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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 2020 are noted; all others were published in 2021. The titles below make up the top 10 picks from the full list, which is available at risefeministbooks.wordpress.com/current-book-list/.
The Big Bath House. By Kyo Maclear. Illus. by Gracey Zhang. Random House Studio, $17.99 (9780593181959). PreS–Gr. 3.
A girl joins her aunties and baachan at a traditional Japanese bathhouse where girls and women socialize while cleaning and relaxing their naked bodies. A 2022 Notable Children’s Book.
Bodies Are Cool. By Tyler Feder. Illus. by the author. Dial, $17.99 (9780593112625). PreS–Gr. 2.
Celebrate the many shapes, sizes, colors, and patterns the human body comes in! All bodies are cool bodies! A 2022 Notable Children’s Book and a 2022 Top 10 Rainbow List selection for Younger Readers.
Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century. Ed. by Alice Wong. 2020. Vintage, $16.95 (9781984899422). Gr. 9–12.
An anthology with manifestos, personal essays, blog posts, media analyses, and more, all written by and centering disabled folks’ robust lived experiences.
Firekeeper’s Daughter. By Angeline Boulley. Holt, $18.99 (9781250766564). Gr. 9–12.
Biracial 18-year-old Daunis is determined to use her knowledge of chemistry and traditional Ojibwe medicine to solve an FBI investigation of drug-related deaths within her tribal community. A 2022 American Indian Youth Literature Award Young Adult Honor Book, the 2021 William C. Morris Award winner, The 2021 Michael L. Printz Award winner, and a 2022 Best Fiction for Young Adults.
If I Go Missing. By Brianna Jonnie and Nahanni Shingoose. Art by Neal Shannacappo. 2020. Lorimer, $24.95 (9781459414518). Gr. 8–12.
A stunning graphic illustration of excerpts from Jonnie’s viral letter to the Winnipeg chief of police criticizing his response to missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.
Last Night at the Telegraph Club. By Malinda Lo. Dutton, $18.99 (9780525555254). Gr. 9–12.
In 1950s San Francisco, a lesbian bar called the Telegraph Club awakens Chinese American Lily Hu’s queer self-discovery, despite the duty she feels to her family and culture. The 2022 Asian/Pacific American Award for Young Adult Literature winner, a 2022 Printz Honor Book, a 2022 Stonewall Book Award winner, a 2022 Top 10 Rainbow List selection for Teens,and a 2022 Best Fiction for Young Adults.
Laxmi’s Mooch. By Shelley Anand. Illus. by Nabi H. Ali. Penguin/Kokila, $17.99 (9781984815651). PreS–Gr. 3.
A body-positive picture book about Laxmi, an Indian American girl who learns to accept her heritage and her body hair after being teased about her “mooch,” Hindi for “mustache.” A 2022 Notable Children’s Book.
Sistersong. By Lucy Holland. Hachette/Redhook, $28.00 (9780316320771). Gr. 9–12.
In ancient Britain, three siblings fight to find their own identities alongside the magic of the land, all while the threat of a Saxon invasion looms.
So Many Beginnings: A Little Women Remix. By Bethany C. Morrow. Feiwel & Friends, $17.99 (9781250761217). Gr. 6–12.
The March sisters, four Black girls coming of age at the peak of the American Civil War, explore their personal aspirations alongside hopes for the future of emancipated people.
Somebody’s Daughter. By Ashley C. Ford. Flatiron, $27.99 (9781250305978). Gr. 10–12.
Ford’s memoir examines her childhood growing up with an incarcerated father.
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