10 Feminist children's books
We've rounded up some of the best feminist children's books for boys and girls of all ages to help the next generation dismantle the patriarchy
We've rounded up some of the best children's books about feminism to challenge perceptions in literature for boys and girls of all ages.
The Paper Bag Princess, Robert Munsch
Robert Munsch dismantles gender and dragon roles in this classic feminist fable when the go-getting princess has to rescue Prince Ronald from the clutches of a dragon.
Me…. Jane, Patrick McDonnell
This beautifully illustrated picture book is about real-life feminist hero, anthropologist Dame Jane Goodall. This fictionalization of her childhood sees one of the greatest scientists of the past century filled with dreams of helping animals, inspired by her toy companion, a chimpanzee named Jubilee.
Wild, Emily Hughes
Wild is the story of a girl raised in nature - until she's snared by strange creatures who look like her. She attempts to adjust to the humdrum of civilization despite being unashamedly, irrevocably wild.
Rosie Revere, Engineer, Andrea Beaty
The creative Rosie Revere wants to be an engineer. She hides her inventions under her bed, until her great-great-aunt Rose comes to visit and teaches her that failure is the first step to success.
Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress, Christine Baldacchino
The patriarchy is built on many things, but one of them is definitely stigmatizing young men who want to enjoy activities that are typically considered “feminine”. Check out the stylish Morris Micklewhite, who won't let anyone else define him.
Pippi Longstocking, Astrid Lindgren
Pippi Longstocking, the strongest girl in the world, has been smashing gender norms since she first busted onto the literary scene 77 years ago. There have been many adaptations, but we're partial to the one illustrated by Lauren Child.
Ballet Shoes, Noel Streatfeild
Ballet Shoes follows the adventures of three adopted sisters as they try to make it in show business. Despite being published in 1936, the book is still considered feminist as it depicts women in real-life situations attempting to follow their dreams.
Hidden Figures, Margot Lee Shetterly
Before everyone had an iPhone in their pocket, there were “human computers” who used pencils and rulers to solve the formula for space travel. The amazing true story of four female African-American mathematicians at NASA has been adapted into a film and a Young Readers' edition.
Wolves in the Walls, Neil Gaiman
Written by Neil Gaiman (who penned Coraline and American Gods), Wolves in the Walls is a fairytale-like story about a girl named Lucy who hears wolves in the walls, but no one in her family believes her - until the wolves come out of the walls.
The Winner's Trilogy, Marie Rutkoski
The Winner's Trilogy challenges the notion that fighting skills are a prerequisite for becoming a YA heroine. The fantasy series follows Kestrel, who utilizes political manipulation and subversion to get her way.