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Who runs the world? Girls! - Beyonce. International Woman's Day is March 8th so we thought we would focus on some amazing 'girl power' kids books this month.
A Girl Named Whoza Cover

FEATURE BOOK: A Girl Named Whoza by Rob & Heather Rathke

This gem of a book is written by a local Ontario couple for their daughter. It's a beautiful story that shows the power of positive thinking and the importance of helping your child build their self-esteem. Gia grows up hearing her parents constantly saying "Whoza smart girl? or Whoza brave girl?" as they support her through life with this positive mantra. Then comes a day when she encounters a difficult situation and is able to get through it confidently by remembering the words they always told her "Whoza tough girl?" My daughter LOVED this book and we highly recommend it especially as an inspiration to all girls during International Women's Day!


As a supplement to the book, they have also designed these gorgeous Shamballa Bracelets, with varying colours and messages. Be sure to check out their website for this fabulous gift idea.


Happy To Be Girls by Sarah Davies, Jenny Mattheson

This book shows that being a girl is all about being whoever you want to be. A girl can be athletic or artistic, thoughtful or silly or bold. And she can be just as fierce painting a mural as climbing a mountain. The rhyming text and colouful illustrations show different types of girls and all the things they can do. It's a great story for any young girl (recommended ages 1-4)

The Paper Bag Princess

The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch

This is one of Robert Munsch's most well known books. Elizabeth, the Princess in the story, is one fiesty girl, taking on a fire-breathing dragon by outsmarting him and rescuing her Prince from being kidnapped. This is a feminist fairy-tale if there ever was one, with a strong female hero and a role-reversal ending that everyone is sure to love!


Brady Brady and the Twirlin' Torpedo by Mary Shaw and Chuck Temple

The Brady Brady books are a wonderful series about a kids' hockey team, the Icehogs. This book features the one girl, Tes, who plays on the team. She loves hockey as much as any of the boys do. She resents her figure-skating background and has to put up with some bullying from another team. But she discovers that figure skating has taught her a sneaky trick that works great to beat her opponents on the ice... her Twirlin' Torpedo. This story is an inspiration to any girl who plays sports


The Princesses Have a Ball by Teresa Bateman

This story is based on the 12 Dancing Princesses with a fresh girl-power twist! The 12 sisters secretly stay up all night playing basketball. The king is intrigued why they go through so many shoes and sets out to discover what they're doing. When he finally learns the truth, he happily joins in the game as their referee. For Grades 1 to 3.


Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

I grew up reading and loving the Anne of Green Gables books. Now my daughter loves them too. Anne is one sassy, strong-willed and determined young woman. She says what's on her mind, has a vivid imagination and follows her dreams. But she is ridiculed for her looks and has many other challenges to deal with. She rises to the occasion with her zest for life and overcomes the obstacles with enthusiasm. These books should be part of every girl's library (recommended for Grades 5-7)