Book Reviews For Category: Inspiring for Girls

At a certain age, boys seem to outgrow the fairy realm and girls still love them. Also these books have girl protagonists.

Sisters of Glass

Children's Book: Sisters of Glass

Published: 2017
Theme: Courage, Fantasy
Best for: girls 11 and up

“We will rise. We will not, cannot, be controlled through fear or hatred, for we have hope. Those who greedily hoard their power will find it slips through their fingers like sand. We are free.” This is a very dramatic fantasy, with two fabulous heroines leading us to right some wrongs…

Posted in Ages 12-14, Contemporary, Inspiring for Girls

Aru Shah and The End of Time

Children's Book: Aru Shah

Published: 2018
Theme: Indian Mythology, Courage
Best for: 9 to 11

People are a lot like magical pockets. They’re far bigger on the inside than they appear on the outside. And it was like that with Aru. She found a place deep within her that had been hidden until now… The first in a series on Indian mythology, similar to Percy Jackson, but much funnier and much lighter, and much more girl-friendly…

Posted in Ages 9-12, Contemporary, Inspiring for Girls

Naming Maya

Children's Book - Naming Maya

Published: 2004
Theme: Indian culture, Dealing with Divorce
Best for: Girls 10 and up

“Lakshmi Auntie drops Sumai off with us a couple of days later, and scurries a protesting Ashwin away for a haircut…The day promises to turn from plain hot to furnace hot.” In this multicultural children’s book set in India, a young girl grapples with the divorce of her parents, and memory loss of a family friend.

Posted in Ages 9-12, Contemporary, Inspiring for Girls

Book Uncle and Me

Children's book - Book Uncle and Me

Published: 2016
Theme: Community Activism
Best for: 7 to 9

“I know, I know. I’m giving away the ending. But here’s the thing. The point of a story is not the ending. The point is, What does it mean?” It’s time to educate the young people about the power of community activism, in a gentle way. This book does that…

Posted in Ages 5-8, Ages 9-12, Contemporary, First Chapter Book, Inspiring for Girls, Read-Aloud, Waldorf-Aligned

Jasmine Toguchi – Mochi Queen

Children's Book - Jasmine Toguchi

Published: 2107
Theme: Japanese Culture
Best for: 5 to 10

“I just had to be able to help make mochi! I need to think of a way to convince my parents. Good think I had the perfect thinking spot…” Breaking the gender barrier- again, and this time, against the cultural grain.

Posted in Ages 5-8, Ages 9-12, Contemporary, First Chapter Book, Inspiring for Girls, Waldorf-Aligned

Smarty Marty Steps Up Her Game

Children's book - Smarty Marty Steps up her game

Published: 2017
Theme: Baseball and Gender-equality
Best for: 9 to 12

“If she didn’t try announcing the game, she knew she’d regret it… Everyone wanted to be the announcer. It was one of the most important jobs in baseball.” Gender equality knows no bounds, and Amy G calls on her real-life experience to prove it.

Posted in Ages 5-8, Ages 9-12, Contemporary, Inspiring for Girls

The Serpent Slayer

Children's book - Serpent Slayer

Published: 2000
Theme: Women Heroines
Best for: 5 to 10

“In the dark time of the year, when the days are short and a cold wind blows from the north, a serpent came to live in an old cave on the mountain of Yung Ling…” From time to time, it’s great to read about a young girl who takes on the challenge of slaying the perennial serpent. This children’s book is a lovely collection of such stories.

