Now more than ever, parents are looking into ways to teach their kids about equality. It’s 2017 and we are still battling equal pay for Men and Women! We are still subject to gender stereotypes in the workplace and home. So what can we do as parents to make sure we are raising our kids to be the best feminists they can be? Some of the answers lie within books, so I’ve compiled a list of some of the best Feminist Books for Kids!
It’s probably worth mentioning that when i was researching this post, i typed in Feminist books for kids. The list was a bit bare. Type in ‘Feminist books for boys’ even less. Unsurprisingly the search ‘Feminist books for Girls’ brought out the biggest result. This post is designed to help you grab the best books for teaching your Daughters and your Sons about Feminism, Equality, Friendship and Strength. Books shouldn’t discriminate. So let’s kick this off with a book I’ve loved reading to Wren…
I love this book. Wren received Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls, from a friend for her Christmas and we’ve been working our way through it. I think it will serve as an invaluable tool as she gets older. The illustrations are beautiful and the content is a great page by page back story on some of the most brilliant women to have ever lived. I’m learning so much from it too and I’ve snuck it from the book shelf on occasion to re-read some of the incredible stories. These tales will undoubtedly show your children that they can be Extraordinary too.
Matilda is a wonderful story by the incredible Roald Dahl at first may not seem like a book about feminism. Look a little deeper and you’ll find that this book contains great lessons for your children. Matilda not only overcomes difficulties in order to learn, she shows great determination, strength and love for her friends, her books and the wonderful Miss Honey. A great lesson for all children and a wild read you’ll all enjoy!
Ada Twist is a curious little girl with a passion for the how’s and why’s. Eager to find out how things work, her experiments get her into all sorts of trouble. A great book for little scientists, if you’ve got kids who love to make the slime and get their hands dirty, this is definitely for them. In a world were girls haven’t always been encouraged to ask questions this book bucks the trend and paints a wonderful picture of a little girl being whatever she wants to be. Other books in this series should also be looked at as great reads on this topic – Rosie Revere- Engineer and Iggy Peck Architect .
“A is for Activist is an ABC board book written and illustrated for the next generation of progressives: families who want their kids to grow up in a space that is unapologetic about activism, environmental justice, civil rights, LGBTQ rights and everything else that activists believe in and fight for. The alliteration, rhyming and vibrant illustrations make the book exciting for children, while the issues depicted resonate with their parents’ values of community, equality and justice. This engaging little book carries huge messages as it inspires hope for the future” – the Blurb says it all! 🙂
Instead of learning the alphabet and your A, B, C’s with Apples, Banana’s and Carrots give your kids the chance to associate a letter with someone Rad AF American Women. Each page also gives a summary as to why these women are so cool, with almost Andy Warhol esq. illustrations depicting actual events taken place. A seriously awesome way to learn the alphabet if you ask me!
When looking for books for this post that could relate to today’s little boy, i found it pretty difficult. Not because i didn’t know what to look for, but there seems to be a genuine lack of books aimed at little boys. I did however come across this, Tough Guys Have Feelings Too, by Keith Negley. A brilliant book showing little dudes that their emotions are totally and completely normal. It’s okay to be sad, it’s ok to feel. Boys are often over looked when it comes to dealing with emotions but in some cases they struggle the most. They are programmed to feel exactly the same things us girls are and they should not be made to feel shame if they fancy a wee cry.
So just What Do Grown Ups Do All Day? Not exactly a question i ask myself often but it sure is something our kids will wonder. What do Mummy and Daddy do at work? And what does their job entail? I found this book on my hunt and found it to be a great way to show boys and girls diversity at work. A positive look at equality in the work place. So i guess this book is more about the illustrations. It depicts several working roles, and shows Men and Women in a lot of diverse positions that stereo-typically your kids may not have seen. I watched something on TV a while ago, where the children were asked to draw a Firefighter, a Doctor or a Tradesman. Most of the kids all drew their characters as Men. Meaning most of the girls couldn’t see themselves in a role such as a Police woman or Joiner. I found this books to show that both Men and Women can do as they damn well please, and that’s why it’s on my list.
As soon as Wren was out of my womb and fresh into the world i set about looking for books. Books that i could read her to inspire her and encourage her. I came across this series from Little People Big Dreams and this perfect example of Maya Angelou. Lots of books about famous women in history with cute illustrations and a story children will appreciate. The series includes others such as Coco Chanel, Amelia Earhart, Agatha Christie and Audrey Hepburn.
10. Tiger In A Tutu
When i reached out to you lovely lot on Instagram the other day it was recommended that i add this gem to my list. Tiger in a Tutu is a story about a Tiger who loves to dance. Set in Paris, this is an uplifting tale about following your dreams, no matter what. Max isn’t like other tigers – He longs to pirouette and plié, to leap and spin. He wants to be a dazzling dancer, shining on the stage! Little dancers will love to see Max triumph and get his moment in the spotlight. And if you hadn’t twigged, Max is a boy… this book is fabulous!!
Beatrice Bottomwell is a nine-year-old girl who has never made a mistake. She never forgets her math homework, she never wears mismatched socks, and she ALWAYS wins the yearly talent show at school. In fact, Beatrice holds the record of perfection in her hometown, where she is known as The Girl Who Never Makes Mistakes. That is until she makes one pretty big mistake! This book is a great way to show kids that it’s okay to make mistakes and to learn. That girls don’t always need to be ‘perfect’ or ‘ladylike’ that it’s okay to have a day off once in a while. This book highlights the importance of trying, even when you’re not a perfect or an expert.
Princess Smartypants does not want to get married. She enjoys being a Ms. But because she is a rich and rather pretty princess, she has many a Prince try to win her hand. This books sees Princes Smartypants fight for her right to preserve her independence and stay single with her pets! A great, hilarious book breaking down the standard ‘Princess’ stereotype. This book received 5 Stars from Isobel Freckleton,
“I think she is really cool, i like the part when she turns Prince Swashbuckle into a big toad”
A swell review from a very well read 6 year old, you knows a think or two about being cool and an independent woman! Thanks for your review Izzy!!!
I hope you’ve enjoyed the list of books I’ve compiled. Please let me know if you have any more i should know about! I’m keen to add to our collection soon!
Happy Reading Sx