Down the screen time and UP the reading time this summer with these great books! We all know that strong reading skills help in all areas of learning, so here are some recommendations to keep your daughter engaged, entertained and inspired!
The book selection centers on middle school girls from various cultures and times in history.
Why these books:
Because I have two daughters and I want them to be mighty women one day. I think women are awesome people. Literature is a splendid starting point to help girls create who they want to be and moms who got stuck in their personal development.
So many great female role models are waiting to be discovered! All you have to do is make a nice cup of coffee and open a book.
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
The Midwife’s Apprentice by Karen Cushman
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind by Suzanne Fisher Staples
Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
Caddie Woodlong by Carol Ryrie Brink
Bread Winner by Deborah Ellis
Are You There God? It Is Me Margaret. by Judy Blume
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Encourage your daughters to read these book on their own, or spend time reading them together (you might find you enjoy the books as much as your girls do!)
We look forward to hearing about your thoughts on the books and how they impact your daughter! Feel free to leave a comment if there are any books that you think should be added to the list :)
And, for the other children in your home, check out the:
>> Mighty Girls Reading List for 6-10 year olds!
>> Mighty Boys Reading List for 9-12 year olds!
>> Mighty Boys Reading List for 12-15 year olds!
And while all of these books are available at your local library, it may be fun to start a book collection with your kids. These books can also be purchased inexpensively from Amazon or other second hand book retailers.
Have fun reading!
P.S. You may also find these articles helpful:
>> 7 No-fail tips to give your struggling reader confidence (written by a teacher)
>> The single most important thing to help your child succeed at school