Great Books for Girls: More than 600 Books to Inspire Today's Girls and Tomorrow's Womenby Kathleen Odean
Is 375 not enough? How about 600 titles, specifically chosen to provide girls with positive role models. Again, it can't be bad for the boys to read some of these, too.
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I have gleaned these ideas from many sources. Try some you haven't
considered before, keeping in mind that no parent can expect to be doing
all of them all the time. For excellent suggestions to introduce business
and entrepreneurial thinking into your daughter's everyday life, see No
More Frogs to Kiss...
Let your daughter get dirty. Children need to explore the world
around them and be physically active. Science, nature, sports, arts, and
crafts--all these important parts of growing up entail getting dirty.
Give her time to try to do a task herself rather than "rescue her"
by giving advice or doing it for her. Encourage her to be persistent in
working out her own solutions.
Encourage your daughter to state her opinions and thoughts, and
listen respectfully to what she says. If she has trouble speaking out in
class, practice with her at home and help her plan strategies for the
Notice how you compliment girls. Typically girls get compliments
on what they wear or how they look, while boys get compliments on what
they do. Try to give compliments on specific accomplishments, not general
qualities. "Your speech had a powerful opening," not "You are a good
Encourage her to participate in sports. Give her the support to
join a team sport. Show her you value physical fitness and strength in
girls and women.
Watch television together and discuss the portrayal of women, how
realistic it is, what messages it sends. Extend this to movies, videos,
magazines, and computer games.
Find ways to help your daughterdevelop math, science, and computer
skills. Provide games that develop spatial skills such as puzzles, model
kits, checkers and chess, etc. For older girls, look into after-school
classes or summer camps on math, science, and computers.
See that she learns some mechanical, building, and repairing
skills, and becomes familiar with tools. Give young girls blocks and
simple tools. Have older girls learn to repair bicycles and encourage
them to take apart old appliances, etc.
Emphasize the importance of developing talents and interests. Such
pastimes give girls pleasure and a self-image that doesn't rely on
appearances, popularity, or relationships. Girls need to be good at doing
things as well as at dealing with people.
Examine your expectations for girls and boys. Do you give boys
more leeway to be rowdy, physically active, outspoken? Do you expect
girls to be more domestic, caring, polite, thoughtful? Do you expect boys
to help with outdoor tasks and girls with indoor ones?
Introduce her to strong female role models. Expose her to a
variety of career possibilities and women who enjoy their work. Teach her
to assume she will have to make her own living someday, as most women
do. Participate in Take Our Daughters to Work Day in April!
Support your daughter in pursuing her interests and in taking
risks. Be ready to help, but encourage her to make her own decisions and
choices. Praise her for her intelligence, abilities, and initiative as
well as hard work and dedication. Most of all, believe in her.
Meet the Author
Kathleen Odean has been a children's librarian for fifteen years, first in
California and now at Moses Brown School, a Friends school in Providence,
Rhode Island. She grew up in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, and graduated
from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. Odean then lived in
Berkeley, California for eight years, where she earned a Master's of
Library and Information Science as well as an M.A. in Folklore at
University of California.
Her peers across the country recognize Odean as an expert in children's
literature. She was recently elected to the Caldecott Award Committee by
her fellow children's librarians and was also a member of the 1991 Newbery
Award Committee. From 1991 through 1993, she served on the Notable
Children's Book Committee of the American Library Association, a national
committee of nine which evaluates all of the year's children's books.
Odean has also been a reviewer of children's books for School Library
Journal since 1985.
The author of the groundbreaking work Great Books for Girls: More Than 600
Books to Inspire Today's Girls and Tomorrow's Women (Ballantine Books,
1997) and High Steppers, Fallen Angels, and Lollipops: Wall Street Slang
(Henry Holt Owl Paperbacks, 1989) on the folklore and slang of the stock
market, Odean has also done some free-lance writing.
Odean has been talking about the importance of books in children's lives
on NBC-TV's Today and with newspapers, local television and radio shows
across the country.
She lives in Barrington, Rhode Island, with her husband, Ross Cheit, a
professor at BrownUniversity.
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