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Mighty Girls: Celebrate International Women’s Day with these Empowering Books!

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Here come the girls! March is Women’s History Month and the 8th of the month is International Women’s Day, so what better way to celebrate than to read some brilliant books that honour the trailblazing women, past and present, who have shaped our world by carving their own paths and changing history? From real stories about pioneering mathematicians to a fictional tale about an extraordinary girl with a magical mind, there’s a book for everyone to enjoy. PLUS, we have even more reading ideas filled with inspirational women in our Girl Power booklist here.

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The Brontes, by Anna Doherty, published by Hachette Children’s Group

Meet the incredible Brontë family – Charlotte, Emily, Anne and Branwell Brontë are no ordinary children. Growing up on the wild, lonely moors of Yorkshire, they have nothing to entertain them but their imaginations and each other. So they invent extraordinary imaginary worlds, full of wars and love stories, soldiers, heroes and villains, ruled over by powerful women. As they grow up, the Brontës discover that the real world isn’t such a great place to be a girl. But they are so determined that their voices be heard, they overcome almost unbeatable odds to be bestselling authors.

Captain Sparklebeard, by Timothy Knapman, illustrated by Sam Lloyd, published by Egmont

FOR REBEL GIRLS WITH BIG DREAMS! ARRRRR you ready for this unmissable girl power adventure?

When the pirates come to town, Peg can’t wait to join their crew. But they won’t let her join because she’s small, she loves to read and she doesn’t even have a beard! Can Peg outwit the pirates to find the treasure and prove that she’s the greatest pirate there ever was?

My First Emmeline Pankhurst (Little People, Big Dreams), by Lisbeth Kaiser, illustrated by Ana Sanfelippo, published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books 

This board book version of Emmeline Pankhurst introduces the youngest dreamers to this pioneering activist for women’s rights.

As a child, Emmeline Pankhurst was inspired by books about heroes who fought for others. She dedicated her life to fighting for women’s voting rights and, with hard work and great bravery, led a remarkable movement that changed the world. Babies and toddlers will love to snuggle as you read to them the engaging story of this heroic activist, and will also enjoy exploring the stylish and quirky illustrations of this sturdy board book on their own.

 
 
Princess Swashbuckle, by Hollie Hughes, illustrated by Deborah Allwright, published by Bloomsbury

Tired of the same old princess-meets-her-prince stories? Bored of princesses in frilly pink dresses? Fed up with princes getting all the action? Yes? So is Princess Swashbuckle. She’s Swashbuckle by name, swashbuckling by nature and she’s about to show the world what a great pirate captain she can be. Charmingly breaking the mould, Princess Swashbuckle is a rollicking tale of adventure and finding your own happy.

Little Miss Inventor, by Adam Hargreaves, published by Egmont

It’s time to meet a new Little Miss who is intelligent, ingenious and inventive. Little Miss Inventor is as bright as a button. In fact she’s as bright as two buttons and can invent the most extraordinary things for her friends. But her greatest challenge yet has her stumped, what on earth could she invent for Mr Rude?!

The Mr Men and Little Miss have been delighting children for generations with their charming and funny antics. Bold illustrations and funny stories make Mr Men and Little Miss the perfect story time experience for children aged two up. Have you met them all?

Izzy Gizmo, by Pip Jones, illustrated by Sara Ogilvie, published by Simon & Schuster

Izabelle Gizmo just loves to invent, but her inventions never seem to work the way she wants them to. And that makes her really CROSS! When she finds a crow with a broken wing she just has to help. But will she be able to put her frustrations to one side and help her new friend to fly again?

 

My First Rosa Parks (Little People, BIG DREAMS), by Lisbeth Kaiser, illustrated by Marta Antelo, published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books

This board book version of Rosa Parks introduces the youngest dreamers to the ‘Mother of the Freedom Movement.’ Rosa Parks grew up in Alabama, where she learned to stand up for herself at an early age. Rosa went on to become a civil rights activist. In 1955, she refused to give up her seat to a white man on a segregated bus, sparking the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Her courageous decision had a huge impact on civil rights, eventually leading to the end of segregation on public transport. She never stopped working for equal rights. Babies and toddlers will love to snuggle as you read to them the engaging story of this fascinating icon, and will also enjoy exploring the stylish and quirky illustrations of this sturdy board book on their own.

