In an effort to help girls and their parents find "heroines to offset the barrage of negative images society presents about females," Odean has created this updated bibliography of more than 600 titles. Meticulously, she has chosen picture books, folktales, poetry, biography, and all genres of fiction and grouped them for beginning, middle, and older readers. Each title has full bibliographic information, a suggested age level, and a clear, concise annotation. The girls in these books were chosen because they were creative, capable, articulate, and intelligent and able to solve their own problems, take risks, and go on journeys. Here are girls "not waiting to be rescued; they are doing the rescuing." The author includes advice on reading aloud and suggestions for activities to accompany some of the books. There are books and Websites for further reading for parents. There is a helpful section on books that will help girls understand sex and their own sexuality. This is an excellent resource for home and school libraries and for many parents, it no doubt will become a dog-eared tome carried to libraries and bookstores. 2002 (orig. 1997), Ballantine Books, 14.95. Ages Adult.
This bibliographic guide delivers on its promise to provide girls with female role models who are "creative, capable, articulate, and intelligent, solving problems, facing challenges, resolving conflicts, and going on quests." The more than six hundred entries were selected and annotated by Odean, a school librarian and former member of both the Newbery and Caldecott Award committees. In her introduction Odean identifies her goals and the criteria she used for including books in the guide. She also touches on recent scholarship that points to a significant loss of self-esteem when girls hit adolescence. The book's chapters are divided into specific areas of children's publishing: picture books, folktales, beginning readers, middle readers, and longer works for older readers. With the exception of picture books and folktales, the categories are divided into fiction and nonfiction groupings, with the majority of nonfiction titles being biographies. Each entry includes the author, title, date of publication, format (hardcover, paperback, or both), publisher, and recommended audience ages. The books selected all are currently in print and are indexed by author, title, and category. At the end of the book Odean lists books that are out of print but still can be found in both school and public libraries. A parental resource section, which is helpful to teachers and librarians as well, includes tips on locating books, reading aloud, activities that tie in to the books being read, and a host of titles and ideas for anyone who wants to help girls become confident young women. Highly recommended for both school and public libraries. Index. Further Reading. Appendix.
Odean, a children's librarian and reviewer for School Library Journal, has compiled a guide for parents and educators looking for books "about girls who defy the stereotypes about females in our culture." Her work introduces 600 titles, ranging from picture-story books for toddlers to biographies and novels for adolescents that depict girls and women who are self-sufficient, decisive, and assertive (e.g., Louise Fitzhugh's Harriet the Spy, 1964; Jane Goodall's My Life with the Chimpanzees, 1988; Beverly Gherman's Sandra Day O'Connor, 1991). Odean's background as a children's book expert is apparent in her well-crafted, descriptive annotations. She supplies publishing data and age guidelines, comments on illustrations, notes award-winning works, and points out content strengths and weaknesses. The introduction and last chapter provide advice about locating good children's books, reading aloud, etc. Highly recommended for public and school libraries and academic libraries with education and library science programs.-Carol McAllister, Coll. of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Va.
“I recommend it for all those who want girls to grow up strong, free bold and kind.”
Author of Reviving Ophelia
“With superb literary taste and an eye for books depicting strong-minded girls and women, [Odean] recommends more than 600 outstanding titles.”
–U.S. News & World Report