Rise: A Feminist Book Project Names Best Titles of 2024

Here are the overall Top 10 books chosen from six curated lists, spanning early readers to YA.

The Rise: A Feminist Book Project committee has selected this year’s best feminist literature titles for ages 0–18. Booklists are curated for Early Readers: Fiction, Early Readers: Nonfiction, Middle Grade: Fiction, Middle Grade: Nonfiction, Young Adult: Fiction, and Young Adult: Nonfiction.

Rise also produces an overall Top 10 list.

The 2024 Rise: A Feminist Book Project Top 10 (listed alphabetically by author’s last name) are:

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

Rise: A Feminist Book Project for Ages 0-18 is a project of the Feminist Task Force of ALA’s Social Responsibilities Round Table. Titles must have been published in the previous 18 months and "move beyond merely 'spunky' and 'feisty' young women, beyond characters and people who fight to protect themselves without concern for the rights of others. Feminist protagonists call out and work to eliminate sexism and other systemic prejudices, actively shaping their destinies. They break bonds forced by society as they defy stereotypical expectations and show resilience in the face of societal strictures. People who are not women can also play an important part in questioning and defying gender and/or sex roles. In addition, feminist books show women solving problems, gaining personal power, and empowering others. They celebrate girls and women as a vibrant, vital force in the world."

Read the full list of titles in all six categories.

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