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, 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!