As an early-childhood education major, I have read several picture books, some good, and some not so good. If I’ve learned anything, it’s that students deserve well written picture books. I’ve also learned that it is so important for teachers to consciously choose books for their classroom libraries that promote acceptance and diversity. For this week’s theme week of female empowerment, I chose to look at children’s literature that promotes female empowerment! It is crucial for young girls to have access to books that show them doing all the things that they dream of doing, because no dream is too small for a girl.
- This Little Trailblazer: A Girl Power Primer by Joan Holub
This is a board book made for children ages 3-5 years. You’re never too young to start dreaming about the exciting adventures and changes you can make in this world! Give young girls the confidence to shoot for the moon.
- The She Persisted series by Chelsea Clinton
This series highlights several women who persisted through challenges to change the world for the better. Matched with adorable illustrations, these biographies give a glimpse into how powerful women can be.
- Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo
This anthology of stories informs readers of 100 scientists, painters, judges, etc. In addition to biographies, there are several illustrations created by female artists from all around the world. I would recommend this book for older readers due to reading level and content.
- The Questioneers series by Andrea Beaty
This series includes Ada Twist, Scientist, Rosie Revere, Engineer, and Sofia Valdez, Future Prez. I absolutely love this series! They are so inspiring for children, especially girls!
- Greta and the Giants by Zoe Tucker
This new picture book illustrates Greta Thunberg’s global movement to raise awareness to the climate crisis. Inspire girls to speak their mind and not be silenced through this story.
- The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires
This book is one of my favorites! It encourages the engineer design process through a story about a girl who is trying to make something magnificent out of ordinary things. She has a difficult start and has to persevere to create something. This book is a great book to use for a STEM design challenge!
It is so exciting to see more and more picture books being published that illustrate the extensive power that girls have. I look forward to the day that gender biases and stereotypes are less prevalent in our society. But for now, choose to read female empowerment stories to children to show girls that they can be whoever they want to be.