Tired of ordering electronics? Had enough of makeup and selfie sticks? Fashion and fragrances? For those parents (or grandparents!) looking to up the gift giving game with a little literature, here are a few great book ideas for girls of all ages.
Named a Best Children’s Book of 2017 by Parents Magazine! Shark Lady is the story of a woman who dared to dive, defy, discover, and inspire. “An inspiring story by critically acclaimed zoologist Jess Keating about finding the strength to discover truths that others aren’t daring enough to see. Includes a timeline of Eugenie’s life and many fin-tastic shark facts!” Ages 5 – 8. $12.59
Got a curious case-solver? Let Hilde’s adventures help free her inner sleuth. “Nine-year-old crime reporter Hilde Lysiak is starring in her very own early chapter book series! In this first book, there’s been a break-in on Orange Street! Cupcakes have been stolen, and soon a pie goes missing, too. Hilde and her sister/photographer, Izzy, must interview witnesses and follow the clues. Can Hilde crack the case in time to post her news story online?” Ages 6 – 10 $4.24
Friendships in grade school can be challenging…at best. Sometimes a book is the perfect way to help young girls view their own social dynamics more clearly and help them to navigate difficult relationships more easily. “Shannon and Adrienne have been best friends ever since they were little. But one day, Adrienne starts hanging out with Jen, the most popular girl in class and the leader of a circle of friends called The Group. Everyone in The Group wants to be Jen’s #1, and some girls would do anything to stay on top . . . even if it means bullying others.” Ages 7+. $8.40
From dress codes to double-standards to wolf-whistles in the hallways at school, junior Vivian Carter is fed up and ready to ACT to change the status quo. “From its soul-deep girl friendships to its swoony love story to its smart, gutsy heroine, Moxie is a ferocious joy.” Buyers should be aware that Moxie is a novel that tackles issues relating to sexual harassment and does include some profanity. Ages 13+ $13.05
Is there an author in the world that has meant more to tween girls than Judy Blume? We think not and this addition to the Blume collection is no exception. “From the New York Times bestselling author of Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret and the adult bestseller In the Unlikely Event comes a tale of family, friendship, and pre-teen life like only Judy Blume can deliver…Is it possible to have two best friends? Or is it true that two’s company, three’s a crowd?” Ages 13+ $8.16
The Running Dream
A powerful story about a track star overcoming adversity. When our heroine tragically loses her ability to run she gains the ability to see others as more than they appear on the surface. “Readers will cheer for Jessica’s recovery and be reminded to recognize people for their strengths and not overlook them because of their disabilities.” Ages 12+ $8.06
You may not want to give them a video game but you can give them a book ABOUT gaming! Warcross is set in a futuristic world where gaming and reality cross paths. “From #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu—when a game called Warcross takes the world by storm, one girl hacks her way into its dangerous depths.” Ages 12+ $13.29
Happy Holidays and Happy Reading!