When I was a little girl, I spent most of my days with my head buried inside of a book. I loved to read, and learned so much about myself and others from books. I’ll never forget the first time I read All-of-a-Kind Family and learned what it was like to be a part of a big Jewish family in turn of the century New York. The enchanting Island of the Blue Dolphins kept me up at night dreaming about what I would do if I were Karana, left alone on an island. Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great, and really anything from Judy Blume, was my reading staple. I knew that I could always depend on Sheila Tubman, Peter, and Fudge for laughs.
My parents encouraged and supported my love of reading by taking me to the library whenever I wanted to go, giving me money for books, and leaving me alone when I needed to finish up a chapter. They really let me decide what I wanted to read, and rarely gave suggestions or offered their opinions. It was fine back then because there wasn’t as much access to inappropriate reading material, but now is totally different. Parents have to stay on top of what their kids are reading, and really, we need to be engaged with their books, too.
There’s so much conflict happening in the world right now, and a lot of it has to do with a lack of empathy and understanding about others. Although information is so much more readily available than it was when I was growing up, it seems like folks are less understanding and kind, and I believe it’s because we really don’t know about each other. It’s super easy to live in a bubble nowadays, and only consume the same type of content over and over again. I don’t want Ayva to live in a bubble, though.
She’s 7 years old now, and I really want to spend this summer preparing her for the 2nd grade. We’re about to start getting into a tricky time of a girl’s life. It’s when the “mean girl” traits start coming out, the self doubt starts creeping in, and our babies start becoming more aware of themselves as little girls. I want Ayva to be prepared for all of that, and I know that books can help.
I’ve curated this list of books to help little girls ages 6 – 8 discover more about themselves and others. The themes covered are ones that are most important for this age. Read these books with your daughters, and talk to them about the issues presented in the book. Don’t forget to share what it was like for you as a little girl, the ups and the downs, so that your girl can know she’s not alone with some of the uncertainty that she might be feeling as she grows up.
2016 Reading List for Little Girls
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