Children’s Books with Strong Female Characters

I only recommend books that I have personally read and enjoyed. Here is a selection of children’s books I read in my childhood (or a little more recently) that portray young women and girls in a positive light and emphasize character traits like bravery, courage, compassion, and honesty. In no particular order: 

  1. The Islands of Chaldea by Diana Wynne Jones
  2. The Chronicles of Narina by CS Lewis
  3. The 101 Dalmatians by Dodie Smith
  4. Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  5. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  6. Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
  7. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi
  8. Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson
  9. Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
  10. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett and Phyllis Bixler
  11. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  12.  A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  13.  Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
  14. The Ramona Series by Beverly Cleary
  15. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  16. From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg
  17. Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
  18. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
  19. Matilda by Roald Dahl
  20. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH  by Robert C. O’Brien
  21. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
  22. The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
  23. The Royal Diaries Book Series by Scholastic Press
  24. Nancy Drew by Caroline Keene
  25. Calico Captive  by Elizabeth George Speare
  26. Mara, Daughter of the Nile by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
  27. The Magic Tree House Series by Mary Pope Osborne
  28. The Earthsea Cycle by Ursula K Le Guin
  29. The High Hurdles Series by Lauraine Snelling
  30. Bound for Oregon by Jean Van Leeuwen
  31. The Boxcar Children by Chandler Gertrude Warner
  32. The Sugar Creek Gang by Paul Hutchens
  33. Samantha, An American Girl by Valerie Tripp
  34. Felicity, An American Girl by Valerie Tripp
  35. Kit, An American Girl by Valerie Tripp
  36. Kirsten, An American Girl by Valerie Tripp
  37. Josefina, An American Girl by Valerie Tripp
  38. Molly, An American Girl by Valerie Tripp
  39. Kaya, An American Girl by Janet Beeler Shaw 
  40. Harriet Tubman by George Sullivan
  41. Sacajawea by Joseph Bruchac
  42. Seal Child by Sylvia Peck
  43. The Bobbsey Twins by Laura Lee Hope
  44. Children of the Red King (or the Charlie Bone Series)-Jenny Nimmo
  45. Redwall– Brian Jacques
  46. Ranger’s ApprenticeJohn Flanagan
  47. The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford
  48. The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
  49. Old Yeller by Fred Gipson
  50. Moccasin Trail by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
  51. Swift Rivers by Cornelia Meigs
  52. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
  53. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  54. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  55. The Treasure of Pelican Cove by Milly Howard
  56. The Mystery of Pelican Cove by Milly Howard
  57. The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter
  58. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
  59. The Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt by Elizabeth Payne
  60. Lad: A Dog by Albert Payson Terhune
  61. Man O’War by Walter Farley
  62. Tales of Ancient Egypt by Roger Lancelyn Green
  63. Black Ships Before Troy by Rosemary Sutcliff
  64. Augustus Caesar’s World by Genevieve Foster
  65. Otto of the Silver Hand by Howard Pyle
  66. The Ides of April by Mary Ray
  67. The Children’s Homer: The Adventures of Odysseus and the Tale of Troy by Padraic Colum
  68. The Trojan War by Olivia E Coolidge
  69. When Washington Crossed the Delaware by Lynne Cheney
  70. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle
  71. Squanto and the Pilgrims by AM Anderson
  72. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  73. The Railway Children by E. Nesbit
  74. Frontier Wolf by Rosemary Sutcliff
  75. Outcast by Rosemary Sutcliff
  76. The Mark of the Horse Lord by Rosemary Sutcliff
  77. The Shield Ring by Rosemary Sutcliff
  78. The Shining Company by Rosemary Sutcliff
  79. The Lantern Bearers by Rosemary Sutcliff
  80. The Silver Branch by Rosemary Sutcliff
  81. The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
  82. The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli
  83. The Cat of Bubastes: A Tale of Ancient Egypt by G.H. Henty
  84. Wait For Me, Watch For Me Eula Bee by Patricia Beatty
  85. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  86. The Winged Watchman by Hilda van Stockum
  87. Hans Brinker or the Silver Skates by Mary Mapes Dodge
  88. The Pilgrim’s Progress For the Little Ones by John Bunyan
  89. Adventures in Odyssey: Passages by Paul McCusker
  90. The Arabian Nights by Richard Francis Burton
  91. The Classic Fairy Tales by Maria Tatar
  92. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  93. The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini
  94. The American Adventure Series by Various, Published by Barbour Publishing
  95. Carry on Mr Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham
  96. The Rush Revere Series by Rush Limbaugh
  97. Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom by Rae Bains
  98. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  99. Corrie Ten Boom: Faith Triumphs  by Halcyon C. Backhouse
  100. Fanny Crosby: The Hymn Writer by Bernard Ruffin
  101. Sojourner Truth: American Abolitionist  by W. Terry Whalin
  102. Amy Carmichael by Sam Wellman 
  103. Time Enough for Drums by Ann Rinaldi
  104. A Coal Miner’s Bride: The Diary of Anetka Kaminska by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
  105. A Line in the Sand: The Alamo Diary of Lucinda Lawrence by Sherry Garland
  106. Standing in the Light: The Captive Diary of Catherine Carey Logan by Mary Pope Osborne
  107. Phoebe the Spy by Judith Berry Griffin 
  108. Pocahontas And The Strangers by Clyde Robert Bulla
  109. Toliver’s Secret by Esther Wood Brady
  110. A Letter to Mrs. Roosevelt by C. Coco De Young
  111. Turn Homeward, Hannalee by Patricia Beatty
  112. Sarah Whitcher’s Story by Elizabeth Yates
  113. Sarah, Plain and Tall  by Patricia MacLachlan
  114. Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson
  115. Up a Road Slowly by Irene Hunt
  116. An Old-Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott
  117. Invincible Louisa: The Story of the Author of Little Women by Cornelia Meigs
  118. Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter
  119. Jane of Lantern Hill by L.M. Montgomery
  120. Jack and Jill by Louisa May Alcott
  121. Treasures of the Snow by Patricia St. John
  122. Heidi by Charles Tritten
  123. The Story of the Treasure Seekers by E. Nesbit
  124. National Velvet  by Enid Bagnold
  125. Spy for the Night Riders  by Dave Jackson
  126. Christy by Catherine Marshall
  127. Mahalia Jackson : Young Gospel Singer by Montrew Dunham
  128. Sojourner Truth: Voice of Freedom by Kathleen V. Kudlinski
  129. Rachel Jackson: Tennessee Girl by Christine Noble Govan
  130. Juliette Low, Girl Scout by Helen Boyd Higgins
  131. Amelia Earhart: Kansas Girl by Jane Moore Howe
  132. Susan B. Anthony: Champion of Women’s Rights by Helen Albee Monsell
  133. Dolly Madison Quaker Girl by Helen Albee Monsell
  134. Sacagawea: American Pathfinder by Flora Warren Seymour
  135. Pocahontas: Brave Girl by Flora Warren Seymour 
  136. Babe Didrikson: Girl Athlete by Lena Young De Grummond
  137. Betsy Ross: Designer of Our Flag by Ann Weil
  138. Harriet Beecher Stowe Connecticut Girl by Mabel Cleland Widdemer
  139. Annie Oakley: Young Markswoman by Ellen Wilson
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