9 Inspiring Children’s Books for Raising a Feminist Son
In the wake of the#MeToo movement, more parents are asking themselves what they can do to raise feminist sons who can treat others equally as they grow up. Plus, male celebs are speaking out about being advocates for women and wanting to amplify women’s voices. Children’s literature is breaking down barriers too and introducing the next generation to main characters who are different kinds of fathers, sons, and love interests. Here, we share nine great books that will inspire your young feminist son to stand up for women’s rights.
<em><a href="https://www.amazon.com/My-First-Book-Feminism-Boys/dp/1941367623/" target="_blank">My First Book of Feminism (For Boys)</a></em>This board book, geared toward infants to three-year-olds, focuses on women’s rights as a human rights issue. Feminism is broken down into age-appropriate suggestions about how young boys can respect women, and the book shows that chores and jobs aren’t simply limited to gender roles. Illustrator Michéle Brummer Everett uses primary colors and powerful images to keep the message light and simple.
<em><a href="https://www.amazon.com/She-Persisted-Around-World-Changed/dp/0525516999/" target="_blank">She Persisted Around the World</a> </em>The “She Persisted” part of the title of this children’s book is a nod to Senator Elizabeth Warren, who Republican senators attempted to silence during the 2017 US Attorney General nomination hearings. This collection features prominent women who forged ahead despite adversity and is a wonderful introduction to budding feminists about international women’s history.
<em><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Not-Quite-Narwhal-Jessie-Sima/dp/1481469096/" target="_blank">Not Quite Narwhal</a></em>Narwhals are horned sea creatures, but Kelp is a bit different than his narwhal family. His tusk is not long. He’s not a great swimmer. But when he meets another creature who looks similar to him, he realizes he might be a unicorn. This sweet story is all about standing out and love, a lesson that encourages empathy for all.
<em><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Wonder-R-J-Palacio/dp/0375869026/" target="_blank">Wonder</a></em>Auggie Pullman pulls heartstrings, guaranteed. The main character of this novel for readers ages 8 to 12 is born with a facial deformity. All Auggie wants is to attend fifth grade at a public school like a normal kid, but Auggie soon discovers that he’s anything but ordinary. It’s a tremendous book to share with boys that delves deep into young boys’ emotions and compassion for each other. Read the book, then watch the movie version (starring Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson) with your kiddo. And keep the tissues handy.
<em><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Alanna-First-Adventure-Song-Lioness/dp/1442426411/" target="_blank">Alanna: The First Adventure</a></em>The first book in a fantasy trilogy, Alanna of Trebond lives in a world where girls are forbidden to become warriors. Disguised as a boy and using her twin brother’s identity, Alanna sets off to train as a page on the path to knighthood. Fantasy writer Tamora Pierce was one of the first fantasy writers to feature female main characters, and her books are ideal for seeing strong heroines overcome the odds.
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