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10 Books for Preschoolers Featuring Strong Female Characters

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Reading with my kids is my favorite part of each day. I’m the sucker who is (almost) always up for another book (or two)! It is important to me that my girls have strong female role models in the books they are reading. These 10 books have great female characters and are fun to read with my girls.

1.Paula Bunyan by Phyllis Root: The first time I read this to my older daughter I stopped four pages in and ordered it on Amazon! It tells the story of Paula Bunyon (Paul’s sister). She is just as capable as her brother (maybe a bit more capable), and the story about her is really funny.




2. Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio and LeUyen Pham. Such a sweet book about a little girl who is not satisfied knowing there has not been a female president. The book tells the story of her running for president of her class.



3. Olivia by Ian Falconer. I love Olivia – she’s basically the pig version of my older daughter: stubborn, creative, and opinionated. There are a handful of books about Olivia and my daughters (and I) have enjoyed them all.



4. Stephanie’s Ponytail by Robert Munsch. Stephanie is original and faces some adversity because of it. This, relatively, heavy topic is covered in a light-hearted story about a little girl and her ponytail.




5. Purple, Green, and Yellow by Robert Munsch. Yep, two back to back by the same author (spoiler alert – there will be one more on this list too). It is a very relatable story of a little girl who enjoys drawing and continuously wants the next best thing (in this case, markers and canvas..of sorts). Her desire for more than what she has leads her into some interesting situations.


6. The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch. This is an older book that I remember reading as a kid. Like the other two Robert Munsch books on this list, it is one that I enjoyed as a kid and enjoy reading to my own kids.





7. Ladybug Girl Dresses Up! by Jacky Davis. My 2 year old is a bit obsessed with this book – she has me read it to her at least once a day. It is a quick read, but obviously one toddlers enjoy.



8. A Chair for My Mother by Vera Williams. I vividly remember reading this book with my mother as a child. It is an excellent book to teach empathy and how a family should care for each other.



9. The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper. Though trains, both the little red engine that breaks down, and the little blue engine who eventually pulls the train over the mountain, are both female. I Knew You Could, a sequel to The Little Engine That Could is also a pretty sweet book.



10. Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish. Ok, so this isn’t one book, but a character in several books. However, as my daughter gets older and understands more, she finds these books funnier and funnier.





What children’s books do you enjoy reading with your children? Which strong female characters do your kids enjoy?



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