Liked Hermione? Here are Three More Strong Female Characters in Children’s Books
It’s impossible to try and think of a great female character without Hermione Granger coming to mind. Clever, funny, and determined, Hermione was one of Harry Potter’s best friends, and arguably among the strongest characters in the whole series. Her growth as a character and her resolution continue to inspire not just children, but even adults. As Jessica Tholmer writes on Hello Giggles, Hermione teaches kids lessons that even adults could learn from, and this has cemented her position as among the strongest female characters in modern literature.
While there’s no doubting that Hermione will continue to be an inspiring character for years to come, there are many other heroines like her out there. Here are some characters you may want to check out:
1. Lottie Paris of Lottie Paris Lives Here
Lottie Paris of Lottie Paris Lives Here is a precocious little girl that your children will have no trouble relating to. Created by award-winning author Angela Johnson and illustrator Scott M. Fischer, the book takes kids on a journey through Lottie’s imagination as she does what children do, injecting fun into everything she does. The book is also a great choice for reading aloud, as the rhythmic prose is fun to read.
2. Magnolia of The Princess in Black
If you’ve ever been upset at the thought of princesses failing to be more than damsels in distress, Magnolia of The Princess in Black is the perfect heroine for you. A princess wearing frilly pink skirts in the morning, Magnolia sneaks out to protect her kingdom from monsters at night! The book is light-hearted and fun, and the only violence involved is when Magnolia fights a giant blue monster that’s trying to eat some goats!
3. Pippi Longstocking of Pippi Longstocking
Pippi Longstocking is a classic, and over the years it’s seen several movie and television adaptations as well as reprints. Nine-year-old Pippi is a quirky character who doesn’t just have superhuman strength, but lives with a horse and a monkey too. Unlike her friends Tommy and Annika, Pippi doesn’t go to school, and instead has wild adventures.
We’ve certainly come a long way from the old fairytales that saw female characters being little more than damsels in distress, and it looks like the trend of creating stronger female characters will continue for the foreseeable future. It looks as though the message is finally getting across too, as more people begin to pay close attention to the images they present to their kids. We see organizations like The Representation Project, which aims to shed light on the ill effects of propagating gender stereotypes, and brands like Tootsa, founded to “create an alternative to the glitzy, beauty focused, princess themed products aimed at girls”, all slowly carving the way towards a future where female characters are no longer confined by perceived gender notions, and instead serve as a great inspiration to children.
Who are your favorite female characters, and how do you think they inspire children to be more than they are?
Sarina Zeeger doesn’t deny that she loves Disney Princesses, and that she spent much of her time singing along to Frozen’s soundtrack, but just like every concerned aunt out there, she’s trying to find stories to read to her nieces that aren’t so princess-y. She’s constantly on the search for great modern children’s books, and would love to hear from you!
Written by Winter Celosia
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