Books, feminism

Empowering books for young readers

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Abrams + Chronicle are without a doubt my favourite publisher when it comes to beautiful books. My shelves are packed with stunning coffee table books and inspiring children’s books – they really do cater to everyone.

Last Friday was International Women’s Day but we all know that bold and fearless women deserve to be celebrated every day of the year, which is why I’m excited to review three of their new releases. These children’s books celebrate trail-blazing women, showing young readers that they really can be whatever they want to be when they grow up.

Dancing Through Fields of Color: The Story of Helen Frankenthaler is beautifully illustrated by Aimee Sicuro and written by Elizabeth Brown. It’s a wonderful gift to encourage young creatives to follow their own path and find their own style.

Dancing Through Fields of Color: The Story of Helen Frankenthaler by Elizabeth Brown and Aimée Sicuro

Dancing Through Fields of Color: The Story of Helen Frankenthaler by Elizabeth Brown and Aimée Sicuro

As with the other books in this post, you need to peek under the jacket. They are true beauties.

Dancing Through Fields of Color: The Story of Helen Frankenthaler by Elizabeth Brown and Aimée Sicuro

Modern artist Helen Frankenthaler created her own technique and made a name for herself in the male-dominated art world of the 1950s. She used art to help cope with grief and express her emotions, focusing on use of colour, and in particular her colour field style.

I have several (ok, dozens of) books about women who have made history as it’s important to me that Jenson grows up with a range of role models. And, although they’re children’s books, I’ve learned a lot from them myself. The books feature additional bios and timelines, and Dancing Through Fields of Color also features guidelines for your own painting activity.

Dancing Through Fields of Color: The Story of Helen Frankenthaler by Elizabeth Brown and Aimée Sicuro

Dancing Through Fields of Color: The Story of Helen Frankenthaler by Elizabeth Brown and Aimée Sicuro

“There are no rules. That is how art is born, how breakthroughs happen. Go against the rules or ignore the rules. That is what invention is all about.”

Dancing Through Fields of Color is published on 19 March.

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Born to Ride: A Story About Bicycle Face is written by Larissa Theule and uses 1890s America as the backdrop for the age-old message of perseverance and always getting back up again.

Born to Ride: A Story About Bicycle Face by Larissa Theule and Kelsey Garrity-Riley

Born to Ride: A Story About Bicycle Face by Larissa Theule and Kelsey Garrity-Riley

I had no idea that Bicycle Face was a term used to discourage women from riding bikes little more than one hundred years ago. And I loved the idea of women making their own trousers and having the freedom to ride a bike, leading to the suffrage movement.

Sadly there are still plenty of things young children think they can’t do or be because of their gender and I think it’s fantastic that there are so many books available to help them to see otherwise.

Born to Ride: A Story About Bicycle Face by Larissa Theule and Kelsey Garrity-Riley

Born to Ride: A Story About Bicycle Face by Larissa Theule and Kelsey Garrity-Riley

Born to Ride is published today.

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Along Came Coco: A Story About Coco Chanel is written by fashion illustrator Eva Byrne and her imagery complements this iconic woman’s life perfectly.

Along Came Coco: A Story About Coco Chanel by Eva Byrne

Along Came Coco: A Story About Coco Chanel by Eva Byrne

Most readers will already be familiar with the life of Coco Chanel – her bob haircut, her desire to create clothes for women that were actually comfortable, and that perfume. But did you know that we have her to thank for pockets in women’s clothes?! Such a game changer.

Along Came Coco: A Story About Coco Chanel by Eva Byrne

Along Came Coco: A Story About Coco Chanel by Eva Byrne

Along Came Coco: A Story About Coco Chanel by Eva Byrne

“I decided who I wanted to be, and that is who I am.”

Along Came Coco is published on 19 March.

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All of these books encourage readers to move away from the norm and do their own thing, something that a lot of us grow out of as we get older as part of a desperate need to fit in. I think we could all do with more of these messages in our lives.

8 thoughts on “Empowering books for young readers”

  1. Every one of these books looks fantastic, both the subject matter and the art work – absolutely stunning! Thank you for sharing as I hadn’t seen any of these. Also, what is that gorgeous book print you’re using as your back drop??

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