The best feminist books for children from The Paper Bag Princess to Little Leaders

Caroline Allen
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Feminism doesn’t have an age limit.

It’s never too early to introduce children to feminist books and there are tonnes of great stories to pick from.

Whether they’re just starting with picture books or beginning secondary school, these books will introduce them to a different narrative from a young age.

From role reversal books like The Paper Bag Princess to powerful books like Little Leaders: Bold Women In Black History there’s plenty of literature to keep your children busy.

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The best books to teach your children about feminism. (Getty)

The Paper Bag Princess, Robert Munsch | from Amazon

The Paper Bag Princess - which was first published in 1980 - launched Robert Munsch’s very successful career. You might recognise him as the author of the popular children’s book Love You Forever.

The book is praised for reversing typical gender roles, redefining our views on beauty and providing an alternative definition of “happy ever after”.

It might’ve been written in 1980 but many of the themes are still relevant today.

Little Leaders: Bold Women In Black History, Vashti Harrison | From Amazon

This beautifully illustrated classic introduces people to 40 women in black history who made a difference to the world.

No matter what your age, you’ll learn a lot from this book by Vashti Harrison who sheds a light on lesser-known female role models.

Women like chemist Alice Ball and politician Shirley Chisholm all feature in this must-read book.

Little People, Big Dreams Series, Lisbeth Kaiser | From Amazon

The Little People, Big Dreams series is an absolute must for curious young minds.

It introduces children to amazing and notable people throughout history. We love this easy-reading introduction to Emmeline Pankhurst to get you started.

The books cover everybody from Marie Curie to Maya Angelou as well as notable men like Stephen Hawking and David Attenborough.

Malala’s Magic Pencil, Malala Yousafzai | From Amazon

What better person to learn from than Nobel Peace Prize winner, Malala Yousafzai?

This picture book encourages children to look for the magic around them, no matter what their situation. It tells Malala’s story in an enchanting way.

It’ll leave young readers wanting to learn more about her and her story.

Rosie Revere, Engineer, Andrea Beaty | From Amazon

Andrea Beaty has written lots of similar books to this, including Iggy Peck, Architect, and they are all equally fabulous.

The book is full of passion and presses the important of young people following their dreams no matter what they are.

This one’s about Rosie - she’s quiet in the day but at night she turns into an inventor of gizmos and gadgets.

F Is For Feminism, Carolyn Suzuki | From Amazon

This bright dictionary features 26 thought-provoking and empowering words in relation to feminism.

The gentle introduction explains words like activism, diversity and feminism to young children. Even before your children can appreciate the knowledge, they’ll love the colours and images illustrated throughout.

Ladybird Tales Of Adventurous Girls, Ladybird | From Amazon

This book shares the stories of six adventurous girls from around the world from Gretel and Hansel to Tokoyo and the Sea Serpent.

The stories are about how girls can save the day, too, and comes very highly rated on Amazon.

The book also have a lovely introduction from Jacqueline Wilson. It’s likely your children will be moving onto (or already reading) Jacqueline Wilson books.

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