A Reading List for Young Girls Featuring Strong Female Role Models

kid with booksMy brother recently asked on Facebook for a list of recommendations for his 6-year-old daughter for a summer reading list.

She can read at the level of an 8- or 9-year-old, but would prefer thematic content that’s more suitable for a 6-year-old,” he wrote in asking for suggestions. “I’d also love for her to read stories that feature strong female protagonists. Double plus bonus for sci-fi!”

He started with Encyclopedia Brown and Nancy Drew, and once she ripped through those, he turned to the list of recommendations from his friends:

  • A Mighty Girl 1 of 8
    A Mighty Girl
    The first suggestion wasn't for a book, but rather a website. features an entire roster of books focussed on strong female leads.  The site brags it is "the world's largest collection of books and movies for smart, confident, and courageous girls."

    Image Credit: A Mighty Girl
  • Tuck Everlasting 2 of 8
    Tuck Everlasting
    "Might be on the border of hard its 4th grade level," was the comment from my brother's friend on this novel by Natalie Babbitt. This award winning 1975 novel is the story of Winnie and her friend Tuck explores themes of immortality, and greed.
  • Time Warp Trio 3 of 8
    Time Warp Trio
    "Might be slightly above the content age you're shooting for," was the comment. "Jon Scieszka is almost certainly in your family's vocabulary (he's written a ton of amazing picture books)."

    Image Credit Amazon
  • Zita The Space Girl 4 of 8
    Zita The Space Girl
    When a mysterious red button crashes to earth, Zita presses it. An alien is summoned, her friend gets kidnapped and Zita travels through space to bring them home. One reviewer noted there's a Wizard of Oz-ish theme to the tale that is great for kids to read on their own or for parents to read aloud.

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  • Girls to the Rescue 5 of 8
    Girls to the Rescue
    Want some girl power? This collection of books takes real stories from history and adapts them to young readers. No damsels in distress waiting to be rescued will be found here, these girls take control of their own destiny.

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  • Matilda 6 of 8
    Roald Dahl's books have been a favorite of my brother and niece for read aloud time. James and the Giant Peach, for example. Matilda chronicles the adventures of a very talented 5-yr-old who is totally ignored by her parents.

    via many recommendations on this thread at Flavorwire
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  • Anne of Green Gables 7 of 8
    Anne of Green Gables
    A young couple intends to adopt an orphan boy to help on their farm. Instead of a boy, Anne Shirley arrives, and the adventures begin in this Lucy Maude Montgomery classic.

    via many recommendations on this thread at Flavorwire
    Image Credit Wikipedia
  • A Wrinkle in Time 8 of 8
    A Wrinkle in Time
    Madeleine L'Engle's timeless classic is one my brother is hoping to save as a read-along adventure to share with my niece. That said, she'd love to read it on her own as well, I'm sure. The book revolves around Meg Murry, the young daughter of a missing scientist who goes on a space/time jump (called tesseracting) through the universe to find him.

    Image Credit Wikipedia

Notice what everyone was suggesting?  Things that were even older still for my niece! They tried to help my brother set the bar even higher.

Do you have an early reader or more suggestions for young kids trying to push their boundaries?

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