The books we read as children shape our thoughts about ourselves and our world. We believe that it is important to read books to young girls that teach messages about creativity and confidence.
If you are looking for a gift or something to read with your daughter, sister, niece, or the special little girl in your life we made it easy for you!
Here is a list (in no particular order) of our books recommendations for young girls that show girls as creative, confident leaders. They include lessons of failure, grit, mistakes, activism, and leadership.
Comment with books you would add to this list!
NOTE: We listed the age range recommendations from the book's authors but we feel that girls of all ages can enjoy and benefit from these stories! In fact we love gifting these to our adult friends for extra inspiration!
By Ashley Spires
Ages 3-7 years old
This is a great book about the work and grit that it takes to make an idea happen. This story is about an idea girl who is working to make her idea, the most magnificent thing happen. She discovers that it is more difficult than she thought. She fails over and over and ends up quitting. But with help from her dog, her best friend she decides to keep at it to make her idea a reality.
By Andrea Beaty
This book is about the aspiring inventor Rosie. She wants to build a machine to help her aunt Rose fly. What she builds doesn't work how she wanted and she feels like she has failed. Her aunt explains that is not true because you only can fail if you quit.
This series also includes Ada Twist, Scientist & Iggy Peck, Architect, & Rosie Revere's Big Project Book for Bold Engineers.
4. Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries who Shaped Our History . . . and Our Future!
by Kate Schatz
Ages 8 and up
One of the coolest ways to teach women's history. This book tells the stories of 26 women that made a difference to inspire girls how to be brave and make change. There is even a resource guide that teaches girls how to be rad!
by Peter Reynolds
Ages 5 and up
This book is about a little boy who says that he can't draw. His teacher encourages him to just make a mark and see where it takes him to show him that he is more creative than he realizes. A classic story about how we are all creative.
We also love the book Ish by Peter Reynolds that tells the story of a boy's little sister who helps him learn that his drawings do not have to be perfect.
by Barney Saltzberg
Ages 3 - 8
This insanely beautiful picture book gives different examples of how mistakes can turn into something that is good. Spill coffee on your paper? That's okay! Turn the stain into a new picture. This book is perfect for the little perfectionists in your life to show that mistakes can often be "happy accidents."
by Kobi Yamada
Ages 5 - 8
This book took everyone by storm when it came out two years ago and for good reason. It tells a compelling story of a child that has an idea and wants to make it happen.
This author also came out with a new book called What Do You Do With A Problem that we love.
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