A Mighty Girl's top picks of girl-empowering chapter books for young readers.
There's little that compares with the amazing moment when a young reader realizes she can read on her own! It's a tremendous accomplishment when a child gets through her own book from cover to cover. The best way to encourage that practice is to fill your young reader's shelves with fun, exciting, and just-challenging-enough books to read, but finding those books — especially girl-empowering titles — can often be difficult. Sometimes you need a leveled reader that suits your child's ability, and sometimes you're looking for the perfect early chapter book. Whatever you're looking for, you want it to be entertaining enough to catch their attention but of sufficient quality to properly exercise their reading skills.
With that in mind, we've showcased a selection of our favorite Mighty Girl chapter books for young readers. These engaging stories range from leveled readers with lots of pictures and short chapters for early readers to true early chapter books for more advanced readers. Kids will love the exciting stories — both fiction and non-fiction — that are just right for their level; parents will love that their kids will be asking for just a few more minutes to read!
Mighty Girl Books for New & Emerging Readers
Young Wonder Woman fans will be thrilled with this all-new Step into Reading level 2 book. Readers will learn about most iconic heroine of all time — her origins, her secret identity, and more — in this reader from the DC Super Friends series. The book features a shiny foil cover and includes a press-out version of Wonder Woman's iconic tiara and bracelets for kids to wear! Fans of this book will also want to check out I Am Wonder Woman for ages 4 to 7. For more books and toys featuring this iconic superhero, visit our Wonder Woman Collection. And Batgirl fans can check out one of her adventures in Brave Batgirl for ages 4 to 6.
Learn all about the trailblazing author and disability advocate Helen Keller in this Level 2 I Can Read book for emerging readers! When Helen was a baby, an illness resulted in her going blind and deaf. Many people thought she would never be capable of anything, but her parents refused to give up, determined to find her a teacher. And when they did, Helen proved that she could do amazing things! This title, which is perfect for kids who can read basic text on their own but still need a little help, captures Keller's tremendous influence on behalf of people with disabilities everywhere.
Starla Jean is a determined girl who never backs down from a challenge. So when she sees a skinny chicken wandering around the park — and her father says, "if you can catch it, you can keep it," — she knows just what to do! When she succeeds in catching the chicken (to the dismay of her dad,) she names her Opal Egg and sets out to learn everything she can about her new best friend. But in the process, she starts to worry. What if Opal Egg already belongs to somebody? With laugh-out-loud storytelling from Elana K. Arnold and charming illustrations throughout, this is an irresistible series opener that's perfect for kids ready for early chapter books.
Lulu is a little nervous about her first day of school, but she heads off with her broom and Dracula lunch box. She immediately loves her new teacher, Miss Slime, especially her wart, and her first flying lesson around the cemetery goes great. There's only one thing she doesn't like about witch school — her classmate Sandy Witch who seems to do everything better than Lulu... but maybe a new friendship will be just the thing Lulu needs to help things get better. This classic story about friendship for beginning readers has been given fresh illustrations in this beautiful new edition from the I Can Read series. Fans of Lulu will also want to check out her story about sibling frustration, Lulu and the Witch Baby, also for ages 4 to 7.
Rey's years of living on Jakku are about to come to an end when she bumps into a mysterious little droid named BB-8! Soon, she's drawn into an exciting journey that will awake unexpected abilities. This level 1 reader from the World of Reading series features plenty of images drawn from movie stills. Perfect for emerging readers, kids will be excited to read their very own Star Wars story! For another book for young Star Wars: The Force Awakens fans, check out The Force Awakens: New Adventures, also for age 6 to 8. You can find more books and toys featuring this popular new character and her friends in our Rey Collection.
Anna Hibiscus lives in amazing Africa with her mother, her father, her baby twin brothers, and lots and lots of her family. Join her as she splashes in the sea, prepares for a party, sells oranges, and hopes to see sweet, sweet snow! Nigerian-born author Atinuke provides a unique look at the life of a middle-class family in modern African, while still handling questions about class and economics in an age-appropriate way. Best of all, Anna Hibiscus is a fun, enthusiastic character whose adventures will fascinate kids! Fans of this first book should check out the rest of this early chapter book series, including Have Fun, Anna Hibiscus in which she travels to Canada to meet her Canadian side of the family for the first time.
Tiny pony Paddywhack has more than his fair share of spunk, but that hasn't made things easy as he trains his rider, Jane! Finally, though, she gets it right: as long as she has treats to reward him, he'll trot, canter, and jump on cue. But when the big horse show comes around, Jane is so nervous that she forgets the treats. Can Paddywhack rise to the occasion? This sweet story from Step Into Reading's Step 3 is perfect for horse-loving Mighty Girls.
When exuberant young owl Eva Wingdale gets a new diary, she decides to record her daily thoughts — and in this volume, she comes up with the idea of a festival for the whole school! Her teacher, Mrs. Featherbottom, loves the idea but warns Eva that she'll need help to get it all done, but when Eva's rival Sue offers to helps out, Eva stubbornly insists she's fine and takes on everything herself. As the date of the festival gets closer, will Eva have to cancel — or will she realize that it's easier to get things done when you share the load? Easy text and cheerful illustrations make this an appealing choice for newly independent readers; fans of Eva and her friends can also get the Owl Diaries box set, which includes the first five volumes of the series.
Bramble the pony is tired of her boring life, walking in circles as she gives riding lessons. She wants just the right rider to take care of her. But the first few riders she meets: one bosses her around, the other wants her to jump. Then, she meets Maggie. Maggie knows how to figure out what Bramble wants, and balances the new and exciting with reassurance about the unfamiliar. They just might be a perfect match! This charming early reader will delight young horse-lovers as they imagine finding their very own Bramble. For more of Bramble and Maggie's adventures, check out the second book Bramble and Maggie: Give and Take.
