Thursday, October 28, 2010

Late Thursday Afternoon Girl Books

The students have heard it over a thousand times. My high school did not have a girls' cross country team until 1981, when I was a junior. I didn't run-- my mother still doesn't think it a good idea that I (attempt to) run. This is why I have been so thrilled that both of my daughters have run with the Blendon Bulldogs Cross Country team, and why I didn't mind standing around in fields helping the coaches this year. (The picture is of Teenage Daughter, who had just made a personal record time.)

If you know elementary or middle school aged girls who are interested in running, guide them toward the Girls on the Run web site. My younger daughter took this course through our local parks and recreation center before she joined the cross country team this year. She had a very successful cross country season because she now LIKES to run.

When it comes to books, I know that girls are not as picky, and that there are just more books for girls. So I focus on books for boys, even though I would much rather be all about GIRL POWER.

I had a teacher ask me recently for a list of books that had more positive messages for girls than books like the Clique series, so I thought that on the even of my Guy Friday post, I would put this list.

Beil, Michael. The Red Blazer Girls: The Ring of Rocamadour

Cassidy, Kay. The Cinderella Society.

Comerford, Lynda B. Rissa Bartholomew’s Declaration of Independence.

Devilliers, Julia and Jennifer Roy. Trading Faces.

Dowell, Frances O’Roark. The Kind of Friends We Used to Be.

Frederick, Heather Vogel. The Mother-Daughter Book Club.

Greenwald, Lisa. My Life in Pink and Green

Kimmel, Elizabeth Cody. Lily B. On The Brink of Cool.

Krech, R. W. Love Puppies and Corner Kicks

Lenhard, Elizabeth. Chicks with Sticks

Lopez, Diana. Confetti Girl

Levy, Elizabeth. Cheater, Cheater

Margolis, Leslie. Boys are Dogs.

Nields, Nerissa. Plastic Angel

Sateren, Shelley Swanson. Cat on a Hottie’s Tin Roof.

Schaefer, Laura. The Teashop Girls.

Strasser, Todd. Con-fidence

Weissman, Elissa Brent. Standing for Socks.

Yee, Millicent Min: Girl Genius


  1. Karen, I love the shout out for GOTR--I coached my daughter in that program two years ago, and it was a fabulous experience for both of us. She's involved in cross country now as a result.

    Love the girl book list too--several of the StorySnoops faves are on it!

  2. Do you ever watch The Middle on ABC? It's our favorite comedy and the daughter on that show is on the cross-country team--although I'm sure your daughter is much more talented than theirs!