Two years ago today, I became Aunt Kate to the most precious bundle of joy. My sweet niece Andy is full of personality! My sister and I talk about how important it is that we allow her to be herself. We don’t want societal pressures to hold her back, or limit her in what she can, and cannot do. We want her to be comfortable and confident in her own skin.
Naturally, I began searching for books that would empower her to be herself. I wanted to find books that celebrated girls for qualities other than their looks and clothing. Below you will find some of my favorites. Happy reading!
1. Beautiful by Stacy McAnulty
This is one of my absolute favorites for little girls! The text is simple which makes it great for any age. The pictures showcase girls who are covered in dirt, paint, and more. This book gives permission for girls to be their own kind of beautiful.
2. Dear Girl by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Dear girl is a must for little girls you love. It’s a sweet letter showcasing how important she is in the world. It’s the perfect book to gift for important life events (showers, graduation, birthdays).
3. Go, Girls, Go! by Frances Gilbert
This book shows that girls can be anything they want to be when they grow up! It showcases female pilots, construction workers, etc. The text is simple and the illustrations are bright making it perfect for even the smallest girls.
4. She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World by Chelsea Clinton
This book showcases 13 women who have impacted the world in some way. Each woman’s story is brief which makes it an easy read. This book is guaranteed to empower girls to speak up and fight for what they believe is right.
5. Malala’s Magic Pencil by Malalaa Yousafzai
If you have not heard Malala’s story, now is the time! Malala grew up in Pakistan and wanted nothing more than to attend school. When girls are no longer allowed to attend school, she finds magic in the form of a pencil and uses her words to activate change.
6. I Am Enough by Grace Byers
This book is written in a beautiful lyrical format. It empowers young girls to love who they are as well as respect who others are. This is a fun book to read aloud and allows for great conversation!
7. Think Big, Little One by Vashti Harrison
This board book is perfect for small hands! Each page features a woman who has impacted our world in some way. The simplicity of the text is great for early learners but also allows for further research and discussion with other children.
8. Girls Can Do Anything by Caryl Hart
This beautiful book showcases all the different things girls can do. The pictures are bright and diverse. This rhyming text will engage readers of all ages!
9. Doll-E 1.0 by Shanda McCloskey
Charlotte and her adorable dog love to create. This book spotlights a little girl who knows all about technology. It’s the perfect STEM book for little girls.
10. Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell
Molly Lou Melon is one of my favorite characters! She fearlessly stands up for herself and doesn’t let anything slow her down.