Girl Power Books
I want nothing more than for my daughter to grow up strong and kind! So far, in her first 13 months, we are on track. One of her fiercest moments thus far happened during a recent trip to Top Ten Toys. My babe proceeded to fill her toy stroller with dragons, until the seat reached capacity. Then she growled up and down the isles for a good 20 minutes. Mother of dragons, this one! Keep it up, baby girl, mama likes your style! I’m inspired to fill her book shelf with stories galore of strong female role models. Thank you to Kiki Cares for a few suggestions to our collection!
From Kiki Cares:
Without a doubt, the favorite part of my day is when I am reading a story with a child. Whether 6 months old or 6 years old, all children love sharing a book. I love how involved young kids get in stories. As children get older, one question continually comes up, “Why?”. I get asked over and over, “Why did that happen?”. And you realize how important the actions of the main characters are to their little ears. See, these aren’t just stories, they are examples of ways to live one’s life and how to treat others. When I was a child, I wanted to be as driven as Angelina Ballerina and brave as Madeline.
Most of the time when I pick up a book at the library, I notice that the main characters are about boys. Where are all my tough, brave, little girls? I have nannied for some of the most adventurous, funny, smart, daring, and creative little girls out there. It is important to me that all the girls I care for feel confident and powerful. As we all know, the media is making this a real challenge! I strongly believe it is never too early to start teaching self confidence. Fill your daughters book shelves with powerful characters who set great examples for our young girls. To start you off, here are five books I highly recommend for any little girl out there.
1. I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont. I cannot think of a better book for a little girl. This is my “go-to” birthday present every time and my favorite book to read out loud. It is full of vibrant, silly pictures, and best of all, it rhymes. This book encourages girls to love everything about themselves- flaws and all!
2. Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch. This book was before its time when it comes to girl power! Every child I have read this book to LOVES it. It was written in 1980 and is a story of a smart and sassy princess that tricks a dragon. And the end teaches girls that they don’t need a prince, they can take care of things all by themselves!
3. Madeline by Ludwig Bemeimans. This book is a classic! Madeline always stands up for what she believes. I remember being a little girl and wanting to be as brave as Madeline and say “Pooh pooh” to the lions when I visited the zoo. I love that Madeline sees being sick in the hospital as a big adventure. Possibly, this could be a great book to lessen the anxiety over going to the doctor.
4. Ladybug Girl by Jacky Davis. I can’t get enough of this series! Once you buy the first one, you will want all the Ladybug Girl books that follow. As soon as Ladybug Girl puts on her costume, she can do anything! I can’t think of a better message for little girls. The power of imagination!
5. Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes. Chrysanthemum loves her name, until she starts school and gets teased for her unusual name. Unfortunately, all children will go through feeling self-conscious about something when they start school. This is a great book to build confidence.
These are also great books for boys to read. Stay tuned for my blog on books I recommend for little boys!
Please email me if you would like to know more girl empowering books for older kids!