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Good Books For Girls


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Brief descriptions of good books for girls and web site resources.

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Good Books For Girls

  1. 1. Good Books for Girls by Cari Williams & Christin Jackson
  2. 2. What makes a good book for girls? <ul><li>books should portray girls/women in a positive light with active, dynamic roles. Gender Issues in Children's Literature by Manjari Singh. (ERIC Clearinghouse on Reading, English, and Communication Digest #135 ) </li></ul><ul><li>According to Cari’s girls, a good girls book would: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Have girl characters on the cover or from a movie </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have cute pets like puppies and kittens </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>read a little to see if it sounded fun </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Young Readers for Grades Kindergarten – 2nd (ages 2-8) <ul><li>Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park -  Fiction.  &quot;Junie B. Jones&quot; is a series of books about a first grade girl who is in and out of trouble. </li></ul><ul><li>Wordgirl by Annie Auerbach - Fiction.  &quot;Wordgirl's&quot; adventures inspire the kids to create their own superhero identities. Follow the educational adventures of Word Girl as she battles evil villains and learns vocabulary. </li></ul><ul><li>Father Gander Nursery Rhymes: The Equal Rhymes Amendment by Douglad Larche - Rhymes, Non-sexist versions of Mother Goose rhymes. Jill and Jack both jump over the candlestick, and cooperation is emphasized. This book is an international best-seller. Publisher: Advocacy Press; 1st Edition. edition (April 1986) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Young Readers for Grades Kindergarten – 2nd (ages 2-8) continued <ul><li>Fancy Nancy by Jane O’Connor - Fiction.  &quot;Fancy Nancy&quot; is a series of books about a girl named Nancy who loves fancy things but it seems to her that her family is plain. Nancy has surprising results when she decides to teach her family how to be fancy like her. </li></ul><ul><li>I Wish I Had Freckles like Abby , by Kathryn Heling & Deborah Hembrook - Rosa is a little girl that wears glasses. She really wants to have freckles like her friend Abby... Girls will identify with the protagonists in this tale – both main characters are girls. Also, glasses and freckles would be something girls this age would worry about. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  5. 5. Young Readers for Grades Kindergarten – 2nd (ages 2-8) continued <ul><li>Shy Mama’s Halloween , by Anne Broyles - Fiction.   An unusual Halloween book. A family of recent Russian immigrants prepares for their first Halloween. A lovely, touching story. Tilbury House Publishers (August 1, 2000) </li></ul><ul><li>Belfry Bat the Scaredy Cat , by Gayle McGuire Tremblay - Fiction.  Belfry Bat, who's afraid of everything, gets a chance to lead Witch Mildred on a race with a roller-coaster. Despite her fears, she helps Mildred win the race. Second Story Press (October 1997) </li></ul>
  6. 6. Good Books for Girls Grades 3 rd – 5 th <ul><li>The Fairy School Dropout by Meredith Badger (152pgs) - Wonderful book for girls because a girl fairy is the main character and because all girls can relate to not fitting in at school at some time or another. It’s just part of growing up. (Brave, Determined, and Strong: Books for Girls {and sometimes Boys} Barbara A. Ward Phd. & Terrell A. Young Ed.D) </li></ul><ul><li>Native Women of Courage , by Kelly Fournel - Biography. Ten native women </li></ul><ul><li>from the United States and Canada are profiled in this useful compilation. </li></ul><ul><li>Included are well-known women like Wilma Mankiller (first woman chief of the </li></ul><ul><li>Cherokees), as well as lesser-known women like Lorna Williams, an educator </li></ul><ul><li>who created a native-centric curriculum. Black and white pictures help these </li></ul><ul><li>biographies come alive. A great resource! (Native Trailblazer Series) </li></ul><ul><li>Publisher: 7th Generation (October 30, 2007) (Book Publishing Company) </li></ul>
  7. 7. Good Books for Girls Grades 3 rd – 5th continued <ul><li>The Lilith Summer, by Hadley Irwin - Fiction. To earn money for a new bike, Ellen agrees to be a paid companion for an elderly neighbor, Lilith Adams, for the summer. Soon Ellen learns that Lilith is also getting paid to babysit her. Lilith's dignity, gentleness and wisdom make her a wonderful role model, and a lesson in the humanity of older women. (Feminist Press) </li></ul><ul><li>Aruna's Journeys, by Jyotsna Sreenivasan - Fiction.  Aruna's parents are from India, and Aruna hates looking &quot;different.&quot; Filled with details of urban life in India, and one of only a very few available novels about Indian-Americans. Winner of the 1998 Skipping Stones Magazine Award for multicultural books.  (Smooth Stone Press) </li></ul>
