In no particular order...if the book is on this list, it's an absolute favorite!
Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
Torina's World: A Child's Life in Madagascar by Joni Kabana, photos by Joni Kabana
This is a favorite I have read to my kids for years.
The children in Madagascar rejoice in life's natural gifts--singing, working in the fields, helping their parents, and playing with lizards. Divided into three sections: "We Live!", "We Grow!" and "We Feel!", Torina's World:A Child's Life in Madagascar offers a glimpse into daily life in a Malagasy village, and encourages children in Western cultures to examine and reflect on life in a developing country. Ten years ago, author and photographer Joni Kabana spent a month in Madagascar. Her intention was to bring back images for her children showing how other children live. Torina, an eight-year-old Malagasy girl, acted as Joni's guide into this world. Back home, Joni's nine-year-old son, Benjamin Opsahl, helped edit the images and added simple, yet profound text that will engage readers across the world. Torina is now eighteen, still living with her parents and six brothers. She would like to further her education, but is hindered by a lack of resources, thus a portion of the proceeds from book sales will provide funding for her education as well other educational activities in Madagascar. To learn more about her life in Madagascar and fundraising efforts visit www.torinasworld.com
Why War Is Never a Good Idea by Alice Walker, Illustrated by Stefano Vitale
"Though War is Old
It has not
Poet and activist Alice Walker personifies the power and wanton devastation of war in this evocative poem. Stefano Vitale’s compelling paintings illustrate this unflinching look at war’s destructive nature and unforeseen consequences.
The Lady of Ten Thousand Names: Goddess Stories from Many Cultures
Retold By: Burleigh Muten, Illustrated By: Helen Cann
Worship the goddesses of mythology. The eight stories in this elegant collection are based on traditional tales and sacred texts, and are models of female leadership, authority and wisdom.
The Last Wild Witch by Starhawk with illustrations by Lindy Kehoe
"Once there was a perfect town, in a perfect world, where there were rules for everything and a right way and a wrong way to do everything, and nobody ever broke the rules-except sometimes."
So begins Starhawk's new eco-fable, The Last Wild Witch. When the wind is in the west, and the last wild Witch is brewing her magic brews and singing her magic songs, some of the wildness might get inside you!
Goddesses by Burleigh Muten, Illustrated by Rebecca Guay
For many thousands of years, stories of goddesses have inspired women and girls from all over the world. Now, the strength and power of these divine women has been collected into one breathtaking volume, featuring fascinating descriptions by goddess expert Burleigh Muten of over one hundred of the world's most celebrated goddesses. With stunning classical artwork by Rebecca Guay, the entries and images in Goddesses come together to form a powerful mirror that illuminates the most radiant and complex aspects of womankind, helping to redefine what it is to be feminine. A perfect gift for mothers, daughters, best friends, and for anyone looking for personal empowerment in book volume will open girls and women to their true potential and help release the goddess energy that is latent in every one of them.
The Paper Bag Princess by Robert N. Munsch, Illustrated by Michael Martchenko
The 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.
Bubbles in my Hair by Ruth Calder Murphy (Author, Illustrator)
This is a wonderful book filled with pictures and poetry by Ruth Calder Murphy, whose poetry and paintings I often share on The Girl God.
"Anyone who's got children, knows children, is still in touch with their inner child, likes poetry, likes illustrations, or was a child once upon a time, should get this book! A beautifully illustrated, brain-bubbling book, "Bubbles in my Hair" is brimful of poems for children of all ages. Let the bubbles take you with them..."
Piggybook by Anthony Browne
Illus. in full color. "Mr. Piggott and his sons are a male chauvinist lot who, outside of yelling for their dinner, don't exercise themselves much around the house. When Mrs. Piggott finally tires of the endless chores that sandwich her workday, she leaves the menfolk on their own, with a note saying, 'You are pigs.' With the cooking and housework untended, they soon turn genuinely porcine, a transformation Browne foreshadows with pig faces on the wallpaper, vases, fireplace, phone. As in most of Browne's art, there is more than a touch of irony and visual humor here. Fun to read aloud."--Bulletin, Center for Children's Books.
Helga's Dowry : A Troll Love Story by Tomie De Paola
This is an entertaining and empowering story about a clever female troll who does not wait for a man to save her or take care of her. When she discovers that her sweetheart is swayed more by money than her charms, she decides to ensure that she takes care of her own needs. The illustrations are fairly typical for Tomie dePaola's books, and I loved that Helga could pass for being a human by simply tucking her tail under her dress.
Taber Is Beautiful by Samantha Degrasse; illustrated by Melinda McPherson
Taber is the story of a horse who struggles with a facial flaw; a mole on her nose. With an encouraging mother and friends who never leave her side, Taber learns the importance of inner beauty and inner strength.
My daughter loved reading this book again and again!
The Girl God by Trista Hendren, Illustrated by Elisabeth Slettnes
Celebrating the Divine Feminine with quotes from various faith traditions and feminist thinkers & glorious illustrations by Elisabeth Slettnes.
Wangari's Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa by Jeanette Winter
As a young girl growing up in Kenya, Wangari was surrounded by trees. But years later when she returns home, she is shocked to see whole forests being cut down, and she knows that soon all the trees will be destroyed. So Wangari decides to do something—and starts by planting nine seedlings in her own backyard. And as they grow, so do her plans. . . .
This true story of Wangari Maathai, environmentalist and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, is a shining example of how one woman’s passion, vision, and determination inspired great change.
Skin Again by bell hooks, illustrated by Chris Raschka
"Everything that a picture book should, and can be – it’s all right here in Skin Again. Raschka’s illustrations are symbiotic with hook’s words. A child read aloud to, from this book, will be naturally, and sustainably engaged because the book offers an honest, mindful, and poetic perspective on physical differences and universal commonalities. Children are naturally attracted to truth."
Great Review on The Picture Book Pusher
Always looking for more to add to the list!!