Disney / Pixar's film Inside Out takes you to a place that everyone knows but no one has ever seen: inside the human mind. In this Step 3 Step into Reading leveled reader, based on the film, kids get a brief introduction to Headquarters, where Riley's Emotions work together to keep things running smoothly. This book features a shiny foil cover and includes two sheets of sparkly stickers. It's sure to generate a discussion about your own Mighty Girl's emotional life! For more books and toys featuring characters from this popular film, visit our Inside Out Collection.
7-year-old Sofia Martinez is used to fighting for attention in her big family — but fortunately, she always knows they will be there when she really needs them. In this story, she worries about creating a look for class picture day that ensures no one can mistake her for her sisters; attempts to make a piñata for her grandmother's birthday; and has to chase down a runaway class pet! Her outgoing personality and confidence often result in one part success, one part trouble — but no matter what, Sofia's fiery passion for everything she does makes every day an adventure. This first book in a series includes common Spanish words and phrases. For more of Sofia's escapades, check out the second book, The Marigold Mess.
Marguerite Henry's book Misty of Chincoteague has been a beloved favorite every since it was published in 1947 — but did you know that Henry had a real pony named Misty? In this Level Ready-to-Read book, perfect for newly independent readers, kids will ready about Henry's time on Chincoteague Island and the pony who stole her heart. A special section at the end includes additional facts about Chincoteague ponies!
Fans of picture books like Cece Loves Science and Adventure can leap into reading independently with this Level 3 I Can Read reader starring their favorite character! Cece's teacher is introducing the class to the opposite forces of push and pull, and to give them the chance to experiment, she sets them a challenge: make a treat dispenser for Cece's dog that uses both forces. Cece and her classmates will have to get creative and work together — and along they way they'll learn a lot about science! With basic scientific vocabulary and fun activities, this is the perfect book for science-loving emerging readers.
As a girl, Eliza Schuyler was a spirited and intelligent child; as a young woman, the wife of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, she showed her big heart and her incredible strength of character. After Hamilton died in his infamous duel, she not only preserved his legacy: she also protected the memories of many other Revolutionary figures, and founded New York City's first orphanage, which still helps children today. This Level 3 biography from the Step Into Reading early reader series will teach kids about Eliza's life, work, and influence.
Ling and Ting are identical twins, and they stick together, whether they are making dumplings, getting their hair cut, or practicing magic tricks. But looks are deceiving — people can be very different, even if they look exactly the same. In six short chapters, Ling and Ting go on five different escapades — each of which ends with a punchline that will get her giggling — and then the final chapter ties all the stories together. This level 3 Passport to Reading book is the first in a series; fans can check out the second entry, Ling & Ting Share A Birthday.
For a young reader, few things are as inspiring as learning that children just like them are a part of history! Ruby Bridges was just six years old when she walked through an angry crowd, escorted by federal marshals, to integrate an all-white school in New Orleans — by starting kindergarten. Bridges aptly tells her story to her young audience and accents it with historical photographs, allowing emerging readers to explore an iconic moment in the struggle for civil rights. Readers who are ready for a more complex telling can check out Through My Eyes, which is also written by Bridges and is suitable for ages 8 to 12. For more resources about Bridges, visit our Ruby Bridges Collection.
Oh, Mercy! Fans of Kate DiCamillo's irrepressible pig will love this book collection featuring the first six of Mercy's adventures, from foiling a robber to squeezing into a tutu. Mercy loves treats, buttered toast, and fun, and between the three, she has plenty of wacky stories to share with young readers. With large text and lots of pictures, but an early chapter book-style layout, this is the perfect series for young readers who are eager to try their hand at longer books.
Princess Magnolia is perfectly princessy in every way, but when the monster alarm rings, she ducks into her closet and changes into the mysterious Princess In Black! The Princess In Black is ready to tackle any monster problem but while she's doing that, the nosy Duchess Wigtower is searching the castle for any evidence that Magnolia isn't quite the perfect princess she seems to be. Meanwhile, Duff the goat boy is starting to have his suspicions about who the Princess In Black really is — and wonders whether she could use a sidekick! This fun early chapter book, the first of a series, is sure to appeal to princess and superhero fans. Fans of this book can find the rest of the series in our Princess in Black Collection. The first three volumes are also available in a box set, The Princess in Black: Three Smashing Adventures.
Violet Mackerel is a little girl with big ideas — and a lot of theories! Whether she's knitting an unusual project, digging for fossils, feeding ladybugs, or even getting her tonsils out, she has a theory for everything — and a can-do, empathetic spirit that helps her turn theory into practice. This box set includes four of Violet's outside-the-box stories, which are sure to be a hit with kids who are ready for early, picture-heavy chapter books.
A girl who grew up on the South Side of Chicago became a lawyer, a girl's rights advocate, and the first African American First Lady of the United States! In this Level 3 Step Into Reading book, kids will learn how Michelle Obama's parents' lessons about hard work and refusing to give up propelled her to Princeton, to Harvard Law School, and finally into the White House. Her parents also taught her the importance of serving a community and giving back to others in need — something else she embodied throughout her career. This book, perfect for newly independent readers, will fascinate kids with the realization that their hero was once a girl just like them.
When Moana's home is threatened, she decides to defy her father's orders and set out on the open ocean, hoping to find the demigod Maui and force him to return the heart of Te Fiti, the island goddess. This step 3 Step Into Reading book tells her story with simple text and exciting artwork, perfect for newly independent readers who are fans of this popular film! As an added bonus, over 30 sparkly stickers and included she can use on crafts... or perhaps as part of her own stories of Moana's adventures. For more products featuring Moana and her friends, visit our Moana Collection.
