Studio 5: Books Every Girl Should Read

Some books are entrainment, some are just fun, but some help teach us how to live. These are those kind of books. These are books that help girls and women be strong, be kind, be womanly. So much wisdom, so much beauty. Here’s the list. To see the segment, CLICK HERE.

And don’t worry, we didn’t leave the boys out. Check out BOOKS EVERY BOY SHOULD READ.

Ages 0-8


1. “The Paper Bag Princess” by Robert Munsch and Michael Martchenko

This book is all about girl power. Princess Elizabeth saves herself, saves the prince, and outwits the dragon. When her prince turns out to be a shallow jerk, she walks away. Lots of lessons there.


2. “Freckleface Strawberry” by Julianne Moore and LeUyen Pham

Learning to accept our bodies is something all girls struggle with at all ages. This charming book teaches this idea in a practical and funny way.

Ages 9-14

100 dresses

1. “The One Hundred Dresses” by Eleanor Estes and Louis Slobodkin

Accepting others, not judging, not gossiping, and always being kind – those are the great lessons of this timeless, touching book.

little princess

2. “A Little Princess” by Frances Hodgson Burnett

“Every girl is a princess.” No matter what circumstances come our way, we can still find magic and joy. We can fight and rise above. And each girl is special and important.

Ages 14-21

Wrinkle in time

1. “A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeleine L’Engle

Even the unlikely, awkward girl with glasses and problems at school can be the hero. Each of us has hidden strength and with the help of dear friends, family, we can discover and use that strength.

witch of blackbird pond

2. “The Witch of Blackbird Pond” by Elizabeth George Speare

Have you ever felt out of place? No accepted? Being true to one’s beliefs, one’s heart, and what we know is right, despite what others may say, are the big lessons of this Newbery Medal book.

Ages 21 +

secret life of bees

1. “The Secret Life of Bees” by Sue Monk Kidd

There is divinity in womanhood. This book celebrates what it means to be a daughter, a mother, and a woman. Gorgeous and deeply touching.


2. “When Women Were Birds” by Terry Tempest Williams

What does it mean to have a voice? What does it mean to be a woman? Creative nonfiction author, Terry Tempest Williams, wisely and provocatively explores these ideas.


What books have helped change your life or taught you something important?



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