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12 Books Featuring Strong Girl Leaders

12 Books Featuring Strong Girl Leaders

We want the best for our daughters and we'll do anything to help them grow and learn as individuals. And many of us see the seeds of leadership growing before our eyes. To help our little leaders along their way, it's our job as parents and caregivers to nurture those seeds and help strengthen their characters for the battles and victories ahead.

A good leader has a vast toolbox of skills – from learning to work with a team and dealing with problems face-on to building empathy and negotiating ability – these books not only offer great stories but important lessons that we can share with our littlest leaders.

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is a children's book packed with 100 bedtime stories about the life of 100 extraordinary women from the past and the present, illustrated by 60 female artists from all over the world. In fact, one of the illustrators for this amazing book is Mitz Accessories very own graphic artist! 

We were thrilled to work with Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls during our Kickstarter and are even more excited to see they're back, breaking fundraising records with their second book - Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls 2.

Preorder Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls 2
$35 on Kickstarter - Hurry ends soon


Princesses Wear Pants follows the unflappable Princess Penelope Pineapple, who knows how to get the job done while staying true to herself. Princess Penelope lives in a beautiful palace with a closet full of beautiful dresses. But being a princess is much, much more than beauty.

Preorder Princesses Wear Pants
$13 from Amazon

What makes a hero? The children’s books in this  lively, fun biography for kids series by bestselling author Brad Meltzer answers the question, one great role model at a time.

Buy Now I am Rosa Parks by Brad Metzer
$10 from Amazon

Rosie may seem quiet during the day, but at night she's a brilliant inventor of gizmos and gadgets who dreams of becoming a great engineer. When her great-great-aunt Rose (Rosie the Riveter) comes for a visit and mentions her one unfinished goal--to fly--Rosie sets to work building a contraption to make her aunt's dream come true. But when her contraption doesn't fl y but rather hovers for a moment and then crashes, Rosie deems the invention a failure. On the contrary, Aunt Rose inisists that Rosie's contraption was a raging success. You can only truly fail, she explains, if you quit.

Buy Now Rosie Revere Engineer by Andrea Beatty
$13 on Amazon

Empathy is the theme of this gentle story of an adventurous and curious girl who discovers a beached whale. What will happen to the whale and how can she help it? This story is sure to inspire your little leader to think about those around them and the impact of their actions.

Buy Now Emma and the Whale by Julie Case
$10 on Amazon

Irene is a strong female character with the will to succeed. Irene is an ideal role model for young girls – she doesn't give up – and in the end, she is rewarded for her fortitude and honesty. And if you can't wait to drive to your local library, you're in luck! You can watch a live reading of it here.

Buy Now Brave Irene by William Steig
$5 on Amazon

Any of these 13 women will inspire your child and Chelsea Clinton does a good job of gently introducing them and their battles. The illustrations are lovely and the message is solid. Use this as a jumping off point in exploring the lives of these inspirational women with your little heroine.

Buy Now She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World
$10 on Amazon

Get to know celebrated Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg—in the first picture book about her life—as she proves that disagreeing does not make you disagreeable!

Buy Now I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsberg Leaves Her Mark
$8 on Amazon

Isabella is a playful and imaginative girl whose heroines have made an impression on her playtime. She imagines she's an astronaut, a scientist, and a civil rights activist – all characters based on her real-life heroes. This story creates a great opportunity for discussing what type of girl your daughter can be and just how high she can fly.

Buy Now My Name is Not Isabella: How Big Can a Little Girl Dream?
$11 on Amazon

One day on her way home from school, Mary finds a blueberry bush full to bursting. She decides to pick them as a gift for her neighbor. And so begins a story about how one kindness worked its way around the world. Reading about Mary's kindness and the kindness of others that it inspires is a great way to talk about leadership and setting good examples.

Buy Now Ordinary Mary's Extraordinary Deed by Emily Pearson
$13 on Amazon

The witch and her cat go for a zoom around the sky but along the way, she loses her bow, her hat, and her wand. It is through the help of a team of animal friends, each with their own special skill, that she is able to recover her missing items. What this book demonstrates is the positive power of working with others. This book does an excellent job showing children that when you allow others to do what they do best, you are building a team geared towards success.

Buy Now Room on the Broom by Julie Donaldson
$5 on Amazon

One day, Margaret's mother takes her to the park but she doesn't want to go and when she gets there, she's not sure how to make friends. In this sweet bilingual story, Margaret meets Margarita and they both decide to give friendship a try, despite speaking different languages. They come away from the park at the end of the day, having learned new things and having made a new friend. Not only is this story special for being told in Spanish and English, but its special because it will show your little one that if you give a new thing a try, you might be surprised at the results.

Buy Now Margaret and Margarita by Lynn Reiser
$7 on Amazon



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