In 1946, six brilliant young women programmed the first all-electronic, programmable computer, the ENIAC, part of a secret World War II project. They learned to program without any programming languages or tools, and by the time they were finished, the ENIAC could run a complicated calculus equation in seconds. But when the ENIAC was presented to the press and public, the women were never introduced or given credit for their work. Learn all about what these pioneering women accomplished and how their invention still matters today in level 3 Ready-to-Read book from the You Should Meet series.
There's been a break-in on Orange Street, where Hilde Lysiak, 9-year-old reporter, lives: first some cupcakes are stolen, then a pie follows suit. Never one to back down from a challenge — or a story — Hilde recruits her sister Izzy as a photographer and sets out to crack the case. Together, they'll interview witnesses and look for clues...but can Hilde get the job done in time for her online deadline for the Orange Street News? This is the first volume of a new early reader series based on real stories that Hilde has covered in her work as the country's youngest crime reporter; with easy text and illustrations on every page, and incorporating new vocabulary and high-interest stories, they're sure to be favorites with young mystery buffs! Hilde's fans will also want to check out book two in the series, Bear on the Loose!.
When Sonia Sotomayor was growing up in the Bronx, she set her sights on a dream: she was going to be a lawyer! But on her way, she faced many obstacles, including her diagnosis of diabetes and her father's death. But her mother's determination to help her children get the best possible education and achieve their dreams inspired Sotomayor, and today, as the first Hispanic woman justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, she inspires many others every day. This level 3 reader from Scholastic's When I Grow Up series tells Sotomayor's story in an accessible, interesting way and includes a timeline of important events from her life at the end.
Cowgirl Kate is finally off to school — but horses aren't allowed, which means that Cocoa has to stay at home. Cocoa is lonely, and follows Kate's bus to the school; he's also a bit jealous when he sees her making a new friend. And it's exasperating that she has to do homework when Cocoa just wants to ride! Fortunately, Kate is able to reassure Cocoa that he's always her partner...and when schoolwork is done, there's still plenty of time for them to adventure together! Fans of Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa will love this story, with short illustrated chapters that independent readers can even enjoy on their own!
Fiona Felicity Frizzle's class is getting ready for the school's game of Extreme Hide and Seek — but D.A. is frustrated. Every year, a mysterious player called The Seeker wins the game! So she asks Ms. Frizzle to show her how creatures in the wild use mimicry and camouflage to outsmart their predators and prey. It's time for another Magic School But adventure! This level 2 Scholastic reader, which is perfect for readers who are ready for new vocabulary and longer sentences, also includes a set of collectible stickers.
Mae Jemison dreamed of becoming an astronaut from childhood. She went to medical school and joined the Peace Corps, but she never forgot that dream — so in 1985, she applied to NASA, and in 1992, Jemison became the first African-American woman to go into space! In this Level 3 Ready-To-Read book from the You Should Meet non-fiction series, newly independent readers can learn all about Jemison's fascinating life and career. Additional material at the end includes information about math and history, and even a timeline with fun facts about space!
The spirited Anne of Green Gables comes to life in a charming chapter book series for early readers! Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert are shocked when the orphan waiting at the train station isn't a helpful boy like they expected — instead, it's the imaginative and exuberant red-headed Anne (with an e). If Anne wants to build a new home and family in Avonlea, she'll have to learn a little patience and understanding, but it turns out that her creativity and boldness stand her in good stead too! This first book in an illustrated early reader series inspired by L.M. Montgomery's classic novel will delight Anne fans both new and old. Fans of the series can check out the second book, Anne's Kindred Spirits.
Everyone knows that Babe Ruth was a great baseball player — but did you know that a teenager pitched right past him? Jackie Mitchell always dreamed of playing baseball, and in 1931, she got signed to play with the Chattanooga Lookouts. But nobody thought this 17-year-old girl could really keep up with the big leaguers. Then, in an exhibition game against the famed New York Yankees, Mitchell got the chance to prove herself: she faced off against both Ruth and his teammate Lou Gehrig... and struck both of them out! This early reader retelling of Mitchell's fascinating story is sure to delight young baseball fans — or anyone who's sick of hearing, "You throw like a girl!" as an insult.
8-year-old Val is Astronaut Girl, and she loves conducting experiments and talking about outer space. With the help of her "crew" (also known as her cat and her baby brother) she is always ready to discovery. But when she meets her new neighbor, Wallace, she's horrified to discover that he's more interested in a TV show about space than real space missions! However, when the crew head out on a lunar adventure — and get lost along the way — Val discovers that Wallace has his own useful information to contribute. Astronaut Girl and her crew make an exciting debut in the first book of this series, which includes exciting vocabulary and appealing purple-toned illustrations that are perfect for science-loving new readers!
June has a secret: her dog Sammy can talk, but only she can hear him. Her older sister is too big to play with them now, so June and Sammy decide to set out to make a new friend — one who can appreciate them both. A girl named Mae has just moved into the neighborhood, so June uses the Wonder Wheel, a game sent by her grandma Penny, to help them pick a new adventure to have each day. But is Mae the kind of friend who will believe June when she tells her about Sammy? This charming early chapter book celebrates friendship and the adventures to be had right outside your door.
You've heard of Paul Revere, but did you know that, in 1777, a 16-year-old girl rode 40 miles in one night to alert American troops of an impending British attack — twice as far as Revere did. Sybil Ludington traveled dirt roads in the pouring rain, facing attacks by outlaws and imprisonment by the British, to ensure that her father's militiamen were ready to push the invaders back to their boats. This page-turning account of Ludington's ride is sure to thrill young readers, while the afterword about Ludington's further efforts during the Revolutionary war will fascinate them.
Keena Ford is ready for a fresh start: she has a brand new journal to write in, and in the second grade, she's hoping to do her best to change her reputation as a bit of a troublemaker. And even though her best friend, Eric, won't be in her class this year, her new teacher Ms. Coleman seems awesome. But then Keena accidentally mixes up her dates, making Ms. Coleman think it's her birthday... and next thing she knows, Ms. Coleman has a big chocolate cake, a sparkly crown, and other fun things for the supposed special occasion. Keena knows she should tell the truth, but the cake looks so good... Told through Keena's journal, with black and white illustrations throughout, this realistic predicament will ring true to young readers and inspire them to find their own way through tough moments.
