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A Roundup of Courage and Bravery Books for Girls

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From #metoo and #shepersisted to Oprah Winfrey’s Golden Globes speech, there is a huge interest in making a better tomorrow for our daughters. Here are some Courage and Bravery Books for Girls that I recommend.

The world seems more tuned in to the intention of tolerance, bravery, kindness, inclusion, understanding, and courage these days. And I am incredibly glad they are.

I love seeing people rising up, pulling together and “going high” when others “go low.” I love seeing people actively working to build a bridge of compassion and love to push back the negative feelings and actions of those who think it is OK to persecute others for being who they are.

All of this mindfulness makes me happy and does my heart good. At this tumultuous time in U.S. history, we do indeed need to band together and support each other. This message needs to be passed on to our children as well and there is no better way to do that than to not only lead by example but supply our kids with books that emulate that message as well.

As I look back into the Jump Into the Books archives I’have seen some amazing books that I have reviewed that educate and facilitate bravery and courage in this nation’s (and the world’s) young girls. What a wonderful time to check these books out, borrow from a friend or buy from your local bookstore and share with the future leaders of our world. Enjoy.

Margarita Engle’s new book Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music is an inspiring story based on true events.

Drum Dream Girl

Girl’s didn’t drum. That’s just the way things were in Cuba. Men were meant to be drummers. But then one little Drum Dream Girl decided to change all that. She lived, breathed, and dreamed drumming. Her fingers would start tapping beats without her even realizing it. Little Drum Dream Girl was meant to be a drummer. But no one would listen to her. They just told her that drumming was for men.
 Read the full post HERE and enjoy some Upcycled Pringles Can Drum compliments of The Taylor House as well!
Pringles can drum

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr. As the story goes, the author revisited Hiroshima i 1963 and saw the statue of Sadako in the Hiroshima Peace Park. Impressed by the stories she heard about Sadako’s talent for running, courage when faced with cancer, and determination to fold one thousand paper cranes, Eleanor was inspired to find a copy of Kokeshi, Sadako’s autobiography. The book inspired her to create a biography of Sadako Sasaki, on that American children could read and enjoy.

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes has been translated into many languages and has moved both children and adults to write plays, perform ballets, compose songs, and collect money for peace statues-all celebrating Sadako and her wish for peace. Read the full books review HERE and indulge in some paper crane origami activities.

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes

She Stood for Freedom: The Untold Story of a Civil Rights Hero by Loki Mulholland is a unique story explores the life of Joan Trumpauer Mulholland; an ordinary girl from the South who just did the right thing.

book review

The Civil Rights Movement was an extremely tragic yet absolutely necessary piece of American history. Both black and white people made great strides in human rights and equality in our country. Many people seem to forget that African-Americans were not the only people standing up for equality. White, Indian, Asian–people of every heritage were standing together. Joan Mulholland was one of these people. Read the full review HERE and learn more about an awesome image that simplifies the Declaration of Human Rights created by the United Nations

Wilma Rudolf  and The Quickest Kid in Clarksville written by Pat Zietlow Miller and illustrated by Coretta Scott King winner Frank Morrison, is a charming story about wanting to be the fastest kid in Clarksville. It’s also about determination, dreams, and the friends we meet along the way.

the Qickets Kid in Clarksville

The Quickest Kid in Clarksville has a powerful message and that is to run after your dreams. It is beautifully told and illustrated. I love the lay-out of the book and the fun fonts that are used. Story, illustrations, and graphic design work in tandem to create one keeper of a book. This book is slated to become a classic! It’s so well done.  Read the entire review HERE and learn more about the bravery courage of Wilma Rudolf as well.

Capstone Young Readers has published the most beautiful book called For the Right to Learn: Malala Yousafzai’s Story written by Rebecca Langston-George and illustrated by Janna Bock. The words and deeply colorful illustrations work together in concert to tell the story of a young teenage girl whose courage has become legendary.

One Child, one teacher, one book, and one pen can change the world. ” -Malala Yousafzai

For the Right to Learn tells the story to young readers in a non-violent way that engages them into constructive conversations and inspires them to take action. Read the review in its entirety HERE and learn more about the sad truth behind the fact that 60 million girls worldwide are unable to get a school education.

For the Right to learn

When thinking about bravery and courage, it’s almost certain that the name Helen Keller will pop into the mind. A few years ago I decided to honor Helen Keller, and her determined teacher, Annie Sullivan, but creating a Helen and Annie booklist. It is because of Annie’s help that Helen Keller grew up to be the advocate for special needs people and a most accomplished woman of her time. Read the whole booklist review HERE and also participate in some activities to learn more about the struggles and challenges of the blind and deaf.

Helen Keller booklist for kids

It was my Head Elf, Becky, who spotted this wonderful Facebook post from A Mighty Girl about a young, and often overlooked female hero.

In celebration of Independence Day, we remember a little-known hero of the American Revolutionary War, 16-year-old Sybil Ludington. At approximately 9 pm on April 26, 1777, Sybil, the eldest daughter of Colonel Henry Ludington, climbed onto her horse and proceeded to ride 40 miles in order to muster local militia troops in response to a British attack on the town of Danbury, Connecticut — covering twice the distance that Paul Revere rode during his famous midnight ride.”

Read more about this amazing young woman, learn about her legacy and discover some great kidlit books written in her honor HERE.

What Courage and Bravery Books for Girls have you discovered lately?


Recipient of the 2017 IBPA Ben Franklin Awards-Children’s/YA-New Voices GOLD Award!

Ascension by Hannah Rials

Enter this world of vampires, set in the south, and realize you are being pulled in more—and deeper—with each page.

Steeped in the mystery, intrigue and rich history of New Orleans and the secretive world of the Deuxsang, teen vampire, Cheyenne, and her forbidden love, Eli, embark on a very different, and vastly more dangerous, journey as the net of betrayal tightens around them. This intense and fresh novel is enchanting, engrossing and impossible to put down right up to the cliffhanger ending. Remember, the end is not the end.
What an extraordinary debut novel with new and intriguing twists on vampires—a strong female protagonist as one. I already can’t wait for book two.-Jill Murphy Long, author of The Conduit

This book is by the far the BEST YA/Adult fiction that I’ve read in a very long while. So exciting!-Rebecca F

The wait is over-Ascension is here! Thrilling and entertaining, like the experience on a crazy roller coaster. Hannah has grown into the most amazing writer. Watching her journey has been as much fun as holding the book in my hands. A “must read” for YA and thriller fans!-Valarie B

Get sucked in….

Grab your copy of Ascension HERE and visit Hannah on Facebook, Twitter and on her website.

4 thoughts on “A Roundup of Courage and Bravery Books for Girls

  1. Love this theme! Some great favorites here, and I appreciate the idea of thinking about them collectively. Thanks for sharing this with #diversekidlit!

  2. I love that these books show different kinds of courage. You don’t have to be physically strong or tough or loud to be courageous, and being courageous certainly doesn’t mean never being scared. Such inspiring stories for young readers.

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