Some of my favorite moments with my two girls is right before bedtime reading them a story. Our beliefs, aspirations, and morals can all be attributed to the colorful pages we excitedly soaked in during our youth. So, whether you’re buying a book for a friend’s child, your own child, or for yourself (because why not? I would), make it a piece of literature that sustains and empowers women. Because, those little messages go a long way.
- Rosie Rivere Engineer- written by Andrea Beaty: I adore this book for so many reasons. It teaches children to never give up on your dreams despite failures. But most of all it teaches little girls that it’s not just a “boy thing” to invent, build and become a great engineer!
2. Grace For President- written by Written by Kelly S. DePucchio: To say that Juliana and I have read this book at least 100 hundred times is an understatement. It’s about a little student named Grace who one day looks at the list of US presidents and realizes there’s not one female. I love any book that encourages young girls to shatter glass ceilings by crashing boy-clubs.
3. The Paper Bag Princess-written by Robert Munsch: Any story that puts the lead heroine a female is totally ok by me. It teaches little girls to not put up with anyone’s crap (pardon my language) when being mistreated!
4. I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark-written by Debbie Levy: When I fist purchased this book I first read it myself. Absolutely fascinating and empowering. This book about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg teaches girls to have their own opinion and that sometimes you have to disagree and make your mark when you see something is wrong!
5. She Persisted- written by Chelsea Clinton: My daughters now use the word “persisted” frequently because of this book! It features 13 powerful women who changed the world. It’s empowering but also a historical lesson which I love.
If you have other suggestions for books send them my way.
Sandra Thomasian, MD