The Best Kids Books for Baby Feminists

by Claire Gillespie
Jan 19, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. ET
The Best Kids’ Books for  Baby Feminists
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The first anniversary of the Women's March, the largest single-day protest in U.S. history (which took place the day after Donald Trump's inauguration) is the perfect opportunity to teach the littlest people in your life the importance of equality. While it's tempting to ruminate on the damage done by the current president over the past 12 months (promoting religious bigotry, inciting political violence, condemning equality and treating women like crap, for starters), we'd rather not taint our kids with too much Trump talk.

Instead, let's inspire them to do good, stand up for what's right and take action by introducing them to some of the best kids books for little feminists. Knowledge is power, after all, and our kids are going to need all the power they can get to dismantle the patriarchy — Trump or no Trump. And with these great reads, you might even learn a thing or two yourself.

Share this with everyone in your life, because there can never be too many feminists. 

1 /13: 'Little Feminist' Board Book Set

1/13 :'Little Feminist' Board Book Set

If you want Maya Angelou, Rosa Parks, Hillary Clinton and Gloria Steinem to be household names for your tot growing up, the Little Feminist board book set, written by Galison and Emily Kleinman with fun, punchy illustrations by Lydia Ortiz, will help you with that. The set includes four mini board books (about pioneers, artists, leaders and activists), each celebrating real women who have made their mark on the world. 

Little Feminist board book set (suitable from birth), $11.26 at Amazon

2 /13: 'Feminist Baby'

2/13 :'Feminist Baby'

Loryn Brantz's rebellious Feminist Baby will sometimes "throw up on you" like all babies — but she also "likes pink AND blue" and "chooses what to wear." We like her style. 

Feminist Baby (suitable from birth), $9.36 at Amazon

3 /13: 'C is for Consent'

3/13 :'C is for Consent'

Almost 400 backers have pledged more than $15,000 to bring Eleanor Morrison's C is for Consent to life, and it's expected to be available to ship in June 2018. Morrison wrote that this board book is "for babies, toddlers and thoughtful parents." It features illustrations by Faye Orlove and was inspired by Morrison's own young son — and, she writes, her desire to "turn the tide for the next generation." You can help her do just that at Kickstarter

C is for Consent (suitable from birth), preorder at Phonics With Finn 

4 /13: 'This Little Trailblazer'

4/13 :'This Little Trailblazer'

Joan Holub's This Little Trailblazer: A Girl Power Primer teaches young readers about the powerhouse women who changed history with age-appropriate facts and bright, bold illustrations by Daniel Roode. Make it your new go-to baby shower gift. 

This Little Trailblazer: A Girl Power Primer (ages 3 to 5), $7.99 at Amazon

5 /13: 'She Persisted'

5/13 :'She Persisted'

Chelsea Clinton and Alexandra Boiger have put together an introduction to 13 inspirational women who fought for what's right to make the world a better place for future generations. She Persisted will teach young feminists to do the same. (And no, Clinton's mom isn't in it, but Oprah Winfrey, Helen Keller, Nellie Bly and Virginia Apgar are.) 

She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World (ages 4 to 8 years), $13.49 at Amazon

6 /13: 'I Dissent'

6/13 :'I Dissent'

The first picture book about celebrated Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, with engaging illustrations by  Elizabeth Baddeley, doesn't disappoint. I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy teaches little ones that being "good" doesn't necessarily mean being quiet. 

I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark (ages 4 to 8), $12.24 at Amazon

7 /13: 'A Is for Activist'

7/13 :'A Is for Activist'

Written and illustrated by Innosanto Nagara, A is for Activist should be the first addition to any aspiring feminist's collection. Far more engaging, powerful and inclusive than your typical ABC board book, it's fun for parents too, and many of the pages have a very lyrical rhythm. Rap for feminist babies, you might say.  

A Is for Activist (suitable from birth), $9.32 at Amazon

8 /13: 'Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History'

8/13 :'Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History'

Women of color have been omitted from the history books for — well, forever — which makes Vashti Harrison's Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History required reading for all kids. Abolitionist Sojourner Truth, pilot Bessie Coleman, chemist Alice Ball, politician Shirley Chisholm and mathematician Katherine Johnson deserve to be read about, talked about and celebrated. 

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History (ages 8 to 12), $11.68 at Amazon

9 /13: 'Lucía the Luchadora'

9/13 :'Lucía the Luchadora'

Cynthia Leonor Garza's plucky Lucia the Luchadora, brought to life by Alyssa Bermudez's illustrations, is the superhero we've all been waiting for.

Lucía the Luchadora (ages 3 to 7), $11.89 at Amazon

10 /13: 'Elizabeth Leads the Way'

10/13 :'Elizabeth Leads the Way'

Elizabeth Cady Stanton was an extraordinary woman who wouldn't take no for an answer (and wouldn't take her husband's name after marriage). Elizabeth Leads the Way: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Right to Vote by Tanya Lee Stone, with folk-art-style illustrations by Rebecca Gibbon, is an inspirational, age-appropriate introduction to Stanton's life. 

Elizabeth Leads the Way: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Right to Vote (ages 6 to 10 years), $6.66 at Amazon

11 /13: 'The Big Book of Girl Power'

11/13 :'The Big Book of Girl Power'

Why should Batman and Superman get all the glory? It's time to give a long overdue nod to Wonder Woman, Batgirl, Supergirl and the rest of DC Comics' female superheroes. Julie Merberg's The Big Book of Girl Power, illustrated with DC Comics classic art, teaches young readers what makes these women awesome role models (spoiler: a lot).   

The Big Book of Girl Power (ages 4 to 6), $11.45 at Amazon

12 /13: 'Rad American Women A – Z'

12/13 :'Rad American Women A – Z'

It's fitting that the very first kids book released by the iconic publishing house City Lights was Kate Schatz's Rad American Women A – Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries who Shaped Our History . . . and Our Future! This New York Times best seller is an ABC book with a difference. It spans several centuries and multiple professions and presents 26 diverse female role models, complete with colorful illustrations by Miriam Klein Stahl. It's all kids need to know about how to be rad. 

Rad American Women A – Z (ages 8 to 16), $10.28 at Amazon

13 /13: Pin it!

The Best Kids Books for Baby Feminists
Image: Amazon/Design: Ashley Britton/SheKnows

13/13 :Pin it!

Pin this and start marching!