Elsa has been working hard, both learning what she needs to be Queen and trying to control her ice powers. She expects her family's visit to their summer home will give her a chance to rest — and maybe even safely test her icy gift. But instead, Queen Iduna just has more lessons for her, while Anna plays outside. When the sisters hear a legend that says a snow hare can bring good luck, Anna becomes determined to catch one for Elsa — and when she has a mishap along the way, Elsa will have to muster her confidence and use her magic to come to the rescue! This full-color illustrated chapter book from the Before the Story is perfect for young Frozen fans! For a companion book about Anna, check out Anna Finds A Friend.
Before Misty Copeland was the first African-American woman to be a principal dancer for the American Ballet Theater, she was a kid facing a lot of challenges. In this book, kids learn about Misty's childhood, her introduction to dance, and the struggles she faced as a budding dancer who didn't look like a "typical" ballerina. For another early chapter book about Misty Copeland, we also recommend You Should Meet: Misty Copeland for ages 6 to 8. Copeland is also the author of an inspiring picture book that references her ballet career, Firebird, for ages 4 to 8.
Cam and her friend Eric are sitting in the mall when a thief robs the jewelry store. The only problem is that the police arrest the wrong person! But Cam can't rely on her photographic memory to see justice done — she has to find proof. So it's time for her and Eric to use every bit of their observation and reasoning skills to put the real criminal behind bars. Perfect for kids who are just transitioning to chapter books, the Cam Jansen mysteries are appealing and fun. Cam's adventures continue in Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the U.F.O.
Unlike most girls of her time, Susan B. Anthony received an education, and that education taught her that women should have the same rights as men — above all, the right to vote. So from the time she was a young woman until the day she died, Susan worked very hard to change America and make her dream reality. This book from the Ready to Read series provides an intriguing introduction to this dedicated suffragist, including her lasting influence on the suffrage movement after her death. For more resources featuring Anthony, visit our Susan B. Anthony Collection.
When Birdie's plans to make her birthday a treat for her whole class go awry, who can save the day? Why, her alter ego, the Amazing Crafty Cat! The Amazing Crafty Cat will know the perfect solution — and even the class bully, Anya, won't deter her. Once Birdie has transformed, sticky paws and paper cuts are no obstacle to helping the class celebrate the best birthday break ever. This early reader graphic novel is the first in a trilogy about this resilient and imaginative new character, and includes instructions for six easy projects for kids to try. And if she loves this book, check out the second in the series, Crafty Cat and the Crafty Camp Crisis.
When Abigail Adams was born, women were expected to be just wives and mothers, but Abigail turned out to be so much more. The second First Lady of the United States, Adams became an active voice in political and social issues. She's also famous for a letter in 1776 urging her husband John Adams that "in the new code of laws which I suppose it will be necessary for you to make, I desire you would remember the ladies and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors." This Ready to Read level 3 biography beautifully captures the spirit and passion of this inspiring woman.
Ghoulia is a typical zombie kid: she lives in Crumbling Manor with her Auntie Departed, and loves playing with Tragedy, her albino dog. Except unlike many zombies, Ghoulia wants a real friend. Outside the manor's walls, though, she can't hide her ghoulish appearance, so she's sure no one will befriend her. Then she has an idea: on Halloween, with all the kids dressed up like monsters, she can finally be herself. And maybe, if the kids get to know Ghoulia, they'll realize she's a great friend... This appealing series opener with a sweet message of acceptance and friendship is a delight.
When they were young, Abby and Erin were fascinated by ghosts — so when they discover proof that ghosts are real, it's time to spring into action! Alongside new friends Holtzmann and Patty, they become the Ghostbusters, and set out to save New York City from paranormal threats. Together, there's no ghost this team can't tackle! This level 3 Ready to Read book is perfect for young fans of the Ghostbusters movie. For more products featuring these characters, visit our Ghostbusters Collection.
Amelia Earhart always loved adventure, and she did not let anything prevent her from following her dreams. In this Ready to Read level 3 book, kids will learn all about how many "firsts" she accomplished in her life — from her amazing airplane flights to her groundbreaking approach to life! The book includes a timeline that goes up to her disappearance on her round-the-world attempt and also features a map of all of Earhart's flights. For more books about this inspiring adventurer, visit our Amelia Earhart Collection.
8-year-old Stella Batts loves to write; she loves the color yellow; and she loves fudge. What Stella does not love is her name. Ever since she fell on her class nature walk ("I don't even want to say what I landed in, it was too gross, so I'm going to leave out that part.") the class bully has been calling her SMELLA. So she decides to pick a new name! Unfortunately, that's harder than it sounds, especially when a bunch of her friends and classmates start changing names too. This charming early chapter book, the first in a series, is written as Stella's draft of her autobiography; it's sure to get kids giggling and prompt them to write their own life stories. Stella's adventures continue in Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow.
She's been called one of the greatest American minds of all time, and when NASA first started using computers to calculate launch trajectories, they only trusted them after she double checked the math! Katherine Johnson broke both gender and racial boundaries when she started working for NASA in the 1950s as a human computer, performing the complex calculations necessary to launch rockets, satellites, and eventually, the Apollo 11 moon mission. Fans of the hit movie Hidden Figures will be excited to read their very own book about Johnson from Ready to Read's You Should Meet series. Older readers can check out Hidden Figures Young Readers Edition for ages 8 to 13.
