2022 Rise Book Project presents Top Ten feminist books for young readers


Rise: A Feminist Book Project for Ages 0-18, a subgroup of the ALA Social Responsibilities Round Table’s Feminist Task Force, announced its Top Ten feminist books for young readers.

Rise: A Feminist Book Project for Ages 0-18 recommends well-written and well-illustrated books with significant feminist content for young readers. Books may be recommended by anyone through the field recommendation process, but books can only be officially nominated for the list by regular Rise committee members.

The bibliography is intended as a recommended reading list for children and teens. It may also be used by interested librarians, teachers, parents, and others who work with youth. The complete list can be found on the official RISE blog at https://risefeministbooks.wordpress.com/ and FTF’s official website at https://www.ala.org/rt/srrt/feminist-task-force. The 2022 Rise: A Feminist Book Project committee selected the following titles, listed in alphabetical order by author’s last name, as their Top Ten:

“Laxmi’s Mooch” by Shelly Anand and illustrated by Nabi H. Ali

“Firekeeper’s Daughter” by Angeline Boulley

“Bodies are Cool” by Tyler Feder

“Somebody’s Daughter” by Ashley C. Ford

“Sistersong” by Lucy Holland

“If I Go Missing” by Brianna Jonnie with Nahanni Shingoose, art by Neal Shannacappo

“Last Night at the Telegraph Club” by Malinda Lo

“The Big Bath House” by Kyo Maclear and illustrated by Gracey Zhang

“So Many Beginnings: A Little Women Remix” by Bethany C. Morrow

“Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century” by Alice Wong

Members of the 2022 Rise: A Feminist Book Project committee are: Silvia Lin Hanick (co-chair), LaGuardia Community College (CUNY), New York; Jean-Louise Zancanella (co-chair), College of Western Idaho, Idaho; Ally Watkins, First Regional Library, Mississippi; Sara Saxton, Wasilla Public Library, Alaska; Allison Staley, Lake Oswego Public Library, Oregon; Mallory Caise, Lisle Library District, Illinois; Vicki Pietrus, Niles West High School, Illinois; Cynthia Medrano, Parkland College, Illinois; and Laura Simeon, Kirkus Reviews.