TEN FEMINIST BOOKS ALL CHILDREN SHOULD READ
Guest Post By Naima Lucille Shanti (8 years).
I learned today what an annotated bibliography was from my mother, and decided to write one of my own about feminist books for kids. I hope other children are inspired to read feminist books and get an idea of what feminism is about. If they do get the message from the books, they might even try to change the world.
1. Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors? by Tanya Lee Stone
This book tells how Elizabeth Blackwell grew from a girl to a young woman, who was one of our greatest doctors. You must read it to find out how she accomplished it, WHEN WOMEN WEREN’T EVEN ALLOWED TO HAVE THE JOB!
2. My Name Is Not Isabella by Jennifer Fosberry
In this book, a young girl leaves it all to her imagination, and pretends to be several great women of history, instead of the child that she is. This book is great if you want to know more about Elizabeth Blackwell, Rosa Parks, Annie Oakley, or others.
3. Girls Think Of Everything by Catherine Thimmesh
The births of several handy inventions, and the women who invented them. Wouldn’t you like to know where the windshield wiper on your car came from, or how you might have managed to end up with the delicious batch of chocolate chip cookies in your fridge that you’re planning to steal tonight? Read the book to find out!
4. The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch
A princess called Elizabeth is engaged to a prince, until a dragon comes to kidnap him. The princess is not going to give up easily, though, but she goes after the dragon on her own. How does she rescue the prince? Not telling!
5. 13 Women Artists Children Should Know by Bettina Shuemann
Several famous paintings, and the lives of the women who created them. And you thought only men could paint!
6. Matilda by Roald Dahl
A young girl called Matilda has hideous parents, whose only pastime is television. But Matilda wants to read and learn. Then, she is sent to a school with a horrible headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, who tortures her students into learning. Matilda must find a way to get away from her headmistress and parents, and she has a strange power to help her do it. What is this power? Start reading!
7. Alice In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
A young girl called Alice accidentally falls down a rabbit warren and lands in a magical wonderland of talking animals, most peculiar people, and many more fantastic things. Alice enjoys this wonderland, but still must find a way to get out of it. How does she get out? You have to find out for yourself!
8. Brave Girl by Michelle Markel
A young woman called Clara Lemlich moves to America with her parents, and is hired by a seamstresses’ factory. The bosses are brutal and the workers are overworked, so Clara decides to organize a general strike. Who wins? Read the book to find out!
9. Unspoken by Henry Cole
Although this book lacks the words that we are used to seeing, we can still tell what it is about by the amazing pictures, depicting the story of a small girl who realizes that an escaped slave is hiding on her farm. She is not afraid though, and tries to protect her guest from the slave hunters who are after him. Read the book to find out if she succeeds in keeping him hidden.
10. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
A young woman, Ella of Frell, was cursed at birth with the Curse of Obedience, forcing her to obey when given any command. But Ella does not accept her fate willingly. Instead, she goes on a quest to find the fairy who can break the spell. Does she find the fairy? The story mocks the way women are supposed to give in to orders and willingly do them, but this woman is a special exception. Does she break the spell? I’ll leave it to you to find out.