Mommyish Reads: The Best Books About Fictional Heroines For Your Tweens

Back to school may be approaching but that doesn’t mean children should wait until then to crack the books. Summer reading can give children the opportunity to engage with books and consider plot lines and characters in a different way than in academic setting. Approaching their teen years, tweens are now able to interpret, understand, and appreciate literature on a slightly more advanced level. But even if you’ve been able to successfully get your kids reading some classics, you may have realized that many of them either prominently feature male protagonist or present rather two-dimensional female heroines.

Consider then this list of books when conveying to your tween that female heroines can be just as complex, brave, and showstopping.


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  • Patty

    Anne of Green Gables! And Enid Blyton’s Malory Towers. Darrel is such a great role model. I hope my daughters enjoy the books just as much as I did when I was growing up.

  • Sarah

    I love love love a Tree Grows in Brooklyn, it’s in my top 3 favorites. If I ever have kids, I’m going to make sure they read that book.

  • Kelly

    I love these lists, even though I don’t have kids, because I read voraciously all through school and still sort of enjoy young adult fiction. I second the mention of Anne of Green Gables, but also feel worthy on this list are: The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, The Song of the Lioness Quartet (really anything by Tamora Pierce), and all of Ann Rinaldi’s historical fiction.