Girls in Literature

I watched this video recently about the lack of inspiring girls in children's literature and then I cried. But I also know it's so true. I'm a bit of a silent (and hopefully unobtrusive) hoverer of the books my 6 year old and 9 year old girls pick out and read. They WILL find strong female characters in their literature. The books are out there, you just need to find them. Recent stories they have either read to themselves or we have read out loud: The Island of the Blue Dolphins, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nymph (a little dated in portrayal of women, but Mrs. Frisby was a force to reckon with), The Egypt Game, Matilda, The BFG, and Charlotte's Web. I don't make a big deal out of the strong girls in the books, the books can do that themselves. In this house, together we have curated a library that is full of bright, beautiful characters who happen to be women. It's beautiful. And then I watch my girls go to the school library and come home with Captain Underpants and Fly Guy. Oh well. I do what I can. 

 One of my absolute favorite books growing up. Meg is such a wonderful character- strong, passionate, intelligent, flawed, and so inspiring. 

One of my absolute favorite books growing up. Meg is such a wonderful character- strong, passionate, intelligent, flawed, and so inspiring.