Ivy's grandmother is a gifted healer for four-legged creatures, but a terrible gardener, and her neighbors in Broomsweep often grumble about her messy, ill-kept garden. Then a contest is announced: the tidiest town in the kingdom will win a special prize! Now, Broomsweep is determined to get Ivy's grandmother to clean up her act. But at the same time, there's a sudden rush of refugees to Grandmother's cottage: everything from pixies to griffins to a dragon with a cold! They're going to cause quite the uproar... but they might also provide help at a critical time. This magical and humorous chapter book celebrates individuality and compassion above all. Ivy and her friends return in Ivy and the Goblins.
Young Clover believes in luck... because hers is all bad. Misfortunes seem to strike her over and over — which bothers her most when it interferes with her desire for a pet. When her pet canary escapes through a hole in her window, what seems like another stroke of bad luck may turn out to be good: she stumbles across a cottage, which turns out to be home to the Magical Animal Adoption Agency, run by the mysterious Mr. Jams. To Clover's delight, Mr. Jams offers to let her volunteer — but when a witch comes after the creatures while Clover is working alone, can she keep them all safe? This charming illustrated chapter book opener is the first in a trilogy of books full of magic, whimsy, and reminders that courage and compassion are more powerful than luck.
Following the relaunch of the Judy Moody series with a MOOD-tastic look, this boxed set brings together the new editions of the first dozen beloved stories, complete with colorful box art by Peter H. Reynolds! Judy Moody is an exuberant and opinionated third-grade whose many moods have entertained millions of kids. Now, this colorful, RARE boxed set follows her from her bad moods to solving mysteries to becoming a mood martian. She's sure to delight both old fans and new readers! Don't forget to add the thirteenth book in the series, Judy Moody and the Right Royal Tea Party.
More than 200 years ago, explorers went on a journey to the Pacific Ocean — and with the help of a young American Indian girl, the trip was a success. Her name was Sacajawea, and her story is one of courage and resilience. This level 4 Penguin Young Readers book focuses on the Lewis and Clark mission, but also touches on her early life as a captive and addresses the conflicting reports about how she died. Full of warm, attractive illustrations, this dignified and sympathetic telling is sure to inspire young readers.
Grace Stewart is a lovable third grader facing all of the challenges of elementary school, from misguided efforts to help a neighbor to jealousy over friendships to a desperate desire to prove she's responsible enough for a REAL pet. In this boxed set, kids can follow Grace and her friends as she tackles the highs, the lows, and the just plain funny moments of life. For more books in the series, check out the full list of Just Grace books.
Kids can read about the life of Civil Rights heroine Rosa Parks in her own words in this Level 4 Penguin Young Readers book! Parks simplified her young adult biography Rosa Parks: My Story, which is suitable for age 9 to 13, to create this book, which outlines her acts of civil disobedience and the motivations behind them. Her writing also connects her work in the 1950s and 1960s with her ongoing efforts to combat racism up until her death in 2005. Simple but poignant, this book is an excellent introduction to this compelling woman. For more resources about Parks, visit our Rosa Parks Collection.
Young Frozen fans will love this early chapter book adaptation of their favorite film! When Arendelle is trapped in eternal winter, Princess Anna must team up with Kristoff and his reindeer Sven on the grandest of journeys to find Anna's sister, Queen Elsa, and put an end to her icy spell. Encountering mystical trolls, a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Everest-like extremes, and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction. For more books featuring characters from this popular film, visit our Frozen Collection.
Mona Golabek's stunning book for older readers, The Children of Willesden Lane, is now available in an early chapter book format! Musical prodigy Lisa dreams of being a concert pianist, but with World War II looming, Vienna is no longer safe for Jewish families like hers. Her parents make the difficult decision to send her to London through the Kindertransport. In a home for refugee children, Lisa desperately misses her family, but her music provides her — and all of those around her — with comfort. Adapted for newly independent readers, and including additional material about Holocaust history and the Kindertransport, this book will encourage young readers to imagine what they would do in Lisa's shoes. For a picture book version of the story, check out Hold On To Your Music: The Inspiring True Story of the Children of Willesden Lane for ages 5 to 8.
Heidi Heckelbeck has a special secret: she's a witch! But that doesn't mean she gets to skip school, so during her time at Brewster Elementary, she enjoys perfectly normal, day-to-day activities, just like any kid. Of course, when the occasion calls for it, she sometimes pulls out her Book of Spells to see if she can give things a little nudge... With fun stories, easy-to-read language, and engaging pictures, this early chapter book series is sure to be a hit.
Many young readers will be shocked to learn that there are girls around the world who don't get the opportunity to go to school. This Step Into Reading level 4 biography of Malala Yousafzai will open their eyes to important issues about discrimination and educational access. As a young girl in Pakistan, Malala spoke up about the importance of girls' education, via speeches and a blog, risking violence from the Taliban regime that was intent on denying girls an education and silencing anyone who disagreed with their laws. In age-appropriate fashion, this book talks about the assassination attempt against Malala and how she has continued to speak for the voiceless girls around the world who want to learn.
Kids have giggled at literal-minded Amelia Bedelia's misunderstandings for years! Now, in this 10-book series, Amelia gets imagined as a young girl whose adventures with family and friends get thrown off by her little slips, whether she's saving money for a bike, going on a road trip, or adding a four-legged furry family member. Fortunately, good-natured Amelia is always able to straighten things out in the end! The end of each book includes a "two ways to say it" section that provides a guide to the idioms in the story, so it's a great option for building kids' repertoire of sayings, too!
When a childhood illness leaves her blind and deaf, Helen Keller's life seems hopeless indeed. But her indomitable will and the help of a devoted teacher, Annie Sullivan, empower Helen to triumph over incredible adversity. Keller would go on to become a best-selling author, public speaker, and advocate for the rights of disabled people. The amazing true story of how Keller learned how to communicate after years of silence and darkness is finally brought to the beginner reader level with this Step Into Reading level 4 title. For more books for all ages about Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan, visit our Helen Keller Collection.
