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6 Appropriate Feminist Books For 11-Year-Olds

Teach them to be a better human earlier.

There’s simply no age requirement to learn how to be a better human being. Therefore, there is no age requirement to start teaching your children the values of feminism. Children are intelligent. They certainly know right from wrong when they see it, but outdated societal programming recurrently pops-up and confuses their natural instincts regarding what’s good and fair.

To combat the toxic remnants of the past, some learning is needed. There’s no place better to learn from than a well-written book. And what do you know? There are plenty of great ones written for children. Teach your children how to be better human beings with these feminist books for 11-year-olds.

#1 F is for Feminist by Kim Collins

Are you a feminist? And what does being a feminist truly mean? Find out by taking an inspiring tour through the alphabet, discovering what girls are really made of and just how much equality matters!

Every page of F is for Feminist creates an opportunity to have meaningful discussions with girls and boys about feminism, empowerment, and the wonderfulness of being, knowing, or raising a girl! The diverse photographs ensure that every girl will be able to see herself in this book, her unique possibilities, and the role she can play in making the world more inclusive and just.

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#2 Little People, Big Dreams Series by Isabel Sanchez Vegara

The series launched in 2016 with biographies of strong female role models like Frida Kahlo, Maya Angelou, and Amelia Earhart.

Now with over 20 titles in the series, this year four outstanding men join the list: Stephen Hawking (Feb 2019), Muhammad Ali (Feb 2019), Mahatma Gandhi (April 2019), and David Bowie (May 2019). The biographies are unique in that they tell the story of how each started as a child with big dreams and grew up to accomplish great things.

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#3 Step Into Your Power: 23 lessons on how to live your best by Jamia Wilson

This book shows you how to make your big dreams a big reality. Learn from the lived experience of author Jamia Wilson and illustrator Andrea Pippins as they mentor you through growing up in the modern world, and teach you how to STEP INTO YOUR POWER. ‘Slay your fear!’ ‘You’ve got this!’ ‘Take heart and trust your gut!’ In this friendly guide, ‘big sister’ Jamia Wilson helps you achieve your dreams and know your rights with caring advice and actions you can take and make your very own.

Explore what it means to know and trust your insights and capabilities with stories, images, activities, resources and action prompts that you can interact with on your own time and, most importantly, on your terms.

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#4 Create Your Me Movement by Patricia Wooster

The tween and teen years can be confusing and frustrating, especially for girls trying to develop their own voice and identity. With the Create Your Me Movement, teen girls finally have a guided journal designed just for them. This collection of 52 weekly exercises and writing prompts guides you through recording your goals and standards, and determining ways to reach them.

The guidance from author and teen advocate Patricia Wooster comes from four major categories: Play, Spirit, Strength, and Purpose. With these journaling assignments, you will take the principles behind starting a social movement—advocacy, patience, developing relationships, and managing time and resources—and apply them to your everyday life, fostering a sense of identity, confidence, and assurance in who you truly are.

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#5 Oprah Winfrey: Run the show like CEO by Caroline Moss

When Oprah Winfrey was a little girl, she watched her grandma hang clothes out on the line. Oprah adored her grandma, but she knew in that moment her life was going to be different… And she was right.

Discover how Oprah became a billionaire CEO and media mogul in this true story of her life. Then, learn 10 key lessons from her work you can apply to your own life. Featuring inspiring quotes and mantras, this is a book for all kids wanting to forge their own career path

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#6 Be the Change by Eunice Moyle

First learn how to get inspired and how to inspire others, as well as the importance of embracing diverse perspectives and how to handle conflict diplomatically. Then discover how to channel your inspiration into creative outlets, such as organizing community events or meetings, using social media to affect change, and contacting your government representatives.

Also get some great tips for generating creative ideas, running for office at school or getting involved with local government, and what to bring to protests. Once you learn about what it takes to effectively “be the change,” follow along with the simple step-by-step projects to promote your ideas and events, from protest posters and fundraising jars to iron-on tees and stenciled tote bags. With a little creativity and a positive outlook, you too can inspire change in the world!

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Contributors to this article
Kim Collins from Be A BOLD Girl

Angela Corpus from The Quarto Group

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