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10 Powerful Books To Inspire Every Little Girl

10 Powerful Books To Inspire Every Little Girl

Reading to and encouraging children to read is terribly important, though it’s also important that the books they read are empowering and uplifting. When it comes to little girls, it’s particularly helpful to encourage them to believe in themselves and their abilities. The following ten books are fun and absolutely essential for anyone trying to empower young girls.

The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch

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    The Paper Bag Princess humorously chronicles the bravery of a young princess whose fiancé is kidnapped by a dragon. When she tries to save her prince however, he criticizes her unkempt appearance. A witty tale for young girls, this powerful book shows readers to never settle for less than they deserve.

    I Love My Hair by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley

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      I Love My Hair is a powerful story for young girls. A toddler named Keyana complains about her hair one night while her mother gets her ready for bed. Keyana’s mom helps her to understand why her hair is special and why we should celebrate things that set us apart. A beautifully illustrated story to help little girls accept and be proud of their looks.

      Odd Velvet by Mary Whitcomb

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        Odd Velvet centers around a little girl who sticks out like a sore thumb. Velvet’s odd qualities keep her from getting to know people at school and she starts to feel left out. As Velvet gets a chance to show her qualities to her classmates however, they see her for who she really is. A great book that celebrates every little girl’s uniqueness.

        I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont

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          I Like Myself is a powerful book about self acceptance for little girls. Set to rhyming verse, this upbeat story celebrates a little girl who loves who she is. Sure to help little girls appreciate themselves for who they are, I Like Myself is an enjoyable, humorous read.

          Winners Never Quit by Mia Hamm

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            In this fast-paced story from Olympian Mia Hamm, a young girl learns to love playing a sport more than winning or losing. Emphasizing the joy of pursuing what you love, this book is sure to engage young girls. An encouraging and powerful book, Winners Never Quit is perfect reading material for those with little girls.

            Black, White, Just Right by Marguerite W. Davol

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              This uplifting tale celebrates a multicultural family whose little girl is “just right.” Inclusive and optimistic, this book helps little girls admire differences in themselves and others. It also encourages girls to look past skin color and see a person based on their personality.

              The Skin You Live In by Micheal Tyler

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                Every young child is celebrated in this nursery rhyme, focusing on the ways skin makes us both different and similar. Ultimately the story highlights the importance of who we are beneath the skin, in a fun, upbeat way.

                Not All Princesses Dress In Pink by Jane Yolen

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                  This lighthearted book celebrates girls across a wide spectrum of interests and hobbies, all with optimistic rhyming text. The book doesn’t follow a particular story, instead opting to celebrate girls’ uniqueness in a free-form fashion.

                  Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World’s Fastest Woman by Kathleen Krull

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                    This gripping story follows the life of Wilma Rudolph, who was expected to never walk again at just five-years-old. Instead of giving up, Wilma not only walked, but became an Olympic hero. An uplifting and supportive story, this book encourages girls to shoot for the stars.

                    Matilda by Roald Dahl

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                      No list of powerful books for girls is complete without this classic book by Roald Dahl. Chronicling the story of a little girl with no one to rely on, Matilda shows little girls to pursue their dreams, even when things look hopeless. An ultimately upbeat and inspiring tale, this book reminds girls they are capable and strong. 

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                      15 Positive Thinking Books You Need for a Happy Life

                      15 Positive Thinking Books You Need for a Happy Life

                      Books give us the opportunity to live vicariously through the lives of people with greater wisdom than ourselves. They stimulate our brains and help us not only solve the problems we struggle with, but also motivate and inspire us with new ideas.

                      One of the great things about people who think positively and live happy lives is that they love to help others do the same. There are countless positive-thinking books and these 15 are a great way to help you start living a happy life.

                      1. Man’s Search For Meaning by Victor E. Frankl

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                        This book goes through the horrific struggle of Viktor Frankl who survived holocaust concentration camps. The only thing that kept him going was his idea that everything, even the worst of human suffering, had to have meaning. If you’re struggling through anything in your life, I guarantee the words of Viktor will give you courage to press on and find happiness.

                        2. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

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                          What is life’s greatest lesson? Morrie, a retired professor with a fatal disease, opts to use his predicament to share that message as opposed to just giving up and dying. Following the last few months of Morrie’s life will help you realize what is truly important in life.

