I have received several emails from friends of mine, asking for suggested reading. Some for themselves, and lately moms are contacting me asking for books that are for their daughters- books that give a positive moral message. They're tired of their daughters having “role models” thrust in their faces that are not worthy of looking up to. Reality stars, “glitterati girls”, and girls that are famous for nothing more than bad behavior and attractiveness. A couple months ago I wrote about Katherine Switzer, an amazing woman who at 20 years old paved the way for women to be able to enter and run competitive marathons. That is a woman I would love for my daughter to aspire to be like, someone strong willed, who stood up for what she believed in, and didn't let anyone get in her way.

So, I've compiled a list of books for you with the help of Tanya Lee Stone. This list is for girls ages 9-12. The links are all to Amazon, but that's merely so you can see what the books are all about. I encourage you to go to your local library and get ALL of them! Oh, the library, remember that place? I had forgotten about it too, but have recently returned and wow- it's a pretty cool place!

So, here it is, in no particular order:

Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream” by Tanya Lee Stone.

Thank you, Sarah” by Laurie Halse Anderson

Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice” by Philip M. Hoose

Elizabeth Leads the Way: Elizabeth Cady Staton and the Right to Vote” by Tanya Lee Stone

Independent Dames: What You Never Knew About the Women and Girls of the American Revolution” by Laurie Halse Anderson

Remember the Ladies: 100 Great American Women” by Cheryl Harness

Lives of Extraordinary Women: Rulers, Rebels, and what the Neighbors Thought” by Kathleen Krull

Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women” by Catherine Thimmesh

33 Things Every Girl Should Know about Women's History” by Tonya Bolden

Did I miss any? Add your favorite in the comments!