Picture Books with Strong Female Protagonists

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by Ludwig Bemelmans

Shannon Rigney Keane from I'm thinking... says:

In this wonderful story about the intrepid Madeline, the city of Paris itself is practically a character. The city's parks, bridges, and squares are beautifully and uniquely rendered by Bemelmans. The pictures, rhyming text, and entertaining twist at the end will engage readers of any age.


Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse

illustrated by Kevin Henkes

Lily is an exuberant preschooler who loves her teacher. Her journey through flaunting her grandmother's latest gifts in class (waiting for show and tell was just too hard), getting in trouble, getting angry, feeling awful, apologizing and setting things right strike just the right note.



illustrated by Ian Falconer

Pseudostoops from Chicago, IL says:

I have never met a child who wasn't charmed by Olivia. Dare I say she is the best modern porcine heroine out there?


The Paper Bag Princess

by Robert N. Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko

Mae says:

You know how all the princesses in books are sniffling little china dolls, afraid to get dirty? Not so with the titular Paper Bag Princess. My mother always told me to be strong smart and capable — and that is exactly who the Paper Bag Princess is.


Brave Irene

illustrated by William Steig

The titular Irene is Irene Bobbin, a dressmaker's daughter. Her mother isn't feeling so well and can't possibly deliver the splendid ball gown she made for the duchess to wear that very night. So brave Irene volunteers to deliver the gown to the palace in time for the ball, in spite of the terrible snowstorm that's brewing — quite an challenge for a such a little girl.