To celebrate World Book Day (4th March) and International Women’s Day (8th March), we wanted to share our top 10 empowering books for little girls.
These books are a delightful way to introduce significant social and environmental subjects to your children. They tackle the importance of acknowledging climate change, discuss gender norms, and celebrate diversity. Find the best books containing inspiring female leaders and teach your young children, especially girls, that being brave and being yourself is all anyone needs from you.
Little girls and guys too, the world is tough – but so are you.
1. Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls By Elena Favilli
What if the princess didn’t marry Prince Charming but instead went on to be an astronaut? What if the jealous step sisters were supportive and kind? And what if the queen was the one really in charge of the kingdom?
Illustrated by sixty female artists from every corner of the globe, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls introduces us to one hundred remarkable women and their extraordinary lives, from Ada Lovelace to Malala, Amelia Earhart to Michelle Obama. Empowering, moving and inspirational, these are true fairy tales for heroines who definitely don’t need rescuing.
2. Little People, Big Dreams: Maya Angelou by Lisbeth Kaiser
In this international bestseller from the critically acclaimed Little People, BIG DREAMS Series, discover the incredible life of Maya Angelou, the powerful speaker, writer and civil rights activist.
Maya Angelou spent much of her childhood in Stamps, Arkansas. After a traumatic event at age eight, she stopped speaking for five years. However, Maya rediscovered her voice through wonderful books, and went on to become one of the world’s most beloved writers and speakers. This moving book features stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a biographical timeline with historical photos and a detailed profile of Maya Angelou’s life.
3. Greta and the Giants by Zoe Persico
Greta is a little girl who lives in a beautiful forest threatened by Giants. When the Giants first came to the forest, they chopped down trees to make houses. Then they chopped down more trees and made even bigger homes. The houses grew into towns and the towns grew into cities, until now there is hardly any forest left. Greta knows she has to help the animals who live in the forest, but how? Luckily, Greta has an idea…
4. The Smeds and The Smoos by Julia Donaldson
Soar into space with this glorious love story of alien folk, from the creators of The Gruffalo and Stick Man. The Smeds (who are red) never mix with the Smoos (who are blue). So when a young Smed and Smoo fall in love, their families strongly disapprove. But peace is restored and love conquers all in this happiest of love stories. There’s even a gorgeous purple baby to celebrate!
5. Be Brave Little One by Marianne Richmond
6. Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison
Meet the little leaders. They’re brave. They’re bold. They changed the world.
Featuring 40 trailblazing black women in the world’s history, this book educates and inspires as it relates true stories of women who broke boundaries and exceeded all expectations.
7. Goodnight Lab by Chris Ferrie
It’s been a long day at the lab for this scientist. Now it’s time to say goodnight! Goodnight laser. Goodnight notebook. Goodnight picture of Einstein with a stern look. While poking fun at the clutter and chaos of lab life, scientists of all ages will appreciate ending their day with this sweet parody. They’ll be rested and ready to return to the world of research in the morning! This scientific parody is an absolute delight for little lab girls and guys.
8. The Mega Magic Hair Swap by Rochelle Humes
Two friends. One wish. Mai and Rose are best friends but they’re not two peas in a pod. Mai has dark hair that is curly and whirly and never stays put. Why couldn’t she have perfect hair just like her best friend Rose? Rose has blonde hair, as straight as a ruler, which slips and slides whenever she tries to put it in a ponytail. Why couldn’t she have perfect hair just like her best friend Mai?
When a magical coconut grants each girl their wish, and they get the hair they’ve always dreamt of, the friends are overjoyed. However, they soon learn that perfect hair is not everything it’s cracked up to be. In fact, their hair was pretty magical and perfect the way it was before… A joyful and fun story about celebrating differences and loving yourself from head to toe!
9. Who am I? I am me. By Jayneen Sanders
Frankie loves dress-ups, playing soccer, visiting Grandpa, cooking pancakes, and so much more. Frankie loves what Frankie loves!
The choice is always Frankie’s. Allowing your child to do the things they love and simply be themselves is one of the greatest gifts you can provide. Through Frankie’s active and fun encounters, readers soon learn that in Frankie’s world there are no gendered roles – kids are just kids! Also included are Discussion Questions for parents, caregivers and educators, and extra tips on how to reduce gender stereotyping.
10. Greta’s Story by Valentina Camerini
The story of Greta Thunberg, the schoolgirl who inspired a worldwide climate change movement.
It’s 20 August 2018, late summer in Stockholm, and it feels incredibly hot in the city. The TV news reports rising temperatures, and there have been numerous fires throughout Sweden. Fifteen-year-old Greta Thunberg decides she can’t wait any longer: politicians have to do something to save the environment. Instead of returning to school, Greta takes a placard and goes on strike in front of Sweden’s parliament building.
Do you want to expand the minds of little bookworms even more? Check out our fantastic selection of children’s books. If your little ones would like to share their favourite books with us, read our blog post on how they can join the WoB Worms, our exclusive club for readers ages 5-16!
What do you think of our ten empowering books for little girls? Which ones do you have one your list? Let us know in the comments below.