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7 Empowering Picture Books to Keep You Entertained During the Pandemic

Children’s literature can be simultaneously empowering and oppressive depending on how it is used by caregivers, teachers, parents and librarians. This guide is meant to empower caregivers, teachers, parents and librarians with alternative picture book suggestions that represent and empower boys and girls alike.


Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman

This product was recommended by Jennifer Willy from Etia

Grace loves stories, whether they’re from books, movies, or the kind her grandmother tells. So, when she gets a chance to play a part in Peter Pan, she knows exactly who she wants to be.


The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson

This product was recommended by Jennifer Willy from Etia

The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson and two-time Pura Belpré Illustrator Award winner Rafael López reminds us that we all feel like outsiders sometimes-and how brave it is that we go forth anyway.


I Am Confident, Brave & Beautiful by Hopscotch Girls

This product was recommended by Jennifer Willy from Etia

I Am Confident, Brave & Beautiful by Hopscotch Girls is a 22+ coloring page book that encourages girls to think beyond social conventions and inspire conversations with adults about what it really means to be confident, brave, and beautiful.


The Gardener by Sarah Stewart

This product was recommended by Marcus Clarke from Searchant

The Gardener by Sarah Stewart, tells a really good story of how people and things influence others no matter how small they are, the illustrations in this book are also good as well. For kids of age upto 6 or 7 it’d be a good read.


This Little Trailblazer by Joan Holub

This product was recommended by Samantha Moss from Romantific

Most people know how powerful books can impact the views of different people. Most especially picture books that are for kids because it gives children life lessons that they can live their life. As a businesswoman that grew up reading a lot of books, I owe a big part of me to these books because this is where I learned a lot of things about life. As for me, the most empowering picture book that every child should read is The Little Trailblazer by Joan Holub, Illustration by Daniel Roode. As an advocate of woman empowerment, this is my most favorite empowering picture book that I’ve read. This teaches children how women changed the course of history by influential women.


Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty

This product was recommended by Marielle Melling from Lovin’ Life with Littles

This book follows little Rosie Revere who dreams of being a great engineer. However, she faces disappointment as she pursues her passion. With help from her great-great aunt Rose, Rosie learns that the only true failure is to quit. Drawing inspiration from the WWII generation of women represented by Rosie the Riveter, this book empowers young people to pursue their dreams.


Feminist Baby by Loryn Brantz

This product was recommended by Sonya Schwartz from Her Norm

This makes feminism easy to understand especially at a younger age. It’s a cute and colorful book that reminds girls and women that they can be anything they want to be and not even society should dictate what they should be and what they should not. It is a good read not only for girls and women but also for boys and men so that they would grow to be a full and equal person.

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