10 Awesome Picture Books About Girls

April 1, 2020 | By Brent Almond | DAD STUFF

NOTE: I started this early in March for Women’s History Month, and then Coronavirus happened. Yet girls still need to be celebrated and kids still need to read, so better late than never!

Picture Books About Girls

In honor of Women’s History Month, I’ve pulled together 10 of my favorite recent picture books about girls. You’ll notice I didn’t say these books were for girls. Because while girls were likely the primary audience — and there really can’t be enough kids’ books celebrating girls — boys need these books just as much… if not more.

While Papa and I have always tried to raise our son to value and appreciate girls as much as boys, it’s still an uphill battle. For every Wonder Woman movie, Serena Williams victory or Elizabeth Warren speech there are dozens (hundreds?) more male superheroes, athletes and politicians being given the spotlight. Teaching equality and respect takes work, and one of the best ways we’ve found to communicate these values is through time spent reading to and with our child.

P.S. Women wrote all 10 of these books!

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Awesome Picture Books About Girls

A is for Awesome! 23 Iconic Women Who Changed the World

Written by Eva Chen, Illustrated by Derek Desierto
1-3 years • 32 pages

This empowering board book serves both as a fun way to teach the ABCs and a wonderful ode to powerful women! The collection includes some expected names like H for Harriet Tubman, M for Malala and R for Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Also included are some welcome surprises, like I for Iris Apfel, N for Nina Simone and W for Wu Zetian. Don’t know who they are? Get the book and learn along with your kids!

Buy on Amazon

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Awesome Picture Books About Girls

Alice Across America: The Story of the First Women’s Cross-Country Road Trip

Written by Sarah Glenn Marsh, Illustrated by Gilbert Ford
5-9 years • 48 pages

Alice Ramsey was the first woman to drive a car across the US in 1909, and this is her story. At a time when women weren’t allowed to vote, Alice defied stereotypes that women couldn’t achieve what men could. Combining women’s history, geography and all-out adventure, Alice Across America celebrates determined women making strides in early 20th century America.

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Eleanor Wyatt Princess and Pirate

Eleanor Wyatt, Princess and Pirate

Written by Rachael MacFarlane, Illustrated by Spencer Laudiero
3-6 years • 32 pages

I can be anything that I want to be, I’m a princess, a pirate, and I’m also just me!

Eleanor Wyatt’s parents have taught her she can be anything she wants to be, from a ninja to a cowgirl to a fairy with wings. Join Eleanor and her friends as they romp through tea parties and sword fights to discover the best treasure of all ― being yourself!

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Awesome Books About Women

Icons: 50 Heroines Who Shaped Contemporary Culture

Written by Micaela Heekin, Illustrated by Monica Ahanonu
12 and up • 112 pages

From singers to writers, activists to artists, politicians to filmmakers, Icons is a celebration of the strength of women. Each spread features a gorgeous illustration accompanied by a short bio about what makes each woman a force to be reckoned with.

While more coffee table book than storybook, Icons’ graphics and profiles will keep older kids (and adults) engaged and educated. This diverse and inclusive collection features some of the world’s most inspiring women, from Gloria Steinem to Michelle Obama, Misty Copeland to Lady Gaga, Frida Kahlo to Laverne Cox.

Buy on Amazon

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Jane Eyre KinderGuides

Jane Eyre: A KinderGuides Illustrated Learning Guide

Written by Melissa Medina & Fredrik Colting, Illustrated by Madalina Andronic
4-8 years • 48 pages

This KinderGuides version of Jane Eyre has all the romance, mystery and adventure of Charlotte Bronté’s original, yet told in kid-friendly text and gorgeous illustrations. In addition, the book includes an author bio, character profiles and a short quiz for discussion with parents or teachers. A great way to get young readers interested in the classics!

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Juno Alexander - Awesome Picture Books About Girls

Juno Valentine and the Fantastic Fashion Adventure

Written by Eva Chen, Illustrated by Derek Desierto
4-6 years • 32 pages

Juno Valentine is equal parts adventure, fashion show and guide to girl power! Juno can’t decide what to wear for school picture day, and goes on a magical voyage getting inspiration along the way from female icons like Audrey Hepburn, Maya Lin and Josephine Baker. In her epic chase through time, Juno discovers the self-confidence she needs to express herself in her own magical way.

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Disney's A Place for Mulan

A Place for Mulan

Written by Marie Chow, Illustrated by Jasper Shaw
6-8 years • 40 pages

A sweet tale about a young Mulan finding her place and sharing her talents. This beautifully stylized picture book is an all-new, original story, based on the world and characters of the upcoming Walt Disney Studios’ live action Mulan film.

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Sofia Valdez - Awesome Picture Books About Girls

Sofia Valdez, Future Prez

Written by Andrea Beatty, Illustrated by David Roberts
5-7 years • 40 pages

The newest picture book from the creators of Iggy Peck, ArchitectRosie Revere, Engineer; and Ada Twist, Scientist. Meet Sofia Valdez, a community leader who stands up for what she believes in — what a novel idea!

This series is a favorite in our family for its empowering messages and whimsical illustrations. We can’t wait to see who they introduce us to next!

Buy on Amazon in English or en español.

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Marvel We Are Super Heroes - Picture Books

We are Super Heroes: All Special, All Different, All Powerful!

Written by Emma Grange, various illustrators
5-7 years • 32 pages

We Are Super Heroes! Is a great way to introduce kids to the inspirational characters of Marvel Comics! The book features 14 different heroes from a diverse range of personalities and backgrounds. Children will learn more about their favorite heroes, get to know new ones, and discover the similarities with themselves. Includes some of our favorite super heroines, including Captain Marvel, Squirrel Girl, Ms. Marvel and America Chavez!

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Who Says Women Can't Be Computer Programmers

Who Says Women Can’t Be Computer Programmers? The Story of Ada Lovelace

Written by Tanya Lee Stone, Illustrated by Marjorie Priceman
6-9 y ears • 40 pages

A picture book biography of Ada Lovelace, the woman recognized today as history’s first computer programmer. She imagined them 100 years before they existed!

From her whimsical beginnings as the gifted daughter of poet Lord Byron to her most sophisticated notes on Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine, this book celebrates the woman recognized today as the first (not just the first woman) computer programmer.

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Does your family have favorite picture books about girls?

Be sure to share your picks in the comments!

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