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Presents an annotated bibliography of picture books, novels, biographies, and folktales that feature heroines who appeal to girls
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As the Library Marketing Manager for Ballantine Books and a former librarian, I can assure you that librarian Kathleen Odean's copious selection of must read titles for girls ages from 2-14 are fine selections for home libraries and will encourage kids to develop the reading habit. Parents, grandparents, and scout leaders will delight in reading aloud such classics as Bemelmans' Madeline books (better than the movie). In recommending titles for older readers (ages 10-14) Odean has chosen titles that have withstood the test of time. These are books that many parents may remember from their own childhood such as Harry Mazer's The Island Keeper and Cynthia Voight's Tell me If the Lovers are Losers as well as introducing some newer award winning newer titles like Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass.
Resources and activities that focus on reading offer tips to adults who want to keep their young reluctant readers on the road to making reading a lifelong habit.
-- Ellen Libretto, Marketing
ference of its kind, Great Books for Girls is an invaluable
list of more than six hundred titles--picture books, novels, mysteries,
biographies, folktales, sports books, and more--that will encourage,
challenge, and ultimately nurture in girls the strong qualities our culture
so often suppresses.
Kathleen Odean, a librarian and former member of the
prestigious Caldecott and Newbery Award committees, has gathered and
annotated a list of books starring bold, confident heroines for children
from toddlers to age fourteen. Here are old favorites such as Eloise,
Harriet the Spy, Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, and Ramona the Pest; new
inspirations such as Cinder Edna, Sheila Rae the Brave, Herculeah Jones,
and Princess Smartypants; and real-life admirable women such as Eleanor of
Aquitaine, Jane Goodall, Toni Morrison, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Helen
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