Remember when books for girls featured princesses tucked away in castles waiting to be rescued by a handsome prince?

While we still love a good princess, these days there are princesses who can stand up for themselves, become scientists, start their own business, or pretty much do whatever they want. And the pink dress and tiara are totally optional.

We think that’s a great thing! We want to show our kids, both girls AND boys, that they have so many amazing options.

These feminist books for kids with strong female characters illustrate how if you dream big and work hard…the sky’s the limit!

We hope that whether you label yourself a “feminist” or not, you’ll read through this list to find important books about women and girls to read to your sons and daughters.

Here’s our list of brilliant feminist books for kids!

 

1. This Little Explorer

Author: Joan Holub

Age: 3-5 Years Old

In This Little Explorer, your kids will learn all about the most influential explorers who searched the world far and wide. It’s an engaging and colourful board book perfect for pioneers-in-training! We think it’s awesome to hear of the extraordinary feats of pretty normal people, astronauts, pioneers, archeologists, etc.. The message of this story is definitely “dream big”.

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2. Katy and the Big Snow

Author: Virginia Lee Burton

Age: 4-7 Years Old

Why do cars and trucks in stories always have to be male? In Katy And The Big Snow, Katy is a brave and untiring tractor, who pushes a bulldozer in the summer and a snowplow in the winter, making it possible for the townspeople to do their jobs. Katy is a female tractor that gets the job done! And she does it without complaining or needing to be saved by a male character. A fun story for kids.

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3. Amazing Babes

Author: Eliza Sarlos

Age: All Ages

Amazing Babes is definitely a splurge, it’s more of a coffee table piece than a standard children’s book, but it is truly unique and inspiring!  The book celebrates inspirational women from around the world and across generations. There are some great female role models in here!

What we loved is that it introduced us to some pretty cool women we’d never heard of. You can read the main section of the book pretty quickly, if you’ve got a younger child. And then there are more detailed biographies of each character in the back for older kids. A truly inspirational book.

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4. Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls 2

Author: Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo

Age: 5-10 Years Old

Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls 2 features 100 more bedtime stories inspired by the lives and adventures of extraordinary women, from Nefertiti to Beyonce. The book transforms each biography into a fairy tale, filling listeners with wonder and with a curiosity to know more about each hero.

This book inspires young girls (and their mothers, aunts, etc.) to be confident, to dream big, to cultivate their strength.

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5. Dear Girl

Author: Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Age: 4-8 Years Old

Dear Girl offers wisdom for daughters about coloring outside the lines, keeping your hand raised and asking questions. This book is a remarkable love letter for the special girl in your life. Dear Girl encourages girls to always be themselves and to love who they are, inside and out.

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6. I Dissent

Author: Debbie Levy and Elizabeth Baddeley

Age: 4-8 Years Old

I Dissent is the illustrated story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg that takes readers from her childhood to the Supreme Court, emphasizing all the ways she stood up for herself and others along the way. A powerful role model, and one of our favorite feminist books for kids.

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7. Malala’s Magic Pencil

Author: Malala Yousafzai

Age: 5-8 Years Old

Malala’s Magic Pencil is Nobel-Prize winner Malala’s first picture book and it will inspire young readers to find the magic all around them. As a child, Malala made a wish for a magic pencil. She would use it to make everyone happy, to erase the smell of garbage from her city, to sleep an extra hour in the morning.

But as she grew older, Malala saw that there were more important things to wish for. And even if she never found a magic pencil, Malala realized that she could still work hard every day to make her wishes come true.

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8. A Picture Book Of Amelia Earheart

Author: David A. Adler

Age: 6-9 Years Old

A Picture Book Of Amelia Earheart does a great job of painting the picture how women were treated in the early 20th century. Amelia’s whole life is covered, and the book even touches on the conspiracy theories about her death. We love how much of Amelia’s independent spirit comes through in the quotes the author shares.

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9. Madeline

Author: Ludwig Bemelmans

Age: 3-7 Years Old

Madeline is a classic and I’ll admit, it was one of my childhood favorites. I literally read this book hundreds of times. I wanted to be just like the main character Madeline because she wasn’t afraid of anything. She’s actually proud of her scars, and shows them off! One of the great classic feminist books for kids that gets passed down from generation to generation.

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10. The Story Of Ruby Bridges

Author: Robert Coles

Age: 4-8 Years Old

Ruby Bridges is both the story of a strong girl and the civil rights movement. Kids can relate to Ruby who showed incredible bravery at the age of six. This book does a wonderful job at telling the story of how Ruby Bridges was the first African-American child to enroll in a previously all-white elementary school. This is a great book to introduce children to a difficult part of American history.

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11. Grace For President

Author: Kelly DiPuchhio

Age: 5-9 Years Old

When it comes to feminist books for kids, Grace For President is a winner. Right on the first page our heroine Grace exclaims “Where are the girls?” in response to her teacher hanging a poster of all the presidents. Grace decides to run for president in the mock election for her grade at school to make that happen! This book also does a good job of explaining the sometimes confusing American election system and Electoral College for kids. It’s both a feminist book and political lesson wrapped into one.

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12. Ada Twist, Scientist

Author: Andrea Beaty

Age: 5-7 Years Old

Ada Twist has a big imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? Not afraid of failure, Ada embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. Ada Twist, Scientist champions girl power and women scientists, and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science. This book touches on themes of never giving up and problem solving.

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