8 Children’s Books with Strong Female Characters

8 Children’s Books with Strong Female Characters

8 Children’s Books with Strong Female Characters

I’m on a mission to fill ragamuffin’s book shelves with as many books with strong female characters as possible. With Christmas on the way it’s a great way to sneak positive female influences into presents.
I don’t talk about feminism very often with my own or daddy ragamuffin’s family because I’m not very articulate. My words don’t always sound the way I mean them. So I try to subtly influence family in other ways.

The other week I was talking to someone who described their toddler as bossy. I said ‘well at least you always know what she wants’. I then said that I have a problem with the word bossy because people don’t use it to describe boys. After I said it I realised that it might not have sounded out loud how it sounded in my head.

So I find that an easy way to influence nieces and nephews without being ‘the feminist’ is to slip a few books with strong female characters as gifts here and there. Here is a list of some great books for young girls and boys.

  • Princess Smartypants and Princess Smartypants Breaks the Rules – Princess Smartypants is no conventional princess, she’s out to break all the rules. Giving Princes a hard time and getting herself and other Princesses expelled from boarding school she is the ultimate rebel girl.
    If you’re looking for unconventional Princess stories then these are definitely for you. I’ve ordered both books for ragamuffin and her cousin for Christmas, both aged 2.Image of a pink and a blue book side by side against a marble effect background. The pink book is titled Princess Smartypants and the blue one is titled Princess Smartypants Breaks the Rules [Books WIth Strong Female Characters]
  • Rosie Revere, Engineer – Rosie is a child who loves to invent new gizmos out of rubbish. One day she decides to help her great-great-aunt achieve her dream of flying. Rosie’s first try is a sensational flop and she is ready to give up when her aunt encourages her to keep trying, to keep perfecting her invention. This is  a great book to encourage your kids never to give up.
    I love this book! So much so that I’ve bought it for ragamuffin’s older 7 year old cousin for Christmas along with the accompanying project book (below).Image of a book titled Rosie Revere, Engineer against a white marble effect background [Books With Strong Female Characters]
  • Rosie Revere’s Big Project Book for Bold Engineers – This companion to Rosie Revere, Engineer gives any budding engineers inspired by the story book a starting point for their creativity. It comes packed with facts, puzzles and design challenges.
    It’s right up the street of ragamuffin’s cousin who is very hands-on and creative and bought with the story book makes a great set.Image of a book titled Rosie Revere's Big Project Book for Bold Engineers against a white marble effect background [Books With Strong Female Characters]
  • Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls – This is one of my favourite books that I’ve bought for ragamuffin, so much so I bought it for her cousin’s birthday in September. This book contains the life stories of 100 inspirational women from past and present written at a level suitable for young children. From activists to sportswomen to policticians, this book covers them all. Opposite each story is a portrait of the woman from the story drawn by one of 60 female artists whose work features in the book.
    All in all it’s a great book to introduce little ones to strong female women.Image of a book titled Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls against a white marble effect background [Books With Strong Female Characters]
  • What the Ladybird HeardWhat the Ladybird Heard Next and What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday – No list of children’s books is complete without at least one from Julia Donaldson. I’m a big fan of the What the Ladybird Heard books because the plot of each one centers around the clever Ladybird outwitting the half-wit crooks Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len.  They’re a lovely collection of books and were a huge favourite in our household at bedtime over the summer.
    Image of 3 books titled What the Ladybird Heard, What the Ladybird Heard Next and What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday side by side against a white marble effect background [Books With Strong Female Characters]

Books with Strong Female Characters can be Diverse

Each of these books with strong female characters is unique. We’ve got a Princess, an engineer, a ladybird and real life women to boot. This collection shows that there is a diverse range of books out there. Books about strong girls and women can be exciting and interesting. They can inspire our girls to put themselves out there, get stuck in and to reap the rewards.

What books with strong female characters do you and your ragamuffins enjoy?

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18 thoughts on “8 Children’s Books with Strong Female Characters

  1. We’r working our way through the Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls book and love it. There are some pretty mighty women out there that I had no idea about! It’s a brilliant book and my 7 year old has now done two homework projects based on some of the women so it’s definitely inspired her. Incidentally, it was her dad who bought it for her – he’s always reiterating how far and how high she can go 😍 x

    1. Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls is my favourite book on the shelf. For me it’s a great balance of colour, with the illustrations, and text which is written for children. There is a sequel coming out shortly which I will be adding to ragamuffin’s Christmas list. Thanks for reading 🙂

  2. Good nights stories for rebel girls looks really good, may I add blueberry girl by charles vess, it’s a beautifully illustrated book about strong girls growing up. It’s one of my faves #Honeybeelinky xxx

    1. Goodnight Stories have released a sequel in the last few days too. I’m sure it will be worth a look. Thanks for reading 🙂

  3. These are fab, I am thinking of getting the Rebels one for my niece for Christmas 🙂 Thank you for linking with the #Honeybeelinky I hope to see you for the this week’s one too! xxx

  4. The Rosie Revere one sounds fab – I think my nearly 7yo would love it! Also, I never knew that there were more ladybird stories – What the Ladybird Heard was one of my kids’ favourite books. They’re a bit old for it now but we definitely would have bought the others if we’d known!

    And congratulations because someone loved this post so much, they added it to the BlogCrush linky! Feel free to collect your “I’ve been featured” blog badge 🙂 #blogcrush

    1. The Rosie Revere one is great, it’a bit old for my 2 year old right now, but I have it waiting in my Amazon wishlist ready for when she is. I’m not sure how long What the Ladybird Heard next has been around, but I know the latest one was only published earlier this year. They really are a fab series of books.

      I was surprised and delighted to find that someone enjoyed this post enough to share it on the BlogCrush linky. Thanks for reading 🙂

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