Children’s books for enjoyment — and inspiration
It’s the height of the summer, which means restless kids, hot pool days, and tired parents. Whether you’re hanging out by the water or passing time indoors, here are a few children’s book to inspire the next generation of fearless leaders (even if they’re a little more focused on ice cream than activism at this age).
I Like Myself, by Karen Beaumont
It’s a sentiment we all could use: I Like Myself follows a carefree girl as she makes a promise to love herself, from her curly hair to everything else. Karen Beaumont offers an ode to unapologetic self-love through simple yet powerful rhymes.
Dragons Love Tacos, by Adam Rubin
Author Adam Rubin created the perfect recipe for a laugh-out-loud children’s book: mythical creatures, delicious food, and an oddball adventure. The New York Times best-seller follows a dragon as he searches for the perfect snack — a journey that’ll lead to a taco-extinct sequel.
I Wish You More, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld
I Wish You More granted all our wishes for a story about positive thinking. We could all use more umbrella than rain, and a reminder that moments of adversity will eventually pass.
The Wonderful Things You Will Be, by Emily Winfield Martin
In this heartfelt book, Emily Winfield Martin charts all the Wonderful Things parents wish for their children. It’s the perfect bedtime read, sending your little one off to dream of their illustrious future.
She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History, by Chelsea Clinton
Chelsea Clinton is the latest author attempting to inspire the next generation of female leaders. Her second civic-minded children’s book, She Persisted Around the World, tells stories of great achievement before encouraging children to create their own.
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo
Alicia Keys is a fan of this beloved two-part series. Wish your rebel children a good sleep filled empowered dreams through this colorful book. Also, check out the Rebel Girls podcast, in which fearless females like activist Tarana Burke and record-breaking swimmer Diana Nyad revisit history’s strongest women.
Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race, by Margot Lee Shetterly
The hit 2016 film and best-selling book is back in kid-friendly form, boosting the story of four women who helped NASA reach the moon through gorgeous, colorful drawings. Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden are heroes for the next generation, and Hidden Figures does them justice.
I Am Enough, by Grace Byers
Empire actress Grace Byers offers a lyrical ode to self-acceptance and respect of others. I Am Enough tells the story of an upbeat girl learning that her skin, eyes, and frame don’t determine her worth. She — much like this touching book — is already more than enough.
Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag, by Robert Sanders
Pride can — and should — exist beyond the month of June, and there’s no better place to start than with the story of Harvey Milk and the colorful rainbow flag. Aptly, Pride is a beacon of (technicolor) light.
Dad By My Side, by Soosh
Come for the beautiful drawings by Soosh, but stay for the special bond between father and daughter. The adorable duo started on Soosh’s popular Instagram as an illustration series before being compiled into a universal story of endless family love.
I’m Sad, by Michael Ian Black
A little girl, a flamingo and, yes, a potato venture on a quest to understand sadness. Comedian Michael Ian Black offers answers for when the inevitable “What’s wrong?” questions come from your little one.
PopularMMOs Presents A Hole New World, by PopularMMOs
YouTubers PopularMMOs translate their Minecraft-inspired aesthetic off-screen while maintaining their signature comic style. The detailed adventures are told through comics, offering an ideal book for any young gamers.