10 Fun, Fabulous Book Characters That Every Little Girl Should Meet

MatildaWe had a big win in my house last month. We finally convinced our second grade daughter to try the Ramona Quimby books. She dove in, and she hasn't come up for air yet. Score one for girl power in the book shelves!

I've been a little down in the dumps about the state of children's literature lately -- particularly the message being sent to young girls. The "hot" books that my daughter's classmates are reading all seem to have male characters at the center ... and boys who are jerks to boot (seriously, what do people SEE in this Wimpy Kid character?).

I've taken those books as a challenge. Can I find feminist role models in children's literature, girls I want my daughter to read about and be like?

The answer, thankfully, is yes. The are out there. From Ramona to Matilda to Babymouse. You just have to look a little harder sometimes.

And because I HAVE been doing a lot of looking to make sure my own daughter feels all the girl love she can, I've got a head start ... that I'm willing to share.

These are the books I'm happy to put on my daughter's shelves, the books about girls I would love her to be like, girls who I hope empower her to stretch for her dreams.

Which is your favorite? Who are your girl power heroes in kid lit?


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Alexis Eggleton

I think Hermione and Ramona are definitely two of my favs, but so was Mary Lennox from "The Secret Garden!"

nonmember avatar KLB

Madeline...and for the 'tween you can't forget Margaret of 'Are You There God?' fame.


We can't forget Junie B. Jones!!!  All the others are great too--especially Ramona---she was my she-ro!  Even at 45, I still go to the children's section of the library and pick up a classic Beverly Clearly or hit the area for any new Junie B's!

missm... missmansmommy

My girl likes some of these books, but I also encourage her to read classics, like Anne of Green Gables and the original Nancy Drew stories. I am not a feminist and do not care for what feminism stands for. As a Christian mom, I want my girls to learn to be strong in Christ, and to stand up for Godly values and I also want to encourage them in their growing faith walks.

LuvDx LuvDx

Yes, I was going to say the same thing SNAPA!! How could anyone forget Junie B. Jones!! I love her myself, haha!

nonmember avatar kaerae

Ahh, books from a time when little girls looked like kids, not mini teenaged tramps. Girls who are interested in adventure and the world around them, not looking good for boys. These are great books!

lulou lulou

I havent read them, or seen the movie, but my son talks about the older inventor sister in Lemony Snicket, so am curious to pick that one up.

MrsRo... MrsRoberts413

All excellent choices!  I was "that kid" who constantly got in trouble for reading during math lessons and other inappropriate times-couldn't get new books in my hands fast enough!  Would also recommend The Great Gilly Hopkins, any book by Sharon Creech (especially Bloomability and Walk Two Moons), Catherine Called Birdy,  and the Bad News Ballet series if you can get your hands on it! 

Todd Vrancic

The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia Wrede features strong female characters, plots with surprising and amusing twists, and happy endings.

fleur... fleurdelys3110

Agree with other posters about Junie B. Jones! Those were my absolute favorite.

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