What it’s about: All over the world, girls are making headlines, whether they’re breaking records, giving speeches, or fighting for social justice. Some have become celebrities, while others have worked against inequality in their own communities. And of course, there are those who are now grown up, but changed the course of history when they were girls. Rad Girls Can celebrates the accomplishments of almost fifty amazing young women, all under the age of twenty, who have in some way changed the world for the better.
Why we chose it: I’ve read many books celebrating the accomplishments of young people, feminists, etc., but Rad Girls Can remains my favorite. I first read Rad Girls Can several years ago, and it inspired me to learn more about a lot of the girls it profiles, many of whom I had never heard of before. Short, informative, engaging pieces about a variety of vastly different young women are combined with unique, expressive illustrations, resulting in a fascinating, empowering, and fun exploration of just how much a girl can do when she puts her mind to it. As Marley Dias, founder of the #1000BlackGirlBooks campaign, said, “You don’t have to be very old to start trying to fix the problems you see in the world around you.”