23 Girl Power Children’s Books That Every Kid Needs To Read!

1. The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch, Ages 0-4

So Prince Ronald gets abducted by a big dragon, and Princess Elizabeth uses her brain and figures out a way to save him. Prince Ronald isn’t that impressed by her un-ladylike behaviour, so she dumps him. Respect.


2. The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C Wrede, Ages 10+

In this four-part series, Princess Cimorene refuses to be proper and goes around fighting scary wizards like a true badass.


3. Matilda by Roald Dahl, Ages 8-12

4. Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke, Ages 8-12

Zita becomes an intergalactic superhero when she rescued her friend Ronald from an alien doomsday cult. Awesome.


5. The Wolves in the Walls by Neil Gaiman, Ages 8-12

Lucy is convinced there are wolves in walls of her house, and when her suspicions are confirmed she has to take them on to rescue her favorite toy.


6. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren, Ages 8-12

Pippi is without parents (she lives with a horse and a monkey) so she has all the time in the world to do what she pleases. She fights circus strong-men and causes mayhem at school, among other amazing adventures.

7. Night of the Five Aunties by Mesa Somer, Ages 5-9

These five outrageous aunties comes to town and all sorts of mishaps occur. This book celebrates a fantastic female-centric family, all of whom have the confidence to do what they want.


8. Katie Morag Delivers The Mail by Mairi Hedderwick, Ages 5-9

Katie’s family is in charge of the local post office and one day Katie is charged with the responsibility of delivering the mail. After she gets into a bit of a muddle she saves the day with the help of granny, some quick thinking, and a tractor.


9. The Princess in Black by Dean Hale and Shannon Hale, Ages 5-8

The monster alarm goes off, and the only one who can possibly save the goats is Princess in Black, Princess Magnolia’s bada** superhero alter ego.

10. Girls Are Not Chicks Coloring Book by Jacinta Bunnell and Julie Novak, Ages 4-8

This is no ordinary coloring books! It uses powerful images to turn gender stereotypes on their heads. Girls are not chicks, we see, they’re thinkers, superheros and creative geniuses.


11. Just Us Women by Jeannette Caines, Ages 4-8

Aunt Martha takes her niece on an unforgettable road trip where they browse flea markets and eat in a fancy restaurant.


12. Louise, The Adventures of a Chicken by Kate DiCamillo and Harry Bliss, Ages 4-8

Louise is abducted by pirates, which would be terrifying for most chickens, but Louise is exceptionally calm about it. When she gets home she tells her friends about all her life and death experiences, and they’re suitably impressed.

13. Imogene’s Last Stand by Candace Fleming, Ages 4-8

Imogene starts a museum in her hometown then learns it’s going to be replaced by a factory, so she barricades herself in to save it.


14. Princess Pigtoria and the Pea by Pamela Duncan Edwards, Ages 4-8

Princess Pigtoria finds out that Prince Proudfoot has put a pea under her mattress to see if she can feel it, and she realised she’d never marry a man that finicky.


15. Stagecoach Sal by Deborah Hopkinson, Ages 4-7

Sal rides broncos and catches fish bare-handed. Soon she makes her first journey alone and proves to be a worthy adversary to Poetic Pete, a verse-spinning robber.

16. Me…Jane by Patrick McDonnell, Ages 4-7

Jane, with the help of her stuffed gorilla, wants to dedicate her life to helping animals. This is the true story of Dr. Jane Goodall, told in a way that’s great for kids.


17. Olivia by Ian Falconer, Ages 3-7

This fun-loving pig rarely sits still, and has busy days being both well-loved and a bit of nuisance.


18. Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans, Ages 3-7

Adorable little French Madeleine isn’t scared by anything, even getting her appendix removed or having a brush with a tiger.

19. Ladybug Girl by David Soman and Jacky Davis, Ages 3-6

When Lulu puts on her costume she becomes Ladybug Girl, an amazing superhero who has adventures all around the garden with her sidekick, Bingo the Bassett Hound.


20. Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty, Ages 3-6

Rosie loves inventing machines and gadgets, and when her great-great-great-grandmother decides she wants to fly, Rosie makes it happen.


21. Not All Princesses Dress in Pink by Jane Yolen and Heidi E Y Stemple, Ages 3-6

Sure, some princess wear pink, but others wear trainers, get dirty playing sports and dance in the rain. But it’s all good, a sparkly crown goes with everything.


22. Ella Sarah Gets Dressed by Margaret Chodos-Irvine, Ages 3-6

Ella Sarah is a fashion trailblazer and loves picking her own outfits. Her parents don’t approve of her crazy choices, but luckily she has fashion-forward friends.


23. Katy and The Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton, Ages 3-6


Katy’s a tractor, so she leads a pretty important, busy life, but when a blizzard hits Geoppolis, there’s only one person who can roll in and save the day.