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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. 

                      Featured photo credit: Dana via flickr.com

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                      Last Updated on December 3, 2019

                      10 Life Lessons You’d Better Learn Early on in Life

                      10 Life Lessons You’d Better Learn Early on in Life

                      There are so many lessons I wish I had learned while I was young enough to appreciate and apply them. The thing with wisdom, and often with life lessons in general, is that they’re learned in retrospect, long after we needed them. The good news is that other people can benefit from our experiences and the lessons we’ve learned.

                      Here’re 10 important life lessons you should learn early on:

                      1. Money Will Never Solve Your Real Problems

                      Money is a tool; a commodity that buys you necessities and some nice “wants,” but it is not the panacea to your problems.

                      There are a great many people who are living on very little, yet have wonderfully full and happy lives… and there are sadly a great many people are living on quite a lot, yet have terribly miserable lives.

                      Money can buy a nice home, a great car, fabulous shoes, even a bit of security and some creature comforts, but it cannot fix a broken relationship, or cure loneliness, and the “happiness” it brings is only fleeting and not the kind that really and truly matters. Happiness is not for sale. If you’re expecting the “stuff” you can buy to “make it better,” you will never be happy.

                      2. Pace Yourself

                      Often when we’re young, just beginning our adult journey we feel as though we have to do everything at once. We need to decide everything, plan out our lives, experience everything, get to the top, find true love, figure out our life’s purpose, and do it all at the same time.

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                      Slow down—don’t rush into things. Let your life unfold. Wait a bit to see where it takes you, and take time to weigh your options. Enjoy every bite of food, take time to look around you, let the other person finish their side of the conversation. Allow yourself time to think, to mull a bit.

                      Taking action is critical. Working towards your goals and making plans for the future is commendable and often very useful, but rushing full-speed ahead towards anything is a one-way ticket to burnout and a good way to miss your life as it passes you by.

                      3. You Can’t Please Everyone

                      “I don’t know the secret to success, but the secret to failure is trying to please everyone” – Bill Cosby.

                      You don’t need everyone to agree with you or even like you. It’s human nature to want to belong, to be liked, respected and valued, but not at the expense of your integrity and happiness. Other people cannot give you the validation you seek. That has to come from inside.

                      Speak up, stick to your guns, assert yourself when you need to, demand respect, stay true to your values.

                      4. Your Health Is Your Most Valuable Asset

                      Health is an invaluable treasure—always appreciate, nurture, and protect it. Good health is often wasted on the young before they have a chance to appreciate it for what it’s worth.

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                      We tend to take our good health for granted, because it’s just there. We don’t have to worry about it, so we don’t really pay attention to it… until we have to.

                      Heart disease, bone density, stroke, many cancers—the list of many largely preventable diseases is long, so take care of your health now, or you’ll regret it later on.

                      5. You Don’t Always Get What You Want

                      “Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans.” – John Lennon

                      No matter how carefully you plan and how hard you work, sometimes things just don’t work out the way you want them to… and that’s okay.

                      We have all of these expectations; predetermined visions of what our “ideal” life will look like, but all too often, that’s not the reality of the life we end up with. Sometimes our dreams fail and sometimes we just change our minds mid-course. Sometimes we have to flop to find the right course and sometimes we just have to try a few things before we find the right direction.

                      6. It’s Not All About You

                      You are not the epicenter of the universe. It’s very difficult to view the world from a perspective outside of your own, since we are always so focused on what’s happening in our own lives. What do I have to do today? What will this mean for me, for my career, for my life? What do I want?

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                      It’s normal to be intensely aware of everything that’s going on in your own life, but you need to pay as much attention to what’s happening around you, and how things affect other people in the world as you do to your own life. It helps to keep things in perspective.

                      7. There’s No Shame in Not Knowing

                      No one has it all figured out. Nobody has all the answers. There’s no shame in saying “I don’t know.” Pretending to be perfect doesn’t make you perfect. It just makes you neurotic to keep up the pretense of manufactured perfection.

                      We have this idea that there is some kind of stigma or shame in admitting our limitations or uncertainly, but we can’t possibly know everything. We all make mistakes and mess up occasionally. We learn as we go, that’s life.

                      Besides—nobody likes a know-it-all. A little vulnerability makes you human and oh so much more relatable.

                      8. Love Is More Than a Feeling; It’s a Choice

                      That burst of initial exhilaration, pulse quickening love and passion does not last long. But that doesn’t mean long-lasting love is not possible.

                      Love is not just a feeling; it’s a choice that you make every day. We have to choose to let annoyances pass, to forgive, to be kind, to respect, to support, to be faithful.

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                      Relationships take work. Sometimes it’s easy and sometimes it’s incredibly hard. It is up to us to choose how we want to act, think and speak in a relationship.

                      9. Perspective Is a Beautiful Thing

                      Typically, when we’re worried or upset, it’s because we’ve lost perspective. Everything that is happening in our lives seems so big, so important, so do or die, but in the grand picture, this single hiccup often means next to nothing.

                      The fight we’re having, the job we didn’t get, the real or imagined slight, the unexpected need to shift course, the thing we wanted, but didn’t get. Most of it won’t matter 20, 30, 40 years from now. It’s hard to see long term when all you know is short term, but unless it’s life-threatening, let it go, and move on.

                      10. Don’t Take Anything for Granted

                      We often don’t appreciate what we have until it’s gone: that includes your health, your family and friends, your job, the money you have or think you will have tomorrow.

                      When you’re young, it seems that your parents will always be there, but they won’t. You think you have plenty of time to get back in touch with your old friends or spend time with new ones, but you don’t. You have the money to spend, or you think you’ll have it next month, but you might not.

                      Nothing in your life is not guaranteed to be there tomorrow, including those you love.

                      This is a hard life lesson to learn, but it may be the most important of all: Life can change in an instant. Make sure you appreciate what you have, while you still have it.

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