For immediate release | January 24, 2024

2024 Rise Book Project presents Top Ten feminist books for young readers

CHICAGO - 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 and FTF’s official website. The 2024 Rise: A Feminist Book Project committee selected the following titles, listed in alphabetical order by author’s last name, as their Top Ten:

  • “Flower Girl” by Amy Bloom, illustrated by Jameela Wahlgren
  • “Spin” by Rebecca Caprara
  • “The Blackwoods” by Brandy Colbert
  • “Big” by Vashti Harrison
  • “I Kick and I Fly” by Ruchira Gupta
  • “Autumn Peltier, Water Warrior” by Carole Lindstrom, illustrated by Bridget George
  • “My Powerful Hair” by Carole Lindstrom, illustrated by Steph Littlebird
  • “Barely Floating” by Lilliam Rivera
  • “The Moonlit Vine” by Elizabeth Santiago
  • “All the Fighting Parts” by Hannah V. Sawyerr

Members of the committee are: Allison Staley, (co-chair), Lake Oswego Public Library, Oregon; Laura Simeon, (co-chair), Kirkus Reviews, Washington; Suzan Alteri, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; Emma Carbone, Brooklyn Public Library, New York; Shelley Díaz, School Library Journal, New Jersey; Cynthia Medrano, Highland Park Public Library, Illinois; Amanda Melilli, University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Ari Nussbaum, Hayward Public Library, California; Isolda Page, Lisle Library District, Illinois; Vicki Pietrus, Niles West High School, Illinois; and María Elena Valiente, The Park School, Massachusetts.


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