Let’s face it… this world can be a difficult one for our kids to grow up in with their self-esteem and self-confidence intact! We are inundated with negative news stories. We are encouraged to be practical in our career choices. Some of the most popular video choices to watch on YouTube are of people failing. However, I believe our kids deserve more positive messages in their lives. This is why my blog post this week features positive and inspiring picture books for girls.
Even though I know these messages are crucial to share with BOTH our boys and girls, this blog post features books I highly recommend for the special young girls in our lives since most of the main characters in them are female. I also have another post featuring positive and inspiring picture books for boys. Of course, the books found here are definitely appropriate for the young boys in your life as well.
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I Am Enough by Grace Byers
I Am Enough is Grace Byers’ first book. Some of you may know who Grace Byers is, as she plays Anika in the series Empire. Growing up multiracial with deaf parents, Grace was bullied throughout her childhood. She wrote this book for the purpose of empowering young girls against the effects of bullying. The trailer for this book can be seen below.
Her Body Can by Katie Crenshaw and Ady Meschke
Her Body Can is the first of more to come from Katie Crenshaw and Ady Meschke. The focus is on body positivity for young girls of all shapes and sizes. To quote one of the authors:
We wanted to portray a plus-size kid living her best life, with no apologies.Katie Crenshaw
The Junkyard Wonders by Patricia Polacco
The Junkyard Wonders is about a group of students learning to embrace their inner genius. This book is perfect for anyone to read with their child who learns differently. After all, everyone truly does have potential once one’s strengths are embraced! Some of you may remember Patricia Polacco from a blog post I wrote a while ago featuring inspiring children’s book authors with dyslexia.
The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires
The Most Magnificent Thing teaches our children that failure is a natural part of life and that it really is our perspective that makes all the difference! This is an important life lesson… to not give up just because something does not turn out as you may have imagined it the first time around.
If you’ve been following me for a bit, you may remember that I also wrote a blog post about the importance of redefining failure… that it is essential for success!
Am I Pretty? by Liliana Lopez
Am I Pretty? is for anyone looking to teach their daughters, nieces or any other loved young girls in their life that they are beautiful just the way they are. The Kindle version is available from Amazon. If you are like me and prefer a paper copy, you will need to order from Liliana Lopez’s website directly. There is a Spanish version available here as well.
Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
Amazing Grace is about Grace who loves writing and acting out stories. Grace’s school is hosting a play, Peter Pan, and she auditions to play Peter. However, other kids tell Grace that she cannot be Peter because she is a girl and she is black. It’s Grace’s grandmother that teaches her that she can be whatever her heart desires with enough confidence and determination. This is a beloved classic with a beautiful message!
The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes by Mark Pett
The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes is a perfect book for all of the perfectionistic girls in our lives. It teaches our girls that making mistakes is okay and that enjoying the things they do is more important than doing everything perfectly. Having a child in this category myself, I fully realize how crucial it is to teach our children that making mistakes is a natural part of life. There truly is perfection in imperfection.
Princess Monroe & Her Happily Ever After by Jody Smith
Princess Monroe & Her Happily Ever After is a great book about finding your true self and becoming who you were meant to be. It is also perfect for anyone who is tired of reading about princesses being saved by a prince since Princess Monroe proves that she can accomplish whatever she wants without a prince. You can find out more about Princess Monroe and the author, Jody Smith, here.
Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell
Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon is about a young girl who is bullied about her height and looks. However, Molly Lou Melon is determined to not let anyone or anything diminish her own inner knowing about herself. This book has a great message for all young people.
Unstoppable Me!: 10 Ways to Soar Through Life by Dr. Wayne Dyer and Kristina Tracy
Unstoppable Me: 10 Ways to Soar Through Life teaches our children 10 ‘secrets’ to soaring through life. So many of us lose that no-limit thinking as we grow up. The messages in this book will speak not only to our children but to the adults who read it as well.
Whether or not you are familiar with Dr. Wayne Dyer, I highly recommend his audio collection for adults as well. This collection is something I thoroughly enjoy listening to when driving. It is calming with messages that I always benefit from hearing.
How About You?
What are your favorite books to read to your children? Do you read any positive and inspiring picture books for girls? Do you have a favorite book that also helps to enhance a child’s self-esteem? Let me know in the comments below! 🙂