You Go, Girl!
Picture books that show girls can do it all!
Aitken, Amy - Ruby the Red Knight
Ruby is a fearless girl with an active imagination. She tames
a giant and a dragon with her wit and then releases the forest
inhabitants from an evil spell.
Carlson, Nancy - I Like Me!
A young pig describes the many things she likes about herself
as well as the activities she enjoys doing. She likes her curly
tail, her toes, and her round pig tummy. She likes brushing
her teeth, riding her bike and reading... she just plain likes
herself, and what a wonderful thing that is!
Cooney, Barbara - Miss Rumphius
As a young girl, Miss Rumphius, resolves to travel to faraway
places, to live by the sea, and to make the world a more beautiful
place. She does travel, live by the sea, and she accomplishes
her third goal by planting flower seeds on her land.
Dexter, Alison - Grandma
Grandma is energetic
enough to wear out the busiest preschooler... by eight o'clock
in the morning Grandma has cleaned the whole house, weeded,
baked, dressed for the day and is ready
Ernst, Lisa Campbell - Little Red Riding Hood: A Newfangled
While this modern Red Riding Hood does get taken in by the
wolf, Grandma does not. And she finally tames the wolf once
and for all... in a most unexpected way!
Garland, Michael - My Cousin Katie
simple picture book follows a day on the farm with Katie. Katie
doesn't slay dragons but she does climb
a tree, weed a garden and help her father fix the tractor.
Henkes, Kevin - Chester's Way
red boots and Band-Aids to make herself look brave. She carries
a loaded squirt gun and has many disguises. When
she moves into the neighborhood and saves Chester and Wilson
from bullies, the three become great friends! You won't
want to miss The Baby of the World (JE/HENKES) or Lilly's
Purple Plastic Purse (JE/HENKES) also by Henkes and also starring
Hoffman, Mary - Amazing Grace
With the support of her wise and loving mother and grandmother,
Grace learns that she can do anything she sets her mind to
do... no matter what others may say.
Hooks, William - The Three Little Pigs and the Fox
this version of the traditional story, the third pig is a female
named Hamlet. Hamlet's two older brothers go
off to find their way in the world only to be caught by the
fox, but Hamlet is brighter and braver than her brothers. She
tricks the fox, sends him down river in a churn and sets her
Isaacs, Anne - Swamp Angel
Swamp Angel was
born "scarcely taller than her mother
and couldn't climb a tree without help." She builds
her first log cabin at age two and pulls a wagon train from
a swamp at age twelve. When a reward is offered for the pelt
of a troublesome bear, Swamp Angel is the one who succeeds
in wrestling him down.
Jackson, Ellen - Cinder Edna
Though her circumstances
are similar to Cinderella's,
Cinder Edna has a whole different attitude about life. She
is "strong and spunky" and she doesn't need
a fairy godmother to get to the ball.
Jeram, Anita - Daisy Dare
Brave and daring
mouse, Daisy Dare, will try almost anything on a dare... but
will she be brave enough to take the bell
off the cat's collar?
Keller, Holly - Geraldine's Blanket
parents think she should get rid of her special blanket, but
Geraldine is stubborn about keeping it.
She is a bit sassy, but Geraldine is also clever in her resolution
of this conflict.
Martin, C.L.G. - Three Brave Women
Caitlin, Mama, and Grammy are all afraid of spiders. But Caitlin
decides to overcome her fear and asks Mama and Grammy to help.
They are scared, but the three crawl under the porch and catch
a big hairy spider! Caitlin then declares she is going to catch
a mouse and dig up some worms...
Mayer, Mercer - Liza Lou and the Yeller Belly Swamp
With her fast thinking Liza Lou manages to outsmart the swamp
haunt, the gobblygook, the witch, and the devil that all live
in the Yeller Belly Swamp.
Luenn, Nancy - Nessa's Fish
her grandmother are ice fishing and Grandmother becomes ill.
Nessa wards off a fox, a wolf pack and even a
bear to protect her grandmother and their catch of fish until
help arrives. Another story about Nessa that you will want
to share is Nessa's Story (JE/LUENN).
Minarik, Else Holmelund - The Little Girl and the Dragon
When a dragon gets loose from her picture book and eats all
her toys, this little girl demands the dragon return her things
and then cleverly keeps him in the book where he belongs!
Munsch, Robert - The Paper Bag Princess
When a dragon destroys her castle and carries away her beloved
prince, Elizabeth sets off to the rescue! She outwits the dragon,
only to find Prince Ronald is less than pleased with her sooty,
tangled appearance... the heck with him!
Schwartz, Amy - Bea and Mr. Jones
Bea is tired of kindergarten and Mr. Jones is tired of his
job, so they trade places. Both are happier and quite successful.
Bea is even made president of toy sales!
Steig, William - Brave Irene
mother finishes a beautiful ball gown but is too ill to deliver
it to the duchess. But brave and loving
Irene volunteers to get the gown to the palace on time, in
spite of the snowstorm that is gathering outside.
Prepared by Val Owens, November 1997