Where do you find books like The Secret Garden and Anne of Green Gables, books that girls and boys will enjoy and that will reinforce the concept of females, including girls, as strong and resourceful? Ask women you respect about their favorite children's books, check booklists and recommended reading lists, and see if the same books tend to be mentioned again and again. Look for books in a variety of genres, from mysteries to sports books. Check the biography and autobiography sections in the children's section of your favorite bookstore or library.
The following are some of the resources that provide information about books featuring strong and resourceful female characters:
The Amelia Bloomer Project
Learn all about the Project and the book lists of recommended feminist literature for babies to age 18. Read book reviews of some of the fiction and nonfiction that has been selected over the last decade: Rapunzel's Revenge, The Librarian of Basra, One Crazy Summer, The Evolution of Calpernia Tate, Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart, Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom, and Crossing Stones.
Beyond Female Protagonists - Female Voices in Picture Books
Professor Kay E. Vandergrift of Rutgers University provides a bibliography of picture books plus a bibliography for adults, along with links to some of her articles.
Women's History Month Booklist
This annotated recommended reading list from Reading Rockets includes books for children ages 3 to 6 and 6 to 9.