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.
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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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- What the Ladybird Heard, What 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.
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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