By Melissa Uhles and Amber Roshay
Raising strong girls is on the minds of most parents. One way to help accomplish this is to line your daughter's bookshelf with books that will boost girl power. Young girls need to read stories with characters they not only connect to but also provide a reflection of leadership, strength, and perseverance.
Global Baby Girls (Global Fund for Children) is a board book series that features babies from around the world. The photography is top notch and the message is simple: regardless of where a girl is born she can make an important impact in the world.
Wish by Emma Dodd is the most recent installment in a series of animal books. This one explores the connection between a wolf and her pup.
Baby Beluga (Raffi Songs to Read) by Raffi is part of a series of board books that includes a signature song in each story.
I'm a Girl! by Yasmeen Ismail introduces readers to a girl who is strong and fast but is sometimes mistaken for a boy and ends up befriending a boy who likes playing with dolls and dressing like a princess.
Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909 is a picture book by Michelle Markel and illustrated by Melissa Sweet. It tells the story of an immigrant girl who headed up a strike of female workers employed in the garment industry in the early 1900s.
Blueberry Girl by bestselling author Neil Gailman is the story of a baby who becomes a woman. She explores the world around her. The story illustrates the wishes that every parent likely has for their little girl.
Drummer Girl by Hiba Majood is set in a Turkish village during Ramadan. It takes us into the world of Najma. She dreams of becoming a drummer girl, despite the fact that no girl has ever done it before. It’s a story of her courage and determination.
Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots? By Carmela LaVigna Coyle, Mike Gordon and Carl Gordon follows a girl who has lots of questions for her mom about what it means to be a true princess. She wonders if they are allowed to climb trees for example. It’s a story sure to inspire young girls.
She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World by Chelsea Clinton "introduces tiny feminists, mini activists and little kids who are ready to take on the world to thirteen inspirational women who never took no for an answer, and who always, inevitably and without fail, persisted."
Hook's Revenge by Heidi Shulz tells the tale of Captain Hook’s estranged daughter who dreams of living a life on the sea that’s full of adventure. Instead she’s forced to attend finishing school, but ultimately ends up leading a team of untrained pirates and discovers she’s pretty good with a sword.
Of Giants and Ice (The Ever Afters) by Shelby Bach is described by Kirkus Reviews as a “fast paced combination of middle school realism and fairy-tale fantasy.”
Ava and Pip by Carol Weston is about a fifth grader trying to help her shy older sister come out of her shell. It shows a contrast between introverted and extroverted personalities. There are three books in the series.
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo is a compilation of one hundred bedtime stories. Each story features an accomplished woman. The illustrations were provided by sixty artists from around the globe.
From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg is a classic adventure I recently read with my son. Claudia and her brother run away from home and live in The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. They must overcome obstacles like finding food and avoiding getting discovered by security guards.
Matilda by Roald Dahl introduces us to Matilda, a bookish girl who comes into her own despite terrible parents and a mean headmistress. Though not a new book, Dahl’s gritty character portrayals is sure to appeal to modern girls.
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