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7 books that teach girls that they can be ANYTHING

Kinderling News & Features

Are you raising the next Marie Curie? A budding Beyoncé? A goal-kicking Sam Kerr? With the right encouragement, who knows what our little ones will become! 

Our recent Story of the Week was So She Did by Simi Genziuk - a book which tells the amazing (true!) story of May Wirth, a girl who grew up to become one of the most famous and daring trick horseriders in the world, in an age where girls were discouraged from taking risks.

The book got us thinking about all the amazing children's books out there that encourage young girls to realise that their dreams can become as real as they make them. Age, size, gender, nationality - none of this needs to hold you back if you are strong and receive the right support and encouragement.

We’ve rounded up seven stories with powerful female protagonists that every young girl (and boy!) should read. After all, teaching all kids about respect, resilience and gender equality will go a long way in shaping a future we can all be proud of.

1. So She Did by Simi Genziuk

Taking risks and being daring isn't just for boys - a lesson that kids will learn as they follow young May's journey from humble beginnings to becoming one of the bravest circus performers of all time.

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2. Malala’s Magic Pencil by Malala Yousafzai

This story is based on author Malala’s childhood which she spent growing up in Pakistan. In it, Malala wishes she had a magic pencil that could rewrite the world around her to make it better. The older she gets, the more she sees in the world that needs “fixing”. That’s when she realises that she doesn’t need a magic pencil. She can start prompting change all by herself.

3. Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo

This book manages to cram 100 stories about some of the world’s most inspiring women, from Ada Lovelace to Serena Williams, into one brilliant book! It’ll show girls that they don’t need to marry Prince Charming ... they can be their own queen!

4. Caterpillar and Butterfly by Ambelin Kwaymullina

Ambelin Kwaymullina is an award-winning Aboriginal writer from the Pilbara region of Western Australia, and her story Caterpillar and Butterfly is a beautiful journey of courage, set in the wilds of the Australian bush. An inspiring author AND an inspiring story. Win, win!

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5. My Mum is a Magician by Damon Young

A lot of little girls want to grow up to be just like Mum – and why wouldn’t they? Mums have a magical arsenal of talents to be celebrated, and that’s what this book by Damon Young is all about.

6. Stories for Kids who Dare to be Different by Ben Brooks

Want to show your kids that it’s okay to stand out and be different? This is the book for you! Like Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, this book contains 100 stories about real people who prove that you can achieve anything you set your mind to. It’ll also teach kids to never believe the age-old adages that “boys will be boys" and "girls will be girls”.

7. Some Girls by Nelly Thomas

Some girls like trucks. Some girls like tutus. Both are wonderful! This story by author/comedian Nelly Thomas breaks down gender stereotypes and helps young girls see that no two girls are the same, and all shapes, sizes, colours, nationalities and abilities are to be celebrated.

Who's ready to get reading? I know we are!