Fiction Picture Books With Strong Female Leads

As I’ve reached my mid 20s, I’ve had a stronger appreciation for original stories with strong female leads. It’s powerful for young girls to know their potential is limitless and it’s healthy for boys to see strong females as people to be admired and looked up to. Here is a list of fiction picture books with strong female leads.

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Fiction Picture Books With Strong Female Leads

Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty

Rosie Revere is a gifted inventor with an eye for putting things together and creating something brand new! She longs to be an engineer one day, so when her Great Great Aunt mentions it’s her greatest dream to be able to fly, Rosie is up for the challenge!

Sofia Valdez, Future Prez by Andrea Beaty

Sofia comes up with a plan to transform an unsightly pile of trash into a community park. After being shut down when the city leaders dismiss her because of her youth, Sofia finds a way to get the job done anyways. 

Ada Twist, Scientist: A Picture Book (The Questioneers)Grace for President (Grace for President, 1)The Paper Bag Princess


Ada Twist Scientist by Andrea Beaty

Ada has always been full of questions about how things work and why. When she smells something unknown, she sets out on a mission to determine the mysterious odor, employing the scientific method to do so. 

Grace for President by Kelly S DiPucchio

Grace’s teacher informs the class that the United States has not yet elected a female president, and Grace determines to be the first girl to be voted into office–of her school! 

The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch

Princess Elizabeth is betrothed to Prince Ronald and the two are planning their wedding. Suddenly, Ronald is kidnapped by a fierce dragon. Elizabeth dons the only material available, a paper bag, and sets off to rescue him. She successfully outsmarts the dragon and rescues Ronald, but in the end finds the true prize to be her independence. 

Mrs. Rumphius by Barbara Cooney

Mrs. Rumphius has always dreamed of traversing the globe and beautifying the earth, so she sets out to do just that. An inspiring story for those of us who wish to find the courage to do the same. 

Drummer Girl by Hiba Masood

Each morning during Ramadan, Namja wakes up to a drummer signaling the time for the morning feast before the day’s fast. Namja dreams of being the drummer one day, but no girl has ever been allowed to take the spot. Will she find a way to make her wish come true? 

I Am Enough by Grace Byers

This book celebrates the uniqueness that is you! You are beautiful, you are valuable, you are enough. 

Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton

Katy the tractor is used to being attached to a bulldozer in the summertime, but when the biggest snowfall ever comes to town, is Katy up for the challenge of pushing a snowplow? 

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Ruby’s Wish by Shirin Yim Bridges

In ancient China, only boys are allowed to attend university while girls are expected to get married as soon as they are of age. Ruby bravely stands up to her family and tradition, voicing her wishes to continue her studies.

Drum Dream Girl by Margarita Engle

Cuba, a country with a rich tradition of drumming, banned female drummers from participating in this important segment of their culture. One girl sought to change that rule. 

Brave Irene by William Steig

Irene and her dressmaker mother have finished the duchess’ new gown, but an unexpected blizzard threatens the punctual delivery of the dress. Irene bravely trudges through drifts deep as her waist and wind strong as an ox to get the dress to the duchess in time.

My Name is Not Isabella by Jennifer Fosberry

Isabella looks up to some noteworthy people: astronaut Sally Ride, civil rights activist Rosa Parks, and others. Despite these role models, there’s no one as amazing as Isabella’s mom! This sweet story celebrates the accomplishments of all women! 

Alma and How She Got Her Name[(Hoffman & Binch : Amazing Grace (Hbk) )] [Author: Mary Hoffman] [Nov-1991]11 Experiments That Failed


Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal

If you ask Alma, she has too long of a name! In this sweet picture book, she learns whom she was named after and the powerful family members who came before her.

Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman

Grace enjoys acting out the family stories told to her at her grandmother’s knee. When she gets a chance to try out for a local production of Peter Pan, Grace is thrilled! This story teaches girls to have confidence in their abilities and encourages them to try out new things, even if they are scary. 

11 Experiments that Failed by Jenni Offill

In this silly book, a female scientist takes on big questions: Can you eat ketchup with snowballs? Use a washing machine to clean your dinner dishes? If you have a question about something, why not try to find the answer? Failure is just another way to learn! 

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Malala’s Magic Pencil by Malala Yousafzai

As a child growing up in Pakistan, Malala made a wish. She wished for a magic pencil to erase the injustice and unhappiness around her. As she grew older, she realized she didn’t need a magic tool to make a difference in the world. 

The Quickest Kid in Clarksville by Pat Miller

Alta is so excited for the parade! Star runner Wilma Rudolph will be riding on a float, and Alta can’t wait to catch a glimpse of her. Alta knows she’s got special talent, just like Wilma does. But when a girl with newer shoes challenges her to a race, will Alta be able to best her? 

Juno Valentine and the Magical Shoes by Eva Chen

Juno doesn’t have the fanciest shoes, but she certainly has the most amazing ones! With her magical shoes, Juno travels throughout history to walk in the footsteps of amazing women like Serena Williams, Cleopatra, Frida Kahlo, and more! 

Ronia, the Robber’s Daughter by Astrid Lindgren

Ronia is born into her father’s band of robbers and loves the fast-paced life they lead. But when she and her best friend find themselves at opposite ends of a robber’s feud, the two wonder if they will be able to maintain their friendship. 

Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

Stubborn and headstrong Madeline has captured the hearts of readers for years now. This rhyming story will have you feeling simultaneously nostalgic and warm-hearted. 

Early Chapter Books with Strong Female Leads

Girls to the Rescue Book 5 : Tales of Clever Courageous Girls from Around the WorldCam Jansen: the Mystery of the U.F.O. #2Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters: The Questioneers Book #1


Girls to the Rescue series by Bruce Lasky

Growing up, I LOVED this series of reimagined fairy tales, fables, and true stories of courageous girls around the world. I learned many words and traditions from different cultures and always wanted to be the strong, courageous girl in my own life.

Cam Jansen by David Adler

Cam Jansen is a clever girl with a photographic memory. She’s witty, smart, and a problem solver.

The Questioneers by Andrea Beatty

Inspired by the picture books, this early chapter book series inspires creativity and problem solving as STEM is explored.

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