Zoey has made an amazing discovery: magical animals show up in her backyard when they need help — so it's up to her to help them feel better! This time, it's a sick baby dragon she names Marshmallow. With her beloved cat Sassafras by her side, Zoey will have to use the scientific method to determine enough details about her patient to find the cure. She'll experiment to figure out if Marshmallow is warm or cold blooded; herbivore, carnivore, or omnivore; and much more. This new early reader chapter book series will show kids how they can use scientific principles every day. Fans of this book should also check out the rest of the Zoey and Sassafras series, including this wrapped set of the first six books.
In Iowa in 1881, a terrible flood washed out a railroad bridge... while an engine was checking the tracks, and not long before a passenger train carrying 200 people was scheduled to cross. 15-year-old Kate Shelley knew she had to try to help the two railroad workers on the first engine, and somehow get a message through to the engineer on the midnight train. In thrilling, suspenseful fashion, Margaret K. Wetterer tells the story of this determined and courageous Mighty Girl. Young readers who enjoy stories of real-life heroes will also want to check out The Schoolchildren's Blizzard, which is suitable for ages 6 to 9.
Rosie Revere has a big new project: her beloved Aunt Rose and her friends, who all built airplanes during World War II, need something to help their friend June participate in an art contest, despite her arms being in casts from a motor-scooter accident. At first, Rosie thinks it will be easy — she's used to having to persist until she makes an invention work. But as things keep going wrong, she starts worrying that she won't find a solution in time. Fortunately, with help from her fellow Questioneers Iggy Peck and Ada Twist, Rosie is able to solve the problem just in time! Fans of Rosie will love this series opener for a new early chapter book series featuring her and her friends.
Before Florence Nightingale revolutionized nursing, nurses were poor, untrained women who did little more than offer basic comfort to the ill and injured. Despite her family's disapproval, Nightingale learned more about medicine, and eventually became famous as "The Lady with the Lamp" in Britain's Crimean War hospitals. This engaging book from the On My Own biography series doesn't lean on fictionalized dialogue, instead focusing on intriguing factual text and high-quality illustrations. Fans of this book will also want to check out this title about another nursing pioneer, Clara Barton: Spirit of the American Red Cross from the Ready to Read series, which is suitable for age 6 to 8.
The U.S. Women's National Team has a long history of firsts — and when they won the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, they inspired the country! In this Level 4 Penguin Young Readers book, you'll get to know the story of the team, from 20 years ago, when almost nobody cared about women's soccer, to 2015, when the USWNT became the first women's team to have a ticker-tape parade down the Canyon of Heroes in New York City. You'll learn about some of the team's most famous athletes, and about some of their landmark victories! This inspiring story is perfect for young soccer fans.
The woods are dark and dangerous, but high above the trees, the North Star shines down. Tonight Harriet Tubman is helping slaves escape on the Underground Railroad.This Step Into Reading Level 4 book provides a page-turning account of Tubman's life — from her childhood in slavery to her years as a conductor on the Underground Railroad to her later work as a suffragette and as a spy in the Civil War — bringing to life one of America's greatest female role models. Fans of this book may want to check out Sojourner Truth: Path to Glory, from the Ready to Read series, which is suitable for ages 6 to 10. For more books about Tubman, visit our Harriet Tubman Collection.
Pocahontas is famous for saving the life of Captain John Smith, the man she loved — at least that's what legend tells us. This level 4 Penguin Young Readers book provides a more nuanced and historically accurate telling of her life. The book emphasizes Pocahontas' true age when she first met John Smith and his fellow Europeans, as well as her playful nature. By showing her desire to forge a peaceful relationship between the Powhatan and the settlers, her true colors as an intelligent, heroic young woman shine through.
As a war orphan in Sierra Leone, Michaela DePrince was scorned for her vitiligo, which marked her as a "devil's child." One thing gave her hope: a magazine picture of a ballerina on point that she had found when she was 3. When she was adopted by an American family, she got her chance to take ballet — and her dream of becoming a professional dancer became a reality. Thie level 4 Step Into Reading book tells the story of how DePrince became a rising star in the dance world. Older fans of DePrince can read her story in her autobiography Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina, which is suitable for age 11 and up.
Poor Lotta is having a very bad day. First, she wakes up mad because in her dream her older brother and sister were mean to her. Then, Mother expects her to wear a sweater that "scratches and tickles." Madder than ever, Lotta decides to run away and find a new place to live. After all, everyone at her house is mean, so she won't miss her family at all — will she? Kids will giggle as they recognize their own bad days in Lotta's story. Written by Astrid Lindgren, the author of Pippi Longstocking and Ronia, the Robber's Daughter, this book shows that there's an exciting story lurking in even the most ordinary days.
Lulu is so accustomed to getting what she wants that when her parents deny her birthday request for a brontosaurus, she throws a four-day temper tantrum and then storms off into the forest in search of the dinosaur she clearly deserves. But when she meets one — a handsome dinosaur named Mr. B. — it turns out there's a misunderstanding and Mr. B. thinks he's going to get to keep Lulu as a pet! This funny story, accented with expressive illustrations, is sure to tickle her funny bone. Fans of this book can check out the rest of the series, including Lulu Walks The Dogs, where she learns that, sometimes, you need to lean on a friend.
Sarai Gonzalez knows she can take on every challenge... so when she learns that the landlord is selling the house where her grandparents live, she's sure she can figure out a solution. Having just started a cupcake business, the solution seems obvious: earn enough money to buy the house! But making money with her sisters making a mess in the kitchen seems impossible, and Sarai quickly learns that houses cost more than she expected. Fortunately, with a little optimism and some help from her large, loving family, Sarai might just find a solution anyway. This early chapter book series, which is inspired by the life of viral video sensation and social activist Sarai Gonzalez, will inspire big plans and a hopeful attitude in young readers!
