Books that talk about being brave, not boys

Many of us have little girls who love to read. And if your like me you find it hard to get a book without a prince/ princess scenario, some sort of "mean girl" situation or a plot that involves having a crush. 

I mean we love a good Disney princess flick, but I don't want my daughter to be constantly consumed with the idea that that's all there is to think about as a girl. I want her to look back and realize women were some of the best movers and shakers in the world in terms of changing and challenging the status quo. I have realized I can be more intentional about helping her to realize her own strength. That she can accomplish daring things. She can play dress up AND climb trees. She can do dance AND learn to use her body for self defense. 

In this feat of finding some kickass books for my girl to sink into I came across some really awesome ones that I think are worth looking into. 

 
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  1. The Gutsy Girl: Escapades for Your Life of Epic Adventure
    I had the opportunity to interview Caroline Paul, the author of The Gutsy Girl, you can find the episode HERE. But before I interviewed her, I actually read the book myself before I gave it to my daughter and it is SO GOOD. She doesn't write down to the kids but it's also not inappropriate in any way. Which leaves it hilarious, full of adventures that are based off of real life adventures Caroline has done, "daring do's" that give the kids small tasks in ways they can grow outside their comfortable zone, and then honorable mentions to women in history throughout the book. I plan on having my boy read this one too. 

(Also Check out the podcast episode with Caroline Paul on Raising Gutsy Girls)

 
 

2.  Strong Is The New Pretty: A Celebration of Girls Being Themselves
The pictures in this book are amazing. I stumbled upon this one when I was searching amazon for my daughters birthday. I love that it shows girls in their elements. And they looks so dang proud to be doing whatever it was they were doing. Covered in mud, going full force into a pile of leaves, owning their favorite sequin dress..just being who they are before they are told by the world who they should be. And I hope they stay that way. 

 
 

3. Rosie Revere Engineer
This was one of the first books we got for our daughter when her love for reading took off. As strange as it may sound, we didn't know books like this existed. Fun to read, easy to read for littles and didn't involve a princess. Honestly we weren't sure our girl would be interested if it didn't involve a princess. we were so wrong. We LOVE these books. And I think this is what may have sparked it all. 

 
 

4. I love this book. My daughter checked it out at our local library recently and I thought it was pretty awesome. And it's actually on sale on Amazon right now. 

Here's a few others we have on the list to read:
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls
I Got This: To Gold and Beyond
I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up For Education And Changed The World (young readers edition)