Feminist Friendly Children’s Books

Children’s Books with Strong Main Female Characters [4-8]

Stella Blackstone’s My Granny Went Around the World

Babette Cole’s Princess Smartypants series

Joanna Cole’s The Magic School Bus series

Julia Donaldson’s Zog

Geraldine Durrant & Rose Forchall’s Pirate Gran

Carol Anne Duffy’s Moon Zoo

Marie-Louise Gay’s Stella series

Mary Hoffman and Caroline Binch’s Amazing Grace series

Michael Arvaaluk Kusugak’s Hide and Sneak

Robert Munsch’s The Paperbag Princess

Robert Munsch’s From Far Away

Robert Munsch’s The Mud Puddle

Robert Munsch’s Angela’s Airplane

Gillian Rogerson’s You Can’t Eat A Princess

Valerie Thomas’ Winnie the Witch series

Children’s Books with Strong Main Female Characters [6-8]

Georgia Byng’s Molly Moon series

Lauren Childe’s Clarice Bean

Beverly Cleary’s Ramona series

Roald Dahl’s Matilda

Anna Dale’s Whispering to Witches

Judith Kerr’s When Hitler Stole the Pink Rabbit

Astrid Lindgren’s Pippi Longstocking

Jill Murphy’s The Worst Witch

Barbara Park’s Junie B. Jones series

Sandi Toksvig’s Girls are Best

Children’s Books with strong main female Characters [9-12]

Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women

Frank Bedder’s The Looking Glass Wars

Judy Blume’s Are you there God? It’s Me, Margaret

Judy Blume’s Here’s to you Rachel Robinson

Judy Blume’s Just as Long as We’re Together

Susan Coolidge’s What Katy Did series

Karen Cushman’s Catherine Called Birdy

Karen Cushman’s The Midwife’s Apprentice

Paula Danziger’s The Cat ate my Gymsuit

Paula Danziger’s There’s a Bat in Bunk Five

Paula Danziger’s The Divorce Express

Louise Fitzhugh’s Harriet the Spy

Cornelia Funke’s Inkheart Trilogy

Julia Golding’s Companions Quartet [Book 1 is called Secret of the Sirens]

Elizabeth Goudge’s The Little White Horse

Karen Hesse’s Out of the Dust

Robin Hood’s The Dragon Keeper

Anne Isaacs’ Torn Threads

Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time

Jean Littles’s Mine for Keeps

Jean Little’s  Stand in the Wind

Jean Little’s Home from Far

Lois Lowry’s Number the Stars

Lois Lowry’s Anastasia Krupnik series

Carol Matas’ Lisa

Carol Matas’ In My Enemy’s House

Carol Matas’ Greater than Angels

L.M Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables

L.M Montgomery’s Emily of New Moon

Philip Pullman’s Dark Materials Trilogy

Philip Pullman’s Sally Lockhart Trilogy

Edith Pattou’s East

Kit Pearson’s A Handful of Time

Kit Pearson’s Awake and Dreaming

Stella Pevsner’s New Girl [also called: Break a Leg]

Tamora Pierce’s The Immortals

Tamora Pierce’s Songs of the Lioness

Ruth Sawyer’s Roller Skates

Joanna Spyri’s Heidi

Catherine Storr’s Marianne Dreams

Noel Streatfield’s Ballet Shoes

Anne Ursu’s The Shadow Thieves

Ida Vos’ The Key is Lost

Kathleen Winter’s Katrina

Patricia Wrede’s The Enchanted Forest Chronicles

Children’s Books with strong central Female Characters [7-12]

Joan Aiken’s Wolves of Willoughby Chase

Cressida Cowell’s How to Train a Dragon series

Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series

J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series

Teenager’s Books with strong main female Characters [12-15]

Judy Blume’s Forever

Meg Cabot’s Missing

Meg Cabot’s Mediator

Meg Cabot’s All-American Girls

Trudi Canavan’s Black Magician’s Trilogy

Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series

Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games series

Alison Croggon’s The Books of Pellinor series

Norma Johnson’s The Carlisle Chronicles

Ursula Le Guin’s EarthSea Quartet

Dodie Smith’s I Capture the Castle

Susan Terris’ Nell’s Quilt

Older Teenager’s Books with strong, female Characters [14+]

Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale

Rachel Caine’s Morganville Vampire series

Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis

Sapphire’s Push

Dorothy Sayer’s Gaudy Night