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Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles, by Patricia Valdez, illustrated by Júlia Sardà, published by Andersen Press

Times were changing and Joan Procter was leading the way! The inspirational story of a pioneering female scientist.

Back in the days of long skirts and afternoon teas, young Joan Procter entertained the most unusual party guests: slithery and scaly ones, who turned over teacups and crawled past the crumpets… While other girls played with dolls, Joan preferred the company of reptiles. She carried her favourite lizard with her everywhere – she even brought a crocodile to school! When Joan grew older, she became the Curator of Reptiles at the Natural History Museum. She went on to design the Reptile House at the London Zoo, including a home for the rumoured-to-be-vicious komodo dragons. There, just like when she was a little girl, Joan hosted children’s tea parties – with her komodo dragon as the guest of honour.

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History, by Vashti Harrison, illustrated by Vashti Harrison, published by PRH

Meet the little leaders. They’re brave. They’re bold. They changed the world. Featuring 40 trailblazing black women in the world’s history, this book educates and inspires as it relates true stories of women who broke boundaries and exceeded all expectations. Debut author/illustrator Vashti Harrison pairs captivating text with stunning illustrations as she tells the stories of both iconic and lesser-known female figures of black history – from nurse Mary Seacole, to politician Diane Abbott, mathematician Katherine Johnson and singer Shirley Bassey. Among these biographies, readers will find heroes, role models and everyday women who did extraordinary things.

Matilda, by Roald Dahl, illustrated by Quentin Blake, published by Puffin

Matilda Wormwood’s father thinks she’s a little scab. Matilda’s mother spends all afternoon playing bingo. And Matilda’s headmistress Miss Trunchbull? Well, she’s the worst of all. She is a big bully, who thinks all her pupils are rotten and locks them in the dreaded Chokey. As for Matilda, she’s an extraordinary little girl with a magical mind – and now she’s had enough. So all these grown-ups had better watch out, because Matilda is going to teach them a lesson they’ll never forget.

Vivienne Westwood, by Isabel Sanchez Vegara, illustrated by Laura Callaghan, published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books

New in the Little People, BIG DREAMS series, discover the life of Vivienne Westwood, the flame-haired fashion designer and impresario. 

When Vivienne was a young woman, she wasn’t sure how a working-class girl from England could make a living in the art world. But after discovering her passion for design and jewellery making, she erupted onto the fashion scene with a bang. Vivienne’s designs became iconic, and she became famous for letting her clothes speak for themselves. This moving book features stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a biographical timeline with historical photos and a detailed profile of the designer’s life.

Fantastically Great Women Who Worked Wonders, by Kate Pankhurst, published by Bloomsbury

Kate Pankhurst is back with a brand new wildly brilliant and accessible book about incredible women in the world of work. 

What do you want to be when you grow up? It’s a BIG question that everyone is asked from an early age. Discover eye-opening facts about a collection of go-getting women who have pioneered careers in a kaleidoscope of different industries. Join scientists, doctors, athletes, hot-air balloonists and more, journey back in time with these brave, bold and brilliant women and discover that anything is possible when you make the most of YOUR talents. 

Prepare yourself for a celebration of women who opened doors and made it possible for more women to achieve amazing things today. Overflowing with beautiful illustrations and astounding facts, Fantastically Great Women Who Worked Wonders is the perfect introduction to just a few of the most incredible women who helped shaped the world we live in.

Ada Twist, Scientist, by Andrea Beaty, illustrated by David Roberts, published by Abrams Books

Iggy Peck and Rosie Revere have earned their places among the most beloved children’s characters and have inspired countless kids and adults to follow their passions. Determined Ada Twist, with her boundless curiosity for science and love of the question “Why?,” is destined to join these two favourites. Like her classmates Iggy and Rosie, Ada has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? She embarks on fact-finding missions and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. But, this time, her experiments lead to trouble.

DK Life Stories Anne Frank, DK Life Stories Helen Keller, & DK Life Stories Katherine Johnson, published by DK

Discover chapter by chapter the incredible life story of some of the amazing women who have changed our world. Part of the new DK Life Stories series, this wonderful new range combines full-colour photographs with hand-drawn illustrations, alongside definition boxes, maps, glossary of terms and more, for an exciting insight into the lives of history’s biggest names.

