gentle. I love that!
@because_i_am_the_mommy – My friend @se7en_hoods is such an amazing role model who inspires me to be a better mother all the time!
@hellowonderful_co – My mom who raised 3 girls on her own.
@bellie_and_ellie – My grandma. She holds herself with such grace and dignity.
@se7en_hoods – Sylvia Earle is my inspiration… Making changes in the encouragement long before it was fashionable and making changes in science so that young women today don’t even know that there was once an issue with working in science for women.
@thebooksicallhome – I have always had so much admiration for Rosa Parks.
@kimmari1 – My sister who was the one who nurtured my love for books and reading.
@weare_story – One of my inspirations as a teenager was Madonna. I loved her story and her attitude. And I still do!
@playful_wren – My mumma is my inspiration! Raising 4 kids, no cafes, no internet, no iPads. And never a complaint or a harsh word! What did she do with us?!?! Lol.
@aimee__bulloch – Cindy Sherman is one of my female inspirations- American feminist photographer and filmmaker, she dedicated her life’s work to challenging gender stereotypes through shocking visual medium.
@bu.ku.ku – The most inspiring famous lady is Frida.
@jhoiedee – My inspirational woman is my good friend/single mom Marion whose only daughter is battling against MELAS, one of the mitochondrial disorders. They have been going through tough times, but their faith in God for miraculous healing & provisions is so inspiring & encouraging.
@kirstyadele1 – I would nominate Emmeline Pankhurst as my inspirational woman, to fight so much for something she believes and ultimately for the benefit of so many generations to come! What a legacy!
@a_pearl_in_oyster – A woman that has inspired me is Corrie ten Boom from the book The Hiding Place.
@shirlgeeeee – Connie Johnson is my inspirational lady at the moment.
@bypriska – I’m a big fan of Susie Wolff (@susie_wolff) as Inspirational Lady.
@blossoms_and_wren – @the_sandpiper_ is my inspirational woman. My lovely mum xxxx
@heidifridayetsy – Irena Sendlerowa is my choice – such bravery x
@sproutingcreatives – I’m inspired by Anne Frank!
@e.perry – @joannagaines inspires me!
@barefootrachel – Currently inspired by Sally Yates.
@clayjargirl – Inspired by my grandmother who raised 9 children.
@shimelle – Mae Jemison for inspiration!
@stephaniecarmela – My inspirational woman is Sallie Mann!
@saust55 – I’ve always enjoyed learning about Harriet Tubman. Being a part of the Underground Railroad, was not only dangerous, but so important. When I get to Heaven, I’m looking her up!!
@_lrhouse – I’m so cheesy but my sister is an inspiration to me. She’s a homeschooling mummy to 5 and she does a bloody good job! She has set the bar of mummy pretty high and I am full of respect and in awe of her.
@teachmytot – My inspirational woman would be my mom. I hope to set the same example for my own daughter.
@ourmontessorilife – Maria Montessori. Not only because her words have helped me be a better mother, but because her work has helped the advancement in equality for all people for over 100 years. We would love the Maya Angelou book to read with our two boys at home and in my classroom. Because as absolutely necessary as it is for girls to have books about amazing women, it’s also just as important for boys to have books about amazing women.
@diamondmontessori – Maria Montessori is my lady of choice. As my own personal idol, the woman behind the educational system I’ve dedicated my life to, and an all-around badass. These books would be perfect for my classroom.
@martket.gr – My yoga teacher/healer/’mom’. She showed me how to be kind to myself and to others. Everybody needs a hug, to feel loved and secure. First of all embrace yourself!
@bellaluna15 – Temple Grandin; a pioneer, a visionary, one amazing woman.
@laurehillen – An inspirational women to me is my great-great-Aunt Emma. Her story had a sad ending, but in the beginning of the 20th century she knew she didn’t want stay home and do what was expected of her. So she travelled from Belgium to China to make her own way, far away from family and friends. She took her destiny into her own hands.
@mandachic84 – Princess Diana has always inspired me to treat everyone equally.
@alainaspage – Mother Theresa.
@harmoniamelody – Kartini.
@ktlinck – My mom is an inspiration to me!
@mybooknerdlife – My mom, after having 5 kids then becoming a Grandmother before age 40, started a network business after all that and is making her dreams come true. She is Wonder Woman.
@shannon.schreiber – My great-grandmother, Alice Paradise, who we always called tiny grandma since she was so short. But she was mighty!
@onetwobunch – My mother, @ksyrrah is my inspiration!
@spiky_penelope – My sister!