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                          3. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

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                            Similar to Tuesdays with Morrie, Randy is a college professor who finds he has a fatal disease with only a few months to live. It is customary for professors at his university (Carnegie Mellon) to give a final lecture with the basis of ‘what wisdom would you impart to a large group of people if it was your last chance?’ Randy stays incredibly positive throughout and even keeps the lecture humorous and entertaining. Amidst it all, his wisdom is a powerful reminder about how to live a happy, full life.

                            4. Earning Freedom by Michael Santos

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                              Michael Santos was sentenced to 45 years is prison for selling drugs. During his term he fought hard to earn a masters degree and half of a doctorate (halted by the warden) while writing numerous books educating students about the criminal justice system. This book provides a fascinating window into his entire sentence (released in 2012) and how a positive attitude and strong work ethic got him through it. If he found happiness in prison through positive thinking, we can do it anywhere.

                              If you don’t have the attention span to finish a long book, the following quick reads are shorter but just as powerful.

                              5. The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper

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                                This book has shaped childrens’ minds for years. It illustrates the undeniable fact that when you think positively and believe in yourself, you can accomplish extraordinary things.

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                                6. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

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                                  Happiness is found in giving. What does it mean to love someone? What would you sacrifice for someone you love? This children’s book teaches a valuable lesson about unconditional love and what it truly means to be happy.

                                  7. The Dash by Linda Ellis and Mac Anderson

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                                    “When your life is over, everything you did will be represented by a single dash between two dates—what will that dash mean for the people you have known and loved?” (Linda Ellis) We don’t choose a lot of things about our life – parents, birthplace, etc. – but we can choose what that dash between those two dates means. This short book will give you a great perspective on making your life worthwhile.

                                    8. As a Man Thinketh by James Allen

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                                      “The outer conditions of a person’s life will always be found to be harmoniously related to his inner state… Men do not attract that which they want, but that which they are.” (James Allen) This book might be short, but it is jam-packed with statements that will make you stop and think. We truly become what we think we are. Negative thoughts affect us more than we know. Positive thinking = happy life.

                                      9. A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald  Miller

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                                        You are the author of your story. No matter how boring or dull your life has been, you can always turn it around. Donald was in a rut in his life. He had no desire to get out of bed and found himself questioning the meaning of life. Eventually he realized he wasn’t a slave to a pre-written script. He used that mindset to turn around his thoughts, actions, and life. When the closing credits roll on the story of your life, what will people say? Never forget that you have the power to push your limits and live an interesting, happy life.

                                        10. The Traveler’s Gift by Andy Andrews

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                                          The Traveler’s Gift is a fictional story about a man who is overwhelmed with life and finds himself thrown into numerous true events from history – including Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. He interacts and learns important life lessons from seven different experiences. The book is full of ways to think more positively and find more success in life.

                                          11. David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell

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                                            Malcolm Gladwell motivates you to challenge your preconceptions of underdogs and misfits in this thought-provoking book. When you break down the facts in the story of David and Goliath from the Bible, you find that David really wasn’t an underdog at all – he was the one with the advantage. This book outlines story after story after story of people who were at a disadvantage and learned to find the strength in their weakness.

                                            12. How Will You Measure Your Life by Clayton M. Christensen

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                                              How would you feel if you got to the end of your life only to realize you had been measuring success wrong? Clayton provides a mass amount of wisdom and advice on how to live a life you won’t regret.

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                                              13. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff by Richard Carlson

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                                                The small things we worry about every day may not seem like a big deal, but they wear us down slowly and stop us from living up to our full potential. Learn how to get rid of those worries and negative thoughts and live a happier life.

                                                14. Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

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                                                  C.S. Lewis, who used to be an Atheist, explains how he came to find meaning in life through Christianity. He breaks down all the reasons we doubt and falter in life and how living the principles of Christianity fixes our weaknesses. Lewis is famous for his deep, thought-provoking quotes and this book is no exception.

                                                  15. Bushido: The Way of the Samurai by Tsunetomo Yamamoto

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                                                    Bushido is based on the Hagakure, a document that served as the basis for samurai warrior behavior. The document’s purpose was to shape the mind and the spirit of the samurai warrior.

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