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Strong Female Characters

Articles, recommended reading, bibliographies and booklists featuring children's books with strong and resourceful female characters can be found here.

The Amelia Bloomer Project
If you are looking for children’s books, including picture books, fiction, and nonfiction, that feature strong female characters, you’ll be interested in the Amelia Bloomer Project.

"Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters"
Ten women who made a difference in the fight for civil rights are featured in "Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters," which was written by Andrea Davis Pinkney and illustrated by Stephen Alcorn.

Strong and Resourceful Female Characters
There are a lot of books, such as The Secret Garden, that have strong and resourceful female characters in them.

Brave Girls and Strong Women Book List
An annotated list of books, divided by age level, with a link to Amazon.com so you can order them online.

Culturally Diverse Books Featuring Strong Female Characters
This annotated booklist is divided into two sections: ages 6-11 and Young Adult: Ages 10 and Up, It includes both fiction and nonfiction.

Eighteen Highly Recommended Books for Girls
Annotated list of fiction and non-fiction books recommended by the author of Great Books for Girls.

Eighty Books for the 21st Century Girls
This annotated list of 80 books is from the Women's National Book Association. It includes children's picture books, intermediate fiction, and young adult books, as well as nonfiction.

Foregrounding Women in History
A brief overview, following by a long list of children's and young adult books, from Kay E. Vandergrift, a professor emeritus at Rutgers University.

Great Books for Girls
Information on the book by Kathleen Odean that includes more than 600 books recommended for girls.

Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan is about the hardships a Mexican girl experiences after immigrating to the US and the stength she finds within.

Island of the Blue Dolphin
Island of the Blue Dolphin by Scott O'Dell is an award-winning classic with a strong female protagonist.


One Came Home by Amy Timberlake is a coming of age story set in 1871, featuring a feisty 13 year old girl.

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