@cristinasirena – My mum is always an inspiration.
@imaginationbyjas – Harriet Tubman. She was a true warrior.
@godblessoursweethome – So many women throughout history are amazing! A literary example of a couple of my favs are Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte.
@blissfullyexhaustedmama – My sister @myjoyfulbrokenheart is my inspiration!
@thekusilife – My mama- she completely amazes me and inspires me to keep on.
@bookskidslove_ – I’m inspired by the women who fought for the right to vote and the benefits that arose from that. I’d love Coco Chanel.
@allmyfavouritebooks – My mom, sisters and daughter.
@two_wildflowers – I have two inspirational women in my life – they are my daughters.
@preciouz – My mum as she spent years taking care of us and nurturing us.
@snowyowlreads – My “mammaw.” She still living at 95 and she raised 6 children on a small farm in rural Kentucky. She made sure every one of them went to college.
@flyingelephantsdc – There are so women that have inspired me. One I’ve been thinking about lately is my grandmother who helped me to love books and the beach.
@amandajoosten – My nana. She has always been so independent and always happy and looks at the best in every situation. She is my everything and I am so proud of her.
@erodri32 – My mom inspires me because she was a single working mom for a long time! Currently I’m a stay at home mom and thinking about working and raising a family is overwhelming! I know most women do work and raise family’s but it would be a very stressful lifestyle! Especially as a single mom!
@crimsoncalling – Inspirational woman from real life, RACHEL HUNT.
@jla6812 – My daughter inspires me every day. Watching her learn and grow is my favorite thing in the whole world.
@placedonpoint – My late grandmother, Lily. She was such a strong, caring lady who shaped the person I am today.
@aslittlecookingaspossible – Tove Jansson created the world of Moomins, full of wisdom that continues to relate with both children and adults, and was brave to live her life in a way that she wanted, no matter how unconventional it was in the 20th century Finland.
@adriennewolfee – My nana inspires me! She battled Multiple Sclerosis for most of her life, raised two kids and loved us grandkids. She used to love the history channel, and national geographic and I remember falling in love with books and history through her.
@cavaoubien_ – I’m so inspired by my grandmother who survived WWII. The Marie Curie book would be awesome as she’s a huge inspiration also (and shares a first name with my daughter)
@tori.bowman – Jane Goodall!
@neyafeya – Rigoberta Menchu.
@kinseybo – Rosalind Franklin.
@annelouisemagazine – My inspiration is my mother, she’s such a fighter and shows a brave face no matter what. Would do anything for her children and built up her own business.
@idea_aida – Ana Mendieta.
@mrs.natalie.brennan – Love that these books teach young girls that they can truly achieve anything! My female role model is my mom who battled through cancer twice while raising two strong girls of her own!
@paperbackmom – Jocelyn Bell Burnell, an astrophysicist, who discovered pulsars and persevered through college despite being ridiculed because of her gender (women in the early 60’s typically didn’t typically major in science). I have even written a children’s book which incorporates her and whose manuscript is out to a few publishers.
@rimbabaca – Our mom is our inspiration, always…
@audrey.ayuningthyas.lai – Frida. Love her. Such a brave soul x
@mistakesmatter_happyaccidents – Love my Frida!
@classicstardust – I’m going with Lucille Ball!
@craftymamaof1 – My mom for sure.
@tiffmosc – My mom.
@rainbow_rhapsody – My Mom and Grandmothers.
@bearandmouseread – My stepmom.
@arilessa7 – My mother is definitely an inspiration to me.
@wenny.yong – Definitely my Mom!
@mama.creative – My mom.
@j2s4b – Hillary Clinton!
@kate.eccles – My mum is my inspiration and keeps me going.
@jubjub34 – Jackie French is an inspiration!
@jady.made – I would love to teach my students about Marie Curie or Frida Kahlo. Inspiring women! My grandmother was an inspiration to me since she moved from China to Trinidad as a young wife and mother with no English, and no idea what the other side of the world would be like. She raised 6 children and survived with practicality and grit.
@jazpyjaslyn – Anne Frank !
@brenbren81 – Mother Teresa!
@raisingleos – My mama is my inspiration.
@flomariani – My mum.
@smittenwithsage – My grandmother.
@justtey – I’d have to say Jane Goodall!
@dalzellwilliamson – Inspirational woman? My sisters!
@biracialbookworms – Inspirational woman of the week, Mae Jemison #25strong
@together outside – Agatha Christie inspired me so much as a kid!
@togetheroutside – Definitely inspired by @bmlipman, one of the best mums I know!
