“Desperate, I wrapped my legs and one arm about the ropes. With my one free arm I pulled my hair around, grasped it with the hand entwined in the ropes, and pulled it taut. I took the knife and hacked. With a shake of my head my thirteen year’s growth of hair fell away.”
~Avi, The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
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The very best scenes in books transport us to the action, that precise moment in time captured on the page. When we read aloud to our children, even as they grow older and can read independently, we help to grow their imaginations and open up possibilities to them.
We give them the tools to view themselves as people who can lead, defend, create, overcome and stand strong.
Chances are if you are reading this post, you love books. You most likely read many to your kids. And if you are anything like me, you are always–I mean, always–on the lookout for new ones to pick up at the library or add to your Amazon cart.
Today I am happy to offer you a selection of books that are perfect for fierce girls. You know who I mean, those girls who may start off feeling shackled by the confines she finds herself in and breaks free from them. Or the girl who fearlessly declares that she is brave or super smart or doesn’t care about getting down and dirty.
These are the girls we want our own children, whether girl or boy, to know and emulate.
15 Books Celebrating Strong Female Characters
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi
Igraine The Brave by Cornelia Funke
Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle
The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
Gooney Bird Greene by Lois Lowry
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
Homecoming by Cynthia Rylant
Clementine by Sara Pennypacker
Ramona Quimby age 8 by Beverly Cleary
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
The Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
What books books celebrating strong female characters would you add to this list? Add your favorites to the comments section!
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