March is Women's History Month, so I couldn't think of a better way to start it off then by sharing some of my favorite children's books that help promote a well-rounded image for young girls.
With a daughter of my own, we enjoy many different books. From "The Cat in the Hat" to "Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site," books are a huge part of our daily lives. I love letting my daughter choose what interests her, but I also like her to be presented with positive messages that can help drive who she becomes. Here are our top five!
Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls
This book is a game-changer; it shares short biographies on well-known, as well as criminally unknown women throughout history. From Harriet Tubman to Hillary Clinton, each story shares how each woman carved a place for themselves in history by working hard, pushing through adversity and refusing to stop believing in themselves.
We love the beautiful illustrations that accompany each story, all created by female artists from around the world. The Kickstarter for this book far-surpassed its goals, breaking records and driving the production of the second book in the serious, "Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls 2." Each story is a quick read to sprinkle into your bedtime routine and I promise, you'll learn things along the way too!
I am Peace
Mindfulness is a tricky topic for adults, so it seems like a big task to teach the idea to young children... or does it? I love the way this book approaches mindfulness in words children can understand and identify with.
Teaching kids ways to tackle stress and understand feelings from an early age can only benefit their ability to handle these topics as they grow. My daughter and I will regularly read this book as she has rough patches. The story helps her focus on her deep breathe and settle her feet for a bit to take time and understand her emotions. For any child, this is a wonderful book!
The Girl Who Ran
Tess' great aunt, an avid marathon runner, gifted us this book for her birthday this year. This well-illustrated book tells the story of the first woman to run the Boston Marathon. Throughout the story, we see the adversity and challenges she faces as she claims what she knows: she loves to run and was born to do it.
I really enjoy books that show women and girls who have many different passions from music to sports. I think it's great to show young girls that we can be well-rounded people, but also feel so fiercely about something like running, that we just can't picture our life as complete without it.
Rosie Revere Engineer
This is the latest addition to our collection. In a world where STEM jobs are the highest earning and most prevalent, teaching our daughters they can excel in those subjects is more important than ever. Studies show fewer women are in careers associated with math, science and engineering because most women abandon the studies early on.
It's hard to be what you cannot see. Showing young girls that they can be engineers, scientists and mathematicians is the first step into generating interest and validating that desire to be in those fields. Also this book is cute to boot, so that can't hurt!
Much like "Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls", this book tells the story of women and girls who persisted through adversity and discrimination to achieve their dreams and fight for justice. This is a great addition because it highlights several women not included in the aforementioned "Rebel Girls."
Written by Chelsea Clinton, this book does a beautiful job of telling stories of women and girls of different races, which again, helps each young girl find someone who looks like them, who they can look up to. The concept of persisting through struggle is something I truly value teaching my daughter. There are going to be people who don't want to see you succeed because you're not a man, persist and prove them wrong.
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