With an engaging narrative in each book that will appeal to even the most reluctant of young readers, this new series kicks off with a book each on some of the most inspiring female figures children can look up to: Anne Frank, Helen Keller, and Katherine Johnson.

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Amazing Women: Sticker Scenes, published by Egmont

Celebrate International Women’s Day with this interactive sticker scene book all about the amazing women who changed the world!

Add stickers to each scene to discover the inspirational stories behind these incredible women. Featuring an inclusive selection of empowering women including Malala Yousafzai, Michelle Obama, Emmeline Pankhurst, Jane Goodall and many more. Each scene celebrates a remarkable woman, with fascinating facts about her achievements and a sticker scene to help young children learn all about them. Focusing on their amazing inventions, achievements, speeches, experiments and much, much more, each scene offers a fun introduction to these inspiring women.

Little Leaders: Visionary Women Around the World, by Vashti Harrison, illustrated by Vashti Harrison, published by PRH

Meet the little leaders. They’re brave. They’re bold. They changed the world. Featuring the true stories of 40 inspirational women creators – from writers to inventors, artists to scientists – this book is as inspirational as it is educational. Readers will meet trailblazing women such as revolutionary architect, Zaha Hadid, actor/inventor Hedy Lamarr, environmental activist Wangari Maathai, modernist painter and animator Mary Blair and physicist Chien-Shiung Wu. Some names will be familiar, some will not – but all these women had a lasting impact on their fields.

Pippi Longstocking, by Astrid Lindgren, illustrated by Lauren Child, published by Oxford University Press

Pippi lives in Villa Villekulla with a horse, a monkey, and a big suitcase full of gold coins. The grown-ups in her village try to make Pippi behave in ways that they think a little girl should, but Pippi has other ideas. She would much rather spend her days arranging wild, exciting adventures to enjoy with her neighbours, Tommy and Annika, or entertaining everyone she meets with her outrageous stories. Pippi thinks nothing of wrestling a circus strongman, dancing a polka with burglars, or tugging a bull’s tail and her wildly unconventional lifestyle is matched by Lauren’s free-spirited illustrations.

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HerStory, by Katherine Halligan, illustrated by Sarah Walsh, published by Nosy Crow

In this uplifting and inspiring book, children can learn about 50 intrepid women from around the world and throughout history. Telling the stories of their childhood, the challenges they faced and the changes they made, each gorgeously illustrated spread is a celebration of girl power in its many forms. With a range of pioneering careers – from astronauts to activists, musicians to mathematicians and many more – young readers will be inspired to follow their own dreams and to make the world a better place. Compelling, motivating and brilliantly illustrated in equal measure, this is the perfect introduction to just some of the amazing women who have shaped our world.

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Lily & the Rockets, by Rebecca Stevens, published by Chicken House (May 2019)

It’s 1918. Lily spends her days working in a munitions factory, her nights picking metal out of her hair, and her lunchtimes kicking a ball with her workmates. Together they form a football team, the Rockets, and a league soon follows. But when the war ends, the girls lose both their jobs and their football. Not Lily. If her only chance of being a goalie is to play with the men, then that’s what she’ll do.

This is a timeless middle-grade story of football, friendship and determination – coinciding with the FIFA Women’s World Cup in summer 2019.

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The Restless Girls, by Jessie Burton, illustrated by Angela Barrett, published by Bloomsbuy

For her twelve daughters, Queen Laurelia’s death in a motor car accident is a disaster beyond losing a mother. Their father, King Alberto, cannot bear the idea of the princesses ever being in danger and decides his daughters must be kept safe at all costs. Those costs include their lessons, their possessions and, most importantly, their freedom. 

But the eldest, Princess Frida, will not bend to his will without a fight and she still has one possession her father can’t take: the power of her imagination. And so, with little but wits and ingenuity to rely on, Frida and her sisters begin their fight to be allowed to live.

Coraline, by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Chris Riddell, published by Bloomsbury

There is something strange about Coraline’s new home. It’s not the mist, or the cat that always seems to be watching her, nor the signs of danger that Miss Spink and Miss Forcible, her new neighbours, read in the tea leaves. It’s the other house – the one behind the old door in the drawing room. Another mother and father with black-button eyes and papery skin are waiting for Coraline to join them there. And they want her to stay with them. For ever. She knows that if she ventures through that door, she may never come back.

