Reading is an irreplaceable hobby.

It takes you to your very own dreamworld, far from reality.

And as much as we love reading fiction novels, it’s good to shake things up a bit and pick up an illustrated book once in a while.

I love adding spice to anything – even reading.

As an Illustrator, I have a strong addiction to picture books or illustrated books. Especially books about inspirational women or books for women in business.

And some of them are so eye-catching, I occasionally like flipping through them while sipping some chai and listening to soft piano music. Isn’t that a pretty picture?

I really enjoy buying books online, because you get good discounts and the joy of waiting for it to arrive at your doorstep is an experience like no other.

Here’s me waiting shamelessly for the presents I’ve ordered online for myself.

And these illustrated books make amazing Christmas gifts for women!

So, here is my list of the top 13 illustrated books for women. This list covers illustrated books on women empowerment, illustrated guides, memoirs, and self-help!

This post includes affiliate links, meaning at no extra cost to you, I might make a small commission if you decide to buy something and this money will be used to feed my poor lil’ dogs. They are perennially hungry, my little ones.

Illustrated Books about Women Empowerment

1. Bad Girls Throughout History: 100 Remarkable Women Who Changed the World

What I love about this book is, that the Author (and Illustrator) has included women from different races and ethnicity. It is a quick, but remarkable read because it involves women who were artists, warriors, scientists and daredevils.

Each women is uniquely illustrated and this illustrated book is a beautiful example of women empowerment.

This book is the perfect birthday gift for a special woman in your life.


2. Women in Sports – 50 Fearless Athletes who played to Win

As a person who’s not into sports, I found this book extremely informative and eye-opening. I am amazed at the obstacles women have had to go through in the past just to compete in sports. It is extremely easy to read due to the lovely illustrations by Rachel Ignotofsky.

I honestly love how she’s covered women of different races and age. It includes every woman’s struggle and success. This inspiring and empowering book a must read for girls and women who love sports.


3. Little Leaders – Bold Women In Black History

This book is the definition of Girl Power!

The Author – Vashti Harrison has gone out of the way with her research and adorable illustrations to provide the perfect read for girls/women alike. Very interesting and superbly easy to follow through.

What I like about this book, is that the Author hasn’t shielded away from covering important topics like feminism, racism, sexism and many more pressing issues that girls should be made aware of at a young age.

It comprises of 40 women in a variety of fields. This book is an enlightening read from start to finish and a powerful read for children and adults of all ages.

Every woman should pick up a copy.


4. Legendary Ladies – 50 Goddesses to Empower and Inspire You

As a person who is in love with Mythology, I found this book to be a priceless find.

There were a few Goddesses that I didn’t know about. Aside from the mesmerizing and colorful illustrations that span across this book, Ann Shen writes about how each Goddess empowers you to do something challenging – be it taking a new adventure, or finding love.

She divides the Goddesses based on categories – Love, Power, Creativity & Manifestation, Protection and Reinvention. This book is thoroughly researched, and the illustrations pair well with the content.

If I were to make one change though, it would be to add more content. I was left craving for more after I finished reading the book.


Illustrated Books – Illustrated Guides

5. My name is Girl: An Illustrated Guide to the Female Mind

This is an extremely fluffy and light-hearted book. Each page is covered with lovely illustrations that discuss the daily struggles of a woman. It’s a quick but fun read.

Nina Cosford puts her own humorous spin to every-day events like bra-shopping, and what to wear. It’s a lovely book for girls and women alike. This is the one of the cutest illustrated guides you’ll ever find on the shelves!


6. The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy – A Handbook for Girl Geeks

This is a very inspiring and insightful book. This is a book for geeky girls – literally.

The author – Sam Maggs covers topics like how to make nerdy friends, how to defeat internet trolls, how to attend your first con… and so much more! She has also interviewed women who have left their geeky mark on the world. She showcases how wonderful the internet is in helping us form a big and beautiful online community.

