The Perfect Book List for Your Favorite Little Feminists

Whether it's summer reading, back-to-school prep, or bedtime stories, it's never too early for girls to learn about some of the incredible women they can aspire to be.

And while some of our very own MAKERS, from Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Misty Copeland, make for incredible inspiration, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Malala Yousafzai are equally as motivating.

Be sure to check off each of the books above from your reading lists to show your favorite little feminists that possibilities are limitless.

This article was originally published in September 2016, and is continually updated to reflect the most recent books.

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"I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark" by Debbie Levy Grab this book, the first-ever picture book about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second female Supreme Court Justice of the United States, to teach your feminist girls and boys about the woman who broke numerous barriers.

"Winners Never Quit!" by Mia Hamm Written by the MAKER Mia Hamm herself, "Winners Never Quit!" "tells a true-life-inspired story of learning that winning and losing aren't as important as being part of a team."

"Hillary Rodham Clinton: Some Girls Are Born To Lead" by Michelle Markel This book is sure to help the little one in your life remember that girls really do have the power to do anything, just like Hillary Clinton.

"Firebird" by Misty Copeland Misty Copeland's first picture book tells the story of when she was a little girl. Her book "encourages this young girl's faith in herself and shows her exactly how, through hard work and dedication, she too can become Firebird."

"Elizabeth Leads the Way: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Right to Vote" by Tanya Lee Stone Telling the story of the women who, from when she was young, wanted equal rights for men and women, eventually leading to her helping change America for the better because "she wouldn't take 'no' for an answer."

"For The Right To Learn: Malala Yousafzai's Story" by Rebecca Langston-George Despite the oppression she had to face in her country, Malala Yousafzai refused to sit back and let it happen. "This powerful true story of how one brave girl named Malala changed the world proves that one person really can make a difference."

"Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx" by Jonah Winter From growing up in the South Bronx to holding a seat in the U.S. Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor defied odds with her bravery and determination. This book tells her story.

"My Name Is Truth: The Life of Sojourner Truth" by Ann Turner "Here is the remarkable true story of how former slave Isabella Baumfree transformed herself into the preacher and orator Sojourner Truth." Let your little ones learn about this "iconic figure of the abolitionist and women's rights movements" and dream to follow in her footsteps.

"The Story Of Ruby Bridges" by Robert Coles Following the story of Ruby Bridges, a young black girl forced to attend a New Orleans all-white school in 1960, "The Story Of Ruby Bridges" is one of "courage, faith, and hope," proving anyone can be a hero.

"She Persisted" by Chelsea Clinton Teach your children all about thirteen American women — from Harriet Tubman and Ruby Bridges to Sonia Sotomayor and Oprah Winfrey — "who helped shape our country through their tenacity."