Picture Books Featuring Girls — For Children Under Six


Picture Books Featuring Girls — For Children Under Six

Happy Mother’s Day to the Her Next Chapter Facebook community!

Charlotte and I have a gift for you all, and a gift for girls all over the world. Recently I asked you all for recommendations of books for girls under 6 that feature strong female protagonists, and I was amazed at how many suggestions you all made. You really are a village to one another, and have as much to learn from each other as from me…and in the case of books for younger girls, even more so! So I thank you for the wonderful recommendations. Charlotte compiled them all, and I give them back to you in this blog post, which will be a living document on my blog on my website at www.motherdaughterbookclubs.com. If anyone has more books to add, let me know and I’ll add them.

Now, here’s the really special part, in addition to celebrating what a village you all are for each other. The books are hotlinked with my Amazon affiliate code, so for any books that you buy by directly entering Amazon through those links, I will donate my commission to LitWorld. LitWorld “empowers all children to author lives of independence, hope, and joy. LitWorld engages students and families around the globe by providing opportunities for them to explore and learn from their own narratives and voices, and builds sustainable communities for literacy where knowledge and empowerment break the cycle of illiteracy and give all people a chance to pursue every dream. LitWorld’s key programs are LitClubs, LitCamps, World Read Aloud Day and Stand Up for Girls.”

Finally, to connect all the dots for you, the founder of LitWorld is Pam Allyn, and you can read my amazing interview with her in chapter 11 of Her Next Chapter, where she addresses the particular challenges of getting more girls educated here in America’s poorest communities and in the developing world. Pam’s organization is the perfect recipient of any money that we can collectively raise, especially in light of the recent horrific abduction of over 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria who were simply trying to get an education, and LitWorld’s ongoing advocacy efforts regarding this tragedy. It is girls like those in Nigeria who are supported by the work Pam and LitWorld are doing on the ground all over the world every day.

So please enjoy each other’s book recommendations, and join me in supporting LitWorld’s global literacy efforts on behalf of children everywhere.

Here they are, and while I have not read all of these myself, I offer them up to you as your own collective brainstorming:

The Molly Lou Mellon books by Patty Lovell

The Violet Mackerel books by Anna Branford

The Stella books by Marie-Louise Gay

Sophie and the Sea Monster” by Don Gillmor

Journey” by Aaron Becker

The Daisy Dawson books by Steve Voake

Reindeer Girl” by Holly Webb

The Knuffle Bunny books by Mo Willems

Flora and the Flamingo” by Molly Idle

The Seven Chinese Sisters” by Kathy Tucker

Amazing Grace” by Mary Hoffman

The Stella Batts books by Courtney Sheinmel

The Ramona Quimby books by Beverly Cleary

Enchanted Forest Chronicles” by Patricia C. Wrede

Caroline and Her Kettle Named Maud” by Miriam E. Mason

The Adventures of Joe Schmo” by Greg Trine

Madeline” by Ludwig Bemelmans

Eloise” by Lay Thompson

Pippi Longstocking” by Astrid Lindgren

Ladybug Girl” by David Soman

Angelina Ballerina” by Katharine Holabird

The Paper Bag Princess” by Robert Munsch

Three Ninja Pigs” by Corey Rosen Schwartz

Surfer Chick” by Kristy Dempsy

Olivia’s Birds: Saving the Gulf” by Olivia Boulder

Pierre the Penguin: A True Story” by Jean Marzollo

The Fancy Nancy books by Jane O’Connor

The Clementine books by Sara Pennypacker

The Magic Treehouse books by Mary Pope Osborne

The Judy Moody books by Megan McDonald

The Rainbow Magic Fairy books by Daisy Meadows

The Junie B. Jones books by Barbara Park

The Jillian Jiggs books by Phoebe Gilman

Victricia Malicia: Book-Loving Buccaneer” by Carrie Clickard

Miss Rumphius” by Barbara Cooney

The Magic School Bus books by Joanna Cole

A Chair for my Mother” by Vera B. Williams

The Dot” by Peter H. Reynolds

Hiromi’s Hands” by Lynne Barasch