Great Books For Girls: More Than 600 Books to Inspire Today's Girls and Tomorrow's Women

Paperback | April 30, 2002

byKathleen Odean

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The first reference of its kind, Great Books for Girls is an invaluable 
list of more than six hundred titles--picture books, novels, mysteries, 
biographies, folktales, sports books, and more--that will encourage, 
challenge, and ultimately nurture in girls the strong qualities our culture 
so often suppresses.  



Kathleen Odean, a librarian and former member of the 
prestigious Caldecott and Newbery Award committees, has gathered and 
annotated a list of books starring bold, confident heroines for children 
from toddlers to age fourteen.  Here are old favorites such as Eloise, 
Harriet the Spy, Mrs.  Basil E. Frankweiler, and Ramona the Pest; new 
inspirations such as Cinder Edna, Sheila Rae the Brave, Herculeah Jones, 
and Princess Smartypants; and real-life admirable women such as Eleanor of 
Aquitaine, Jane Goodall, Toni Morrison, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Helen 
Keller.



In these books, girls and women are creative, capable, articulate, and 
intelligent, solving problems, facing challenges, resolving conflicts, and 
going on quests.  They are not sidekicks or tokens, waiting to be rescued; 
they are doing the rescuing.  Nor are they waiting for a male to provide a 
happy ending; they are fashioning their own stories and their own endings.  
Packed with expert guidance,Great Books for Girls is an essential volume 
that will give girls of all ages the power of hope.

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The first reference of its kind, Great Books for Girls is an invaluable list of more than six hundred titles--picture books, novels, mysteries, biographies, folktales, sports books, and more--that will encourage, challenge, and ultimately nurture in girls the strong qualities our culture so often suppresses.  Kathleen Odean, a libraria...

Kathleen Odean has been a children's librarian for fifteen years, first in California and now at Moses Brown School, a Friends school in Providence, Rhode Island.  She grew up in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, and graduated from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota.  Odean then lived in Berkeley, California for eight years, where she...

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Format:PaperbackPublished:April 30, 2002Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0345450213

ISBN - 13:9780345450210

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I have gleaned these ideas from many sources. Try some you haven't considered before, keeping in mind that no parent can expect to be doing all of them all the time. For excellent suggestions to introduce business and entrepreneurial thinking into your daughter's everyday life, see No More Frogs to Kiss...Let your daughter get dirty. Children need to explore the world around them and be physically active. Science, nature, sports, arts, and crafts--all these important parts of growing up entail getting dirty.Give her time to try to do a task herself rather than "rescue her" by giving advice or doing it for her. Encourage her to be persistent in working out her own solutions.Encourage your daughter to state her opinions and thoughts, and listen respectfully to what she says. If she has trouble speaking out in class, practice with her at home and help her plan strategies for the classroom.Notice how you compliment girls. Typically girls get compliments on what they wear or how they look, while boys get compliments on what they do. Try to give compliments on specific accomplishments, not general qualities. "Your speech had a powerful opening," not "You are a good speaker."Encourage her to participate in sports. Give her the support to join a team sport. Show her you value physical fitness and strength in girls and women.Watch television together and discuss the portrayal of women, how realistic it is, what messages it sends. Extend this to movies, videos, magazines, and computer games.Find ways to help your daughter develop math, science, and computer skills. Provide games that develop spatial skills such as puzzles, model kits, checkers and chess, etc. For older girls, look into after-school classes or summer camps on math, science, and computers.See that she learns some mechanical, building, and repairing skills, and becomes familiar with tools. Give young girls blocks and simple tools. Have older girls learn to repair bicycles and encourage them to take apart old appliances, etc.Emphasize the importance of developing talents and interests. Such pastimes give girls pleasure and a self-image that doesn't rely on appearances, popularity, or relationships. Girls need to be good at doing things as well as at dealing with people.Examine your expectations for girls and boys. Do you give boys more leeway to be rowdy, physically active, outspoken? Do you expect girls to be more domestic, caring, polite, thoughtful? Do you expect boys to help with outdoor tasks and girls with indoor ones?Introduce her to strong female role models. Expose her to a variety of career possibilities and women who enjoy their work. Teach her to assume she will have to make her own living someday, as most women do. Participate in Take Our Daughters to Work Day in April!Support your daughter in pursuing her interests and in taking risks. Be ready to help, but encourage her to make her own decisions and choices. Praise her for her intelligence, abilities, and initiative as well as hard work and dedication. Most of all, believe in her.

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“I recommend it for all those who want girls to grow up strong, free bold and kind.”
–MARY PIPHER
Author of Reviving Ophelia


“With superb literary taste and an eye for books depicting strong-minded girls and women, [Odean] recommends more than 600 outstanding titles.”
U.S. News & World Report