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Books with Strong Female Characters

A lot has been said about the importance of strong female role models for young girls. Books introduce young readers to strong female characters. Boys also enjoy these engaging titles. Some of these titles are perfect for independent reads while others are great read-alouds for your class. Check out these books with strong female characters.

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

First, share a story as a read-aloud in your classroom. Your students will love this Newbery Medal winning book.

A witch receives a baby as a sacrifice and raises her as her own. Luna grows up to be a strong and brave young woman. She is determined to save her town from the evil that lurks in the forest. Second grade and up love this book as a read aloud. 

American Girl: Meet Molly by Valerie Tripp

Okay, this book is a touch nostalgic for me! I absolutely loved reading these books {while clutching my Molly doll!} Why not embrace the American Girl favorites with your students?

This is the first book in the American Girl series. Molly lives in 1944 during World War II. This brave girl also faces many challenges during the war. Overall, with the huge following of American Girl dolls, students won’t want to put this book down!

Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan

Another Newbery Medal winner is Sarah, Plain and Tall. This beautiful story sits on shelves of young and old readers alike. First, Sarah is a young girl who lives with her widowed father and two brothers on the prairie. Next, Sarah lives with the family to help with the children and the farm. Overall, Sarah teaches the family about love and loss through her strength and patience.

This chapter book is a fabulous read aloud to share with your students.

Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary

Oh boy – another classic from my childhood! The Ramona Quimby series also features a strong young woman. Ramona is always getting into trouble. She is a strong and independent girl who knows what she wants. Although she may be a troublemaker, she tries to do the right thing. Ramona is a great role model for young readers!

Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney

Miss Rumphius wants to see the world. Independent Miss Rumphius eventually settles down in a small town by the sea. Determined to make the world a more beautiful place, she teaches others to do the same. This is another great read aloud for your class.

The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch

The Paper Bag Princess rescues her prince from a dragon. She shows that she does not need a man to rescue her. This is a great book to encourage girls to be strong and independent.

Overall, it is important for young girls to have strong female role models in their books. This allows them to see that they are capable of anything and gives them the courage to be themselves. Boys also see strong females in these stories and learn to respect girls and their roles. Try these books with strong female characters in your classroom.

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