Dory is the youngest sibling, and she often feels left out. All she wants is for her older brother and sister to play with her, but if they won't, she'll have to rely on her tremendously vivid imagination instead! Whether she's escaping from prison / time out, outsmarting monsters, or exacting a little childish revenge, it stands her in good stead... and when her family really needs her, Dory will always be there! This illustrated early chapter book is full of energy and fun. Fans of Dory can check out the sequels, Dory Fantasmagory: Real True Friend, Dory Fantasmagory: Dory Dory Black Sheep, and Dory Fantasmagory: Head in the Clouds.
Naima's family is struggling, and she wishes she could do something to help. If she were a boy, she could drive her father's rickshaw and earn extra money for the family — but when she disguises herself as a boy and tries, she accidentally crashes it, leaving her family in an even worse position. The thing that Naima can do best is paint alpanas, the traditional patterns that Bangladeshi women use to decorate homes for special occasions. Perhaps she can use her talent to help her family — and prove to them that girls have value, too. This fascinating story, full of intriguing details about life in Bangladesh, communicates complex messages about how women's roles are changing around the world.
Princess Cora is so tired of her princess lessons that she writes to her fairy godmother for help. Strangely, her fairy godmother responds by sending...a crocodile! But it turns out that the ill-behaved crocodile is exactly what Cora needs, because while the crocodile is dressed up in a mop wig and frilly dress — wreaking havoc in the castle — Cora gets to go on an exciting outdoor adventure: climbing trees, getting dirty, and having fun. This hilarious story will leave kids cheering at the comeuppance that the over-scheduling adults get while Cora finally gets to enjoy a little freedom.
For Mighty Girls who aren't quite ready for the original Nancy Drew books, Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew is the perfect solution! These early chapter books reimagine Nancy as an third grade student solving mysteries around her community. Kids will love following along with the age-appropriate mysteries and trying to put together the clues with Nancy, George, and Bess. This collection includes the first five books in the series, perfect to keep aspiring sleuths flipping pages. For more books and other products featuring this classic character, visit our Nancy Drew Collection.
The moment they saw each other, Bean and Ivy knew they wouldn't be friends: Bean stomps puddles and climbs trees, while Ivy seems prim and proper and prefers to sit on the porch with a book. But when Bean plays a joke on her sister, Nancy, and has to hide quick, Ivy comes to the rescue, proving that sometimes the best of friends are people who never thought they would even like each other. Full of vibrant characters and lots of humor, this charming early chapter book is the first in a series; fans can check out the Ivy and Bean's Secret Treasure Box, which includes the first three books, plus a a secret treasure-hiding box with a cool surprise inside!
King the dog helps his best friend Kayla solve a mysterious pair of coded letters! Kayla and Mason have both received letters. What Kayla knows is that the same person sent both of them — someone both she and Mason know — and that the two letters are the same except for the second word. What King knows is that Jillian is the one who left the letters. Can Kayla and King figure out what the letters say using these clues? This fun early chapter mystery story teaches young readers how to gather information and analyze clues. Fans of this title can also get King & Kayla and the Case of the Missing Dog Treats and King & Kayla and the Case of the Lost Tooth.
Sadie and her friends Jess and Maya are inseparable — or are they? Jess can only take one friend on vacation with her, and Sadie is the one who gets left behind. How will she ever survive the days of loneliness and boredom? But then Sadie discovers that a witch has moved into her old playhouse — a kind and funny witch, who's looking for her own two lost friends. Together, Sadie and the witch have a curious adventure, one that makes Sadie see her neighborhood — and herself — with new eyes. The satisfying mystery and fun sense of magic and humor will make this a popular pick! Fans of the backyard witch can see how she helps another girl in Jess's Story.
Curmudgeonly Renata Wolfman (AKA Wolfie) prefers to spend time alone: after all, friends just take up time she could use for facts and reading! But when she meets Livingston Flott (Fly), the eccentric boy next door, she soon finds herself with a companion in her cardboard box submarine. Wolfie is relieved when she has to go on a solo mission to find a key part for their game, but to her surprise, she finds that the time alone isn't quite as appealing as it was before. Maybe it's not so bad having Fly around... This charming and funny early chapter book celebrates an unexpected friendship and the pleasure to be found when you are open to new experiences. The friends return in Wolfie and Fly: Band on the Run.
Kate, Mia, Lainey, and Gabby are all very different — but they all dream of meeting a real fairy. And then suddenly they find themselves whisked of to Pixie Hollow, the home of Tinker Bell! At first they're delighted, but in Pixie Hollow, the four girls are just Clumsies who don't belong. And when Kate jealously steals a handful of pixie dust, the girls wonder if they'll ever make it home. Even if they do, can they really forget the magic of the fairies, or do they dare continue their adventures between the worlds? This box set includes the first four volumes of this magical early chapter book series: In a Blink, The Space Between, A Dandelion Wish, and From the Mist.
Beloved characters Callie Vee and her family from the award-winning middle grade historical fiction novel The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate make an appearance in this new early chapter book series! When Travis rescues a baby skunk, he knows he'll have to keep Stinky secret. But then he finds Stinky's littermate, Winky, and things get even more complicated. Travis and Calpurnia want to help the skunks stay safe and get well, but Mama's nose for trouble is sure to twitch with two baby skunks around! This book includes the perfect combination of historical detail, scientific terminology, and engaging story and characters. Fans of this volume can also check out the second in the series, Counting Sheep.
Meet Bink and Gollie, two precocious little girls — one tiny, one tall, and both utterly irrepressible. Setting out from their super-deluxe tree house and powered by plenty of peanut butter (for Bink) and pancakes (for Gollie), they share three comical adventures that remind them that, at the end of the day, they will always be the very best of friends. This Theodor Seuss Geisel Award-winning book is full of exuberance, friendship, and fun. Fans of this book should also check out Bink and Gollie: The Completely Marvelous Collection.
