Books | 5 Books for Empowering Girls

Having just caught up with a special episode of the Secret Life of 4 and 5 year Olds. “5 Year Olds (2018): All Girls” it got me thinking.. How do we empower our girls? What’s the best way to teach girls that we can do everything.

In the programme “This all-girl special reveals how girls see themselves and the role of women. How does ‘tomboy’ Jet react to a class full of girls? Darcy learns that the power of the vote comes with responsibility”. Find more here. By the way, it’s definitely worth a watch.

Today we’ve gathered a list of books which will help to create a positive mind set for girls. 

Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World

This book is great for showing children (not just girls)! about prominent females during history. It is written by Kate Pankhurst a descendent of pioneering suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst. “Discover fascinating facts about some of the most amazing women who changed the world we live in”.

We can personally recommend this book – and think it would make a great gift as well. It’s a very popular, best-selling children’s non-fiction title. I certainly learnt lots reading this book, too.

It features some brilliant women such as Marie Curie, Mary Anning, Mary Seacole, Emmeline Pankhurst, Rosa Parks and Anne Frank.

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Eva the Adventurer

Written by Elly Gedye, who is determined to encourage more ambitious imaginative play for young girls and to provide more bilingual books, Elly wrote ‘Eva the Adventurer’. Her books also support NKH Charities – her son has Nonketotic Hyperglycinemia, a rare and terminal metabolic disorder. We featured Eva the Adventurer in our recent blogpost here. We love the way in which Elly writes about the small things children do on a everyday basis, being big adventures to them, and that Eva could one day be an astronaut too.

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Little People, Big Dreams by Isabel Sanchez Vegara 

There’s also a whole series of books about the lives of outstanding people from designers and artists to scientists. Isabel Sanchez Vegar’s books are beautiful – I’ve found 22 online, with the latest about Josephine Baker, being published later this year. Find them here.

These books tackle issues such as racism and slavery in a very child friendly manner. They are a brilliant resource for children learning about these topics at school, but also make a great read to help teach children about how women did amazing things to help gain equality etc.

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Women in Sports: 50 Fearless Athletes Who Played to Win

In this book by Rachel Ignotofsky, we learn about 50 pioneering female athletes. Also available by Rachel Ignotofsky is the New York Timesbestseller Women in Science. Isn’t it funny how we try to teach children it’s not all about winning? But isn’t it equally important that we teach our girls that they can compete against boys, and win.

Featuring fantastic sporting women such as tennis player Billie Jean King and gymnast Simone Biles, to lesser-known athletes like skateboarding pioneer Patti McGee and Toni Stone, the first woman to play baseball in a men’s professional league.

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Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli, Francesca Cavallo

You’ve probably seen this book everywhere, but we couldn’t not include it in our round up. Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is a book featuring 100 heroic women, from Elizabeth I to Serena Williams. There’s also a second book out now, volume 2.

These books are short stories, perfect for bedtime. We found it really interesting to learn that it was “Published on the back of a phenomenally successful crowdfunding project on Kickstarter, the book is the brainchild of entrepreneurs Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo who, having researched the lack of female role models in children’s literature, decided to write a book which told a different story. “We know children’s books are still packed with gender stereotypes”, they comment, “we know first-hand how hard it is to succeed, to be considered, to be given a chance.” (Source)

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We’ve found this recent trend in books to be very refreshing. Of course, we don’t want to leave the boys out, and there are many great books for empowering boys too.

Which books are you reading to your girls?

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