Feminism is something that always stirs up a bit of controversy, though at its root, the concept is very simple: feminism is the belief in full equality of sexes. If you share this belief and are a parent, you’ve undoubtedly been on the hunt for some awesome feminist children’s books, and there are plenty.
Here’s the thing, though. Reading about amazing women and the struggle of women shouldn’t just be for young girls. If the fight for equality is going to advance, it’s imperative that all people, and all children, are aware and committed to this belief. Believing in equality also includes helping young boys understand that they, too, have the ability to be who they are without having to fit into the archaic societal stereotype of a “big, strong, tough man.”
Researchers say children absorb stereotypes, including about gender roles, by age 3. Books have the power to open young minds to new perspectives and offer a broader sense of what the world can be. When children read books that break gender stereotypes, research has found they reach for less stereotypical toys and broaden their future goals.
Here are 30 of our favorite feminist children’s books for young children (and their parents).
This article was originally published on May 4, 2019 and has been updated for timeliness.