A fantastic TED talk by Linda Sue Park about how children’s books make kids better human beings:
I love hearing about real kids who are connecting with their greater world and challenging injustice because of books. Major kudos to authors like Park and educators and librarians who are helping young readers practice empathy.
Emma Watson, aka Hermione Granger, aka magical bookworm, is starting her own feminist book club. She’s starting off with Gloria Steinem’s My Life on the Road, but it got me thinking about what books I’d include in a feminist book club.
For powerful and thoughtful YA novels about girls and family and their place in the world:
Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina
The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth
Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero
Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed
Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr
For YA novels about girls fighting back in many different ways:
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley
Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
All the Rage by Courtney Summers
Far From You by Tess Sharpe
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
YA feminism isn’t limited to the real world:
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
The Fire Wish by Amber Lough
Beware the Wild by Natalie C. Parker
Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
And graphic novels are perfect for a feminist book club:
Bitch Planet, Vol 1: Extraordinary Machine by Kelly Sue DeConnick, Valentine De Landro, Taki Soma, Robert Wilson
This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki, Jillian Tamaki
Lumberjanes #1 by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Brooke A. Allen
And some of your favorite elementary/middle school reads are perfect for feminist book club:
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
Matilda by Roald Dahl
Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
This is obviously not a complete list, because there are so many awesome books featuring compelling female characters and dealing with feminism and what it means to be a woman.
Did I leave out a favorite? Shout out in the comments.
This weekend I got to go to ALA Midwinter–aka where librarians, educators, authors, publishers, bloggers, readers, and general fans of books and media come to learn and engage and share Girl Scout cookies. (Seriously, bringing Girl Scout cookies to a conference is a way to ensure people love you.) I’d never been to an ALA event before, and I only got an exhibit hall pass, but it was such a fantastic weekend. Some highlights:
Meeting librarian and writer and blogger friends from the Internet in real life–you get to hug them in real life!–and seeing lovely librarian and writer friends from the Boston area.
Seeing adorable baby pictures of aforementioned friends. (Or adorable pictures of their babies or their nieces/nephews.)
Having writer friends in from out of town meant an awesome panel at Brookline Booksmith, one of my favorite places to both meet readers and buy books. Awesome questions, thoughtful/hilarious discussion, fantastic audience.
Listening to thoughtful discussions at the We Need Diverse Books panel and the Class of 2K16 Debuts panel.
Seeing ARCs for friends books and getting excited about all the future readers who will love these books.
Sharing Thin Mints with friends old and new.
Talking about reading, writing, publishing, teen readers, feminism, graphic novels and more with people who get it.
This is the kind of weekend that reminds me why I love being part of the book community. People are so enthusiastic and smart and talented and kind and thoughtful and funny. They’re pushing the boundaries in all sorts of fields and making a difference for readers everywhere. I cheered along with the webcast of the ALA Youth Media Awards this morning, and was so proud to be part of this larger community.
Thanks to all who helped make this such a fun and inspiring weekend. Here’s to another awesome year of our bookish community!