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Girl Talk: a guide to reading for young feminists and their allies


Read and be inspired to be heard. There are so many ways that women can amplify their own and the voices of others who are marginalized. From sharing your stories to smashing stereotypes, you can make a difference.


Featured Novel: Watch Us Rise (ebook) by Renee Watson

Coretta Scott King Award-winning author Renee Watson teams up with poet Ellen Hagan in this YA feminist anthem about raising your voice. Jasmine and Chelsea are best friends on a mission--they're sick of the way women are treated even at their progressive NYC high school, so they decide to start a Women's Rights Club. They post their work online--poems, essays, videos of Chelsea performing her poetry, and Jasmine's response to the racial microaggressions she experiences. Soon they go viral. But with such positive support, the club is also targeted by trolls. When things escalate in real life, the principal shuts the club down. Not willing to be silenced, Jasmine and Chelsea will risk everything for their voices and those of other young women to be heard. These two dynamic, creative young women stand up and speak out in a novel that features their compelling art and poetry along with powerful personal journeys that will inspire readers and budding poets, feminists, and activists.

"This stunning book is the story I've been waiting for my whole life; where girls rise up to claim their space with joy and power." ~Laurie Halse Anderson, author of Speak

"An extraordinary story of two indomitable spirits." ~Brendan Kiely, author of All American Boys



  • An ABC of Equality by Chana Ginelle Ewing (intersectionality)
  • Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty
  • The Arabic Quilt by Aya Khalil (intersectionality)
  • Dear Girl by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
  • Do Princesses Scrape their Knees? By Carmela LaVigna Coyle (Sports)
  • Dress Like a Girl by Patricia Toht
  • Feminist Baby! He’s a Feminist Too! By Loryn Brantz (allyship)
  • Firebird by Misty Copeland
  • Franny’s Father is a Feminist by Rhonda Leet (allyship)
  • Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio (intersectionality)
  • Her Body Can by Katie Crenshaw and Ady Meshke (body positivity)
  • IntersectionALLIES: We Make Room for All by Carolyn Choi and Chelsea Johnson (Intersectionality)
  • Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton
  • Lucia the Luchadora by Cynthia Leonor Garza (sports)
  • Meet ClaraBelle Blue by Adiba Nelson (intersectionality)
  • The Moon Within by Aida Salazar (reproductive rights)
  • The Most Magnificent Thing and La cosa más magnífica by Ashley Spires
  • My First Book of Feminism (for Boys) by Julie Merberg (allyship)
  • Pink is for Boys by Robb Pearlman (allyship)
  • Princess in Black by Shannon and Dean Hale  
  • Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty
  • Virginia Wolf by Kyo Maclear 9781771380935 

Learn about real girls!

  • A is for Awesome: 23 Iconic Women Who Changed the World by Eva Chen
  • Around America to Win the Vote: Two Suffragists, A Kitten, and 10,000 miles by Mara Rockliff (women’s suffrage)  
  • At the Mountain’s Base by Traci Sorall (challenging gender roles)
  • Born to Ride: A Story about Bicycle Face by Larissa Theule (challenging gender roles)
  • A Computer Called Katherine by Suzanne Slade
  • Dancing Hands by Margarita Engle  
  • Basketball Belles: How Two Teams and One Scrappy Player Put Women’s Hoops on the Map by Sue Macy (Sports)
  • Catching the Moon: The Story of a Young Girl’s Baseball Dream by Crystal Hubbard (sports)
  • The Doctor with an Eye for Eyes: The Story of Dr. Patricia Bath by Julia Finley Mosca (intersectionality)
  • Dream Big, Little One by Vashti Harrison
  • Elizabeth Leads the Way: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Right to Vote by Tanya Lee Stone (Suffrage)
  • Emmeline Parnkhurst by Lisbeth Kaiser (suffrage)
  • The Girl who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin by Julia Finley Mosca (intersectionality)
  • I am Billie Jean King by Brad Meltzer (sports)
  • I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsberg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy
  • Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker by Patricia Hruby Powell
  • A Lady Has the Floor: Belva Lockwood Speaks out for Women’s Rights by Kate Hannigan (sufferage)
  • Lights! Camera! Alice! By Mara Rockliff (challenging gender roles)
  • Lillian’s Right to Vote: A celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by Jonah Winter and Shane W Evans (Intersectionality)
  • Little Melba and Her Big Trombone by Katheryn Russell-Brown (Intersectionality)
  • Madam President: The Extraordinary, True (and Evolving) Story of Women in Politics by Catherine Thimmesh
  • Mae Among the Stars by Roda Ahmed
  • Malala’s Magic Pencil by Malala Yousafzai
  • Marie Curie and the Power of Persistence by Karla Valenti 
  • Mary Wears What She Wants by Keith Negley (challenging gender roles)
  • Mighty Jackie: The Strike Out Queen by Marissa Moss (Sports)
  • Miss Paul and the President: The Creative Campaign for Women’s right to Vote by Dean Robbins (sufferage)
  • Nobody Owns the Sky by Reeve Lindbergh (intersectionality)
  • Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik*
  • Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters by Barack Obama
  • Queen of Physics: How Wu Chien Shiung helped unlock the secrets the atom by Teresa Robeson 
  • Secret Engineer: How Emily Roebling Built the Brooklyn Bridge by Rachel Dougherty
  • Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World by Susan Hood
  • Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientist by Jess Keating
  • She Persisted: 13 Women Who Changed the World by Chelsea Clinton
  • Shining Star: The Anna May Wong Story by Paula Yoo (intersectionality)
  • Storm Run: The Story of the First Woman to Win the Iditarod Sled Dog Race by Libby Riddles (sports)
  • Tallchief: America’s Prima Ballerina by Maria Tallchief (Sports)
  • This Little Trailblazer: A Girl Power Primer by Joan Holub and Daniel Roode
  • Turning Pages: My Life Story by Sonia Sotomayor
  • When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson by Pam Munoz Ryan
  • Wilma’s Way Home: The Life of Wilma Mankiller by Doreen Rappaport (intersectionality)
  • The World is Not a Rectangle: A Portrait of Architect Zaha Hadid by Jeanette 

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