One thing I’ve wanted my boys to know from a young age is that both boys and girls are awesome, smart, and strong. That’s why I’m intentional about what we read; I want my children to learn about people who aren’t like them, and see that all people are worthy of kindness and respect, regardless of gender, race, or religion.
You may also like these 15 Diverse Board Books for Babies and Toddlers.
One of my most strongly held beliefs is that equality for all people benefits all people. These feminist board books will help even the youngest children learn why equality is important. And they’re also really fun to read! I think your family will love these feminist baby books.
I recommend these feminist books for kids ages 0 to 5!
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Feminist Children’s Books for Babies and Toddlers
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This Little Trailblazer: A Girl Power Primer by Joan Holub — This board book is a great introduction to some amazing, world-changing women. Little ones will meet Wilma Rudolph, Sonia Sotomayor, Rosa Parks, and more!
A is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara — One of my favorite picture books is now in board book form! This rhyming picture book travels through the alphabet and also through the life of an activist. If your family is dedicated to championing equality and taking action to defend what is right, you will want this book in your library. You can also find this book on our list of Diverse Board Books for Babies and Toddlers.
Feminist Baby by Loryn Brantz — A list of feminist board books wouldn’t be complete without Feminist Baby. This adorable book will make you laugh, but it’s also a great introduction to the idea that there are no “right” things to wear or play with.
Little Feminist Board Book Set by Emily Kleinman — This collection of mini-board books is perfect for little hands. My preschool students always loved books of this size! This collection takes a look at awesome female artists, activists, leaders, and pioneers.
Counting on Community by Innosanto Nagara — Another excellent book from Nagara! This one teaches numbers, as well as what it means to live together in community. This board book is great on its own or alongside A is for Activist.
The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch — Munsch’s classic picture book is also available as an abridged board book. When a dragon destroys Princess Elizabeth’s castle, she uses her intelligence and bravery to defeat him and rescue her prince — who turns out not be not-so-charming! This is one of my all-time favorite feminist children’s books.
Tough Chicks by Cece Meng — Penny, Polly, and Molly are truly tough chicks. The others on the farm doesn’t appreciate their rough ways, but their mother insists that their feisty nature doesn’t make them bad. However, opinions change when their bravery ends up saving the day.
Dream Big, Little One by Vashti Harrison – I’m in love with this board book adaptation of Harrison’s Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History. It’s an awesome way to introduce babies and toddlers to black women who have made our world a better place to be — for all of us. You can find Harrison’s full-length picture book on our list of Books About Amazing Black Women.
A Is for Awesome!: 23 Iconic Women Who Changed the World by Eva Chen – Little Juno takes readers through the alphabet as she introduces them to some of the most powerful women in the world, like Amelia Earhardt, Beyonce, and Georgia O’Keefe. It also includes empowering quotes from some of these iconic women.
ABC What Can She Be?: Girls can be anything they want to be, from A to Z by Jessie Ford – An astronaut, a botanist, a chef…girls can be anything! This book teaches the ABCs and also shows girls exploring all kinds of careers, from a gymnast to an engineer and everything in between.
Baby Feminists by Libby Babbott-Klein – Before amazing feminists like Mae Jemison and Gloria Steinem were changing the world…they were babies! This book teaches little readers the contribution that several famous feminists have made, and then shows those feminists as tiny babies. What an amazing way to teach kids that they too could one day change the world!
I Look Up To… Michelle Obama by Anna Membrino – The I Look Up To… series introduces the youngest readers to women who have changed the world for the better. This volume highlights the many qualities that make Michelle Obama someone to admire, and it includes quotes from the former First Lady about her life and the importance of hard work. This series also includes books about Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Malala Yousafzi.
She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton – The amazing picture book by Chelsea Clinton is now a board book! She Persisted tells the stories of 13 women throughout history who kept going even when the odds were against them. It’s the perfect women’s history primer from your baby or toddler. Find more about the full-length picture book on our list of Books About World-Changing Women.
Counting with Frida by Patty Rodriguez – This little book has so much! This book is bilingual, teaches counting and colors, and features the iconic artist Frida Kahlo. This adorable book is the perfect way to introduce your little feminist to counting!
Dream Big by Joyce Wan – Scholastic sent me a copy of this book to review, and I had a great time reading it with my toddler. The bright illustrations show famous women in history achieving important things, while the text encourages readers to follow their dreams. It’s a great tool for building your child’s familiarity with female heroes like Eugenie Clark and Maya Angelou, and the glossary in the back provides further details about each woman.
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