Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about how you don’t need to wait until your kids are old enough to have a reasoned debate about what it means to be a feminist to teach them a thing or two. I’ve been looking at a few different ways to create a culture of equality in our home and expand the mind of my mini feminist.
We all know that famous quote “Dismantling the patriarchy begins at home”, right? Okay maybe it’s not quite timeless but one day, with a bit of luck.
As you might expect we’re very much a ‘let clothes be clothes’ / ‘let toys be toys’ household. Lu has a diverse toy box and wardrobe made up of items stereotypically for girls and boys. I decided the logical next step was to overhaul her little library and include some titles with positive role models, affirmative language and barrier breaking plots.
Since having this little moment I’m utterly broke and Amazon are significantly better off but I’m really happy with my purchases. I thought I’d share my top titles for a mini feminist, hopefully you’ll come across some new authors.
Katy is a brave and untiring tractor, who pushes a bulldozer in the summer and a snowplow in the winter, making it possible for the townspeople to do their jobs.
Now I appreciate that this mightn’t sound like an inspiring piece of feminist literature but that’s the beauty of it. Katy is getting it done, without complaint or needing saved by a male character. The illustrations are full of such rich detail you can read this again and again without getting bored. We opted for the board book edition as I feel it’ll stand up against a rambunctious toddler.
Learn all about the most influential explorers who searched the world far and wide in this engaging and colourful board book perfect for pioneers-in-training!
This is another chunky board book that tells the story of 10 explorers, most of whom I’d never heard of. You can expect to meet astronauts, pioneers, a cyclist and an archeologist. I think it’s fabulous to hear of the extraordinary feats of pretty normal people – the message here is definitely to dream big. The illustrations are really bright and interesting, Lu especially loves to point out the characters hats – of which there are plenty!
A warm, funny tribute to Mum (and to mums everywhere) by the brilliant author/illustrator Anthony Browne.
This board book is really simplistic, basically highlighting the everyday awesome of mums everywhere. The illustrations are really delicate and funny. You can also purchase ‘My Dad’ which is a similarly affirmative story. In a world where Daddy Pig is the butt of every joke it’s refreshing to see titles that praise either parent without mocking the other.
Little People, Big Dreams.
In the Little People, Big Dreams series, discover the lives of outstanding people from designers and artists to scientists. All of them went on to achieve incredible things, yet all of them began life as a little child with a dream.
Each book is very much picture led and tells the story in such a way that it’s suitable for toddlers and opens up discussion for older children and adults. The range includes biographical stories of women such as Coco Chanel, Maya Angelou, Frida Khalo, Amelia Earhart, Agatha Christie, Marie Curie, Emmeline Pankhurst and Audrey Hepburn,
I am totally enamoured with all of the books in this series, we currently have 5/8 titles. The short sentences and quirky illustrations bring these characters to life and taught me all kinds of interesting facts. I feel like these books are really timeless because right now I can skip through at a pace that’s pleasing to a toddler but when Luisa is older we’ll be able to really pour over the details and chat about these inspiring women.
Mr Piggott and his two sons behave like pigs to poor Mrs Piggott until, finally, she walks out. Left to fend for themselves, the male Piggotts undergo some curious changes! This is a hilarious picture book, full of surprises and teasing visual jokes.
Now this one might be a little controversial as it does almost set the male characters up as the enemy but I think it’s a really funny look at roles within the family. If you can appreciate the humor and have ever felt at least a little put-upon it’ll make you smile. Luisas favourite thing about this book is hunting for the little pigs.
A unique picture book for young and old that celebrates inspirational women from around the world and across generations. You will recognise some and be delighted to meet others.
I suppose this book is a little more for me than Luisa, that being said we’ve read it together and she has enjoyed it. The illustrations are super chic and the main section of the book can be read quickly if you’ve an impatient tot who absolutely has to turn the pages. What I love about this picture book is that it’s wholly inspiring and introduced me to some pretty cool women I’d never heard of. You can read more detailed biographies about each character at the back. Definitely a really cool coffee table piece.
All over the world, babies are different. Yet in some ways they are very much the same: each one has ten little fingers and ten little toes – to play with, to tickle, to wave. And each child is very, very special to its parents.
This is a fab chunky little book with great repetition – like a nursery rhyme. Luisa loves to do the actions of pointing out her fingers and toes. The reason I think this is a must have for your mini feminist is the whole message is about equality. It features babies from around the world showing their different homes, skin colour and customs but reinforces that we are all equal.
There you have it! My little feminist library is off to a great start. Are there any other titles you’d reccomend we get?
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