A Reading List for Parents & Girls

Join Girls Leadership’s Book Club and receive book recommendations and activities for girls in grades 2/3, 4/5, and 6/7/8. Fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and graphic novels are included.


Books for Girls In Elementary School

  • Paul, Caroline. Gutsy Girl: Escapades for Your Life of Epic Adventure
  • Simmons, Rachel. Odd Girl Speaks Out
  • American Girl Doll Books:
    • Middle School
    • Stand Up
    • Friendship Trouble
    • Care and Keeping Of You
    • Feelings
    • Drama, Rumors, and Secrets


Books for Girls In Middle to High School

  • Cappiello, Katie. Slut: A Play and Guidebook for Combating Sexism and Sexual Violence 
  • Katz, Naomi Beautiful: Being an Empowered Young Woman
  • Tannenbaum, Leora. I Am Not a Slut: Slut-Shaming in the Age of the Internet 
  • Taylor, Julia V. Body Image Workbook For Teens 


Parents & Caregivers with Kids in Pre-School to Elementary School

  • Anthony, Michelle. Little Girls Can Be Mean: Four Steps to Bully-proof Girls in the Early 
  • Brown, Lyn Mikel. Packaging Girlhood: Rescuing Our Daughters From Marketers’ Schemes
  • Orenstein, Peggy. Cinderella Ate My Daughter 
  • Wardy, Melissa Atkins. Redefining Girly 


Parents & Caregivers with Kids in Middle and High School

  • Damour, Lisa. Untangled
  • Joiner, Whitney, Kilpatrick, Haley. The Drama Years
  • Lythcott-Haims, Julie. How To Raise an Adult
  • Levine, Madeline. The Price of Privilege
  • Martin, Courtney. Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters 
  • Morris, Monique W. Pushout
  • Orenstein, Peggy. Girls and Sex
  • Sax, Leonard. Girls on the Edge
  • Simmons, Rachel. Enough As She Is (High School to College)
  • Wiseman, Rosalind. Queen Bees and Wannabees
  • Zaloom, Shafia Sex, Teens, & Everything in Between


Parents & Caregivers with Kids of Any Age – How-To Guides

  • Brown, Lyn Mikel. Powered by Girl: A Field Guide for Supporting Youth Activists
  • Dufu, Tiffany. Drop the Ball
  • Dweck, Carol. Mindset
  • Heen, Sheila and Stone, Douglas, and Patton, Bruce. Difficult Conversations 
  • Hoffman, Janell Burley. iRules 
  • Homayoun, Ana. The Myth of the Perfect Girl: Helping Our Girls Find Authentic Success and Happiness at Any Age 
  • Lahey, Jessica. The Gift of Failure
  • Mazlish, Elaine and Faber, Adele. How to Talk So Kids Will Listen
  • Radin, Stacey. Brave Girls: Raising Young Women with Passion and Purpose to Become Powerful Leaders
  • Reynolds, Eliza and Sil. Mothering and Daughtering: Keeping Your Bond Strong Through the Teen Years
  • Simmons, Rachel. Curse of the Good Girl
  • Simmons, Rachel. Enough As She Is
  • Simmons, Rachel. Odd Girl Out 
  • Uhls, Yalda T. Media Moms and Digital Dads

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