Five feminist books for the whole family to enjoy

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Puffin books

Matilda by Roald Dahl

Matilda is smart, mischevious and what she lacks in size, she makes up for in telekinetic powers. Matilda reminds us all that not all bullies are boys, not all short people have to be victims and not all heroes wear capes.

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Abrams Books for Young Readers

Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty

Quiet by day, brilliant inventor by night. Spurred on by her Great, Great Aunt Rose who comes to visit and mentions her one unfinished life goal – to fly. Rosie sets to work constructing a contraption to make her Aunt’s dreams come true but her first test flight teaches her a valuable life lesson.

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Puffin Books

Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

Pippi does whatever she likes. She lives alone, and fights not just people her own size, but the strongest man in the circus. Pippi Longstocking reminds us all that anything is possible and you have the best fun when you’re being yourself!

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Bloomsbury

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

Every Harry Potter book has a case for making this list, but it’s in The Chamber of Secrets that Hermione solves the mystery of the petrifying creature that stalks the students of Hogwarts before anyone else. It’s not the first, or last time Hermione proves herself as an incredibly capable witch, but it is one of the most impressive.

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Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing

Not All Princesses Dress In Pink by Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple

The largely self-explanatory title of Not all Princesses Dress in Pink is a reminder that girls can make a mess, jump in muddy puddles, wear stinky socks, climb trees and play sports, all while wearing their tiaras!


The Manchester Children’s Book Festival have plenty more dates up their sleeve throughout the year. Make sure the Free Family Fun Day  June 24 is in your diary! You can check out our full Festival programme here and also follow @MCBFestival on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using #MCBF2017 to keep up-to-date with all our events and news.

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