Posted in Ages 5-8, Ages 9-12, Contemporary, Inspiring for Girls, Read-Aloud, Waldorf-Aligned

The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate

Children's book - Curious world of Calpurnia tate

Published: 2017
Theme: Girls and Science
Best for: 9 to 12

” ‘That’s all it took for you to cave in? You’re some kind of lousy negotiator. That’s what we get for sending a dumb girl to do a man’s job. …’ It was so unfair I could have smacked him.” This sequel continues to explore the theme of loving science and holding to one’s own truth…

Posted in Ages 9-12, Contemporary, Inspiring for Girls, Waldorf-Aligned

The Lost Kingdom of Bamarre

Children's Book - Lost Kingdom of Bamarra

Published: 2017
Theme: Resisting Prejudice
Best for: 10 and up

“I’d been taught that our Bamarre were lucky to be ruled by us. Otherwise they would have been conquered by others, who would have killed them all. With us, they were safe and had duties and food.” A great and timely fantasy children’s book exploring the injustice of nations dominating nations, and the ill consequences of prejudice…

Posted in Ages 9-12, Contemporary, Inspiring for Girls

Kepler’s Dream

Kepler's Dream - Children's book

Published: 2012
Theme: Healing Relationships
Best for: 10 and up

“I felt like I was speaking a part in some out-of-date play. Who in the world calls their grandmother “Grandmother?” But “Grandma” didn’t seem to fit.” This children’s book is about relationships – between parents, children, grandparents, and friends, showing the way that misunderstandings can create distance, and communication can create love and warmth.

Posted in Ages 9-12, Contemporary, Inspiring for Girls, Waldorf-Aligned

Backyard Witch: Jess’s Story

Children's Book: Backyard Witch: Jess's story

Published: 2016
Theme: Self-acceptance
Best for: Girls 7 – 9

“Did Mom know she hired a witch as a babysitter?” In this second children’s book in the Backyard Witch series, we watch a young girl grow into her own qualities, which are different from her mother’s expectations.

Posted in Ages 5-8, Contemporary, First Chapter Book, Inspiring for Girls

The Hired Girl

Hired Girl - Historical Fiction Children's Book

Published: 2015
Theme: Historical Fiction Coming of Age
Best for: 12 – 14

“I have escaped! I have achieved the first stage of my emancipation! In a little while I will go on to Baltimore–and from thence I will begin my new life.” This beautifully written historical fiction children’s book is quite hard to put down.

Posted in Ages 12-14, Biography, Contemporary, Historical Fiction, Inspiring for Girls

His Majesty, Queen Hatshepsut

Historical Fiction Children's Book

Published: 1987
Theme: Historical Fiction
Best for: 9 – 12

“The title ‘Joint Reign’ is a foolishment and emphasizes what I have always contended: that men are more fortunate than women. Joint reign! It is I who inspects, examines, weighs and wrings her brain …” Coming on the heels of an historic election, it is interesting to go back in history and understand more about the obstacles women faced hundreds of years ago.

Posted in Ages 9-12, Biography, Contemporary, Historical Fiction, Inspiring for Girls, Waldorf-Aligned

Red – The True Story of Red Riding Hood

Children's Book - Red

Published: 2016
Theme: Coming of Age Fairytale
Best for: 9 to 12 girls

“The first time I tried my hand at magic, I grew roses out of my nose. This was not my intention… Magic is unpredictable, finicky, and dangerous, especially in the wrong hands.” This children’s book is best thought of as a modern-day Grimm’s fairytale. It has all the elements of Grimm stories, including the grim part…

Posted in Ages 9-12, Contemporary, Inspiring for Girls, Waldorf-Aligned

A Tale of Highly Unusual Magic

Children's Book - Tale of Highly Unusual Magic

Published: 2015
Theme: Mystery
Best for: Girls 9 – 12

“Leila breathed in the heavy scent of masala, nicked with the sharp undercurrent of gobi and war my oily parathas. She knew most of the dishes on her plate, and was determined to try everything…” The best part of this children’s book is the ending, where the resolution unfolds so skillfully, that only then did I realize the mystery … .

Posted in Ages 9-12, Contemporary, Inspiring for Girls

Harriet Bean Mystery Series

Children's Book: Harriet Bean series

Published: 1990
Theme: Light Mysteries
Best for: 8 to 10

“I did not write a long letter to Aunt Veronica. All I did was introduce myself and tell her that the only reason why I had not written before was that my father had never told me of her existence.” The earliest writing of Alexander McCall Smith, this series of mystery books for children is easy to read, silly, and good entertainment.