This book is for women between the ages of 18 to 35 mostly. If you are a nerd/fangirl/geek, this book was made just for you! It will show you how to accept yourself for who you really are and give you a lot more insight on how to unleash your inner geek-i-ness!


7. Besties

This is the perfect birthday gift for friends. My best friend gifted me this copy and it really moved me. I enjoyed reading this book. Leah beautifully describes the relationship between besties. It’s a very cute book with really sweet illustrations showcasing what really constitutes a good friendship.

I really enjoyed the inside jokes that the besties share. If you have a best friend you want to make super happy, this may just be the perfect gift.


Self Help Illustrated Books

8. Zen Pencils

I’m a huge fan of Gavin already, and this book just made me fall more in love with him. This is a book both my husband and me enjoyed. This book entails a collection of beautiful, inspiring and moving quotes, each illustrated with a story.

It is perfect for people of any age and will make you want to do more with your life in order to be the best version of yourself you can possibly be.

I was so inspired by this copy, that I bought the second volume too. And my husband and I framed both the free posters (that come free with these books) and they’re now in our home office. It’s the inspiration you need to get out there and pursue your dream!

A must buy for Entrepreneurs, Business People, people who love inspirational and powerful stories.



9. The Life Changing Manga of Tidying Up

Technically, this is a graphic novel. But since it’s so beautifully illustrated and spreads a very powerful message, I thought I’d highlight this book.

The main character in the book is a hoarder and extremely messy. She has collected stuff that she either deems too valuable to throw away, or too cumbersome to think about. Enter Marie Kondo. She teaches her how to fold her clothes, how to discard items and more importantly what to discard. She teaches her the importance of donating to charity, and shows her systematic ways of organizing things.

As a person who loves tidying up, this book was solid gold for me. It gave me tons of tips to store my belongings and the best part?

Everything is illustrated.

I particularly enjoyed how she illustrated the art of folding clothes! I’ve implemented most of the tips in this book and I can honestly say it’s a must have in every home!

Might I add, that this is currently the only self-help graphic novel there is. 🙂


10. The Heart and the Bottle

This is a book for anyone be it a child or an adult who’s lost a loved one. The author Oliver Jeffers has very beautifully illustrated the story of a girl who’s very attached to her grandpa. She loves listening to his stories, and he always takes her out to play. One day she runs into his empty chair and he’s no longer there. She is left to cope with this loss.

It’s a very touching story that walks you through how a person grieves. It is moving, uplifting and has a very powerful message. A beautiful gift for anyone who’s going through a tough time of coping with loss.


11. There is no Right Way to Meditate and Other Lessons

First of all, let me start of by saying that this book is extremely deep and will teach you how to be mindful. It will make you take a deep breath and evaluate your life and where you stand. Similar to Zen Pencils, it will leave you with new ideas and push you to be a better version of yourself.

This is the perfect book for people who constantly worry and have loads of stress. It will definitely calm you down.

I like to keep it by my bedside table so I can read a bit before going to sleep. It will teach you how to dispel all the negativity and stress out of your mind and will leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.


Illustrated Memoires

12. Library of Luminaries: Coco Chanel: An Illustrated Biography

As a person who hadn’t read about Coco Chanel before, this book was an inspiring read. Although I’m not into fashion, I loved reading about how she revolutionized the fashion industry with her beautiful designs.

The illustrations are beautiful and is perfect for women in business or women in their 20s.


13. Anne Frank’s Diary: A Graphic Adaptation

I’ve read this book, but not the graphic adaptation. I can only imagine how beautiful it is on the inside. I have taken a peek and it is absolutely breathtaking. A historical character – brought to life!

I’ve just ordered this book and I can’t wait till it gets here.

If you’ve already read Anne Frank’s Diary, then this book will be a lovely addition to your collection. It features a lot of illustrations and yes, it’s a graphic novel, but it’s very moving. I won’t reveal any spoilers.


And that brings us to the end of 13 amazing illustrated books every woman should read.

As always, I love discovering new books and I’d love to know if you loved this list or feel this list is missing something? Please feel free to add to the list of illustrated books for women by commenting below!


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