Hello, friends! This Top 5 is coming to you a day late, as JJ’s daddy graduated from college yesterday (yay!) and we were a bit busy. But not to fret, this one is chock full of awesome books about Girl Power! As the mother of a daughter in a world that can be scary for girls and women, books that celebrate girls and all the things they can do and be are essential. So in no particular order, here are The Baby Bookworm’s Top 5 Girl Power books of 2016:
A great rhyming story about how princesses can come in all shapes, sizes and colors. This book features a multicultural cast of princesses who play sports, get mucky caring for animals, build treehouses together, and never judge one another on how a princess should look or act. Fantastic for showing girls that getting their hands dirty doesn’t mean they can’t be royalty, and the importance of supporting their fellow females.
Yes, another Kelly DiPucchio book! What can I say? She’s one of our favorites, and this book is a very good reason why. The story of a determined little girl who runs for class president, Grace shows that politics isn’t just about popularity – it’s about hard work, dedication, and being the best girl for the job. Grace is a fantastic role model for young readers, and should be a staple of any little girl’s library.
An awesome board book for little superheroes! Covering some of the best and brightest heroines of the DC Universe, each page describes a female superhero and how she uses her powers (described simply as wisdom, strength, courage, kindness, etc.) to help others. It shows that girls can be powerful and fierce, and is perfect for beginning readers.
A picture book biography of feminist icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg, this book is a fabulous story of a real-life female superhero. Ginsburg faces discrimination from all sides as she pursues her dream of becoming a lawyer and helping people, and her journey is absolutely inspirational. With phenomenal illustrations and a heaping helping of positive messages for young girls about bravery and self-respect, this book is a slightly longer read that is well worth it.
Okay, okay, so we’re sort of cheating here with two books, and technically this makes it a Top 6, but it’s impossible to pick between these two outstanding tales of little girls pursuing their passion for the STEM sciences. Both Rosie and Ada are brilliant ladies with the need to build, explore and understand, through engineering inventions and scientific study respectively. Both face setbacks (though, pleasantly, not related to their gender) and people who don’t understand, but both find the inner drive and courage to let their beautiful minds do great things. Wonderful additions to any little future STEM-er’s library.
That’s it! Our five favorite Girl Power book reviews from 2016! Did we leave any out? Tell us what you think! What were your favorite books about awesome girls this year? And be sure to join us next Saturday (Christmas Eve!) for another Top 5 list. See you tomorrow!