cover image A Girl’s Bill of Rights

A Girl’s Bill of Rights

Amy B. Mucha, illus. by Addy Rivera Sonda. Beaming, $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-5064-6452-7

An inclusive cast of girls declare their rights with certitude in this enumerative incantation. A Black girl on a skateboard kicks things off in a classroom setting, where four girls appear with objects that suggest their interests. “I have the right to like what I like and love what I love,” Mucha writes, quickly moving on to other rights as the cast participates in activities at home and school. The girls claim their right to “look how I look and wear what I wear,” experience and express emotions and thoughts (“even if it makes someone uncomfortable”), to affirm bodily autonomy and consent (“I have the right to say STOP!”), and maintain “the right to change my mind.” Full-color illustrations by Sonda show girls of various ethnicities, one using a wheelchair, one wearing a headscarf, supporting each other; together, word and image create a strong reminder of allyship and female power. Ages 4–8. [em](Feb.) [/em]