Today, October 11th, is the International Day of the Girl. To celebrate, we curated our favorite
books showcasing incredible girls from around the globe. These picks challenge the girl-boy binary
by breaking gender stereotypes and demonstrate how gender intersects with race, culture and class.
These books celebrate the power of girls, and inspire us to create a world where kids are free to
be regardless of their gender.
Each of these books have been featured in the Little Feminist
, and our subscribers have read and loved them all!
What's more empowering than doing what you love? Cars, dinosaurs, dolls, dresses—all kids can
love all of these and so much more! We love Rosa's joy in all things wheeled from fire trucks to
car races. Celebrate the freedom to play with this adorable board book series.
Babies love photos of babies. All kids deserve diverse books. Put that together and what do you
get? Our book series!! These three books (
) feature amazing community-sourced photographs of all sorts of people moving, laughing and loving
in all sorts of ways. You and your kiddos will want to look at them again and again!
Breathtaking illustrations and sweetest insatiable sweet tooth make this book unforgettable. Little
Star keeps craving the big mooncake, and her sneaky bedtime nibbles will make you want a bite too!
This #OwnVoices story draws on the author's Taiwanese roots to highlight the Mid-Autumn Moon
Festival. We love how this story perfectly captures love, anticipation and celebration for little
Gender minorities (read everyone who's not a cisgendered male) have been historically excluded from
countless activities and institutions: schools, sports, and even drumming. We love this unique
story of Millo Castro Zaldarriaga- one of Cuba's first womxn drummers! The musical rhymes and
colorful Cuban plants that adorn each page will have you dancing as you read.
This is a fairytale done right! The princess's prince is not who you think it will be, in fact
there's no male savior in sight. Princess Lex, with her awesome blue afro, is an adventurous
problem solver who seeks peace and inclusion instead of revenge. If you have any aspiring little
royals at home, this fantastical kingdom is the place for them!
Take a motorcycle ride alongside this little girl and her papi and discover what makes community so
special. We love how seamlessly the Latinx author and illustrator blend Spanish and English in this
#OwnVoices story. Watch out, your little reader might ask you to get a motorcycle after they see
the illustrations of this dynamic ride.
We all have heard of Malala and Ruby Bridges, but so many girls have fought for equal access to
education including Sylvia Mendez. We love how this story puts the Mendez family's activism front
and center—shining light on the rich history of self-advocacy in the Mexican-American
community. Yes, this is another #OwnVoices stories, and yes those are our favorite.
Do you know who Barbara Jordan is?! GO, do all the Googling now! But also, read this book! Minds
will be blown- how did we not learn about this powerhouse of a woman in history class?! Glass
ceilings will be shattered- Barbara served as a Texas Senator in 1967 along with 30 white men! This
book goes to show that children's books are not just for kids.
We are illustrator Christian Robinson's #1 fans! In this book he takes you on a beautiful journey
through artist and activist Josephine Baker's life. Josephine felt fearful and angry about all the
injustices in society, sound like a familiar feeling? She took all that frustration and transformed
into amazing art. We love this book because we believe art is powerful, art is necessary, art is
healing. And books about strong black woman without any white saviors lurking on the next page are
always a win.
A book about a girl's community activism in her Indian city written by an Indian author?! We're
here for all these great #OwnVoices stories! We love how this story of Yasmin campaigning for
change empowers kids to be changemakers- and also reminds adults to see kids as capable. Yasmin's
tenacity will inspire you to channel your inner leader no matter where you live.
While these books feature and celebrate girls, we believe all kids of ALL genders should read these
picks. Each child deserves a joyful, healthy, free childhood where they feel safe being who they
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