Girl power!

Having four daughters and working in book publishing presents both opportunities and challenges as far as finding appropriate books for the girls to read. They are all at different levels, and they all have different interests so it’s not as simple as passing on a sweater or pair of pants from one to the next. What I find happens is that if a kid isn’t interested in the book that’s up for discussion, it sits on a shelf or next to the bed or worse!

I recently came up on this really great website,, that aims to empower girls by offering a range of resources that relate to books for girls. Its tagline is “The world’s largest collection of books, toys and movies for smart, confident, and courageous girls”. It’s fun to play around and see what they’ve come up with, like a list of best female book characters, which includes the likes of Madeline, Hermione Granger, Nancy Drew and Ladybug Girl (impressive to find a way to fit all of those lovely girls into one sentence). I was also pleased to see a book listed on the same subject as an upcoming book on my own list about the inspiring Irena Sendler who saved 2,500 Jewish children in Poland during WWII, which means they must have great taste!

I wonder if any of you have thoughts on wonderful book ideas for girls? There was this book I read over and over as a kid that so resonated with me called Somebody Else’s Kids by Torey L. Hayden, a psychologist who writes nonfiction accounts of her work with children. It’s about four kids of varying ages with serious and very different issues and how their remarkable teacher goes to great lengths to help them. I suppose my love of narrative nonfiction started when I was young. I just ordered it for my oldest to read and look forward to finding many more books with strong, female protagonists that will empower my girls and help them reach their highest potential.

3 Responses to Girl power!

  1. Donna Bozzo says:

    I have three girls and throughout the years their teachers again and again warned me to watch what they read especially girls’ with a high aptitude for reading. The books that meet their reading level are often very depressing as well. It’s very tough for girls to find a good book. Can’t wait to check out this site!

  2. maria lennon says:

    I have two girls and two boys and after seeing what girls go through in school I decided to write about them- i have two books out with Harper Collins called CONFESSIONS OF A SO CALLED MIDDLE CHILD about a middle child with some serious issues. its a comedy but its about finding identity and making it through elementary school which is tough for girls. I visit schools regularly and talk about girls and identity and labels and my books are used in classrooms because they are very funny while they help kids see that what they’re going through is not unique to them. I hope you’ll take a look on day.
    good luck- parenting is not for the weak :)

  3. Stacey says:

    Thanks, Donna and Maria. I have a middle child who has a hard time so I will be checking out your books, Maria!

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