Resources for Parenting Strong-minded Girls

Raising a Hermione, Matilda, Tiffany Aching of your own? You’re not alone! For those days when you’re thinking, “This quality will be fantastic in an adult, but for today I’m so very tired…” here are some parenting books we’ve found helpful.

Recommended Parenting Books/Resources

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen (And Listen So Kids Will Talk), Faber & Mazlish

Siblings Without Rivalry, Faber & Mazlish

7 Habits of Highly Effective Families, Stephen R. Covey

The Gift of Failure, Jessica Lahey

Raising Your Spirited Child, Mary Sheedy Kurcinka

Nurture by Nature, Paul Tieger & Barbara Barron-Tieger

The Idle Parent, Hodgkinson

Teaching Critical Thinking, Bell Hooks

Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood, Lisa DaMour, PhD

Little Girls Can Be Mean, Anthony, PhD & Lindert, PhD

The Curse of the Good Girl, Rachel Simmons

The Opposite of Worry, Cohen

Lies My Teacher Told Me, James Loewen

Let’s Talk About Body Boundaries, Consent and Respect: Teach children about body ownership, respect, feelings, choices and recognizing bullying behaviors, Jayneen Sanders

Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls

Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism


Raising LGBTQIA+ Kiddos

QUEER: The Ultimate LGBT Guide for Teens, Belge, Bieschke, & Robinson (*Note: While there are gaps in information in this book, currently it’s one of the most complete guides available.)

The Transgender Child: A Handbook for Families and Professionals, Brill & Pepper

Non-Fiction Resources for LGBTQ+ Teens and Families

Resources We Love for Kids

Picture Books 

Wilma Jean the Worry Machine, Julia Cook

A Crooked Kind of Perfect, Linda Urban

When Sophie Gets Angry, Molly Bang

The Honest-to-Goodness Truth, Patricia McKissack

Harriet, You’ll Drive me Wild, Mem Fox

What Do You Do With an Idea, Kobi Yamada

Me and my Fear, Francesca Sanna

Bloom, Doreen Cronin


Fiction-Elementary & Tweens

Stella by Starlight, Sharon Draper

President of the Whole Fifth Grade, Sherri Winston

Brown Girl Dreaming, Jacqueline Woodson

Wee Free Men, Terry Pratchett

Hat Full of Sky, Terry Pratchett

I Shall Wear Midnight, Terry Pratchett

Equal Rites, Terry Pratchett

Song for a Whale, Lynne Kelly

The Moon Within, Aida Salazar

Fatty Legs, Christy Jordan-Fenton & Margaret Pokiak-Fenton

Wishtree, Katherine Applegate

Just South of Home, Karen Strong

Diary of Anne Frank

Iron-Hearted Violet, Kelly Barnhill

The Serpent’s Secret, Sayatani Dasgupta

Princess Princess Ever After, Katie O’Neill

Sophie Simon Solves Them All, Lisa Graff

Amina’s Voice, Hena Khan

Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World, Ashley Blake

Thickety Series, J. A. White

A Dash of Trouble (Love, Sugar, Magic #1) Anna Meriano

The Jumbies & Rise of the Jumbies, Tracey Baptiste

Flora & Ulysses, Kate DiCamillo

A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L’Engle

The Wild Robot, Peter Brown

The Golden Compass, Pullman

The First Rule of Punk, Celia C. Perez

The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl, Stacy McAlnulty

Esperanza Rising, Pam Muñoz Ryan


Fiction For Teens

The Witch Doesn’t Burn in this One, Amanda Lovelace

The Princess Saves Herself in this One, Amanda Lovelace

The Mermaid’s Voice Returns in this One, Amanda Lovelace

When Dimple Met Rishi, Sandhya Menon

Akata Witch, Nnedi Okarafor

Cinder, Marissa Meyer

An Unkindness of Ghosts, Rivers Solomon

Graceling, Kristin Cashore

Leah on the Offbeat, Becky Albertalli

All Out: The No-longer Secret Stories of Queer Teens throughout the Ages

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy, Mackenzi Lee

Shades of Magic, V. E. Schwab

We Are Okay, Nina LaCour

All the Crooked Saints, Maggie Stiefvater

Undead Girl Gang, Lily Anderson

The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas

On The Come Up, Angie Thomas

Heretics Anonymous, Katie Henry

Language of Thorns, Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows, Leigh Bardugo

Children of Blood and Bone, Tomi Adeyemi

Brooklyn Bruja series, Zoraida Córdova

Dumplin’, Julie Murphy

More Happy Than Not, Adam Silvera

Your Destination is On the Left, Lauren Spieller

Interment, Samira Ahmed

Under the Pendulum Sun, Jeannette Ng

A Very Large Expanse of Sea, Tahera Mafi


Graphic Novel Goodness:

Drama, Rene Telgemeier

Ghosts, Rene Telgemeir

Check Please series, Ngozi Ukazu

The Backstagers, James Tynion

The Witch Boy & The Hidden Witch, Molly Knox Ostertag

Fake Blood, Whitney Gardner

Be Prepared, Vera Brosgol

Anya’s Ghost, Vera Brosgol

Zita the Spacegirl, Ben Hatke

The Prince and the Dressmaker, Jen Wang

Foiled, Yolen & Cavallaro

Relish: My Life in the Kitchen, Knisley

Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword, Barry Deutsch

Sheets, Brenna Thummler



What to Do When You Dread Your Bed, Dawn Heubner

Indie Girl, Johnson & Macklin

The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy, Sam Maggs

Let’s Talk About Body Boundaries, Consent, and Respect, Jayneen Sanders

The Care and Keeping of You

Period: A Girl’s Guide

Taking Charge of Your Fertility

The Asperkid’s (Secret) Book of Social Rules

It Gets Better, Savage & Miller

Queer: The Ultimate LGBT Guide for Teens Books

Field Museum ‘The Brain Scoop” with Emily Graslie

Recreational Mathmusician Vi Hart

Shed Science with Sally Le Page

Shitty Robot Engineer Simone Giertz

BrainCraft: neuroscience stop-motion with Vanessa Hill

Stay Curious: natural history and tech specialist Maddie Moate

Pants on Fire: kids podcast for helping kids spot the fake expert