Girl Power! 50(ish) Books to Empower Girls January 31, 2017 – Posted in: Book News, Our Favourites – Tags: ,

Last weekend we saw millions of women (and men and children!) around the world take to the streets and march for gender equality.  Mr Trump’s election was the catalyst for the Washington march, but the protests in the UK and elsewhere also served to highlight the fundamental rights and freedoms of women, which continue to feel threatened in our 21st century society.

Feeling inspired by friends and family attending marches around the world, I have put together a collection of children’s books that feature strong, confident, clever girls.  These books have wonderful stories, great writing and a whole lot of girl power to inspire our future generations!  Essential reading for girls and boys alike!

Picture Books

Rosie Revere, Engineer and Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty
2. Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch
3. Zog by Julia Donaldson
4.Super Daisy by Kes Grey

6. Little Red by Bethan Woollvin
7. Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman and Caroline Binch
8. Katie and the Starry Night by James Mayhew
9. I’m a Girl! by Yasmeen Ismail
10. Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood
11. The Worst Princess by Ann Kemp
12. Pearl Power by Mel Elliott
Fiction for 7+

13. Matilda and The BFG by Roald Dahl
14. Ottoline and the Yellow Cat by Chris Riddell

15. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lingen
16. The Racehorse Who Wouldn’t Gallop by Clare Balding
17. Clever Polly and the Stupid Wolf by Catherine Storr
18. The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones by Will Mabbot
19. Elspeth Hart and the School for Show-offs by Sarah Forbes
20. Violet and the Pearl of the Orient by Harriet Whitehorn
21. The Strongest Girl in the World by Sally Gardner
22. Cloud Tea Monkeys by Mal Peet
23. The Borrowers by Mary Norton

Fiction for 9+

24. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
25. His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman
26. Ruby Redford series by Lauren Child
27. Hetty Feather and The Story of Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson
28. A Little Princess and The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

29. Inkheart Trilogy by Cornelia Funke
30. Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
31. The Firework Maker’s Daughter by Phillip Pullman
32. Twelve Minutes to Midnight by Christopher Edge
33. Girls, Goddesses and Giants by Lari Don
34. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

35. Mr Stink by David Walliams
36. The Wolf Wilder by  Katherine Rundell
37. Diamond of Drury Lane by Julia Golding
38. The Dreamsnatcher by Abi Elphinstone
39. The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett

Biography and Non-Fiction

40. Fantastically Great Women who Changed the World by Kate Pankhurst
41. Malala: a Brave Girl from Pakistan by Jeanette Winter
42. Florence Nightingale (Usborne Famous Lives)
43. Stone Girl Bone Girl: The Story of Mary Anning of Lyme Regis by Laurence Anholt
44. Me…Jane by Patrick McDonnell
45. Frida KahloCoco Chanel, Maya AngelouAmelia Earhart. Little People, Big Dreams series

46. Ada’s Ideas: The Story of Ada Lovelace, the World’s First Computer Programmer by Fiona Robinson
47. Girls are Best by Sandi Toksvig
48. 100 Women Who Made History (DK)
49. Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women by Catherine Thimmesh
50. Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World by Rachel Ignotofsky