Happy International Women’s Day everyone!
Reading books is an integral part of my girls’ routines. We absolutely love sitting down to read a book together and as they get older, and are able to comprehend what we’re reading a lot more, I’m trying to incorporate more books with strong female protagonists into the mix. It’s always a great way to encourage the girls to dream big, aim high and also to open up discussions about what women can achieve.
So what better excuse to read an empowering book featuring a great female lead, than today, a day that celebrates women worldwide.
To help get you started, below are some excellent books that are guaranteed to inspire any little girl.
There are two books in this series and they’re fantastic to read at bedtime as they’re not overly long so you can get through a few and each story features the real life take of an inspiring, accomplished woman.
In a world where there is so much pressure on women to look and be a certain way, I love the message of this story. Essentially it’s a lesson in embracing and being comfortable in being yourself.
This classic is such a wonderful book to read with kids, but girls in particular will love Matilda. She is intelligent and courageous, and a voracious reader, and proves that there’s magic in learning and being curious about the world.
Traditional fairy tales are great but sometimes you just want to challenge the damsel in distress narrative that often feature in those stories. This story is about Penelope who demonstrates that you can be a girly girl and be someone who achieves and gets things done too.
Yes, Harry is the lead in this story but would he have survived till the eighth book if it weren’t for Hermione? She’s a supporting character, but Hermione is whip smart, brave and often shows the boys how it’s done and is such a great role model.
There are several books available now that are in the same vein as this, but I love that this focuses on accomplished Australian women who have made history.
An oldie but a goodie, Pippi Longstocking is adventurous, brave and has a can-do attitude that’s aspirational. This book is one that any little girl will enjoy reading.
She’s quiet by day but at night Rosie is a big inventor, creating all sorts of wonderful gizmos and gadgets. At its core it’s a great story about pursuing your passion with persistence but also acknowledging that while there will be failures along the way, it’s all part of the journey to success.
For the princess obsessed girls out there, this is one book that flips fairytales such as Snow White and Sleeping Beauty on its head. The anthology retells princess stories with a girl power twist.
Little girls love a fairy tale but this one features a princess who challenges the notion that she needs to settle down with a prince to live happily ever after. A lot of fun and a great message too.