Posted in Ages 5-8, Contemporary, Inspiring for Girls

Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer

Children's Book

Published: 2015
Theme: Raising Chickens
Best for: 9 and up

“Mom says she has no intention of ever being a farmer, even though she knows how to drive a tractor and prune grapes.. But if I’m going to live on a farm, I guess I might as well be a farmer…”This is a totally lovable book, and a very likable heroine, who is trying her best to learn all about chickens, one chicken at a time.

Posted in Ages 9-12, Contemporary, Inspiring for Girls, Waldorf-Aligned

Ms. Rapscott’s Girls

Ms. Rapscott's Girls - Children's Book

Published: 2015
Theme: Resilience
Best for: Girls 9 and up

“This semester you will be taking a very difficult course… You will be learning all about How to Find Your Way…You will be graded on the following: pluck, enthusiasm, spirit of adventure, brilliance, and self-reliance.” The moment I saw the motto of “The Great Rapscott School for Girls of Busy Parents” I knew I’d love this children’s book. Quoting Amelia Earhart, “Adventure is worthwhile in itself,”…

Posted in Ages 9-12, Contemporary, Inspiring for Girls, Waldorf-Aligned

Wintersmith

Children's Book - Wintersmith

Published: 2005
Theme: Coming of Age
Best for: 12 and up

‘Tiffany had never been able to find out much about the librarians. They were a bit like the wandering priests and teachers who went even into the smallest, loneliest villages…It was said they could tell what book you needed just by looking at you…” The mastery of this children’s book is the way everything is woven artfully into one exquisite whole, even while each part, each character, stands out clearly…

Posted in Ages 12-14, Contemporary, Inspiring for Girls

Ship of Dolls

Children's Book - Ship of Dolls

Published: 2014
Theme: Parental Love
Best for: 8 and up

“An ache spread through Lexie, blurring her thoughts and stabbing her heart. All she really knew was how desperately she missed Mama. Grandma blamed Mama for everything. It wasn’t fair.”
What makes good parenting? Is love enough, or is something else needed? We address this head on…

Posted in Ages 9-12, Contemporary, Historical Fiction, Inspiring for Girls

The Quilt Walk

Children's Book: Quilt Walk

Published: 2012
Theme: Overcoming Hardships
Best for: 5th grade

“We are going to Colorado! Pa told us. He just came home from his first trip to Colorado Territory and announced that he and Ma and I were moving west to strike it rich.'” Set in 1858, this delightful historical fiction is an easy and informative read, based on a real incident in Colorado history…

Posted in Ages 9-12, Contemporary, Historical Fiction, Inspiring for Girls, Waldorf-Aligned

The Two Princesses of Bamarre

Children's Book: Two Princesses of Bamarre

Published: 2001
Theme: Courage
Best for: girls 9 to 12

“Today Bamarre needed a hero more than ever… I was no hero. The dearest wishes of my heart were for safety and tranquility. The world was a perilous place, wrong for the likes of me.” Ogres, dragons, fairies, specters, gryphons, and sorcerers fill the pages of this adventure, dedicated to sisterly love.

Posted in Ages 9-12, Contemporary, Inspiring for Girls, Waldorf-Aligned

The Thirteenth Princess

Children's book- Thirteenth Princess

Published: 2010
Theme: Fairytale
Best for: 9 and up

“My name is Zita, and I am the thirteenth of thirteen princesses. My twelve sisters have become the subject of legend, even in faraway kingdoms, but I am sure that you have never heard of me.” Thus begins a wonderfully written children’s book, with an entrancing retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses, one of the Grimm fairytales…

Posted in Ages 9-12, Contemporary, Inspiring for Girls, Waldorf-Aligned

Addy, 1864 – American Girl series

Addy - Children's books

Published: 1993
Theme: African-American History
Best for: ages 8-11

Sarah looked at Addy. “You is coming to school, ain’t you?” “Momma say I can go,” Addy answered. “That’s good,” said Sarah. “We learn to read and write…You gonna like school. You’ll see.” Written in dialect, an African-American girl’s journey from slavery to freedom unfolds in this series of historical fiction children’s books.