@alif.abiy – My Mom is my inspiration. Laaafff her so so so much.
@fortheloveofspanish – I’ve always looked up to Mary Cassatt!
@emerlilly – Emmeline Pankhurst.
@findingourfeet – My inspirational woman is probably my mom. Cliched but true.
@colleenlarmour – Lots of love for @officialjkrowling.
@jholp07 – Corrie ten Boom.
@mercadolivros – María Montessori.
@nikkitapatel – My mom.
@danielaramirezm86 – Amelia Earhart!
@pinou_2 – My inspirational woman is my mum! Such a hard worker to rise her kids. Proud of her.
@forkandfiction – @juliabatchelorsmith – she IS an inspirational woman. Ditto for @smartkatie – firefighter, Mumma, legend.
@juliabatchelorsmith – @forkandfiction as are YOU my gorgeous friend!
@sweat_and_bake_mummy – Inspirational woman… my gran, hard worker but most loving all her life.
@lovinglifewith4 – My inspiration is my Mum. A tough life raising 4 children on her own.
@jnferarmao – Inspirational woman would be all the mom’s that show up and encourage each other to do their best.
@my_georgie_boy – My mum – ridden through so many tough times and still has a smile on her face and a grateful heart.
@ermakusumapratiwi – My inspirational woman is my Mom. Single parent, hard worker, raise two children until they got high education.
@rahmarodaah – My mom is my hero.
@mrdoughy – @missbrigette, I find her to be a super-inspiring woman and artist.
@gibbinshayley – Corrie ten Boom.
@orangstar7 – My mom!!
@thedaysofuambisouth – I’m going to say Agatha Christie.
@inezebriza – Women in my family are inspirational
@ainslee_ – My mum is my inspiration
@friendlyplanet.club – Author: Isabel Sanchez Vegara. Illustrator: Elisa Munso. Artist: Frida Kahlo. Illustrator/Designer: Aarin Stewart. Author: Cindy Roman. Mom’s against bullying! Author: Gabi Garcia. Author: Abby Perkins. To women that support each other’s goals!
@moonbeamjy – So many amazing women to choose from! For me, Nikki Giovanni is one of them!
@abbubio – For me… Amelia Earhart. She’s so amazing.
@kaylynframe – My mama.
@katidoodlesmuch – As cliche as it is, my mom is my most inspirational woman! She is so strong and so capable.
@investigating_our_world – I have always admired Rosie Batty she has turned her nightmare and agony into a crusade against domestic violence. I could only dream of finding such inner strength. I wish she had a different life story and hadn’t endured so much but I know that she is changing other life stories because of her work. An absolute inspiration.
@neesaamran – @tinizainudin9 <—- this is an inspirational women!
@leoleotuquelees – I admire Amelia Earhart.
@triciasherlin – Inspiration: Sheila Webb.
@abookandatoke – My inspiration would be Leslie Knope.
@montessolu – A woman that inspires me is @lrknost. I love her take on gentle parenting and her strength and resilience in the face of cancer.
@littlegreencrafts – My biggest inspiration is my mum – the kindest, most generous and loving person I know.
@jenniferdoerr – My inspiration is my mom, who is the kindest, most compassionate, generous and loving person I know – qualities that I can already see passed down to my sweet daughter.
@shermetar – Rosa Parks because a girl has to learn to say “no. Just no.” sometimes.
@cdavis323 – @gginnyc you’re one of the inspirational women in my life.
@tafisroute – My inspirational woman is obviously the Best One, the biggest soul and person in my Life my MuM!!!
@saracassidy22 – My nan Ada x
@whattoddlersdo – An inspirational woman in my life is my sister – not always around but I know I can count on her for anything. She’s also determined to make a change and let nothing stop her.
@rhona85 – My Great Aunt Terry, inspired me to become a teacher.
@egusrang85 – Kathleen Anastasi, my Grandmother.
@snowflakesparkle – Mother Teresa and Margaret Thatcher.
@bugsbooks – My wife is one of the most inspirational women I know.
@fortbethany – My professor Dr. Capanegro changed how I think about diversity and is one of my lifelong mentors.
@jenthebooklady – Michelle Obama really inspires me, she’s such a strong and smart lady!!
@nglsentana – Inspirational woman in history? Mdm Kartini of Java, Indonesia of course.
@angeliajaneline – Tjut Nyak Dien from Indonesia
@orchid_em – Ann (@ann_chored) you are an inspiration to me.
@booksinthewild – And I’ve always had a soft spot for Joan of Arc!