The mouse Lilly is one of the bravest, most flamboyant young females
around. She rescues her friends from bullies, teaches them how to do
wheelies, and always carries a loaded squirt gun. Everyone should meet
Pinkney, Brian. JoJo's Flying Side Kick. 1995. Simon & Schuster. Ages
In order to earn her yellow belt in Tae Kwon Do, young JoJo must break a
board with a flying side-kick. With the help of her family, she masters
her fears and succeeds. A real winner.
Nash, Ogden. The Adventures of Isabel. Illustrated by James Marshall.
1991. Little, Brown. Ages 3-8.
In this funny poem, Isabel conquers a bear, a witch, a giant, a doctor,
and a nightmare. The pictures will make children laugh while they learn
to banish their own nightmares. Not to be missed.
Young, Ed. Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China. 1989.
Philomel. Ages 4-8.
Exquisite illustrations accompany this Chinese folktale about a girl who
outwits a nasty wolf and saves her sisters. Winner of the Caldecott
Thompson, Kay. Eloise. Illustrated by Hilary Knight. 1955. Simon &
Schuster. Ages 4-8.
Eloise is one of a kind. She tears around the Plaza Hotel in New York,
driving adults crazy and having a terrific time. It is no surprise that
this incorrigible girl has been popular for more than forty years.
Isaacs, Anne. Swamp Angel. Illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky. 1994.
Dutton. Ages 4-9.
Tennessee-born Angelica Longrider, known as Swamp Angel, is a
wonderfully outlandish addition to American tall tales. Building her
first log cabin at age two is just the beginning of her incredible
career. Witty folk art captures the larger-than-life heroine. A
Caldecott Honor book.
Krull, Kathleen. Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World's
Fastest Woman. Illustrated by David Diaz. 1996. Harcourt Brace. Ages
Striking illustrations portray the life of Wilma Rudolph, who overcame
childhood polio to become a great runner and win three Olympic gold
medals. A powerful, inspiring story.
Pomerantz, Charlotte. The Outside Dog. Illustrated by Jennifer Plecas.
1993. HarperCollins. Ages 5-8.
A charming beginning reader about a Puerto Rican girl who is determined
to have a dog, despite her grandfather's objections.
LeGuin, Ursula K. A Ride on the Red Mare's Back. Illustrated by Julie
Downing. 1992. Orchard. Ages 5-9.
With the help of a magical horse, a brave girl sets off to rescue her
brother who has been stolen by trolls. A beautifully illustrated tale of
courage and love.
Hesse, Karen. Sable. Illustrated by Marcia Sewall. 1994. Henry Holt.
More than anything, Tate wants to keep the stray dog that shows up at her
mountain home. With persistence and hard work, the girl succeeds. A
heartwarming novel for younger readers.
A large and confident girl, Yolonda draws on all of her many talents to
help her younger brother pursue his musical dream in this outstanding
novel. A Newbery Honor book.
O'Dell, Scott. Island of the Blue Dolphins. 1960. Houghton Mifflin.
In this modern classic, twelve-year-old Karana must survive alone for
years on a California island. Winner of the Newbery Medal.
Lauber, Patricia. Lost Star: The Story of Amelia Earhart. 1988.
Scholastic. Ages 9-13.
Amelia Earhart broke barriers for women while she broke men's flying
records. This biography describes her fascinating life from childhood to
her mysterious disappearance.
Wrede, Patricia C. Dealing with Dragons. 1990. Harcourt Brace. Ages
Cimorene finds being a princess so boring that she takes a job working
for a dragon! The first in a popular, funny series.
Avi. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle. 1990. Orchard. Ages
"Not every thirteen-year-old girl is accused of murder, brought to trial,
and found guilty," opens this thrilling tale of a proper young lady who
changes when she gets caught up in a mutiny. A top-notch adventure. A
Newbery Honor book.
Freedman, Russell. Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life of Discovery. 1993.
Clarion. Ages 11-14.
Award-winning biographer Russell Freedman conveys the greatness of
Eleanor Roosevelt through his lively writing and an extensive array of
photographs. Highly recommended. A Newbery Honor book.
Staples, Suzanne Fisher. Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind. 1989. Knopf.
Set in contemporary Pakistan, this gripping novel follows the fate of
Shabanu, an adolescent girl from a nomadic tribe who rebels against her
arranged marriage. A Newbery Honor book.