Books With Strong Female Characters (per Goodreads.com)

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    And these books from other Goodreads members:

    Aiken, Joan: Wolves of Willoughby Chase & many sequels; Arabel's Raven and three sequels; more
    Allee, Marjorie: Susanna & Tristram
    Barne, Kitty: Barbie (not about the doll)
    Brink, Carol Ryrie: actually all of hers, not *only* Caddie Woodlawn
    Burnett, Frances Hodgson: Little Princess
    Cleary, Beverly: others, not *only* Ramona
    Cameron, Eleanor: Room Made of Windows
    Campbell, Hope: There's a Pizza Back in Cleveland
    Coatsworth, Elizabeth: Alice All by Herself
    Danziger, Paula: The Cat Ate My Gym Suit
    Ferris, Jean: hadn't yet written the Marigold series; I don't remember her early books as especially good, but it's hard not to like Marigold
    Frank, Anne: Diary of a Young Girl (so who said these had to be fiction?)
    Gallico, Paul: Thomasina (the woman character's much better than in the movie, but the cat's a real character)
    Gates, Doris: Blue Willow
    Jackson, Jacqueline: Missing Melinda (and others)
    Keller, Helen: Story of My Life
    Kelley, Sally: Trouble with Explosives
    Konigsburg, E.L.: all of hers, even the ones with male protagonists
    L'Engle, Madeleine: all of hers
    Lenski, Lois: Indian Captive, and others
    Lindbergh, Anne: Worry Week and others (later than 1979 but who cares?)
    Lyle, Katie Letcher: I Will Go Barefoot All Summer for You
    Lyon, Elinor: Run Away Home and sequels (and others)
    McNair, Kate: Book of Directions (very consciousness-raising)
    Nesbit, E.: Five Children and It (and sequels)
    Oakley, Helen: Horse on the Hill
    Oneal, Zibby: Formal Feeling
    Patchett, Mary Elwyn: Ajax
    Pevsner, Stella: Break a Leg
    Peyton, K.M.: Fly by Night
    Pratchett, Terry: all of'em (later than 1979 and not written *primarily* for children, but who cares?)
    Raskin, Ellen: Mysterious Disappearance of Leon
    Richoux, Pat: Follow the Leader
    Sharmat, Marjorie: Getting Something on Maggie Marmelstein (and sequels)
    Sleator, William: House of Stairs
    Snedeker, Caroline Dale: Downright Dencey (lots of Native American and brunette bashing, but the characters can take it)
    Speare, Elizabeth: Witch of Blackbird Pond
    Spyri, Johanna: Heidi
    Sterling, Dorothy: Mary Jane (it's about bullying in general, so despite the outdated-not-historical race motif it still seemed worth reading)
    Stolz, Mary: Who Wants Music on Monday, and others
    Voigt, Cynthia: Homecoming, the rest of that series, and others
    Caddie Woodlawn

    Terry Pratchett's Tiffany Aching series (Wee Free Men, Hat Full of Sky, Wintersmith, I Shall Wear Midnight, Shepard's Crown) and Dodger
    Rick Riordan--any of his
    Susan Cooper--The Dark is Rising series.
    Jean Craighead George--Julie of the Wolves series
    Jacqueline Kelly-The Calournia series

    For older readers only (probably would be considered YA)
    L. A. Mayer--Bloody Jack series
     
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    Thank you. I just ordered two! I have been looking for books to add to my class library!
     
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    Thanks! I do have a number of these in my classroom library, and am going to add more.
     
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    This was my advance copy and I don't think it's sold till later in September but I just finished it and quite enjoyed it.

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    Oh, how funny.
     
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    I was going to get the good night stories for rebel girls one for my new little one, but I was so disappointed by the reviews on Amazon! A lot of them said they focused on trivial details instead of the amazing things they did and/or included misinformation. Thanks for the other recommendations! I want to make sure she has a well-stocked library as she grows up!
     
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    Good for you, dgpiaffeteach. Many of my best memories from childhood involve books. I loved the poetry in A Child's Garden of Verse.
     
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    There is a Facebook group called A Mighty Girl that regularly posts great books featuring females in all careers, cultures and walks of life. They also highlight famous women. Today, for instance, they have books about women in the labor movement. The other day it was about a woman who pilots helicopters fighting wildfires. It's a great resource.
     
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    Thank you for that!
     

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