I swear I’m not saying this because I authored one of these books, BUT, I’m a big believer that all kids should have books in their library that promote equality, empowerment, and positivity. All six of these books are front and center in Charlie’s room and are some of our very favorites. Since we are all at home right now, books are something we can (always) all enjoy when we get bored. Here’s a quick roundup of our favorites including my bestselling book: Her Body Can. I copied the descriptions straight from Amazon.
1 | 101 Awesome Women Who Changed the World by Julia Adams and Louise Wright
“This beautifully illustrated book is packed with bitesize biographies of activists, leaders, athletes, artists, explorers, and STEM innovators. From the celebrated to the overlooked, these women overcame odds, defied expectations and shattered stereotypes and their stories are sure to inspire young readers and encourage them to dream big.”
2 | Lady Legends Alphabet by Beck Feiner
“Strong, talented, smart, determined, irrepressible women that every young girl, and boy, should know. When told to give up, still she persisted. Read the ABCs of Amelia Earhart, Rosa Parks, Vivienne Westwood, and Frida Kahlo. This educational children’s alphabet book helps teach her both letters and self esteem in a rapidly changing world. It reminds her that girls can do anything.”
3 | Her Body Can by Katie Crenshaw and Ady Meschke
““Her body is beautiful—strong, kind and wise. All bodies are lovely no matter their size.” Her Body Can is a book of poetic self-love and body positivity declarations for all young girls. Its aim is to encourage our young girls to create a reality for themselves in which they love themselves and their bodies for exactly who and what they are, instead of learning to judge themselves and hate their bodies for what they are not. Our girls should know that their bodies are absolutely amazing and CAN DO incredible things—and that their worth is not measured by anything except how big they love themselves. The very first book of its kind, written for girls ages newborn to 8, this book intends to teach all young girls their bodies CAN DO ANYTHING and that what they look like is irrelevant—we are all beautiful exactly the way we are. The authors’ rhyming, sing-song voices deliver captivating messages that are easy for young readers to understand and absorb, while the illustrator’s whimsical, modern drawings and vibrant colors bring characters to life on and off the page.”
4 | She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World by Chelsea Clinton
“Chelsea Clinton introduces tiny feminists, mini activists and little kids who are ready to take on the world to thirteen inspirational women who never took no for an answer, and who always, inevitably and without fail, persisted.
Throughout American history, there have always been women who have spoken out for what’s right, even when they have to fight to be heard. In early 2017, Senator Elizabeth Warren’s refusal to be silenced in the Senate inspired a spontaneous celebration of women who persevered in the face of adversity. In this book, Chelsea Clinton celebrates thirteen American women who helped shape our country through their tenacity, sometimes through speaking out, sometimes by staying seated, sometimes by captivating an audience. They all certainly persisted.
She Persisted is for everyone who has ever wanted to speak up but has been told to quiet down, for everyone who has ever tried to reach for the stars but was told to sit down, and for everyone who has ever been made to feel unworthy or unimportant or small.
With vivid, compelling art by Alexandra Boiger, this book shows readers that no matter what obstacles may be in their paths, they shouldn’t give up on their dreams. Persistence is power.”
5 | Personalized ABC Book by I See Me!
“This alphabet book includes the child’s first and last name, gender and the sender name(s) for the dedication page. Choose among five book cover colors! Each letter of the alphabet represents a positive characteristic that parents hope their children will develop”.
6 | Dear Girl, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Paris Rosenthal
“Dear Girl, is a remarkable love letter written for the special girl in your life; a gentle reminder that she’s powerful, strong, and holds a valuable place in the world.
Through Amy and Paris’s charming text and Holly Hatam’s stunning illustrations, any girl reading this book will feel that she’s great just the way she is—whether she enjoys jumping in a muddy puddle, has a face full of freckles, or dances on table tops”.