Anne Shirley. Scout Finch. The March Sisters. Think of any female heroine, and you’ll find their stories rich with significance. You’ll also find empowering books for young girls. If you’re anything like me, your childhood was somewhat guided by books and characters.
Now, as parents, we most likely find ourselves reading lots of stories to our kids. Maybe it’s the same book over and over. Or maybe your kids are always bringing home a load of new library books. Whether they’re sitting on your lap with a Llama, Llama book or by themselves with Harry Potter, your young readers might need some new material.
Like the female protagonists above, there are lots of books written with young women in mind. Your kids could always use some positive, empowering images of women, couldn’t they? For our daughters, especially, let’s seek out stories that paint women as the strong, capable, creative types that many of them are. If you don’t know where to start looking, here are five great books for young girls to read.
For some other ideas, here are 12 read aloud chapter books for preschoolers.
by Andrea Beatty and David Roberts
Ada is a curious, adventurous little scientist who baffles even her parents with her big ideas. Her questions lead her to more questions, but she persists and works to discover the answers for herself. Your budding scientist will love this book with its clever, rhyming phrases and its message of perseverance. And if you love Ada Twist, also check out Rosie Revere, Engineer and Iggy Peck, Architect.
by Ashley Spires
If you have a daughter interested in creating and inventing, this is the perfect book for her. The Most Magnificent Thing tells the story of a girl and her plan to build something amazing…something MAGNIFICENT. With the help of her assistant (her dog), she works diligently to perfect the invention. When it doesn’t turn out right, she gets angry and is forced by her assistant (again, a dog) to take a walk.
As she cools down and returns to her creation, the girl realizes just what she needs to do to finish the Most Magnificent Thing. Again, here is a book that encourages curiosity and perseverance. It is a must-have for everyone’s library, especially your little lady’s.5 Books For Young Girls That Will Empower Your Little Lady Click To Tweet
by Jo Witek and Christine Roussey
One little girl gets to dream, explore, and create – all right in her room with the help of some simple supplies. The beautifully illustrated story follows the girl through imaginative adventures and big ideas. Let your artistic, creative ones use this book to think of new ideas. You might even want to give them paper and crayons immediately after reading this!
If you enjoy In My Room, read more from the Growing Hearts series!
by Nina Laden and Melissa Castrillon
“If I had a little house, I would name it Love. Love would make me happy and protect me like a glove.” This sweet, whimsical story is told through the eyes of a little girl. As she names different objects in her life, she points out the simple joys and beauties all around her. If you love beautiful illustrations and hopeful stories, this is a book for your family. Take the time to read this story and remind your daughter, as well as yourself, that life is full of goodness.
by Robin Mellom and Vanessa Brantley-Newton
Hannah is a girl full of energy and happiness, and she has high hopes for her new neighbor. We meet Sunny Everbright who is not like Hannah, and the connection is a hard one at first. Slowly, Hannah gets to know Sunny, and she realizes their differences are actually pretty great. Your daughter will love this book, and you’ll love its message of compromise, individuality, and friendship.
Start with these inspiring books for young girls, and do some searching of your own! There are lots of great books featuring female powerhouses, and their stories will certainly charm your daughters. Encourage your daughters, and sons, to read books with significance, even at a young age. You’ll be amazed the impact these stories can have on your children for years to come.