Posted in Ages 5-8, Ages 9-12, Contemporary, Historical Fiction, Inspiring for Girls, Waldorf-Aligned

Like Bug Juice On A Burger

Like Bug Juice - Children's book

Published: 2013
Theme: Growing up
Best for: Girls 8 to 10

“As she handed me back my most worn-out underwear, I realized she wasn’t going to be at camp with me at all. Not even to help me put my things away…Or tuck me in, under my thin sleeping bag.” In this children’s book, we go away with Eleanor to summer camp, which starts out dreadful, and ends up wonderful. It’s a great book for any young girl going off to sleep-away camp for the first time

Posted in Ages 5-8, Ages 9-12, Contemporary, First Chapter Book, Inspiring for Girls

Like Carrot Juice on a Cupcake

Children's book - Like Carrot Juice

Published: 2014
Theme: Best Friend Dramas
Best for: 10 to 11 girls

“Then she said, “I don’t want you to be mad at me! You’re as important to me as paper is to pencil!” “You hurt my feelings,” I said. My voice was quivery, too. We both sat there, very miserable….” With the same simplicity, humor, and sensitivity that Sternberg’s other books have, this children’s book takes on the ‘bff’ problem of young girls head-on…

Posted in Ages 9-12, Contemporary, Inspiring for Girls

Here Lies The Librarian

Historical Fiction Children's Book

Published: 2006
Theme: Historical Fiction
Best for: 10 and up

“Any outrage as big as hiring a librarian was bound to bring everybody out of the woodwork. The hitching rail was chock-a-block with horses and wagons, and there was a farmer’s tin Lizzie…a Ford Model T.” Humor, eccentric characters, and a love of old cars flows through this historical fiction children’s book. The story unfolds creatively and unpredictably…

Posted in Ages 9-12, Contemporary, Historical Fiction, Inspiring for Girls

Igraine the Brave

Children's book: Igraine the Brave

Published: 2007
Theme: Bravery
Best for: 9 and up

“Twelve! And I haven’t had a single real adventure. How will I ever get to be a famous knight?… I’m going to die of boredom, you wait and see! Maybe not overnight, but definitely before my next birthday!” I love this children’s book. It has all the elements of fun, especially if you are a fan of books about knights. There’s humor, adventure, magic, and wonderful heroes and heroines…

Posted in Ages 9-12, Contemporary, Inspiring for Girls

Hawksmaid

Children's Book - Hawksmaid

Published: 2010
Theme: Bravery
Best for: ages 11 and up

“Mattie felt a sudden dizziness. Just for a second or two, it was almost as if she herself were tumbling through the air. And once again the boundaries that separated human beings from birds seemed to dissolve.” A wonderful creative look at the early life of Robin Hood and Maid Marian, with lots of equality for women thrown in…

Posted in Ages 12-14, Ages 9-12, Appeals to Boys, Contemporary, Historical Fiction, Inspiring for Girls, Waldorf-Aligned

East of the Sun, West of the Moon

Children's Book - East of the Sun

Published: 2013
Theme: Coming of age FairyTale
Best for: Girls 12 and up

“So her days and nights passed and rolled into weeks and months, and she lived in the enchanted palace with the bear. Each afternoon she would turn from whatever she was doing to see the bear standing, watching her…” With beautiful descriptive language of the landscape and the characters, this retelling of the classic fairy tale has a surprising ending…

Posted in Ages 12-14, Contemporary, Inspiring for Girls, Waldorf-Aligned
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