This article showcases our top picks for the Best Feminist Picture Books To Read. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below).
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This product was recommended by Holly Sharp from Dream It and Do It LLC
Teach your elementary aged children about 100 different career options in this beautifully illustrated short story book. Each story is a one page less about a different career and the real person who excelled in that job. This is my book.
This product was recommended by Maxwell Shanley from HarperOne
A beautiful and uplifting collection of heartfelt, hand-lettered full-color artwork and soothing messages that provide compassion and connection for everyone feeling overwhelmed in their lives. All of This is for You is balm for anyone feeling lost and detached from today’s confusing, hectic world. In her luminous four-color hand-lettered artwork and accompanying heartfelt notes, acclaimed illustrator Ruby Jones reminds us that even when times are tough, it remains important to be kind and gentle with ourselves and those around us. Jones received worldwide recognition after she posted an illustration of two women—one of them a Muslim wearing a hijab—embracing after the 2019 Christchurch terrorist attacks. The image was accompanied by an extraordinary message of empathy and understanding: This is your home and you should have been safe here. A beacon of hope and kindness, All of This is for You is for every one of us, because no matter the individual issue—whether it’s self-image, identity, depression, grief, or anxiety—we all struggle with challenges. Jones’s gentle illustrations and soothing insights are a breath of fresh air during tough times, and a reminder of humanity’s inherent and enduring goodness.
This product was recommended by Craig Pomranz from CraigPomranz
The idea of Gender Stereotyping is challenged among other topics, with the question of why is “feminine” a lesser word and idea and what does this say to our girls. To paraphrase Gloria Steinem We’ve begun to raise daughters more like sons… but few have the courage to raise our sons more like our daughters.
This product was recommended by Teigan Margetts from Ethicool
Society is now empowering girls to challenge traditional feminine stereotypes, but in order to achieve equality, we need to challenge masculine stereotypes too. This book does just that. Today’s men are often encouraged to be ‘real men’ and hide their emotions, but this touching and poignant story reminds all little boys that it’s ok to cry – in fact, emotions should be shared and celebrated at all times.
This product was recommended by Shelly Peel from SocialMum
I bought this book because I’m a fan of Frida Kahlo and saw her on the cover art. I wanted to surprise my daughter too. After reading the first few pages, I find it hard to stop. So I read everything about these 50 wonderful women. I already know some of them from school before. And I’m joyful to have learned more amusing women who made an impact on their community. I should say it’s one of the most astonishing books ever written.
This product was recommended by Kryz Uy from Kryzuy
It is such a majestic book concerning women in history. Each page contains artworks that might leave you asking questions. It does have photos from ancient times to the present modern days. And that’s truly amazing to have a glimpse at some never-seen-before images of the 18th century.
This product was recommended by Mariyam from The Beautyholic
A picturesque book to introduce young readers to role models and how they are an inspiration for the world. It also includes quotes from the former First Lady about her personal life and the importance of hard work.
This product was recommended by Julia Borcherts from Kaye Publicity
With more than 172,000 followers, Instagram artist Ali Beckman is the Internet’s go-to gal for bug-related content that makes you a happier human. In her debut book, Beckman illustrates the importance of pollinators along with a healthy dose of body positivity and mental health awareness through her witty comics that feature actual insects in everyday situations. Through the cartoons, Beckman shares a narrative of self-growth and finding confidence within, all while making people laugh. The genius behind her work is that the insects many people fear reflect back our own insecurities and hopes, allowing us all to see our significance in the world.
This product was recommended by Geninna Ariton from Trendhim
Since 2013 photographer Mihaela Noroc has traveled the world with her backpack and camera taking photos of everyday women to showcase the diversity of beauty all around us. The Atlas of Beauty is a collection of her photographs celebrating women from all corners of the world, revealing that beauty is everywhere, and that it comes in many different sizes and colors. Noroc’s colorful and moving portraits feature women in their local communities, ranging from the Amazon rainforest to London city streets, and from markets in India to parks in Harlem, visually juxtaposing the varied physical and social worlds these women inhabit. Packaged as a gift-worthy, hardcover book, The Atlas of Beauty presents a fresh perspective on the global lives of women today.
This product was recommended by Tori Ford from Medical Herstory
This children’s picture book revolves around Charlotte, a bunny who perseveres in the face of gender bias to find a cure for the sick animals in her forest. It’s an inspiring book for young girls who may grow up and be told that their work isn’t strong, relevant, or good enough in the STEM fields; it teaches impressionable audiences that they are more than their criticisms and that these barriers can be driven solely by gendered biases. This book aligns well with our organization’s motive, as we believe that we need better representation in the medical sciences to confront the gender inequities in the field.
This product was recommended by Anna Lustberg from AnnaLustberg
Seymone Kelly and Anna Lustberg are Harlem-based female creatives who are the author and illustrator, respectively, of the children’s picture book Joyner & Magical’s Big Dreams. The book’s theme is centered around equity or equal opportunity; it’s all about young children, no matter their race, gender, abilities, or background, being able to follow their dreams. It’s about instilling belief in children that they can be whatever they want to be in life. The book’s illustrations show different career paths for kids to consider and it’s worth noting that on one page, the young girl is shown in the seat of the President in the Oval Office rather than the young boy. Examples like this are intentional choices the author made when crafting the narrative.