No Damsels in Distress

A Girl Named Dan
A Girl Named Dan By Mackall, Dandi Daley Book - 2008 E MACK Available in some locations

Annotation:Dandi enjoys nothing more than baseball, and so after the boys at school tell her their lunchtime game is now boys only, she enters an essay contest hoping to become a bat boy for the Kansas City A's, not realizing the contest is for boys only.

Princess Academy
Princess Academy By Hale, Shannon Paperback - 2007 J HAL All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:While attending a strict academy for potential princesses with the other girls from her mountain village, fourteen-year-old Miri discovers unexpected talents and connections to her homeland.

Pirate Girl
Pirate Girl By Funke, Cornelia Caroline Book - 2005 E FUN Available in some locations

Annotation:Ferocious pirate Captain Firebeard THINKS that he and the ruthless crew of the "Horrible Haddock" rule the high seas. But Firebeard and his band meet their match when they kidnap a small but feisty girl named Molly.

Olivia and the Fairy Princesses
Olivia and the Fairy Princesses By Falconer, Ian, 1959- Book - 2012 E FAL Available in some locations

Annotation:Olivia is having an identity crisis! There are too many ruffly, sparkly princesses around these days, and Olivia has had quite enough. She needs to stand out! She has to be special! What will she be? Join Olivia on a hilarious quest for individuality.

The Princess and the Packet of Frozen Peas
The Princess and the Packet of Frozen Peas By Wilson, Tony Book - 2012 E WIL Available in some locations

Annotation:Prince Henrik makes a plan to find a wife who is nothing like his royal brother's wife, who he thinks is too sensitive and no fun.

Not One Damsel in Distress
Not One Damsel in Distress World Folktales for Strong Girls By Yolen, Jane Book - 2000 J398.2208 YOL Available in some locations

Annotation:A collection of thirteen traditional tales from various parts of the world, with the main character of each being a fearless, strong, heroic, and resourceful woman.

Pippi Longstocking
Pippi Longstocking By Lindgren, Astrid, 1907-2002. Book - 2007 J LIN Available in some locations

Annotation:Escapades of a lucky little girl who lives with a horse and a monkey--but without any parents--at the edge of a Swedish village.

Baseball Ballerina
Baseball Ballerina By Cristaldi, Kathryn Book - 1992 E CRI Available in some locations

Annotation:A baseball-loving girl worries that the ballet class her mother forces her to take will ruin her reputation with the other members of her baseball team.

Me-- Jane
Me-- Jane By McDonnell, Patrick, 1956- Book - 2011 E MACD Available in some locations

Annotation:Holding her stuffed toy chimpanzee, young Jane Goodall observes nature, reads Tarzan books, and dreams of living in Africa and helping animals.

Princess Smartypants
Princess Smartypants By Cole, Babette Book - 2005 E COL Available in some locations

Annotation:Not wishing to marry any of her royal suitors, Princess Smartypants devises difficult tasks at which they all fail, until the multi-talented Prince Swashbuckle appears.

Amazing Grace
Amazing Grace By Hoffman, Mary, 1945- Book - 1991 E HOF Available in some locations

Annotation:Although a classmate says that she cannot play Peter Pan in the school play because she is black, Grace discovers that she can do anything she sets her mind to do.

Tough Chicks
Tough Chicks By Meng, Cece Book - 2009 E MEN Available in some locations

Annotation:Three independent chicks who dare to be different are reprimanded by the other barnyard residents for not being quiet and docile, until the smart, fearless trio takes on a runaway tractor.

Not All Princesses Dress in Pink
Not All Princesses Dress in Pink By Yolen, Jane Book - 2010 E YOL Available in some locations

Annotation:Rhyming text affirms that girls can pursue their many interests, from playing sports to planting flowers in the dirt, without giving up their tiaras.

The Serpent Slayer
The Serpent Slayer And Other Stories of Strong Women By Tchana, Katrin Book - 2000 J398.2 TCH Available in some locations

Annotation:A collection of twenty traditional tales from various parts of the world, each of whose main character is a strong and resourceful woman.

Presenting-- Tallulah
Presenting-- Tallulah By Spelling, Tori, 1973- Book - 2010 E SPE Available in some locations

Annotation:Tallulah is always being told what she cannot do because of the kind of girl people perceive her to be, but with the help of the new boy in school, she finds a way to just be herself.

Cinder Edna
Cinder Edna By Jackson, Ellen B., 1943- Book - 1994

Annotation:Cinderella and Cinder Edna, who live with cruel stepmothers and stepsisters, have different approaches to life; and, although each ends up with the prince of her dreams, one is a great deal happier than the other.

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Not everyone loves a fairy tale about being rescued and wearing pink. Here's a list of picture and chapter books that celebrate everything it means to be a girl: smart, fun, sassy, athletic, and fearless.

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