Female Icons seen in children’s books

Female Icons seen in children’s books

November 12, 2019

Books can teach our little ones so much about the world and shape their ideals, personalities and beliefs. Whether you’re raising a young, strong feminist or you want to take a break from princesses yourself and want to find a book with a strong female role model or just a positive message about girlhood, we’ve compiled a list of feminist icons in children’s books that your little one would admire!



Matilda from Matilda by Roald Dahl

Matilda is a strong, relentless and determined girl that refuses to be bullied or watch others being bullied. She stands up for herself and others and is proud of being herself. She shows that being intelligent and reading books, and being kind, is more important than being pretty.



Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling offers a pantheon of strong, invincible female characters throughout Harry Potter series and while Hermione will always be an iconic and most loved female character, Luna too is smart, brave and loyal. She is often overlooked but she portrays so much strength with her uniqueness and she refuses to bow to bullying or pressure to change. She is who she is, she’s quirky, strange and different and is unapologetic about it. She embraces her weirdness, remains compassionate to those who bully her and is unfazed by critics.



Malala from Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up For Education and changed the World by Malala Yousafzai and Patricia McCormick

A living legend and a true hero that at the age of 17 became a human rights activist and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 for her work in advocating for girls’ education. She was shot by the Taliban for speaking up on the right of girls to attend school and she didn’t let anything stop her from fighting for what’s right. Her story and her work is incredibly powerful and inspiring.



Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Katniss is not only a loving sister and a doting daughter but she is also unbelievably  brave and can wield a bow and arrow like nobody else. Katniss fights for equality for all, and what makes her truly powerful is that she isn’t alone, she builds meaningful relationships with others, particularly women and girls, in defiance of a patriarchal society.

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