July 5, 2012

Girl Power Book List

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Girl Power Book List

Anita begged her parents to let her go to the local school as one of the only girl students. They finally agreed, but after 5 years, school fees became too expensive and they were not able to pay anymore. So at just 10 years old, Anita decided she would raise money for her own school fees by tutoring other students. A few years later, her family found themselves in debt, so Anita learned how to be a beekeeper to make more money! Now Anita is 20 years old and paying her own college tuition. She’s training other girls to be beekeepers too, and now that her story has been broadcast across India, millions of girls are being inspired by Anita.

Being a girl of the world is not easy, and it’s especially hard if you’re growing up in a developing nation. Girls can’t give back to their communities if they can’t become doctors, political leaders, business owners, artists, writers, television producers, engineers, architects, teachers, librarians, beekeepers. . . the list goes on and on. And most importantly, girls are people, too! They deserve the same opportunity for a good life as everybody else. Today’s Kid Power post is about girls who overcame hardships and changed the world in their own way. Here are some books to inspire you to make a difference:

EsperanzaEsperanza Rising
by Pam Munoz Ryan
Esperanza thought she’d always live with her family on their ranch in Mexico; she’d always have fancy dresses and servants. But a sudden tragedy forces Esperanza and Mama to flee to California during the Great Depression, and to settle in a camp for Mexican farm workers. Esperanza isn’t ready for the hard labor, but when their new life is threatened, Esperanza must find a way to rise above her circumstances.

RickshawRickshaw Girl
by Mitali Perkins
10-year-old Naima is desperate to earn money for her family, both to save her mother’s golden bangle, and to fix her father’s rickshaw which she accidentally ruined. Her talent as a painter is no use and she doesn’t know what to do, until she meets an unusual repair shop owner.

HomelessHomeless Bird
by Gloria Whelan
Like many girls her age in India, 13-year-old-Koly is getting married. Full of hope and courage, she leaves home—forever. But in a grim turn of events Koly finds herself cast out into a current of cruel tradition. Her future, it would seem, is lost. Yet this rare young woman, bewildered and brave, sets out to forge her own exceptional future.

WordsWords in the Dust
by Trent Reedy
Zulaikha hopes for peace, a good relationship with her stepmother, and one day even to go to school, or to have her cleft palate fixed. Then the Americans come to the village, promising opportunities and even surgery to fix her face. These changes could mean a whole new life for Zulaikha – but can she dare to hope they’ll come true?

FactoryFactory Girl
by Barbara Greenwood
At the dingy, overcrowded Acme Garment Factory, Emily Watson stands for 11 hours a day clipping threads from blouses. Every time the boss passes, he shouts at her to snip faster. But if Emily snips too fast, she could ruin the garment and be docked pay. If she works too slowly, she will be fired. She desperately needs this job. Without the 4 dollars a week it brings, her family will starve. When a reporter arrives, determined to expose the terrible conditions in the factory, Emily finds herself caught between the desperate immigrant girls with whom she works and the hope of change. Then tragedy strikes, and Emily must decide where her loyalties lie.

En-Szu, STACKS Intern (a.k.a. MidnightMagic5)

  1. cookingblue119

    i hate when people mistreat girls because girls are some awsome and i do not no why any one would do that

  2. Lavenderblue4

    This is just an amazing story<3 Just so amazing how intelligent this girl could do to help her parents! Thinking of ways to make money. This just inspires me on what little things we can do that helps our lives. This is just so incredible, this story should be told to the world that you can make a difference in life. Ive read “Esperanza Rising” its such a great book to read and enjoy when you have the time(:

  3. Tess

    Cool! I read Rickshaw Girl for my 2nd grade History Book Club. I can barely remember what happens. Maybe I’ll read it again!

  4. athenawise10

    Esperanza Rising was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G, AMAZING!!!!!!!!
    I loved it. It was one of the best girl power books I’ve ever read i also read a book about a girl in India also amazing girl power

  5. Crazyreading5

    I have the book, Esperanza Rising And it is AWSOME! Go Girls! :)
    @ heatwaveindigo3 : I know what you mean!

  6. lightningthief3

    I read Esperanza Rising, about Mexican workers who comes from Mexico. Awesome Book! :) :P


    i read Esperanza Rising, really good book. i hate how people mistreat some girls.

  8. aquacat586

    I have not heard of any of these books and I will make sure that I put them on my reading list. I agree with most of you that girls are not objects, and that beauty isn’t all that matters. I am a tomboy, so I really don’t like pink and Barbie and things like that, and I am more interested in memorizing Pi and solving Rubiks cubes than putting on makeup and fancy dresses. I hate wearing dresses. People need to be more aware of the fact that girls are not around to be beautified and made into exhibits. I will admit, however, that society is much better with females than it was 50 years before today.

  9. rachael

    i saw the ezperanza book at my local library, but never cared to pick it up. hmmmm…

  10. elfheroine1

    Go girls! I just wish people wouldn’t treat us like objects. . .and act like looks are all that matter. . .

  11. karla32

    ive read ezperanza rising 2 times and i loved it its so sad and entertaining at the same time i recomend it to everyone!!!! <3

  12. moonlightdragon15

    I want to read these! I have read Homeless Bird and think it is wonderful book and recommend it to everyone. Go girl power!

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