Book List: 2023 Rise: A Feminist Book Project

In 2022 I applied and joined Rise: A Feminist Book Project. Rise creates an annual booklist of the best feminist books for young readers, ages birth through 18. Rise is part of the Feminist Task Force of the Social Responsibilities Round Table of the American Library Association.

After receiving hundreds of books in the mail, reading hundreds of stories, nominating dozens, and four days of deliberations, I’m thrilled to share the 2023 RIse Feminist Book Project List and this year’s Top Ten.

Head to to read the full list and this year’s statement.

Rise: A Feminist Book Project stands in solidarity with the HarperCollins Union Local 2110 UAW in their fight for a fair contract. Publishing has historically relied on low and unpaid labor. The right to a fair and equitable contract is a feminist value. HarperCollins must meet the union’s demands in full.

Visit the HCP union’s linktree to read more about the strike, donate, and advocate for their demands to be met. You can also support the union through Bookshop.

For anyone curious about the numbers, the list started with 174 titles to discuss and was narrowed down to 125. Of those I nominated 38 titles (17 of which made it onto the list–8 unanimously!–and 2 of which were in the top ten).