Kids on Fire: Picture Books With Girl Heroes

Girls don’t have to be pretty fairy princesses done up in beautiful gowns, waiting for their princes to come. As these picture books show, girls can be smart, tough and brave, and every girl is beautiful in her own, unique way.

Ninja Red Riding Hood (5/5 stars, currently priced at $10.99)

Companion to the hit The Three Ninja Pigs, this fractured fairy tale is a sure-fire storytime hit.

Wolf just can’t catch a break!

Ever since the three little pigs started teaching everyone Ninja skills, huffing and puffing just hasn’t been enough to scare up a good meal.

His craving for meat sends Wolf to classes at the dojo, and soon he’s ready to try out his new moves. A little girl and her tiny granny should be easy targets—right?


The Mermaid and the Shoe (4.5/5 stars, currently priced at $8.69)

Each of King Neptune’s 50 mermaid daughters boasts a special talent, except for little Minnow, who seems to be good only at asking questions.

When she finds a strange object, Minnow follows her questions to a wondrous place and finds answers, including the answer to the most important question of all:

Who am I?

A gorgeously illustrated story about finding one’s purpose.


The Paper Bag Princess (4.5/5 stars, currently priced at $1.89)

In this bestselling modern classic, Princess Elizabeth is slated to marry Prince Ronald when a dragon attacks the castle and kidnaps Ronald.

In resourceful and humorous fashion, Elizabeth finds the dragon, outsmarts him, and rescues Ronald—–who is less than pleased at her un-princess-like appearance.

This is a fixed-format ebook, which preserves the design and layout of the original print book.


Big Hair, Don’t Care! (4.5/5 stars, currently priced at 99 cents)

Lola has really really REALLY big hair, much bigger than the other kids at her school, but that doesn’t stop her from telling anyone who will listen just how much she LOVES her hair!

It´s not always easy being a kid.

Designed to boost self-esteem and build confidence in kids of all races, this beautifully illustrated picture book is aimed at boys and girls who may need a reminder that it’s ok to be different.



Rosie Revere, Engineer! (5/5 stars, currently priced at $8.82)

Rosie may seem quiet during the day, but at night she’s a brilliant inventor of gizmos and gadgets who dreams of becoming a great engineer.

When her great-great-aunt Rose (Rosie the Riveter) comes for a visit and mentions her one unfinished goal—–to fly–—Rosie sets to work building a contraption to make her aunt’s dream come true.

But when her contraption doesn’t fly but rather hovers for a moment and then crashes, Rosie deems the invention a failure. On the contrary, Aunt Rose insists that Rosie’s contraption was a raging success: you can only truly fail, she explains, if you quit.

From the powerhouse author-illustrator team of Iggy Peck, Architect comes Rosie Revere, Engineer, another charming, witty picture book about believing in yourself and pursuing your passion.


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