  8. 8. Good Books for Girls Grades 3 rd – 5th continued <ul><li>Judy Blume by Judy Blume - Fiction.  &quot;Judy Blume&quot; is a series of books about a beloved children's author Judy Blume who has had a fascinating life filled with joy and heartache. Read about her amazing life in these biographies. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing , Superfudge , Fudge-a-mania , and Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great </li></ul><ul><li>The Baby-Sitter’s Club Graphix , by Anne M. Martin and Raina Telgemeier - This is a series of four graphic novels bases on Marin’s hit kids’ series (Kristy’s Great Idea, The Truth About Stacey, Mary Anne Saves the Day, Claudia and Mean Janine).  &quot;All four protagonists are girls with distinct personalities, and none of the plotlines revolve around boys.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>A Taste for Red by Lewis Harris (176pgs) – This sixth grader named Svetlana Grimm can only stomach red foods. The main character is a girl in fact all the characters are female.  It’s a fun book about a girl in middle school therefore girls in middle school can relate to the story line . (Brave, Determined, and Strong: Books for Girls {and sometimes Boys} Barbara A. Ward Ph.D. & Terrell A. Young Ed.D) </li></ul>
  9. 9. Good Books for Girls Grades 3 rd – 5th continued <ul><li>Alison Dare: Little Miss Adventures By J. Torres - Alison Dare is a twelve-year old girl that is the intelligent, adventure-obsessed daughter of an archeologist mother and a librarian/superhero father.  Despite appearances, however, not all is fabulous in Alison's life-- her parents are divorced and the instances that remind her of this painful reality are subtle and feeling. Girls will love this book. This story tells of the romance and adventure of a 12 year old girl. </li></ul><ul><li>Kat and Mouse: Teacher Torture (Volume 1) Graphic Novel, by Alex de Campi - Kat's not happy when her family decides to move to New England, but she's decided to deal with it as best as she can. Great for young readers who are interested in comics and manga-style art but don't know where to start. Also, packed full of adventure that would be appealing to a young girl. </li></ul><ul><li>The Secret Garden  by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Mary Lennox is a sickly, sour-faced little girl born in India to wealthy British parents who have very little interest in her, leaving her in the care of an ayah from birth. Orphaned by an outbreak of cholera, she is sent back to England to the legal guardianship of her only remaining relative: her uncle, Archibald Craven, a reclusive widower. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Good Books for Girls Grades 3 rd – 5th continued <ul><li>Amy Unbounded: Belondweg Blossoming   Graphic Novel, by Rachel Hartman - When you first meet Amy, she's escaping from her chores with her best friend, preparing for her 10th birthday. Full of adventure and excitement that any girl would love! </li></ul><ul><li>A Girl's Guide to Life. The Complete Instructions : Written by Kids for Kids - Topics include Money, Chores for Cash, What to Do with the Dough, etc.Pohlman, Susan (ed.) , Boyles, Denis (ed) , and Turner, Priscilla (ed) . </li></ul><ul><li>Dear Dumb Diary’s by Jim Benton. - Written in the first person by a middle school girl named Jamie Kelly. There are currently 8 books in the series with the ninth to come out in January.  This series targets student’s ages 2nd - 6th grades. </li></ul><ul><li>The Cam Jansen mystery series  by Adler - A series of books following the exploits of a young female detective named Jennifer &quot;Cam&quot; Jansen. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Good Books for Girls Grades 3 rd – 5th continued <ul><li>A Friend Like Zilla , by Rachna Gilmore - Fiction. Nobby meets a neat girl, Zilla, while on vacation. The weird thing is, Zilla is 17 -- but she acts 10! Nobby's parents explain that Zilla is slow for her age. Nobby admires Zilla's knowledge of nature and cooking ability. Zilla admires Nobby's skill at reading. Then Uncle Chad arrives and makes fun of Zilla's disability. When Uncle Chad disappears in a storm, Zilla uses her knowledge of nature to find him, and he comes to understand her special kind of intelligence. </li></ul><ul><li>Women of the Lights , by Candace Fleming -Nonfiction. True-life stories of the daring and difficult lives of several women lighthouse keepers, many of whom rescued men from the ocean and kept the lighthouses shining despite storms and earthquakes. </li></ul><ul><li>The Goat Lady , by Jane Bregoli - Nonfiction. This is </li></ul><ul><li>the true story of Noelie Houle, a poor elderly woman </li></ul><ul><li>who raised goats in rural Massachusetts. Portraits help </li></ul><ul><li>viewers to see Noeli's strength and character, and to </li></ul><ul><li>appreciate her way of life. Tilbury House Publishers </li></ul><ul><li>(September 2004) </li></ul>
  12. 12. Good Books for Girls Grades 3 rd – 5th continued <ul><li>Women of the Lights , by Candace Fleming - Nonfiction. True-life stories of the daring and difficult lives of several women lighthouse keepers, many of whom rescued men from the ocean and kept the lighthouses shining despite storms and earthquakes. (Albert Whitman Publishers) (Book Publishing Company) (Second Story Press) </li></ul><ul><li>Solving Zoe by Barbara Dee - The main character in this book is Zoe. She is a 6th grader that is having a year marked by changing relationships with her fellow classmates, including her best friend, and a search for where she belongs. This seems like a perfect example of a good book for a girl.  </li></ul>
