Children are the future, and while men are everywhere in history, it is essential to point out the women in history. There are those that have already shaped our future, especially for our girls. Acknowledging and encouraging equal rights for women is not only a necessity, but it is also a kind of power that you want any young girl to have. Here are some books you may want to read to your little girl:
The Story of Rosa Parks by Patricia A. Pingry and Steven Walker
Rosa Parks’ story is an important one, and in this book, it is easy for toddlers and youngsters to digest as it is a quick 200-word read. It is a simplified tale for those who have short attention spans, but it makes a point – sometimes, when you know something is wrong, you take a stand, or a seat, like Rosa, did.
I’m So Not Wearing a Dress by Julie Merberg
The main character, Shelby, loves baseball, mud, and wearing sneakers. She is a tomboy, and moms who have girls that are interested in tiaras and dresses will likely be excited to share Shelby with their daughters. The key here is that girls who love having tea parties and girls who love sports can play together.
The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles and George Ford
Ruby Bridges, a 6-year-old girl, was the first black student to desegregate a New Orleans public school 56 years ago. The story hits all the points about the moment in history that Ruby and her family lived through – from her dad’s job loss to their poverty and even Ruby’s harassment at school. Ruby never gave up, and it can be a beautiful lesson for girls.
Little People, Big Dreams series by Lisbeth Kaiser
This is a series about the lives of 12 feminist icons. Each feminist leader is described in an individual book with a mini-biography. The women range from Amelia Earhart to Rosa Parks and even Harriet Tubman.
The Paperbag Princess by Robert Munsch and Michael Martchenko
Unlike the regular prince saving the princess from danger stories you often see, this one is the opposite. In this story, the princess saves the prince from a dragon, only to find out that she doesn’t need him. She puts her self-worth above everything and moves forward with her life and leaves the prince behind.