We were so thrilled to receive this bundle of new picture books from the Kid Lit Exchange! Today we’re looking at a slew of new books from Harper Collins Children’s that are all about girl power! I would recommend each of these new books as a purchase for any household with young girls and EVERY library!
New Books About Girl Power
Dear Girl by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Paris Rosenthal
DEAR GIRL is a love letter to every girl who might doubt herself, censor herself, question herself, or feel confused. It encourages every girl to be silly, to embrace our differences, to take charge when necessary, to feel confident saying no, and to be herself. It challenges girls to be creative, interesting, and full of wonder. It’s the perfect answer for so many questions our girls will run into. I can imagine it as a gift for a preschooler as much as I can for a high school graduate. A perfect gift book! DEAR GIRL published in December 2017.
Free as a Bird: The Story of Malala by Lina Maslo
There are quite a few Malala Yousafzai picture books now, and FREE AS A BIRD is one of the more concise and artistic without sacrificing accuracy. It tells of Malala’s dedication to pursuing her education despite the restrictions against girls studying in Pakistan. Education was Malala’s ticket to freedom, and she dreamed of a day when she and her fellow classmates could fly, free as a bird, to the futures they dreamed of. It doesn’t skip over the violence that Malala suffered from—one full spread is dedicated to a dark shadow leading to a waterfall that symbolizes Malala’s seven days of dreaming while she was in a coma. The book closes by reminding us of Malala’s famous words: “One child, one teacher, one pen, and one book can change the world.” FREE AS A BIRD published on January 23, 2018.
I Am Enough by Grace Byers and Keturah A. Bobo
I AM ENOUGH is written by actor and author Grace Byers, one of the stars of the TV show Empire. The prose contrasts the different sides of us—the hard and soft, the peaceful and wild, the right-side-up and the upside-down. The book invites every girl to be herself and love herself, while honoring her differences from others. The main message is, no matter who you are, you are enough. Lots of diversity is pictured in these gorgeous illustrations—race, ability, religion—and the illustrations contain mostly girls of color. I AM ENOUGH publishes on March 6, 2018.