5 Books We LOVE


We’re celebrating reading today! More than just a fun escape, reading is a great way to build girl’s brains and spirits. When you select books with female main characters, it can also open up the door for great conversations about what life is like for girls and women—the possibilities, struggles, all of it.

Here are five books that we just can’t get enough of. 😊

1) Mae Among the Stars

This book was inspired by Mae Jamison, the first African American woman to travel in space. It’s beautifully illustrated and does a wonderful job of showing how a childhood dream can become a reality (including difficulties along the way). We also love how the book depicts the supportive nature of Mae’s parents, and the impact that had on her future.

2) The Princess in Black

The Princess in Black series is great for girls that are reading chapter books on their own, or to read to younger girls. Princess Magnolia is a princess that is also a hero. We love how this book (and the series) shows how multidimensional girls are. Great for girls that are interested in princesses/pink/sparkly stuff, but don’t want to be limited to that.

3) Ada Twist, Scientist

Ada Twist, Scientist follows a little girl who loves to ask WHY (and who, what, where, etc!) as she figures out how to think through problems and test hypotheses. It’s a great follow-up to the bestseller Rosie Revere, Engineer. For girls already familiar with Ada and Rosie, we recommend checking out Iggy Peck, Architect and Sofia Valdez, Future Prez (soon to be released).

4) Strong Is the New Pretty: A Celebration of Girls Being Themselves

This book is a beautiful, creative work of art that lets girls see real girls being their true selves—playing sports, laughing, being vulnerable, etc. It features over 100 photographs and quotes from real girls, that readers are sure to love. We like the idea of shaking things up at bed time and mixing this in with traditional picture books/stories. We also love creator Kate T. Parker’s The Heart of a Boy: Celebrating the Strength and Spirit of Boyhood.

5) When I Grow Up: Sally Ride

This detailed nonfiction book about the life of Sally Ride is perfect for budding astronauts. Girls that want to know exactly what it takes to become an astronaut will love this book. It's also a great prompt for conversations about how gender roles have changed over time (as it talks about how women were invited to apply to become astronauts for the first time). It’s a Scholastic level 3 reader, but can be read aloud to younger girls that are interested in this level of detail.

Happy reading!

Melissa Foley