Allana The First Adventure: Song of the Lioness: Books by author Tamora Pierce, especially Allana The First Adventure: Song of the Lioness, are top of the list for Circle of Moms member Melanie R. It's not often in fairy tales that the "female character is on a journey to knighthood," she says.
Anne of Green Gables: Circle of Moms member Laura W. reaches for "the classics" from her own youth to inspire her daughters with positive female role models. Her favorite feisty feminine heroine is the leading lady of Anne of Green Gables: 11-year-old Anne Shirley.
Little House on the Prairie: Also reaching to the classics, Aaryn P. recommends the Little House Collection nine-book set by Laura Ingalls Wilder for moms wanting their daughters — and sons — to find inspiring females in fiction. Her 9-year-old daughter "loved every single book," she says.
Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret: Cyndi S. recommends Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume. The leading character, Margaret Simon, "speaks her mind" and offers her coming-of-age anxieties and concerns as a 12-year-old.
The Strictest School in the World: Sylvia H. recommends The Strictest School in the World by Howard Whitehouse. "The heroine is a girl who likes to build flying machines," she says. She says it is a good read for moms to recommend to daughters looking for female inspiration in navigating life's common rites of passage for teens.
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American Girl Saige Books: Dawn B. recommends the American Girl doll book collection — specifically the American Girl of 2013 Saige book set — because all the books in the series "reference life happenings, overcoming obstacles through perseverance and determination." "They are great books for girls," she says. "They are very inspiring and a good book, since life hands you these obstacles quite often.”
In a world of pretty pink princesses, where women in fairy tales and fiction are often cast in subordinate roles, it's not always easy to find strong and positive female role models for our daughters. Here, Circle of Moms members suggest eight books that