20 Empowering Books for Girls (8-11)

Celebrating some serious girl power!

You'll find no fainting princesses waiting to be rescued here: these young ladies are tough, smart, resourceful and inspiring!

Not All Princesses cover

1. Not All Princesses Dress in Pink

Jane Yolen, Heidi Yolen Stemple, Anne-Sophie Lanquetin (Illus)
Harriet the Spy cover

2. Harriet the Spy

Louise Fitzhugh
Arsenic for Tea

5. Arsenic for Tea

Robin Stevens
Dreamsnatcher cover

6. The Dreamsnatcher

Abi Elphinstone
Girl of Ink and Stars cover

7. The Girl of Ink and Stars

Kiran Millwood Hargrave
Pippi Longstocking cover

10. Pippi Longstocking

Astrid Lindgren, Lauren Child (Illus)
Coraline cover

11. Coraline

Neil Gaiman, P. Craig Russell (Illus)
Judy Moody cover

17. Judy Moody was in a Mood

Megan McDonald, Peter Reynolds (Illus)
Tamsin and the Deep cover

18. Tamsin and the Deep

Neill Cameron and Kate Brown
Matilda cover

19. Matilda

Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (Illus)

List created by

Brianne Moore

Brianne is a website editor with Scottish Book Trust

Tags: women, 8-11