Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Strong Girls, Through Children's Literature

Children's literature has been a big help to me in my efforts to raise strong, independent daughters who know their limitless strength and worth. Both through reading books about strong girl characters and through reading books about the herstory they still don't get in school, I have tried to instill in them the knowledge that they can do anything, although they must be willing to fight for it. Here are some favorites:

Books About Strong Girl Characters
  • Madeline By Ludwig Bemelmans
  • The Ramona Books By Beverly Cleary
  • The Little House Books By Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Tatterhood and the Hobgoblins Retold by Lauren Mills
  • The Betsy-Tacy Books By Maud Hart Lovelace
  • Little Women By Louisa May Alcott
  • The Anne of Green Gables Books By L.M. Montgomery

Books About Herstory for Kids

  • Cool Women: The Thinking Girl’s Guide to the Hippest Women in History By Pam Nelson
  • The Ballot Box Battle By Emily Arnold McCully
  • You Forgot Your Skirt, Amelia Bloomer By Shana Corey
  • Amelia and Eleanor Go For A Ride By Pam Munoz Ryan
  • The Value of Friendship: The Story of Jane Addams By Ann Donegan Johnson
  • Rare Treasure: Mary Anning And Her Remarkable Discoveries By Don Brown
  • Maria’s Comet By Deborah Hopkinson


kdorantes said...

Hi Lone Star Ma,
Your comment was very timely for me, as I'm also the mother of a daughter and a big fan of children's literature. Actually, I thought here wasn't enough literature out there showing strong girls. Partially to that end, I wrote Princess So-Wise, the story of a smart princess. There's no handsome prince to come rescue her--she's got to use her wits to rescue herself. I think I've written a funny, compelling, and imaginative book. If you're interested in checking it out, this link will take you to the Amazon page.

P.S. I've just created a blog called
I don't have much up there yet, but I hope to make consistent posts.

Chris Barton said...

I've got another one for you: Karen Blumenthal's Let Me Play, The Story of Title IX. It covers a lot more ground than just sports, including the legislative process surrounding Title IX and the ERA and the real story behind "bra burning."

Lone Star Ma said...

Oh, that sounds good. I wonder if it is the same one I saw at the Game Face exhibit at the Women's Museum in Dallas...I don't think so...I think that may have been called Game Face, but I'm not sure.