Awesome Books for Strong Young Women!

I. love. books. As a headstrong girl in elementary school who had ADHD and a desperate desire to be liked by a group of girls who would never like me...reading was my way to escape from the truth that I wasn't going to be popular, that I was a pretty obnoxious kid, that I hated math and would do legitimately anything to avoid it. I would get in trouble for reading too much; my room was always a truly horrifying mess because I'd rather while away the day with Anne Shirley and the Lake of Shining Waters than tidy things up.

When I had T, I promised myself I'd always provide her with all the books my parents did for any new ones that came along after I grew out of "kid's books." I also knew I wanted to raise a daughter who would think for herself, be creative, see that she don't have to fit into the "little girl" box society set up for her, but instead can create a life that is uniquely hers. I wanted to find books to help her do just that. They exist...some are 80 years old, some just came out within the last few years, but they all check at least one box on this list:

  • strong female lead
  • diverse cast of characters
  • main character learns to march to the beat of their own drum
  • main character learns mindfulness
  • main character is creative
  • main character is courageous
  • main character is kind/thinks of others

Those are the characteristics B and I see as being incredibly important in the development of a young woman. Not every book we read meets this criteria...not by a long shot (here's looking at you, Fifteen Animals or One Fish, Two Fish), but I do make the effort to seek those books out and be sure that at least one ends up in our Bedtime Reading stack.

Enough typing. Here's my list of Awesome Books for Strong Young Women:

I'll update the list as we keep reading more!


Lindsay Sweeting was in the world of Marketing and Publicity in her previous life. These days you're more likely to see her running after her toddler than running a meeting, but she does her best to find time to create new recipes, come up with fun activities for her daughter, and write about the craziness that is life in the Sweeting house.

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