This year, I've decided to do books. I think kids should be exposed to more stories written by women with girls in the lead. I don't feel like there were enough of those when I was growing up. Here are some ideas:
- Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is 100 bedtime stories about extraordinary women and illustrated by female artists from around the world.
- Judy Blume. Any of them, all of them, but especially Are You There God? It's Me Margaret.
- Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maude Montgomery.
- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.
- The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
- I preformed a scene from Autumn Street by Lois Lowry for my seventh grade oral interpretation.
- Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson is about the deep friendship between a boy and a girl. It deals with grief. I read this as a kid and was excited to learn she has a new award-winning book out called My Brigadista Year.
- Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt.
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madaleine L'Engle is getting a reboot as a more diverse version for Disney.
- For younger readers, I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont.
I'm selecting from this list and buying them from my local indie bookstore, Antigone Books. It ends up being slightly more expensive, but gift wrap is free!