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Find more Rise: A Feminist Book Project
Each year, the Rise: A Feminist Book Project (formerly the Amelia Bloomer Project), sponsored by the Feminist Task Force of the Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) of ALA, selects a list of recommended feminist books, fiction and nonfiction, for young readers from preschool through age 18. Titles published in late 2019 are noted; all others were published in 2020. The titles below make up the top 10 picks from the full list, which is available at risefeministbooks.wordpress.com/current-book-list/
Clap When You Land. By Elizabeth Acevedo. HarperTeen, $18.99 (9780062882769).
Camino and Yahaira discover that they share a father in the aftermath of his tragic death, and through their grief across countries, they are able to find healing. A 2021 Best Fiction for Young Adults.
Consent (for Kids!): Boundaries, Respect, and Being in Charge of YOU. By Rachel Brian. Illus. by the author. Little, Brown, $15.99 (9780316457736).
A straightforward and easy-to-follow guide on the concept of consent for children in graphic novel format.
Every Body Looking. By Candice Iloh. Dutton, $17.99 (9780525556206).
Ada fumbles through freshman year of college under the weight of her dysfunctional family’s expectations. She explores her sexuality and finds her voice upon discovering a talent for dance. A 2021 Printz Honor Book.
It Began with a Page: How Gyo Fujikawa Drew the Way. By Kyo Maclear. Illus. by Julie Morstad. 2019. Harper, $17.99 (9780062447623).
Gyo Fujikawa, an exceptional Japanese American artist, wrote and illustrated children’s books that were inclusive and challenged gender stereotypes.
Know My Name. By Chanel Miller. 2019. Penguin, $18 (9780735223707).
In a searing, lyrical memoir, Miller recounts her journey as an artist, a writer, and a sexual-assault survivor.
Red Hood. By Elana K. Arnold. HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray, $17.99 (9780062742353).
On the day she gets her period for the first time, 16-year-old Bisou runs into the woods and defends herself against an aggressive wolf.
Ritu Weds Chandni. By Ameya Narvankar. Illus. by the author. Yali, $19.99 (9781949528947).
Ayesha is thrilled that her cousin Ritu is marrying her girlfriend, Chandni. Some, however, do not want to see Ritu and Chandni together. Can Ayesha find a way to help them celebrate?
Ruth Objects: The Life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. By Doreen Rappaport. Illus. by Eric Velasquez. Little, Brown, $18.99 (9781484747179).
For more than 50 years, lawyer and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg led the fight for men and women to be equal in the eyes of the law. A 2021 Notable Children’s Book.
Say Her Name. By Zetta Elliott. Illus. by Loveis Wise. 2019. Little, Brown, $18.99 (9781368045247).
A powerful collection of poems celebrating and empowering Black girls and women.
The Women Who Caught the Babies: A Story of African American Midwives. By Eloise Greenfield. Illus. by Daniel Minter. 2019. Alazar, $17.95 (9780997772074)
Poems celebrating African American midwives and their long history through the generations, from pre-slavery Africa to modern-day America.
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