  13. 13. Good Books for Girls Grades 6 th – 8 th <ul><li>The Kind of Friends We Used to Be by Frances O'Roark Dowell - Twelve-year-olds Kate and Marylin, friends since preschool, draw further apart, and both develop unlikely friendships with other girls and boys. This happens to many girls.  It is normal part of life to grow apart as friends and find oneself but it is still a difficult time in a young girls life.  (Girls Read section from the Hennepin County Library home page) </li></ul><ul><li>Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind   by Hayao Miyazaki - Nausicaa is the princess of a small kingdom in a far future Earth that has been devastated by terrible wars. These books are shojo manga novels (marketed to a female audience – shojo means &quot;young girl&quot;). Strong focus on human and romantic relationships and emotions.  (Girls Read section from the Hennepin County Library home page) </li></ul><ul><li>Call Me Princess – Volume #1 (Graphic Novel), by Tomoko Taniguchi - Excellent example of shojo (girl's) manga. It is a sweet little story that shows a lot of understanding about the problems and confusions of young girls.  It would be an excellent book for collections that are trying to emphasize nonviolent stories, especially those that are trying to attract young girls to graphic novels. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Good Books for Girls Grades 6 th – 8th continued <ul><li>The 100 Most Influential Women of All Time: A Ranking Past and Present by Felder, Deborah - Ranks 100 eminent women plus 49 others who received honorable mention. Includes social reformers, scientists, educators, labor leaders, artists, performers and sports figures. Bolden, Tonya (ed.) </li></ul><ul><li>33 Things Every Girl Should Know - A collection of essays, poems and anecdotes from women who command kids' respect and smart talk by 33 Extraordinary Women. Karnes, Frances, and Bean, Suzanne (Free Spirit Publishing, Inc) </li></ul><ul><li>The Secret Language of Girls by Frances O'Roark Dowell - A story about two girls in middle school finding themsleves increasingly out-of-sync as their friendship is tested.  The book raises important questions about friendships. Such as, how do you stay friends if your interests and values shift? Can friendships change to accommodate new circumstances and people? </li></ul>
  15. 15. Good Books for Girls Grades 6 th – 8th continued <ul><li>Sweet Valley High by Francine Pascal  -   Series of books generally classified as young adult or kids' fiction. Product Description: Will Jessica steal Todd from Elizabeth? Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield are identical twins at Sweet Valley High. They`re both popular, smart, and gorgeous, but that's where the similarity ends. Elizabeth is friendly, outgoing, and sincere -- nothing like her snobbish and conniving twin. Jessica gets what she wants -- at school, with friends, and especially with boys. Bantam Books (September 1, 1984) </li></ul><ul><li>Girls and Young Women Inventing, Plus How You Can Be One Yourself - Includes information on how to invent something yourself. In breezy profiles of 20 young female inventors, the authors show how perseverance, ingenuity, common sense, and the pure enjoyment of problem solving can lead to award-winning products and inventions. ( Booklist review from </li></ul><ul><li>Willow Whip , by Irene Bennett Brown - Fiction. Product Description: In 1918, in Kansas, a young girl is determined to make it possible for her constantly moving, tenant farmer family to buy the farm that she has come to love and wants to live on permanently. Blue Heron Publishing; Sunflower ed edition (1993) </li></ul>
  16. 16. Good Books for Girls Grades 9 th – 12th <ul><li>Travels with Tarra , by Carol Buckley - Nonfiction. This is the true story of Carol, a college student, and the baby elephant she befriends.  </li></ul><ul><li>Boy v. Girl? How Gender Shapes Who We Are, What We Want, and How We Get Along , by George Abrahams and Sheila Ahlbrand - Nonfiction. Based on a survey of 2,000 teens and pre-teens, this interesting book examines the gender stereotypes and expectations that kids encounter every day.  A great book to spark lively discussions! (Free Spirit Publishing) </li></ul>Cool Women, Hot Jobs, And How You Can Go for It, Too! by Tina Schwager and Michele Schuerger - Self-help. Profiles 20 women with interesting or unusual jobs.  A useful book for high school students. (Free Spirit Publishing)
  17. 17. Good Books for Girls Grades 9 th – 12 th continued <ul><li>The Vanishing Shadow , by Margaret Sutton - Mystery. This is the first in a series of 38 mysteries featuring Judy Bolton, a high school girl and amateur detective. Each book is based on an actual event. The Vanishing Shadow is based on a tragic dam accident. (Applewood Books) </li></ul><ul><li>Brave Girls and Strong Women bySreenivasan, Jyotsna. A special collection of books from small publishers for ages 2-17. </li></ul><ul><li>The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares , Tucker Shaw - Fiction.  Carmen got the jeans at a thrift shop and the most memorable summer of her life — begins. A pair of jeans is the unlikely bond that keeps four best friends emotionally connected during the first summer that they spend physically apart. This clever (if initially hokey-sounding) premise sets the course for four intertwined, compelling coming-of-age stories. (Publishers Weekly review on </li></ul>
  18. 18. There is a never ending list of good books for girls. <ul><li>Many good websites have plenty of resources. Here are just a few… </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>