Girls Who Changed the World, by Michelle Roehm Mccann,published by Simon & Schuster 

Young women today crave strong, independent role models to look to for motivation. Girls Who Changed the World offers a fun and uplifting collection of influential stories with forty-five more movers and shakers who made a difference early on in life. From Cleopatra to Mindy Kaling, and Aretha Franklin to Emma Watson – each with her own incredible story of how she created life-changing opportunities for herself and the world – you’ll get to know these capable queens of empires and courageous icons of entertainment. Also included are profiles of gutsy teenagers who are out there rocking the world right now and personal aspirations from today’s young women.

Dream Big! Heroes Who Dared to Be Bold, by Sally Morgan, published by Scholastic 

Be fierce! Be brave! Be bold! This book is your rallying cry. 100 people. 100 ways to change the world. The question is – how are you going to change it? Leave your fear at the door and take inspiration from the brave heroes in this book: men, women, boys and girls who stand up, speak up and transform lives. There’s gun control activist Emma Gonzalez – aged just nineteen, making the world listen. There’s British boxer Nicola Adams, literally fighting to be the best. Or how about model Adwo Aboah: not just a face but a powerful voice for justice? Read their stories. Then start creating yours.

Little Women: The Sisterhood, by Louisa May Alcott, published by PRH              

Meg is the eldest and on the brink of love. Then there’s tomboy Jo who longs to be a writer. Sweet-natured Beth always puts others first, and finally there’s Amy, the youngest and most precocious. Together they are the March sisters. Even though money is short, times are tough and their father is away at war, their infectious sense of fun sweeps everyone up in their adventures – including Laurie, the boy next door. And through sisterly squabbles, their happy times and sad ones too, the sisters discover that growing up is sometimes very hard to do.

Little Women is one of six unforgettable Puffin Classics, brought together for International Women’s Day in a stunning set in celebration of some of the most iconic female writers of the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Women in Sport, by Rachel Ignotofsky, published by Hachette Children’s Group

Women in Sport celebrates the success of the tough, bold and fearless women who paved the way for today’s athletes. The sportswomen featured include well-known figures like tennis player Serena Williams and broadcaster Clare Balding, as well as lesser-known pioneers like Gertrude Ederle, the first woman to swim the English Channel, and Keiko Fukuda, the highest-ranked female judoka in history.

From the creator of the bestselling Women in Science, this richly illustrated book highlights the achievements and stories of fifty notable sportswomen from the 1800s to today, including trailblazers, Olympians and record-breakers in more than forty sports. It also contains infographics on topics such as muscle anatomy, pay and media statistics for female athletes, and influential women’s teams.

Peril in Paris, by Katherine Woodfine, published by Egmont

All aboard the train to Paris! It’s 1911, and the young detectives of Taylor & Rose are turning their talents to espionage.

On a case for the mysterious secret service bureau, the daring Miss Sophie Taylor and Miss Lilian Rose must leave London for the boulevards and grand hotels of Paris. But danger lurks beneath the bright lights of the city – and intrigue and murder lie in store. As aeroplanes soar in the skies overhead, our heroines will need to put all their spy skills to the test to face the peril that awaits them… Join Sophie and Lil on their first secret agent adventure!

100 Women Who Made History, published by DK

Celebrating the fantastic females who changed history, this reference book for children tells the intriguing life-stories of Joan of Arc, the Suffragettes, Rosa Parks, Oprah Winfrey, J.K. Rowling, Malala Yousafzai, and more.

Super scientists such as Marie Curie, clued-up creatives like Emily Dickinson, sporty successes such as Serena Williams, and political pioneers like Angela Merkel all feature in 100 Women Who Made History. You’ll discover how Ada Lovelace became the first computer programmer and how brave Harriet Tubman helped enslaved people escape to freedom. Featuring beautiful photographs, engaging text, and zingy illustrations, this book takes readers on a rollercoaster ride through women’s history, from Ancient Greece right up to the modern day. Showing that it’s not just a man’s world, 100 Women Who Made History is a children’s history book that is for anyone who wants to get the inside story on how women have shaped the world we live in.

