“One of the greatest gifts you can give a girl is confidence”
I heard a variation of this quote back when I was a teenager, and it still resonates with me decades later. Perhaps that’s because I am 100% certain that with confidence and a solid sense of self worth, women are unstoppable.
Many of us fall into the trap of being “nice” or making ourselves small in order to accommodate whatever else is happening in our lives. It’s as if we take on this responsibility of being agreeable so as to not ruffle any feathers or be stereotyped as being “difficult” or “emotional”. Unfortunately, this “niceness” often ends up being a disservice to women. It doesn’t always work, and it often limits our opportunities and compensation.
When both my girls were born, I made a conscious decision that it would be a top priority of mine to encourage them to be bold, brave, powerful, and confident. Of course, that requires me to be all those things myself, as my girls seem to learn a lot more from watching me and mirroring my behavior than by actually listening to what I say. So along with encouraging them to be bold, I’ve been doing the work to continue to become the best possible role model I can be.
As an avid reader, I’m so excited about all the options of books out there for girls (and boys). This includes books that celebrate the lives and legacies of women in history, books that feature incredible fictional characters that inspire young girls, to those that simply affirm and declare that girls are awesome!
In honor of Women’s History Month, here are a few favorites that we’ve been reading.
(This post contains affiliate links)
- Princess Truly in I Am Truly – Kelly Greenwalt and Amirah Rauscher
- Dear Girl – Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Paris Rosenthal
- A Girl Like You – Frank Murphy and Carla Murphy
- I Like Myself – Karen Beaumont and David Catrow
- ABC for Me: ABC What Can She Be?: Girls can be anything they want to be, from A to Z– Sugar Snap Studio
- I Am Enough – Grace Byers
- I Am… (Positive Affirmations for Brown Girls) – Ayesha Rodriguez
- Girls Can Do Anything – Caryl Hart and Ali Pye
- Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls – Rebel Girls and Francesca Cavallo
Bonus Must Haves!
During Black History Month, I feel in love with the Little Leaders books series by Vashti Harrison. I learned about phenomenal people who changed the world, then I retold their stories during meals and playtime. I can’t say enough about how beautiful these stories are, and how much I believe everyone should add them to their shelf.
- Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History
- Little Leaders: Exceptional Men in Black History
- Little Dreamers: Visionary Women Around the World