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Chelsea Clinton To Release Feminist Kids' Book 'She Persisted': 7 Other Empowering Reads For Children

'We need more children’s books with female main characters.'

17/03/2017 14:01

Chelsea Clinton is set to publish her first children’s book, which features the stories of 12 girls and women who “didn’t take no for an answer” and changed the world.

Hilary Clinton’s daughter, 37, will release her book titled ‘She Persisted’ on 30 May 2017.

“Persistence has changed the course of history,” Clinton wrote when announcing the news on Twitter on 16 March.

“I’m so excited to share stories of girls and women who didn’t take no for answer.” 

“I wrote this book for everyone who’s ever wanted to speak up but has been told to quiet down, for everyone who’s ever been made to feel less than,” Clinton said in a statement issued by the publisher, Penguin Young Readers.

Clinton’s book joins a small canon of books for young children that challenge gender stereotypes.

B.J. Epstein, senior lecturer in literature and public engagement at the University of East Anglia told The Huffington Post UK: “We need more children’s books with female main characters, and we especially need books with strong female main characters.

“How can girls have dreams if they don’t have role models? Sometimes it’s hard to imagine a way to live if you don’t see people doing it, and I think girls are done a disservice by the lack of literature that features strong females.”

With that in mind, we’ve rounded up seven more empowering reads below.

  • Princess Smartypants by Babette Cole
    Cole's main character is a princess who does not wants to get married and wants to find her independence. So that's exactly what she does.
    Age range: three- to five-year-olds. 
    Buy: Amazon, £5.
  • The Wonderful Things You Will Be
    An illustrated book that has the messaging you can be who you want to be, you'll be brilliant and people will love you whatever.
    Age range: Three- to seven-year-olds. 
    Buy: Amazon, £14.99.
  • Goodnight Stories For Rebel Girls
    Dubbed a 'feminist bedtime book', this book introduces kids to 100 remarkable women and their extraordinary lives. It aims to be "empowering, moving and inspirational".
    Age range: Three- to 18-year-olds.
    Buy: Amazon, £14.
  • The Boy Who Cried Fabulous
    Main character Roger describes most things as "fabulous", but his parents ban it from his vocabulary. This book shows children supporting Roger with his describing words and all the "fabulous" things he has to say.
    Age range: Three- to seven-year-olds. 
    Buy: Amazon, £2.
  • Rose Revere, Engineer
    Rose breaks a stereotype of young girls and dreams of becoming a great engineer. She works with her aunt on an invention and despite it not going the way she planned, she's reminded you can only truly fail if you quit. 
    Age range: five- to seven-year-olds. 
    Buy: Amazon, £7.69.
  • Not All Princesses Dress in Pink
    A book that shows princesses "come in all kinds", showing girls jumping in mud puddles, climbing trees, playing sports and making messes - all while wearing their tiaras.
    Age range: Four- to eight-year-olds. 
    Buy: Amazon, £13.
  • Free to Be: You and Me
    This book celebrates individuality and challenges gender stereotypes of boys and girls, hoping to empower kids to be who they want to be - not who they're told to be. 
    Age range: Three years old and up.
    Buy: Amazon, £11.99.

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