A little back story. For the majority of my pregnancy, I believe that I was having a girl. I was so sure of this that when the blood test that I had done, which was in the magnitude of 99.2% accurate, indicated that I was having a boy, I just assumed that I was part of the 0.8% where it was inaccurate. I was not even 100% convinced when the high definition ultrasound confirmed the test result.
Anyway, in my absolute incorrect belief, I started to think a lot about which books I wanted my daughter to read. I wanted her to be strong, to believe that she could do anything, and to learn from the many smart women before her. Now that I definitively have a boy, I still want him to learn about strong women. I am trying to make sure that he doesn’t believe that only girls should cook, and I want him to appreciate the accomplishments of women in the world.
So I present to you, 5 books that you should read to your strong girls, or, alternatively, to your strong boys.
Little Trailblazers is a board book about some of the most famous and amazing women in history. Because it’s a board book, you can start to read this to your children before they are old enough to sit through a short story.
DC Super Heroes is a pretty great book about the women superheroes. Rather than focusing on looks, it focuses on what makes these heroes strong and powerful.
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is a gorgeous short story collection of incredible women. Each story is a quick read, and allows the boys and girls in your life to learn about Amelia Earhart, and other fantastic women in history.
Women in Science is a New York Times bestseller about pioneering women. It’s inspiring for adults, and I hope it will be inspiring for your children.
The last book is an idea for parenting more than a book recommendation. I think we should be encouraging girls to not only learn about other successful women, but to also step outside of the roles traditionally assigned to men. Women can be astronauts, firemen, and police officers. It is up to them to decide what they want, and they shouldn’t be limited by the world around them.
I hope this list has helped you. I want these book recommendations not to be for girls, but for children. So that all children can know that women are successful, and that they can be successful too.
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