7 Baby Books for Your Future Feminist
Best Baby Books for Your Future Feminist
Sometimes when Lady O is crying but also looking determined, I wonder if it's because she knows that, as of now, women are underrepresented in corporate america, prominent roles in mass media, and government leadership. So we think it’s extra important to curate a bookshelf that levels out that storyline and maybe even tip the scales in the future. This isn't an exhaustive list, just a start.
1. Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls (Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo)
100 stories of 100 amazing women. Some of these stories I knew well, but there are also several I’m Googling more about later (it’s ok to learn along with your baby). Also, who knew Coco Chanel was an incredibly rebellious rebel pushing the envelope on fashion and form. Before it was cool. Lady O is particularly interested in the artwork of this book - a major plus!
Favorite quote: “To the rebel girls of the world: Dream bigger, Aim higher, Fight harder, and when in doubt, remember you are right.”
2. Ada Twist, Scientist (written by Andrea Beaty, illustrated by David Roberts)
The journey of Ada Twist is full of clever rhymes and and the story of an incredibly inquisitive tiny human. The scientific spirit of inquiry, trial and error, and the joy of sharing information are all on full display in this one.
Favorite quote: “She tested and tested, but soon Ada knew...it was time to come up with Hypothesis Two.”
3. Insterstellar Cinderella (written by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Meg Hunt)
That time when Cinderella met a prince, but instead of setting her singular goal as marrying said prince, she sets out to land her dream job of spaceship mechanic. And instead of leaving a slipper behind, she leaves a socket wrench. It’s a good story to illustrate (with truly amazing illustrations) an additional pathway that is assumed for little gents, but perhaps overlooked for little ladies.
Favorite quote: “I'm far too young for marriage, but I'll be your chief mechanic.”
4. Rad Women Worldwide (written by Kate Schatz, illustrated by Miriam Klein Stahl)
The tagline is “Artists and Athletes, Pirates and Punks, and Other Revolutionaries Who Shaped History,” which already sounds epic and inspirational. It gets even better as quick snippet stories of women like Brazilian soccer star Marta Viera Da Silva and Malala Yousafzai, which usually begin with a nod to the childhood of each and then transition to the noteworthy accomplishments they’ve been a part of. A great read to encourage global citizenship in your tiny human.
Favorite quote: “May we all have the courage to be rad.”
5. I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsberg Makes Her Mark (written by Debbie Levy, illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley)
The notorious RBG. It’s fun to read aloud the story of a highly accomplished american lady trail blazer that is still at it. Even better, the story starts with Ruth as a child and chronicles not just her journey, but also a bit about American history. It shows how she has resisted and persisted (nevertheless), but also how she found ways to connect personally with those she disagreed with such as the late Justice Anton Scalia. All good lessons for babes and parents alike!
Favorite quote: “Disagreeable? No. Determined? Yes.”
6. A is for Activist (written and illustrated by Innosanto Nagara)
This book celebrates activists on a variety of social causes that took risks to bring awareness to important issues or contribute to social change. It cleverly uses alliteration for each letter of the alphabet, in a cadence the baby tends to pay attention to a bit more. As important of a story of George Washington’s call to truthful arms in the apple tree confession, are tales of equal justice for people of all backgrounds. Plus, the artwork is next level.
Favorite Quote: “Y is for you. And Youth. Your Planet. Your rights. Your future. Your truth.”
7. Grace for President (written by Kelly DiPucchio, pictures by LeUyen Pham)
More real than most of the news we heard last election cycle, Grace for President socializes the idea of ladies running for, and winning the presidency. The story is energetic and fun and the big pages make it one of those books you can more easily prop up and fill the bambino’s full line of site. Here’s hoping a daughter or a reader or friend ends up being the third female U.S. president. Grace. Campbell. We’re definitely with her.
Favorite quote: “Where are the girls?”
How to Get These Books
Depending on where you live, those Amazon links may be the easiest option, but if you can support a local store like The Brambler Boutique or Busboys and Poets to pick up these books, then even better, babies love to shop for books!