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There, We Fixed It

This weekend, The Washington Post published a fun list of books for every year of life. While we appreciate the intent, we'd be sleeping on the job if we didn't notice that, by age 10, they've only recommended books with two female protagonists (20%) and only two of the protagonists are a person of color - one male, one female (20%). It's almost like they're proving our point...

It gets better in the YA section, but there's plenty of wonderful, representative #kidlit available for years one through ten! We're here to fix it, Spitfire style:

Spitfire Reads for Ages 1-10

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Age 1

by Vera B. Williams

Because all babies love belly raspberries, tickles, and (hopefully) a good sleep.

Age 2

by Liz Garton Scanlon

It's never too early to learn how interdependent we are.

Age 3

by Peter H. Reynolds

Growth mindset is a lifelong skill. No one is born a master.

Age 4

by Ashley Spires

It may not work the first, second, or even third time. But there isn't much that a deep breath and a cupcake can't fix.

Age 5

by Monica Brown

"I want you to know that I like you just the way you are."

Age 6

by Roda Ahmed

When someone asks "What do you want to be when you grow up?" (even though you're only six and this is a really annoying question) please know that there's no wrong answer.

Age 7

by Debbi Michiko Florence

We agree with WaPo, it's not your fault. Older siblings can be the worst, but they can also be redeemed.

Age 8

by Shelley Johannes

Friendship can get difficult but a little trust and unconventional thinking can patch things up nicely.

Age 9

by Sarai Gonzalez and Monica Brown

Life happens, things fall apart, and family brings it all back together. Also, cupcakes.

Age 10

by Jacqueline Woodson

Girls feel like they're straddling two worlds at ten--finding your community and your own voice is critical to staying above the fray.

Age 10 - Bonus!

Hena Khan

Keeping with the theme, another narrative about finding strength in your community and in your own voice. Ten's a tough age. It deserves two books.

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