Did you know that today is “You Go, Girl” Day?
"You Go, Girl" Day celebrates women who break down gender barriers and stereotypes, and those who become the first of their gender to accomplish something in a field. More specifically, the day celebrates Kathryn Dwyer Sullivan, who became the first American woman to walk in space, in 1984. "You Go, Girl" Day is celebrated on the anniversary of her spacewalk.
So if you are female, today we celebrate YOU! As two girl boss entrepreneurs we love the thought of celebrating the accomplishments of women. Looking back 5 years we never would have imagined being where we are today.
So we decided to check our stacks of books and highlight some of our favorite books with Girls as the main character.
Stop by Whimsy on Main and snatch up any of the books highlighted below for 30% off!
(Thursday, October 11, 2018).
You certainly can’t go wrong with Olivia, Fancy Nancy, Amelia Bedelia and Pinkalicious. We have several books starring these great characters.
The Princess in Black series is a fun early chapter book series that with Princess Magnolia as the one who saves the day. Dory Fantasmagory is a hilarious book about the youngest sibling in a family who really just wants some attention and in the end she gets exactly what she has been looking for. The Second Hand Ranch series features four sisters, Natalie (12), Abby (10), and twins Emily and Grace (9) all do their part to help out and give each animal the second chance it deserves.
Here are a few stand alone and a few series for upper elementary. Jacky Ha-Ha, a class clown who turns to troublemaking--and laughter--to cope with life's challenges. The Secret Destiny of Pixie Piper, is rich with, multigenerational characters and the real and powerful portrayal of grade-school friendships, with all their ups and downs. Oh, and the main character Pixie Piper is a descendant of Mother Goose!
The Girl with More than One Heart is the story of Briana who is forced by the loss of her favorite parent to see all that was once familiar with new eyes, Briana draws on her own imagination, originality, and tender loving heart to discover a surprising path through the storm. Orphan Island is a National Book Award winner for a tale of nine children on an island with no adults. One day each year a boat comes and drops off a new child and takes the eldest away. A magical book that will leave you deep in thought.
If your middle grade reader has not read the Track series by Jason Reynolds they are missing out! Patina is the follow-up book to Ghost. Patina, or Patty, runs like a flash. She runs for many reasons—to escape the taunts from the kids at the fancy-schmancy new school she’s been sent to since she and her little sister had to stop living with their mom.
The Hoops series is written by WNBA MVP and Olympic gold medalist Elena Delle Donne’s. Elle of the Ball and Full Court Press are two great stories starring Elle a basketball player that is trying to play basketball and navigate all of the other obligations she has as a seventh grader.
Just like Jackie is a story of a young girl and her grandfather. He is the only family she has and he is starting to forget things, sometimes even her name. She knows people can’t find out how bad her grandpa is getting so she is trying to keep them together no matter what. One Wish stars Tanya Fairchild, who may look like an ordinary twelve-year-old, but her life is anything but ordinary. After all, Tanya can see fairies. And real fairies are nothing like the ones in books.
Hallelujah Wonder wants to become one of the first female scientists of the nineteenth century and Wonder at the Edge of the World is her story. This is a perfect book for You Go, Girl day!
Invisible Emmie and Positively Izzy are two graphic novels for middle grade readers about all of the drama, angst and humor of middle school life.
The Backyard Horses series is all about fourth grader Ellie. Join Ellie and her quirky family in their exciting, horse-loving adventures.
I have talked about how much I liked Sea Witch and the Apprentice Witch series in a previous post, both are great books for fantasy book lovers. Resistance is a newly released book by Jennifer Nielsen about Nazi occupied Poland and Chaya is determined to make a difference by joining a resistance cell that invades Nazi supplies.
Friday Barnes Girl Detective is also a series based on an 11 year old girl detective. This exciting mystery series is great for middle grade readers.
If you are looking for a book for middle grade readers that focuses on social justice and digs a little deeper you will find that with Amal Unbound. A story of hope, courage and positive change. The Littlest Bigfoot is a tale of friendship, furry creatures, and finding the place where you belong.
The Legend of the Animal Healer series is such a good one I just had to share it here. It is a series that a lot of kids have not discovered yet and they will love it. Set in an African Wildlife Reserve, this exciting adventure series is great for animal lovers, adventure readers and more.
Chelsea Clinton challenges upper middle schoolers and beyond to Get Informed, Get Inspired and Get Going in It’s Your World. A great introduction to historical fiction for YA readers is Jody Hedlund’s An Uncertain Choice, A Daring Sacrifice and For Love & Honor.
And now for the ultimate inspiration we have a few books by athletes for you. Bethany Hamilton has a remarkable story and her newest book Be Unstoppable is her surfing journey and how she never gave up. Strong is a runner’s guide that will help you find the best version of yourself. Track and field champion Sanya Richards-Ross knows what it takes to achieve the impossible and she shares that in Right on Track. Sanya shares her advice and wisdom when it comes to chasing your dreams.
We had to add some great memoirs and books that speak to us so here are a few great options. We all remember Candace Cameron Bure from Full House and now she has a book called Kind is the New Classy. It is a book that is all about empowering you to define yourself and not let society define you.
The Yellow Envelope is a memoir for all of the travel and adventure seekers. Join Kim and her husband on an unbelievable journey. We all know who the Pioneer Woman is and in her memoir The Pioneer Woman Black Heels and Tractor Wheels you really get to read all about where she came from and how she got to where she is today.
And I had to share the new release Book Girl by Sarah Clarkson. Reading is a gift and books are powerful. Book Girl will draw you into the life-giving journey of becoming a woman who reads and lives well.
For a little more inspiration you can’t got wrong with Braving the Wilderness and You are a Badass. If you live in crazy town like I (Amy) do, Sara thought I needed the Get Your Sh*t together Journal. Not sure it will help me, but your might want to give it a shot. :)
To round out the books I couldn’t finish without adding the life changing book 100 Days to Brave. Take just a few minutes every day for 100 days to get through this book. You won’t regret the little time it takes to start or end your day with this book. We are also adding all of our journals to this discount today. Your life is your story to write!