30 Amazing Feminist Children’s Books Every Kid Should Read

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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).

Roda Ahmed & Stasia Burrington

Mae Among the Stars

Rhonda Leet & Megan Walker

Franny's Father Is a Feminist

Christian Trimmer & Madeline Valentine

Teddy's Favorite Toy

Andrea Beatty & David Roberts

Rosie Revere, Engineer

Andrea Beatty & David Roberts

Ada Twist, Scientist

Robert Munsch & Michael Martchenko

The Paper Bag Princess

Marlo Thomas & Peter Reynolds

Free to Be...You and Me

Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Paris Rosenthal & Holly Hatam

Dear Girl,: A Celebration of Wonderful, Smart, Beautiful You!

Paris Rosenthal, Jason Rosenthal & Holly Hatam

Dear Boy,: A Celebration of Cool, Clever, Compassionate You!

Jennifer Adams & Carme Lemniscates

I Am a Warrior Goddess

Anna Membrino, Fatti Burke

I Look Up To Michelle Obama

Cece Meng & Melissa Suber

Tough Chicks

Kelly DiPucchio & LeUyen Pham

Grace for President

Patricia Toht & Lorian Tu-Dean

Dress Like a Girl

Grace Byers & Keturah A. Bobo

I Am Enough

Malala Yousafzai & Kerascoet

Malala's Magic Pencil

Patty Rodriguez, Ariana Stein & Citlali Reyes

The Life of - La Vida de Selena

Robb Pearlman & Eda Kaban

Pink Is for Boys


This article was originally published on May 4, 2019 and has been updated for timeliness. 


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