Girls Who Rocked the World, by Michelle Roehm Mccann and Amelie Welden, published by Simon & Schuster 

Get ready to meet some incredible young women who made their mark on the world before turning twenty and prove that when it comes to having an impact, there’s no such thing as too young! Whether designing famous monuments, fighting for their countries’ freedom or being political pioneers these gutsy girls have changed the way we view the world and ourselves. From Florence Nightingale to Anna Pavlova, Coco Chanel to Eva Perón, The Brontë Sisters to Indira Gandhi, this book features women from across history and around the globe, who have all achieved remarkable things. Interspersed with the amazing accounts of girls throughout history are stories of powerful young women who are changing the world right now – girls like Winter Vinecki, the creator of the non-profit organisation Team Winter, and Jazmin Whitley, the youngest designer to show at L.A. Fashion Week.

Royal Rebel, by Carina Axelsson, published by Usborne

Hi! I’m Lily and I’m going to be a TOTALLY AWESOME FASHION VLOGGER! There’s just one thing that might stand in my way. I’M A PRINCESS. But a princess can do whatever she wants, right? WRONG.

Because one day I’ll be Queen of Waldenburg. And if there is one thing a future queen DOES NOT DO, it’s vlog about fashion… So I just have to make sure I DON’T GET CAUGHT – but keeping a secret this big isn’t easy…

Royally yours, Lily xoxo

THIS PRINCESS IS FASHIONING HER OWN FUTURE – WHATEVER IT TAKES!

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Anne of Green Gables: The Sisterhood, by L. Montgomery, published by PRH

Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert are in for a big surprise. They are waiting for an orphan boy to help with the work at Green Gables – but a skinny, red-haired girl turns up instead. Feisty and full of spirit, Anne Shirley charms her way into the Cuthberts’ affection with her vivid imagination and constant chatter. It’s not long before Anne finds herself in trouble, but soon it becomes impossible for the Cuthberts to imagine life without ‘their’ Anne.

Anne of Green Gables is one of six unforgettable Puffin Classics, brought together for International Women’s Day in a stunning set in celebration of some of the most iconic female writers of the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Women in Science, by Rachel Ignotofsky, published by Hachette Children’s Group

A gloriously illustrated celebration of trailblazing women. Women in Science highlights the contributions of fifty notable women to the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, from both the ancient and modern worlds. The book also contains fascinating infographics and an illustrated scientific glossary.

The extraordinary women profiled include well-known figures like the physicist and chemist Marie Curie, as well as lesser-known pioneers such as Katherine Johnson, the African-American mathematician who calculated the trajectory of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon.

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Things a Bright Girl Can Do, by Sally Nicholls, published by Andersen Press

Through rallies and marches, in polite drawing rooms and freezing prison cells and the poverty-stricken slums of the East End, three courageous young women join the fight for women’s votes. Evelyn is seventeen, and though she is rich and clever, she may never be allowed to follow her older brother to university. Enraged that she is expected to marry her childhood sweetheart rather than be educated, she joins the Suffragettes, and vows to pay the ultimate price for women’s freedom. May is fifteen, and already sworn to the cause, though she and her fellow Suffragists refuse violence. When she meets Nell, a girl who’s grown up in hardship, she sees a kindred spirit. Together and in love, the two girls start to dream of a world where all kinds of women have their place. But the fight for freedom will challenge Evelyn, May and Nell more than they ever could believe. As war looms, just how much are they willing to sacrifice?

Shortlisted for the National Book Award and the YA Book Prize. 

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Watch Us Rise, by Renée Watson and Ellen Hagan, published by Bloomsbury

Jasmine and Chelsea are best friends on a mission. Sick of the way that young women are treated even at their ‘progressive’ New York City high school, they decide to start a Women’s Rights Club. One problem – no one shows up. That hardly stops them. They start posting everything from videos of Chelsea performing her poetry to Jasmine’s response to being reduced to a racist and sexist stereotype in the school’s theatre department. And soon, they’ve gone viral, creating a platform they never could’ve predicted.

With such positive support, the Women’s Rights Club is also targeted by trolls. But Jasmine and Chelsea won’t let their voices – or those of the other young women in their city – be silenced. They’ll risk everything to be heard and effect change … but at what cost?

