As a mother to three young daughters I am always looking for ways to celebrate the strength and accomplishments of women of all ages and demographics.
One of the ways that I am teaching my children about feminism and girl power is by curating a library full of books on feminism, women in history, and stories that feature strong girl characters.
In the last few years we have seen a surge in books that feature the strength and power of women and girls, and below I have included some of my favourites. These titles make perfect gifts for the little girl and boy feminists in your lives!
1. Strong is the New Pretty: A Celebration of Girls Being Themselves by Kate T. Parker
A beautiful photo book that features stunning photography of young girls and young women, along with quotes from the subjects on girlhood, strength, and true beauty. Available here
2. Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo
A collection of 100 stories about women and girls who have made an impact on history. Women featured include: Malala Yousafzai, Frida Kahlo, Elizabeth I, Simone Biles, Amelia Earhart, and Cleopatra. Each profile features stunning and unique artwork and an educational and short history.
3. Canadian Girls Who Rock The World by Tanya Lloyd Kyi
A unique collection of short stories that features Canadian girls who have made an impact on Canadian history, including: Green Party Leader Elizabeth May; pop star Avril Lavigne; and swimmer and record-setter Marilyn Bell. Available here
4. Little Feminist Board Book Set Written by Galison and Emily Kleinman; Illustrated by Lydia Oritz
The perfect introduction to popular feminists throughout history for the littlest feminists. This board book set includes colourful photos and short and simple descriptions about women world changers. Available here
5. Feminist Baby by Loryn Brantz
“Feminist Baby chooses what to wear and if you don’t like it she doesn’t care!” This board book is funny and enjoyable for all ages of feminists to read. It would make a perfect baby shower or first birthday gift. Available here
6. A is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara
An ABC board book that features rhyme and colourful illustrations about activism, banners, and co-ops. This is a must-have for all tiny feminists and their parents. Available here
7. The Paper Bag Princess Written by Robert Munsch; Illustrated by Michael Martchenko
The original feminist storybook, written by the king of children’s books, The Paper Bag Princess features the story of an out-of-the-box princess that doesn’t need a prince! Available here
8. Rosie Revere Engineer Written by Andrea Beatty; Illustrated by David Roberts
The story of a young inventor named Rosie, and her great-great-aunt Rose. Rose dreams of flying, and Rosie wants to build the perfect contraption for her. This book teaches important lessons about failure and trying. Available here
9. Your Fantastic Elastic Brain: Stretch It, Shape It Written by JoAnn Deak; Illustrated by Sarah Ackerley
A fun and engaging introduction to brain development for young children, this book talks about brain elasticity, and why failure is one of the best ways to grow and strengthen your brain. Available here
10. Not all Princesses Dress in Pink Written by Jane Yolen and Heidi E.Y. Stemple; Illustrated by Anne-Sophie Lanquetin
This fun and bright story is written by a mother and daughter duo about the potential of all girls, and the unlimited interests and experiences that young girls can have. Available here