Third grader Marty McGuire would rather spend recess catching frogs in the pond than playing dress-up, so she's dismayed when her teacher casts Marty as the princess in the class play. After a special lesson in the art of improvisation, though, Marty comes up with a plan to improve the play: why use stuffed-animal frog when a live one would be so much better? This will definitely be an unforgettable show! Kate Messner beautifully captures the energy and creativity kids devote when they get to incorporate their own ideas into something. Fans of Marty can check out the second book in the series, Marty McGuire Digs Worms!
Third grade scientist and inventor extraordinaire Ada Lace has a new challenge to take on: her neighbor's beloved Yorkie dog has been dognapped! Ada is sure that her homemade gadgets and her knack for scientific thinking will allow her to crack the case. A quirky neighborhood girl, Nina, insists on helping, but she has has her own theory about the missing dog (involving alien abduction, of all things!) As Ada and Nina get closer to the solution, though, they'll also discover that opposites can make for the best of friends! This new series from Emily Calandrelli, host of Xploration Outer Space and MIT graduate, provides a scientifically-minded detective young readers will love. Fans of Ada can also find all five volumes in the series in our Ada Lace Collection.
Meet the inimitable Ramona Quimby in this box set that collects the first four books of the series! This collection includes paperback editions of Beezus and Ramona, Ramona the Pest, Ramona the Brave, and Ramona and Her Father. Although things don't always go smoothly despite Ramona's good intentions, she stays optimistic, confident that the people who love her will help her get through any challenge. For more of the series, check out The Ramona Collection, Volume 2 or the Ramona Quimby Box Set which includes the entire series.
There's never been anyone like Gooney Bird Greene at Watertower Elementary School. What other new kid comes to school wearing pajamas and cowboy boots one day and a polka-dot t-shirt and tutu on another? She is the star of story time and keeps her teacher and classmates on the edge of their seats with her "absolutely true" stories. But what about her classmates? Maybe they have interesting stories to share too.... This laugh-out-loud book will teach young readers the elements of storytelling — and encourage them to come up with stories of their own! Fans of Gooney Bird can check out the second book in the series, Gooney Bird Greene and the Room Mother.
If your Mighty Girl’s taste runs more to wacky experiments than day-to-day scenarios, she'll love Franny K. Stein! Jim Benton’s Franny is determined to take over the world; unfortunately, her grandiose plots don’t tend to work out quite as she’d envisioned. All seven books from the series come in this set, which celebrates cleverness, ingenuity, and the daring it takes to see just what happens when you mix these two things together...
Property Jones is delighted when her adopted family wins the Great Montgomery Book Emporium in a contest: with the pull of a lever, she can pull forth rooms of wonders, form a Room of Woodland Tales (complete with squirrels and mice) to a Room of Ocean Tales with an aquarium for a ceiling! Then a man named Eliot Pink arrives, claiming that he sold a valuable book to the previous owner and was never paid. But Property isn't giving up that easily: with her brother Michael, she's determined to investigate Pink and prove that he's up to no good. With a whimsical, warm tone, this charming story full of quirky characters celebrates family and a love of books.
After a playful discussion of Liberty's history — her design and construction, and then her transport to the US as a gift from France — author Dave Eggers points out an often overlooked detail: that Liberty is not standing passively on her pedestal, but is in mid-stride. The statue's right foot is raised, he observes: “She is on the move!” But why? Because, he suggests, Liberty is stepping out into the harbor to welcome the new arrivals, whether from Italy, Norway, Cambodia, or Syria. After all, Liberty is an immigrant too, and: “She is not content to wait... Liberty and freedom from oppression are not things you get or grant by standing around. These are things that require action. Courage. An unwillingness to rest." At turns funny and profound, this insightful new book introduces young readers to the history behind the statue, while encouraging them to contemplate its significance.
Ellie prides herself on her engineering skills, and loves inventing things in her backyard workshop. So when her best friend Kit's birthday approaches, she's determined to make something — and when she hears Kit's mom saying they're getting her a dog, she knows just what to build: a doghouse. But her plans get more and more elaborate, and soon she's got to enlist help from other kids in the neighborhood — kids who don't always get along. Can she create the doghouse of Kit's dreams and still keep it a secret? This exuberant story includes fun backmatter, including a how-to guide to tools, that will delight would-be engineers.
I Am Malala, Malala Yousafzai's memoir about risking her life for the right to go to school, has now been abridged and adapted for chapter book readers. Raised by a father from a poor background who dared to defy tradition by ensuring his daughter was educated, and an illiterate but determined mother, Malala was taught to stand up for what she believed in. When the Taliban started restricting girls' access to education in Pakistan, Malala's determination to go to school set her on a path that would make her an inspiration to the world. For more resources about this inspiring education advocate, visit our Malala Yousafzai Collection.
This new series focuses on the daring girls and women of the Star Wars universe! Based on the animated micro-series, this book collects three tales featuring Sabine Wren, Rey, and Senator Padme Amidala, all narrated by the inimitable Maz Kanata. Fans of the Star Wars Universe or the Forces of Destiny shorts will thrill to read these exciting stories, all accompanied by art from the show. You can also get Star Wars: Forces of Destiny Daring Adventures Volume 2, which includes stories featuring Jyn Erso, Ahsoka Tano, and Leia Organa.
Additional Recommended Resources
- The holidays a great time to start a Mighty Girl Book Club! For reading lists and suggestions for getting your own club started, visit our Book Club page.
- For great books to read to kids over the holidays, check out our Top Read Aloud Books Starring Mighty Girls.
- Emerging and reluctant readers often love graphic novels! For high-quality graphic novels starring Mighty Girls, check out our blogs Life In Pictures: Mighty Girl Graphic Novels for Young Readers about Real Life and Worlds of the Imagination: Fantasy-Filled Mighty Girl Graphic Novels, or our full selection of graphic novels.