Great Feminist Books for Children

Each year, a committee of librarians create the Amelia Bloomer List, a project of the Feminist Task Force of the Social Responsibilities Round Table of the American Library Association. The list highlights the best books with significant feminist content for children and teens birth – age 18 published in the past 18 months. These books demonstrate a commitment to challenging gender stereotypes and show women solving problems, gaining personal power and empowering others. They are well-written and illustrated and are age-appealing.

This year’s list of 56 outstanding titles for kids and teens celebrate equality and empowerment. Some amazing fiction titles for early readers include Lucía the Luchadora, Big Bob, Little Bob and Clive and His Babies. Explore the undersea world of sharks with scientist Eugenie Clark and the importance of education with Malala Yousafzai in Shark Lady and Malala’s Magic Pencil.

Older kids will be thrilled by eight-year old Jasmine’s quest to pound mochi with the men in her family, the hidden legacies of  women who were influential in the race to space and will enjoy exploring the colorful illustrations and information about influential female athletes in Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen, Hidden Figures: Young Reader’s Edition and Women in Sports: 50 Fearless Athletes Who Played to Win.


To see the full list, visit the Amelia Bloomer Project.

Big Bob, Little Bob

Big Bob likes trucks and throwing balls and being loud. Little Bob likes dolls and jingling bracelets and being quiet. No matter what they do, they do not do it the same way. Can they possibly be friends despite these differences?

Clive and His Babies

Clive is an imaginative little boy who loves his dolls. He enjoys playing with them, and sharing them with his friends. A gentle, affectionate book, celebrating diversity and challenging gender stereotypes.

Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen

Eager to do something her big sister has not done first, Jasmine Toguchi, eight, decides to pound mochi with the men and boys when her family gets together for New Year’s.

Lucía the Luchadora

Lucia zips through the playground in her cape just like the boys, but when they tell her ‘girls can’t be superheroes’, suddenly she doesn’t feel so mighty. That’s when her beloved abuela reveals a dazzling secret: Lucia comes from a family of luchadoras, the bold and valiant women of the Mexican lucha libre tradition. But when she’s confronted with a case of injustice, Lucia must decide if she can stay true to the ways of the luchadora and fight for what is right, even if it means breaking the sacred rule of never revealing the identity behind her mask.

Malala's Magic Pencil

As a child in Pakistan, Malala made a wish for a magic pencil to make her life easier but as she grew older, Malala saw that there were more important things to wish for. She saw a world that needed fixing–and even if she never found a magic pencil, Malala realized that she could still work hard every day to make her wishes come true.