Vote For Effie, by Laura Wood, published by Scholastic

The first book in an exciting new series from the award-winning author Laura Wood. Inspired by the recent Women’s March, the series centres around Effie, an optimistic, feisty heroine, who is running for school council president. With a campaign team of loveable misfits, she tackles the truly important subjects: gender imbalance, outdated school conventions…and good-looking boys stealing the last slice of chocolate cake at lunchtime. A rallying call for switched-on kids everywhere.

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Monsters, by Sharon Dogar, published by Andersen Press

1814: Two 16–year-old stepsisters run away with a married man. The results are devastating and the ripples will be felt for centuries.

This is the incredible story of Mary Shelley – radical, rebellious and entranced. It is the story of a young woman who defies tradition and society, and who draws upon the monstrous elements of her own life to create the most memorable monster of them all. Celebrating 200 years since the publication of Frankenstein, acclaimed writer Sharon Dogar brings to life the passion, tragedy and forbidden love of its teenage author.

The Burning, by Laura Bates, published by Simon & Schuster 

The Burning tells the story of fifteen-year-old Anna who has moved to a small Scottish village with her mother. There’s nothing to trace Anna back to her old life. Nothing to link her to the ‘incident’. At least that’s what she thinks… until the whispers start up again. Desperate for a distraction to escape the brutal bullying at school, Anna loses herself in a history project about a young girl, Maggie, who was accused of witchcraft hundreds of years before. Anna finds herself irresistibly drawn to the tale of Maggie, a girl whose story has terrifying similarities to Anna’s own…

A Girl Called Shameless, by Laura Steven, published by Egmont

Funnier. Ruder. Angrier. Izzy O’Neill is back in the hilarious sequel to The Exact Opposite of Okay.

It’s been two months since 18-year-old Izzy O’Neill was slut-shamed in a national scandal. As well as coming to terms with the fact that thousands of people have seen her foofer – Izzy is juggling high school, writing a screenplay and figuring out what to do next with her life. When another girl’s nude photos are leaked, Izzy and the Bitches Bite Back team decide to take action. They’re taking the fight all the way to the top . . . and won’t let anyone bring them down. It’s time for the shaming to stop!

A Curse So Dark and Lonely, by Brigid Kemmerer, published by Bloomsbury

Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall, is cursed. Forced to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he can only be freed by love. But at the end of each autumn he is transformed into a beast hell-bent on destruction, and after so many failed attempts, his kingdom and its people are barely holding on. 

Harper’s life has never been easy, but she’s learned to be tough enough to survive. She won’t let anything hold her back, not her cerebral palsy or her mother’s deteriorating health. But when she is sucked into Rhen’s world, nothing is as it seems. Powerful forces are standing against Emberfalll … and it will take more than a broken curse to save it from utter ruin.

Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (and other lies): Amazing women on what the F-word means to them, published by Penguin

We asked 52 women: what does the F word mean to you? The result is extraordinary.

Warning: explicit content! Curated by journalist and activist Scarlett Curtis, with incredible pieces by: Emma Watson – Zoe Sugg – Keira Knightley – Gemma Arterton – Bridget Jones (by Helen Fielding) – Saoirse Ronan – Liv Little – Dolly Alderton – Karen Gillan – Alicia Garza – Jameela Jamil – Kat Dennings – Nimco Ali – Beanie Feldstein – Olivia Perez – Amika George – Evanna Lynch – Akilah Hughes – Tanya Burr – Grace Campbell – Alison Sudol – Kiernan Shipka – Elyse Fox – Charlie Craggs – Rhyannon Styles – Skai Jackson – Tasha Bishop – Lolly Adefope – Bronwen Brenner – Dr Alaa Murabit – Trisha Shetty – Jordan Hewson – Amy Trigg – Em Odesser – Emi Mahmoud – Lydia Wilson – Swati Sharma

The Poet X, by Elizabeth Acevedo, published by Egmont

Xiomara has always kept her words to herself. When it comes to standing her ground in her Harlem neighbourhood, she lets her fists and her fierceness do the talking. But X has secrets – her feelings for a boy in her bio class, and the notebook full of poems that she keeps under her bed. And a slam poetry club that will pull those secrets into the spotlight. Because in spite of a world that might not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to stay silent. 

‘I fell in love at slam poetry. This one will stay with you a long time.’ – Angie Thomas, bestselling author of The Hate U Give

Resisters, by Lauren Sharkey, published by Hachette Children’s Group

Young girls and women are uniting across the world to create change, have their voices heard and stand up for what they believe in.

