The first reference of its kind, Great Books for Girlsis an invaluable
list of more than six hundred titles--picture books, novels, mysteries,
biographies, folktales, sports books, and more--that will encourage,
challenge, and ultimately nurture in girls the strong qualities our culture
so often suppresses.
Kathleen Odean, a librarian and former member of the
prestigious Caldecott and Newbery Award committees, has gathered and
annotated a list of books starring bold, confident heroines for children
from toddlers to age fourteen.Here are old favorites such as Eloise,
Harriet the Spy, Mrs.Basil E. Frankweiler, and Ramona the Pest; new
inspirations such as Cinder Edna, Sheila Rae the Brave, Herculeah Jones,
and Princess Smartypants; and real-life admirable women such as Eleanor of
Aquitaine, Jane Goodall, Toni Morrison, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Helen
In these books, girls and women are creative, capable, articulate, and
intelligent, solving problems, facing challenges, resolving conflicts, and
going on quests.They are not sidekicks or tokens, waiting to be rescued;
they are doing the rescuing.Nor are they waiting for a male to provide a
happy ending; they are fashioning their own stories and their own endings.
Packed with expert guidance, Great Books for Girlsis an essential volume
that will give girls of all ages the power of hope.
About the Author
Kathleen Odean has been a children's librarian for seventeen years in schools and public libraries. She is chair of the 2002 Newbery Award Committee and previously served on the Caldecott Award Committee and the American Library Associations's Notable Children's Books Committee. She is also a contributing editor for "Book: The Magazine for the Reading Life," Her two other guides to children's books are "Great Books for Girls: More than 600 Books to Inspire Today's Girls "and "Tomorrow's Women and Great Books for Boys: More than 600 Books for Boys 2 to 14,"
“I recommend it for all those who want girls to grow up strong, free bold and kind.”
Author of Reviving Ophelia
“With superb literary taste and an eye for books depicting strong-minded girls and women, [Odean] recommends more than 600 outstanding titles.”
–U.S. News & World Report