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35+ Children’s Books With Strong Female Characters

Written by Erin Feher

Photography by A-Lan Holt and her daughter Indigo, photographed by Maria Del Rio

Equality starts on the bookshelves, so make sure yours are aptly stocked with titles featuring strong, smart, brave, and bold female characters. In celebration of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day (March 8), we asked some of our favorite mothers who have been featured on these very “pages” to share what stories they send their girls off to sleep with. Here, we list over 35 children’s books with strong female characters that center on admirable girls and women—either real or fictional. Naturally, our daughters aren’t the only ones who should be reading up on the subject—these tales should be on repeat for all kids.

For more stellar kids’ book roundups, check out 100+ Black History Books for Kids,  great options to give as giftstitles that boost self-esteem and empathy, and 20 awesome picture books without words.

You can also get a behind-the-scenes look at some our favorite children’s authors and illustrators within our “The Bookshelf” profiles of Yuyi Morales, Christian Robinson, Meenal Patel, Isabel Sanchez Vegara, and Jon Klassen.

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