So you want your child to strive for the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes? Crack open some feminist books for kids. You can’t be what you can’t see (or read, or discuss, or understand).
Most of the media that kids are exposed to—TV, movies, iPad games—isn’t designed to teach, for example, the importance of consent or enforce the idea that each of us has the right to be just who we are. But into that vacuum steps these age-appropriate, beautifully illustrated feminist books for kids—tracing the history of voting rights, introducing them to indigenous woman war heroes, celebrating black girl magic, and delighting them with stories of girls and boys who are brave, brilliant, and big-hearted.
Past generations had groundbreaking titles like Free To Be You And Me, The Paper Bag Princess, Piggybook, I Love My Hair, and Heather Has Two Mommies. Authors and illustrators have run with the spirit of those breakout works, expanding into a library of feminist texts for every kind of reader. We picked books that represent intersectional feminism—feminism that doesn’t leave out any kind of woman or identity.
No need to wait until the kids in your life are freshmen in college taking an intro gender theory course—picture books about feminist heroes, egalitarian fairytales, and funny, fresh takes on girlhood are available now. There has never been a better time to teach kids—regardless of their gender—how good it feels to be a feminist.
We all dream of our kids growing up to stand for what’s just and right in the world—the best way to get them started is a good book.
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