Barbie-mania has hit the box office! Domestically, the film has made $214 million in its first 5 days at the box office, and it’s expected to surpass $700 million worldwide shortly.

Want more after seeing the movie? Try these great book picks that delve deeper into the concepts from the film and conversations the film has inspired. We’ve got everything you need to keep your Barbie party going strong!


The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience by Brené Brown

Tarot for Change: Using the Cards for Self-Care, Acceptance, and Growth by Jessica Dore

Societal Expectations & Gender Roles

ALL MADE UP: The Power and Pitfalls of Beauty Culture, from Cleopatra to Kim Kardashian by Rae Nudson

In Praise of Difficult Women by Karen Karbo

How to Keep House While Drowning: A Gentle Approach to Cleaning and Organizing by KC Davis

Body Positivity

Fitness for Every Body by Meg Boggs

Accessible Yoga: Poses and Practices for Every Body by Jivana Heyman

Yes, You Can Wear That: How to Look and Feel Fierce at Any Size by Abby Hoy


Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America by Ijeoma Oluo

Entitled: How Male Privilege Hurts Women by Kate Manne

Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit

Horses by Christina Leighton

Mothers and Daughters

Things I Wish I Told My Mother by Susan Patterson

Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed

Female Empowerment/Solidarity

Strong Women Lift Each Other Up by Molly Galbraith

The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World by Melinda Gates

How Women Rise: Break the 12 Habits Holding You Back from Your Next Raise, Promotion, or Job by Sally Helgensen

Intersectional Feminism

Reclaiming our Space: How Black Feminists are Changing the World from the Tweets to the Streets by Feminista Jones

White Feminism: From the Suffragettes to Influencers and Who They Leave Behind by Koa Beck

Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women that a Movement Forgot by Mikki Kendall

Want Even More?

Check out these booklists for even more selections. If you find something that’s not in our collection, you can request a purchase or we can try to find it via interlibrary loan for you!

32 of the Best Feminist Books You Should be Reading – Pan Macmillian

Choose a Barbie Movie, Get a Book Rec – NOVL

18 Books to Read After You Watch BarbieTown and Country Magazine