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4 Children’s Books That Inspire and Empower Little Girls

These reads promote self-acceptance, compassion, and daring to dream big.

It’s every parent’s wish to see their little girl grow up to be a strong, confident, and productive woman— so it’s no surprise at all that many are seeking effective ways to inspire their little ones.

Get your daughter on the right track early by encouraging her to go for her dreams, supporting her interests, and reminding her that she is beautiful inside and out. Here are four books that you can use as companions in inspiring and empowering your little girl! (LIST: Strong Women Who Inspire Young Girls Around the World)

Malala’s Magic Pencil by Malala Yousafzai

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What would you do if you had a magic pencil? For Malala, the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize and author of this book for kids ages 4-8 years old, a magic pencil would erase the smell of garbage in the city and give her an extra hour of sleep. (Read: Filipino Artists Draw the Most Iconic Women of Netflix)

In time, this girls’ rights advocate realizes that you don’t need a magic pencil to change the world— you just need to work hard and believe in yourself and your dreams.

She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World by Chelsea Clinton

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The daughter of former US President Bill Clinton and former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is a best-selling children’s book author who educates and empowers young readers by writing about social issues, endangered species, relevant themes like bullying and climate change.

This book presents women—from astronaut Sally Ride and disability rights activist Helen Keller to investigative journalist Nelly Bly and Olympian Florence Griffith Joyner—who refused to let anything get in the way of accomplishing their goals. Following the success of this book are She Persisted compilations of women in sports and women around the world.  

Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o

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If your little one struggles to accept her looks, have her read this touching tale about a girl who wished her dark skin was light. (Read: These Rural Women Are Making a Difference in Their Communities)

“I wrote Sulwe to encourage children (and everyone really!) to love the skin they are in and see the beauty that radiates from within,” says its author, winner of the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in 12 Years a Slave.

Here’s a treat: Watch Lupita read her book, courtesy of Netflix Jr!

The English Roses by Madonna

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She sings, she dances, she acts, and now she writes children’s books too. Queen of Pop Madonna pens a series of five children’s books, beginning with this one about four 11-year-old British best of friends—Nicole, Amy, Charlotte, and Grace—who do everything together, including keeping the beautiful Binah out of the fun.

Thanks to a fairy godmother, the girls learn the lessons of empathy and compassion!

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