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10 Books To Raise Feminist Girls

Sheena Joseph | May 16 2019
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If you think that feminism is the salvation of the world, you better raise your daughter as a feminist. This might be easier said than done. The world is full of unhealthy stereotypes and norms. If you are clueless about educating your daughter about gender positivity and equality, you can always find solace in books. Your generation may have grown up hearing stories of Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty who waited to be rescued by their prince charming. But, your daughter doesn’t need to. There are several books out there that will help you to raise a feminist daughter. Here are 10 children’s books to raise feminist girls.

1. The Little Book of Little Activists

This book is all about children who were adamant about making the world a better place. This juvenile nonfiction published by Penguin Young Readers is stories of children who cared about their community and stood up for their beliefs. ‘The Little Book of Little Activists’ will empower your child to voice her opinion. It will teach her that her thoughts are too matters and no one can silence her. The book illustrates the photographs of young American citizens at demonstrations and rallies that are worth to be inspiring and empowering.

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This children’s book includes quotes by children on equality, diversity, and feminism. The introduction is written by Bob Bland, co-chair of the Women’s March on Washington, and an afterword by civil rights activist Lynda Blackmon Lowery, author of Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March.

2. The Princess Problem: Guiding Our Girls Through the Princess-Obsessed Years

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‘The Princess Problem’ is an attempt of author Rebecca C Hains to navigate parents through the process of raising empowered girls in a princess-obsessed world. The book features real stories and advice from parents, psychologists, and educators. The goal is to help every parent to save their children from a world that thrives on selling negative stereotypes about gender, race, and beauty to young girls. The book helps young parents to have thoughtful conversations with children and guide them to be open-minded people.

3. Strong Is the New Pretty: A Celebration of Girls Being Themselves

Kate T Parker’s 'Strong Is The New Pretty' is a collection of 175 photographs. The girls captured by Parker could not be more different from the ones on the cover of fashion magazines and billboards. They are real women captured in their natural state. Photographs in this book are described as fearless, silly, wild, stubborn, proud, happy, and powerful.

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This children’s book states how beauty has nothing do with the size of a woman's body or her clothes or the way she moves. The photographer in Kate T Parker finds beauty in the authentic self of women and embracing it. The candid images in the book will leave your daughter with powerful and empowering messages.

4. The Gutsy Girl

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If your daughter is hesitant to run through the woods with her brother because her female friends are not doing it, ‘The Gutsy Girl’ is the perfect book for her. Author Caroline Paul wrote this book inspired by her own experiences. It is for all those girls who are keen to have a life of adventure. It is about choosing excitement, confidence, self-reliance, friendship, and fun over fear. The author walks us through her experiences. She shied away from climbing trees and jump off rocks as a child. But, she empowered herself and prompts her readers to do the same by chasing their dreams.

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5. Hidden Figures Young Readers’ Edition

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Young girls need to know that no dream is too big for them. The real-life story of four African-American female mathematicians at NASA Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden who played key roles at the time of Space Race is the best example you could show her. Margot Lee Shetterly wrote the book to record the triumph of talent in a time of discrimination. The book was modified for the children of four to eight years.

6.  The Wonderful Things You Will Be

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Nothing grabs the attention of children like songs. Nursery rhymes are a great way to educate your daughter. She will always remember and believe the songs. Emily Winfield Martin's 'The Wonderful Things You Will be' is a collection of rhymes that says all the thoughts parents have when they are looking at their children. The illustrations are beautiful and humorous. The book is written from a parent’s perspective, and it is a great positive message for children. It will boost her confidence and assure her of the parent’s love.

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7. She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World

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'She Persisted' is another juvenile nonfiction that will inspire your daughter to be a badass with real stories of women. Chelsea Clinton has written about feminists and activists who didn't let patriarchy silence them. These women persisted and kept going towards their goals. The book features Harriet Tubman, Helen Keller, Clara Lemlich, Nellie Bly, Virginia Apgar, Maria Tallchief, Claudette Colvin, Ruby Bridges, Margaret Chase Smith, Sally Ride, Florence Griffith Joyner, Oprah Winfrey, and Sonia Sotomayor.

8. Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History

'Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History' is another book that will tell your daughter that the world has many women who followed their hearts and chased their dreams. This juvenile nonfiction by Vashti Harrison will tell let her know that she can do whatever she set her heart on. No dream is out of her league. The book features stories of forty lesser-known women in Black history.

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These women made the world a better place for girls of next generations. The text is accompanied by powerful illustrations that will imprint on your daughter's brain. 'Little Leaders' features abolitionist Sojourner Truth, pilot Bessie Coleman, chemist Alice Ball, politician Shirley Chisholm, mathematician Katherine Johnson, poet Maya Angelou, and filmmaker Julie Dash.

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9. Pippi Longstocking

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‘Pippi Longstocking’ by Astrid Lindgren is one of the most popular children's novels ever written. It has been translated to over 40 languages. Norwegian Nobel Institute listed the novel as one of the ‘Top 100 Works of World Literature’. The story is about the experiences of Pippi, a nine-year-old girl whose mother died and her father is away at sea. Pippi also spent most of her life at sea. But, she moves into a villa in her village with her pet monkey and a pet horse. Pippi's life while she adjusts to life in the village and making friends is something every child will relate to.

10. Grace for President

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There is no such thing as too much ambition. But, that is not what our society tells young girls. If you live in a society that will rather have your daughter believe that dreaming of becoming the president of the nation isn’t realistic, ‘Grace for President’ is the perfect bedtime story for her. The story is written by Kelly S. DiPucchio, and it is about a young girl who decides to become the first-ever female president of the United States of America. Grace is not waiting to grow up to chase her ambition. She instantly signs up to contest in school elections.

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