16 Empowering Books for Kids

Posted by Hayley on April 28, 2015
"Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it," Matilda announced in Roald Dahl's classic children's book. "Be outrageous. Go the whole hog."

Every child should be inspired to go the whole hog. Last week we asked on Facebook and Twitter: What are your favorite empowering books for kids? Today we've got your top picks! How many of these books did you read as a child?

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Don't see your favorite empowering kids' book? Share it with us in the comments!

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message 2: by Kate (new)

Kate Westlake "I am in Charge of Celebrations" Byrd Baylor

message 3: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Paper Bag Princess!!

message 4: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Island of the Blue Dolphins

message 5: by Patsy (new)

Patsy Harmsen Girl of the Limberlost
Daddy longlegs

message 6: by Michelle (new)

Michelle Charlottes web.

message 7: by Dianne (new)

Dianne The Secret Garden

message 8: by Jamar (new)

Jamar Johnson So many titles that I remember from my childhood. Great list!

message 10: by Beth (new)

Beth Little House on the Prairie - Laura Ingalls Wilder
Heidi - Johanna Spyri
The Silver Sword - can't remember
Many of the books on the list I read to my daughters, but they weren't available to me as a kid.

message 11: by Diane (new)

Diane Metheny The Black Stallion books by Walter Farley

message 12: by Evelyne (new)

Evelyne Why only include books written in English?

What about Astrid Lindgren's books (Pippi Longstocking, Ronia the robber's daughter, The brothers Lionheart), or classic dutch writers like Thea Beckman (Crusade in jeans, Hasse Simonsdaughter) or Annie M.G. Schmidt?

They taught me a lot more than those - to me - unknown (aside from Roald Dahl's) books...

message 13: by Debbie (new)

Debbie Sally Diane wrote: "The Black Stallion books by Walter Farley"

Charlotte's Web, The Little House Series, The Chronicles Of Narnia, Oz books. ♡

message 14: by Erma (new)

Erma Talamante Added all of these - I guess I know what I'll be picking from the library for to read to my little for the next month or so! Lol

message 15: by Scarlet Cameo (new)

Scarlet Cameo Janika wrote: "Pippi Longstocking"


message 16: by Denise (new)

Denise I loved Caddie Woodlawn..and Girl of the Limberlost

message 17: by Silvia (new)

Silvia Turcios The Giver is for children?! ... :S

message 18: by Alysa (new)

Alysa Dealing with Dragons!!

message 19: by Karen (new)

Karen Perry Dianne wrote: "The Secret Garden"

Absolutely! I wanted to become an orphan in England so I could go into the Garden and meet Colin.

message 20: by Lexie (new)

Lexie Belknap The Giver is written for middle school, young adults. My favorite book for middle school age kids is Wonder!

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Andrea Nagy The Bromeliad Trilogy

message 22: by Vera (new)

Vera Baetas The Little Prince

message 23: by Meyra (new)

Meyra My absolute favourite is probably Pippi Longstocking. It was the first book that got me really into reading.

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Bara Janika wrote: "Pippi Longstocking"

And Ronia Robber's daughter. XD

message 25: by Zaz (new)

Zaz My favorite is/was Ronia, the Robber's Daughter.
I read the 2 Dahl on the list as a kid and Peter Pan and The Giver as an adult. All of them are great.
I think I've to try some other books in this list, I never heard about them (maybe a lack of translation at this time?).

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Patti My Name Is Not Isabella by Jennifer Fosberry

message 27: by Doroteja (new)

Doroteja Barbora wrote: "Janika wrote: "Pippi Longstocking"

And Ronia Robber's daughter. XD"


message 28: by Chloe (new)

Chloe The little prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

message 29: by Stittsy (new)

Stittsy Some of my childhood favorites in there. I would have picked A Little Princess, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, and Island of the Blue Dolphins as well. My daughter's class read The Giver this past year, in 5th grade. It made quite a strong impression on her. My two elementary age children have also really enjoyed The Land of Stories series.

message 30: by Alex (new)

Alex I don't know how far "kids" goes into the teens, but His Dark Materials, two children change everything.

message 31: by Pat (new)

Pat Has anyone mentioned Charlotte's Web? How about the Little House on the Prairie series? The Hobbit is a huge favourite. The Boxcar Children is good. These are as wonderful for adults as they are for youngsters.

message 32: by Kurt (new)

Kurt Douglass A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

message 33: by Yue (new)

Yue Anne of Green Gables, The Little Princess, Little Lord Fauntleroy.

message 34: by Jasmin.M (new)

Jasmin.M ياسمين منصور Matilda, The Giver, Harold and the Purple Crayon,and Pete Pan, great books! definitely had an influence growing up!

message 35: by Maia (new)

Maia Nightrose Encyclopaedia Brown all the way! Mystery! Adventure! And action!

message 36: by The Lit Bitch (last edited Apr 29, 2015 02:26PM) (new)

The Lit Bitch Anne of Green Gables? and Harry Potter?

message 37: by Kay (new)

Kay J Diane wrote: "The Black Stallion books by Walter Farley"

I remember reading black stallion too

message 38: by Kay (new)

Kay J Little women, and little men by Louisa May Alcott

message 39: by Silvia (new)

Silvia Turcios Little Women, Black Beauty and The little Prince

message 40: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Ella Enchanted, and Anne of Green Gables :)

message 41: by Rachel (new)

Rachel Harry Potter? Why is that not on there?! Also, Anne of Green Gables; Island of the Blue Dolphins; Ella enchanted; and Julie of the Wolves. :)

message 42: by Darnia (new)

Darnia All books by Enid Blyton

message 43: by Yuna (new)

Yuna Gena Pippi Longstocking, Secret Garden,Enid Blyton's, Hans Christian Anderson.

message 44: by Jazs (last edited Apr 29, 2015 05:06PM) (new)

Jazs I have to agree with others saying where is Harry Potter? Or Tamora Pierce for that matter? The Song Of The Lioness, The Protector Of The Small, The Circle Of Magic/The Circle Opens series are all hugely empowering and I loved all those when I was in that age range and would happily give them to my own children or nieces/nephews.

message 45: by Aisha (new)

Aisha B. I'd have to agree with everyone as well about saying where's Harry Potter? But I would say that I enjoyed Matildaalot!

message 46: by Patricia (last edited Apr 29, 2015 05:32PM) (new)

Patricia The most important one of all is missing... The Little Prince!

Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* Pippi Longstocking

message 48: by Carrie (new)

Carrie Superfudge and the Ramona Quimby series.

message 49: by Jeri (new)

Jeri P. The Whipping Boy, Wolves of Willoughby Chase, Narnia, Les Mis, Trumpeter Swan

message 50: by Kikki (new)

Kikki haha I wish I could add to this but I grew up reading books like Flight In Yiktor and The Sacrifice rather than actual childrens books

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