5 Diverse & Empowering Reads To Add To Your Shelf This Spring

We’ll be March-ing (get it?) for women this March – with it being Women’s History Month and of course with International Women’s Day on the 8th. It’s an opportunity to further empower our-shelves with even more incredible art and writing by, and celebrating, women and intersectionality.

Without further ado, we’d like to introduce you to our picks for this Spring!

  1. The Future Is Feminist: Radical, Funny, and Inspiring Writing by Women

Introduction by Jessica Valenti, edited by Mallory Farrugia

This eye-catching anthology features a star-studded roster of iconic women, writing powerfully about what it means to be a feminist yesterday, today and tomorrow. From Mary Wollstonecraft to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Mindly Kaling and Caitlin Moran, the diverse chorus of intersectional voices and its forward-looking stance make this a covetable and inspirational gift for women of all ages.

Just look at those end-papers!

Find out more: The Future is Feminist, £17.99

  1. There Are Girls Like Lions: Poems about Being A Woman

Illustrated by Karolin Schnoor, foreword by Cole Swensen

This collection of rousing and inspiring poems celebrates womanhood in all its dimensions, including love, beauty, friendship, motherhood, work, ageing and much more.

Karolin Schnoor’s illustrations in metallic ink are striking accompaniments to the stirring words. It’s a stunning little gift anthology to keep with you at all times.

Find out more: There Are Girls Like Lions, £11.99

  1. She Explores

by Gale Straub

Beautiful. Empowering. Exhilarating.

She Explores is a spirited celebration of female bravery and courage – of women embracing the outdoors and travelling on their own terms. There’s breathtaking travel photography and the extraordinary personal narratives and experiences of 40 diverse women on unforgettable personal journeys.

The book also contains practical tips and advice for women planning their own trips and preparing to tell their own stories.

Find out more: She Explores by Gale Straub, £17.99. Pub date: 26 Mar 2019

  1. All Hail The Queen

by Jennifer Orkin Lewis, text by Schweta Jha

With films like Mary, Queen of Scots and The Favourite spotlighting past Queens and royal intrigue, this delightful illustrated gift book brings the true stories of Queens from across the globe and throughout history to life.

From Cleopatra to Empress Wu Zetian, Marie Antoinette and Queen Liliuokoalani of Hawaii, it’s an elegant and diverse celebration of women in charge.

Find out more: All Hail The Queen by Jennifer Orkin Lewis, text by Shweta Jha, £13.99

  1. Star Wars: Women of the Galaxy

by Amy Ratcliffe

They are heroes and villains, Sith and Jedi, senators and scoundrels, mothers, mercenaries, artists, pilots. . . .

The women of the STAR WARS galaxy drive its stories and saga forward at every level. This beautifully illustrated, fully authorized book profiles 75 fascinating female characters from across films, fiction, comics, animation, and games. Featuring Leia Organa, Rey, Ahsoka Tano, Iden Versio, Jyn Erso, Rose Tico, Maz Kanata, and many more, each character is explored through key story beats, fresh insights, and behind-the-scenes details by author Amy Ratcliffe. Also showcasing more than 100 all-new illustrations by a dynamic range of female and non-binary artists, here is an inspiring celebration of the characters that help create a galaxy far, far away.



Gift & Stationery

This vibrant journal is filled with inspiring quotes by strong women and allies and each lined page is titled ‘How I’m making my voice heard today’. Here to help you crush it daily.

We are delighted to now represent Emily McDowell Studio, who have a whole list of wonderful, on-point cards, mugs, tote bags and more! Some of our favourites are pictured below – including the Patriarchy Tote Bag and the Patriarchy Refill and Girl Power Mugs.

We have lots in the way of fierce and fabulous gift and stationery, so do peruse our website and look out for more in the Legendary Ladies range by the incredible Ann Shen (How To Be Legendary and Legendary Ladies Notes are coming this April)!

Younger Readers

There’s plenty for younger readers too, from the Little Feminist, Scientist and Artist ranges from Galison Mudpuppy, to middle-grade like the Lumberjanes series, right up to YA like Giant Days and Stain.

Recent highlights include (the very fun to read-out-loud) Chicks Rule! by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen & Renee Kurilla, which sees Nerdy Chick, Science Chick, Wordy Chick, Yoga Chick, Coding Chick and friends join forces to march against the Rocket Club’s ‘NO CHICKS ALLOWED!!!’ sign.

Non-fiction biographies of pioneering women from history are also thriving, with the wonderful Fiona Robinson (Ada’s Ideas) turning her attention to Anna Atkins, the first person to ever publish a book of photography, in The Bluest of Blues

Let’s not forget Andrea Beaty and David Roberts’ beloved The Questioneers series. After Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters last year, Ada Twist now gets her own chapter book with Ada Twist and the Perilous Pantaloons! It’s coming this April and is available to pre-order now.

And look out for the introduction of the next Questioneer in a new chapter book this Autumn…