Tuesday, July 23

Inspiring Girls: books for 4-7yrs

My personal preferences for books featuring strong and inspiring girls, (that I would pay for and have on our shelves to read over and over again):
  • The girls find their strength from within and do not need to say or do unkind things to get the upper hand.
    (I'm surprised by how many stories rely on that)
  • Lifting up girls does not mean stomping on boys.
  • Beauty is downplayed or irrelevant.
    (Often strong girls are still exceptionally beautiful. Think modern Disney.)
  • A different culture is a bonus.
  • They're looking for something other than romantic love.
  • Ordinary girls, alongside the fantasy stories.

I also don't believe that these are just for girls. Our young boys ought to read about active, creative, and independent girls too. It's just as important.

The age range I've indicated covers what I find age appropriate in content. Reading age has to be an individual thing.


The Apple-pip Princess
A practical princess at least. Small loving actions can change the world. Beautiful illustrations.
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On Meadowview Street
Where's the meadow or view? There's nothing growing in Caroline's front yard except grass. Then she spots a flower, a butterfly and a bird and Caroline realizes that with her help, maybe Meadowview Street can have a meadow after all.
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Kate and the Beanstalk
Not only a female protagonist but also a twist in that the child isn't a thief but rather is retrieving stolen property.
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Ladybug Girl
Lulu wants to be entertained by others, but as no one will accommodate her, she needs to create her own entertainment. Encouraging creative thinking and self-reliance.
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Fanny
Fanny and her friends learn that using your imagination and working with your own two hands can result in the best toy of all!
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Isabella: Star of the Story
Isabella turns a library visit into a journey through classic stories. She pretends she's Alice, Peter Pan, and Dorothy. At the end of the day, she's happy being Isabella, the girl with a library card and stack of books.
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Loud Emily
Enough of telling girls to be quiet and 'sweet'. Emily saves the day with her loud voice.
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Me...Jane
The story of a young Jane Goodall and her toy chimpanzee named Jubilee. She observes the natural world around her with wonder, and dreams of a life living with and helping all animals. Biographical.
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Clever Beatrice and the Best Little Pony
Clever little girl that is able to use her wits to outsmart a mischievous troll.
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Miss Rumphius
Tackling one very big question, providing an answer.
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The Samurai's Daughter
The brave daughter of a samurai warrior and her journey to be reunited with her exiled father.
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Mirette on the High Wire
Mirette learns tightrope walking from Monsieur Bellini, a guest in her mother's boarding house. Bravery and focus.
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Mirandy and Brother Wind
Mirandy is sure she'll win the cake walk if she can catch Brother Wind for her partner, but he eludes all the tricks her friends advise. She sparkles with energy and determination.
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Trouble with Trolls
An intelligent and quick-thinking female protagonist, who outwits trolls.
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Ruby Nettleship
Ruby and her friends want a place to play, but their playground only has one old swing and a broken slide. Magic always finds its way to Ruby - when she plants her ice lolly stick in the ground, a magnificent playground begins to grow!
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15 comments:

  1. What a great list, as a mother of a just four year old girl I am always on the lookout for good books to share with her. We have only read
    the last one we loved it! Thank you for sharing.

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    1. you're welcome. there's a part 2 coming at some point.

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  2. Really love reading your blog - even though my two are now grown up but as a first time grandma to our beautiful + very precious Lilly (now nearly 8nths old) I am gradually introducing her to books already! Especially some of them which were her Daddy + Auntie's favourite. Have already bought 'Each Peach, Pear, Plum' and going to see her today + have 'Humphrey's Bedtime'! I think we can all learn so much from books - love the feel of them and can't get my head around having a Kindle!

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    1. good to see you.
      i find it doesn't take too much effort to give a little thought to the books we choose for the children in our lives. there's a lot of dross out there!

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  3. my daughter is about to be nine but we still love to read picture books together. thanks for the great list. there are a few we've read, but several we have not. thanks

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    1. Yes, if the story is good, the older children can still enjoy them and now read them on their own.

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  4. What a great list! I am familiar with only the Clever Beatrice one, so thank you for many new book recommendations!

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    1. it's not so easy for this age-range. i'm working on a part 2.

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  5. Yay, I'm glad you wrote this post. Great variety in themes and cultures. I'm going to see if our library has any of these.

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    1. i think i managed only 2 from our libraries!

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  6. I only saw this now, thanks for a great list. There is definitely so much rubbish out there- I am often appalled at the messages given by books. These look up my street. Miss Rumpius is the only one I had heard about.

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  7. I just wanted you to know that we read several of these books (apparently our library system is well-stocked!). He particularly liked On Meadowview Street, and I particularly liked The Apple-pip Princess, but they were all enjoyed. Also found the first Clever Beatrice book, and I really liked it, better than the pony one.

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    1. Lovely to hear about a boy enjoying these.

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