Our beliefs, aspirations, and morals can all be attributed to the colorful pages we excitedly soaked in during our youth. So, whether you're buying a book for a friend's child, your own child, or for yourself because why not? We would , make it a piece of literature that sustains and empowers women. Because, well, those little messages go a long way.
Here are 12 children's books we think every young girl should have: Reynolds Wearing tiger-print pajama pants on the first of school? Nobody sings the third grade blues and inspires individuality better than Judy Moody. Stemple; Illustrated by Anne-Sophie Lanquetin It's important to know that one can love baseball, roll around in the mud, and ride a bike, all while wearing a sparkly crown. This tribute to girl power encourages young people to break molds and fearlessly be themselves.
Our favorite fearless French heroine was an outcast and a rebel in all the best ways. Not to mention, she made scars cool. Need we say more? Every little girl should be able to embrace their flaws, as characteristics that set us apart, and make us who we are. We love how this book shakes off the princess-meets-a-prince-marries-him-immediately standard, and instead shows girls they can fight or joust for whatever they want, no matter what society tells us.
This classic not only encourages independence and individuality, it gives children power in a world ruled by adults. Alphabetically tackling gender, transgender, economic, and race politics in simple and straight-up terms this book will build a strong feminist foundation at any age. Not to mention her best female friend is an aspiring scientist.
But all endearingly quirky qualities aside, what we love most about Harriet The Spy is she is just a normal kid, dealing with social pressures in school and issues with her parents.
Miss Rumphius grows up doing exactly what she wants, with only her personal values and the beauty of the world in mind. There's no mention of societies expectations—just a woman flying solo—and it doesn't get more empowering than that.
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