5 Educational Feminist Books for The Children

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Feminism means fairness, equality, and empowerment of the disenfranchised. All noble qualities the best human beings who have walked on the earth possessed. The ideal set of values we all should look to instill into every receptive mind, kids especially.

Feminism being a positive force all around, it only makes sense to teach its values to the youth, and the younger that youth, the better the effect. Make sure the values your children are learning are truly the right values, let them learn them from these feminist books for children.

#1 Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison

This inspirational book educates readers about the true stories of forty trailblazing Black women in American History. Vashti Harris’ informative text and vibrant illustrations bring to life both iconic and lesser-known female figures of Black history such as chemist Alice Ball, politician Shirley Chisholm, mathematician Katherine Johnson, poet Maya Angelou, and filmmaker Julie Dash. Although small in size, all of the leaders in this book did something huge to uplift and inspire generations to come.

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#2 Born to Ride: A Story About Bicycle Face by Larissa Theule

Have you ever heard of bicycle face? This book tells the true story about bicycle face: a 19th-century health problem made up to intimidate or scare women away from biking. In the 1890s, many people scolded women for bicycling calling it improper and a direct challenge to the male sphere. Saying a woman had bicycle face (a clenched jaw and bulging eyes) was an attempt to keep her from the wheel. Set against the women’s suffrage movement, a young girl discovers the truth behind this so-called “bicycle face.” On her quest, she proves that she can do everything the boys can do, while capturing the universal joy of riding a bike.

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#3 When Sue Found Sue: Sue Hendrickson Discovers Her T. Rex by Toni Buzzeo

When Sue Found Sue tells the incredible true story of Sue Hendrickson, a shy, yet curious child who was born to find things. In 1990, Sue made the biggest discovery of her life: the largest (42 feet long!) and most complete T. rex skeleton ever found. Her story is especially timely as Sue the T. rex debuted in a brand-new gallery at the Field Museum of Natural History and May 15 is National Dinosaur Day. The story inspires young readers to take a closer look at the world around them and never lose their sense of adventure. It also empowers young girls to pursue careers in science and perhaps one day change the course of history.

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#4 Susan B. Anthony: The Making of America #4 by Teri Kanefield

This book examines the life of America’s famous suffragette. Anthony was born into a world in which men ruled women: A man could beat his wife, take her earnings, have her committed into an asylum based on his word, and take her children away from her. While the young nation was ablaze with the radical notion that people could govern themselves, “people” were understood to be white and male. Women were expected to stay out of public life and debates. She began her public career as a radical abolitionist, and after the Civil War, she became an international figurehead of the women’s suffrage movement.

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#5 Evelyn the Adventurous Entomologist: The True Story of a World-Traveling Bug Hunter

Back in 1881, when Evelyn Cheesman was born, English girls were expected to be clean and dressed in frilly dresses. But Evelyn crawled in dirt and collected glow worms in jars. When girls grew up they were expected to marry and look after children. But Evelyn took charge of the London Zoo insect house, filling it with crawling and fluttering specimens and breathing life back into the dusty exhibits. In the early 1920s, women were expected to stay home, but Evelyn embarked on eight solo expeditions to distant islands. She collected over 70,000 insect specimens, discovered new species, had tangles with sticky spider webs, and tumbled from a cliff. Inspire children to believe in their dreams and blaze their own trail with the story of Evelyn’s amazing life!

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Contributors to this article
Aundrea Tabbs-Smith from Spit Honey, LLC

Mary Marolla from ABRAMS The Art of Books

Christine Evans from ChristineEvans

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