In this bold and brilliantly inspiring book, Lauren Sharkey profiles the powerful stories and achievements of 52 young campaigners, who are working to improve the lives of people across the globe. Some are active in feminist issues like period poverty or political problems such as police brutality and LGBT+ rights; while others are working in science, conservation and diversity. Yet whether it be Twitter campaigns or life-saving apps, their great ideas are all changing the world as we know it.

Feminism Is…, published by DK

What is feminism? Combining insightful text with graphic illustrations, this engaging book introduces young adult readers to a subject that should matter to everyone. Feminism is… tackles the most intriguing and relevant topics, such as “Are all people equal?”, “Do boys and girls learn the same things?” and “Can men be feminists?” Find out what equality for women really means, get a short history of feminism, and take a look at the issues that affect women at work, in the home, and around sex and identity. Meet, too, some great women, such as Gloria Steinem, Frida Kahlo, and Malala Yousafzai, “rebel girls” who refused to accept the status quo of their day and blazed a trail for others to follow. With more than 50 topics that address key feminist concerns, Feminism is… takes on the issues, is informative, and always thought-provoking.

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Speak Up!, by Laura Coryton, published by Egmont

The must-have empowering book and inspiring guide by Laura Coryton, leader of the incredible international campaign against tampon tax.

Speak Up! gives you the tools to find your voice and stand up for what you believe in so that YOU can make a difference. Channel Laura’s campaigning superpowers with her step-by-step toolkit and create your own successful campaign. Laura’s experience will give you the confidence to deal with setbacks and internet trolls, and ways to speak up about everyday situations, such as relationships, too.

“Speak Up! is a wonderful and timely guide to activism for women and girls ” – Helen Pankhurst, great granddaughter of suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst, author and women’s rights activist.

The Cold is in Her Bones, by Peternelle van Arsdale, published by Simon & Schuster

Milla’s whole world is her family’s farm. She is never allowed to travel to the village and her only friend is her beloved older brother, Niklas. When a bright-eyed girl named Iris comes to stay, Milla hopes her loneliness might finally be coming to an end. But Iris has a secret she’s forbidden to share: The village is cursed by a demon who possesses girls at random, and the townspeople live in terror of who it will come for next.

Now, it seems, the demon has come for Iris. When Iris is captured and imprisoned with other possessed girls, Milla leaves home to rescue her and break the curse forever. Her only company on the journey is a terrible new secret of her own: Milla is changing, too, and may soon be a demon herself.

Marvel Fearless and Fantastic! Female Super Heroes Save the World, published by DK

Women can save the world. More than 50 incredible female Super Heroes from the Marvel Comics universe inspire girls and women of all ages to be powerful, passionate and persistent. From Captain Marvel and Wasp to Storm and Shuri, this beautiful book profiles dozens of aspirational female comic-book characters, all of whom use their intelligence, strength, kindness and courage to help others and save the world. Fierce fan-favourites such as Gamora, Squirrel Girl and Black Widow feature alongside lesser known faces from all corners of the Marvel comic-book universe. Young girls will discover modern, diverse heroes they can relate to and look up to, including America Chavez and Kamala Khan. Featuring a foreword by Marvel Comics writer Kelly Thompson, DK’s Marvel Fearless and Fantastic! is the ultimate tribute to Marvel’s most powerful women and girls, and a treasured gift for comic fans.

Illustrated with stunning comic-book artwork, and featuring inspiring quotations, each short biography is carefully curated to focus on the character’s key abilities and achievements. With four chapters based on personal qualities – Determined, Daring, Compassionate and Curious – this book for girls and women of all ages will create new fans of comics, as well as inspiring comic-book creators of the future.

© 2019 MARVEL

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Suffragette, by David Roberts, published by Macmillan

The year 2018 marks a century since the first women won the vote in the United Kingdom, and Suffragette tells the story of their fight. This is a tale of astounding bravery, ingenuity and strength. Covering the whole range of female and male suffragist experiences – from aristocrats to the middle and working class as well as a look at the global struggle for universal suffrage, Suffragette: The Battle for Equality makes a fantastic introduction to a fascinating topic. David Roberts’ exquisite artwork and clear, exceptionally well-researched text make this the perfect gift.

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