Although I have two boys, we always keep an eye out for stories with female characters. Here are some of our favorites (as well as a few on our wishlist):
Be a Star Wonder Woman – This is one of Lion’s all time favorite picture books. He adores Wonder Woman and I’m pretty sure this book is what started his love of this superhero. Michael Dahl has others that we also really enjoy, like Bedtime for Batman.
Sweet Dreams, Supergirl – Another one by Michael Dahl. I love that this one not only features a girl, but an Asian girl. Dahl’s books are pretty good about trying to show diversity.
Princess in Black series – Okay, so this one is really more of a chapter book series, but I include it here because there’s a picture on every page. This is one of Lion’s favorite series and he’s always eager when there’s a new one at the library. To be honest, they’re not my favorite to read, but Lion seems to really enjoy the princess/superhero aspects.
I Am Sonia Sotomayor – We love the Ordinary People Change the World series, which seems to bridge graphic novels and picture books. I have this one on the kids’ wishlist, but we’ve also enjoyed Amelia Earhart (Panda’s favorite of the series), Helen Keller, Rosa Parks (Lion’s favorite) and Jane Goodall — in addition, of course, to the others in the series featuring famous men.
I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark – Lion was given this book a couple of Christmases ago, though I think it’s better suited for older children.
Charlotte the Scientist is Squished – We have this hilarious book in our library bag right now and Lion’s already asked to read it five times. It’s a cute story about a bunny who’s tired of being squished by all her siblings, so she conducts experiments to rectify the problem. As an added bonus, it has questions at the end of the book for your children to answer.
Ada Twist, Scientist and Rosie Revere Engineer – These books by Andrea Beaty (she also has Iggy Peck, Architect) are great rhyming picture books. I enjoyed them so much, I’ve purchased multiple copies as gifts for other parents.
Mae Among the Stars – While on the science theme, here’s another great book that we also have in our current library pile. Lion’s taken an interest in space recently and this was an enjoyable book about the first African American woman in space.
Swatch: The Girl Who Loved Color – This is a gorgeous picture book. We originally borrowed it from the library, but loved it so much it made its way into our collection.
Suki’s Kimono – While I haven’t read this one yet, it is high on our list given the message of the book and the Japanese character.
Ninja Red Riding Hood – Both of our kids love this book. A cute retelling of Little Red Riding Hood with a ninja twist.
Interstellar Cinderella – Another fun twist on a classic fairy tale, we came across this one at the library and have read it multiple times.
Stone Girl, Bone Girl – We haven’t read this one yet either, but appears to be the story of fossil hunter Mary Anning.
Malala’s Magic Pencil – I recently added this one to our wishlist, which was written by Malala Yousafzai.
Journey, Quest and Return – These three wordless picture books by Aaron Becker are favorites in the Dolphin household. They are beautifully illustrated and I enjoy asking the kids what’s happening on the pages.