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Engage your 4 to 8-year-old reader with these stories of girl power, strength, and adventure.
 
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Lon Po Po
by Ed Young Illustrated by Ed Young
On their grandmother's birthday, three children are left at home when their mother goes to visit her. Little do they know that a hungry wolf is waiting for her to leave. He disguises himself as an old woman and knocks on the door.
Won't they let their grandmother in? The eldest granddaughter, Shang, is fooled.
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Amazing Grace
by Mary Hoffman Illustrated by Caroline Binch

Grace loves stories, whether they're from books, movies, or the kind her grandmother tells. When her school decides to perform Peter Pan, Grace longs to play the lead, but her classmates point out that Peter was a boy. Besides, he wasn't black.

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Here Come the Girl Scouts!
by Shana Corey Illustrated by Hadley Hooper
Juliette Gordon Low — Daisy to her friends and family — was not like most girls of the Victorian era. Prim and proper? Bosh! Dainty and delicate? How boring! She loved the outdoors, and she yearned for adventure!
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Jack and the Snackstalk
by Noah Z. Jones Illustrated by Noah Z. Jones

Princess heads to Moldylocks's house for movie night. Moldy's cousin Jack comes, too. He brings pink jelly beans for a snack. But Princess doesn't like pink, so she throws the jelly beans out the window. Soon, the beans sprout into a huge pillar of snacks!

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Ivy + Bean
Series: Ivy + Bean
by Annie Barrows Illustrated by Sophie Blackall

The moment they saw each other, Bean and Ivy knew they wouldn't be friends. But when Bean plays a joke on her sister, Nancy, and has to hide quickly, Ivy comes to the rescue, with her wand, some face paint, and a bucket of worms.

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Daisy Dawson Is on Her Way!
Series: Daisy Dawson
by Steve Voake Illustrated by Jessica Meserve
In this lighthearted tale, young Daisy Dawson wakes up one morning to find she can understand everything animals say, from her favorite farm dog to the classroom gerbils. Illustrations.
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The Story of Ruby Bridges
by Robert Coles Illustrated by George Ford

This beautiful picture book, illustrated by Coretta Scott King Award-illustrator George Ford, and written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Coles, tells the true story of six-year-old Ruby Bridges. In 1960, Ruby, a young African-American girl, entered a whites-only school in New Orleans.

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The Princess in Black and the Perfect Princess Party
Series: Princess in Black, Book #2
by Shannon Hale , Dean Hale Illustrated by LeUyen Pham

Princess Magnolia knows just what to do when pesky monsters crash her birthday celebration. She runs to the broom closet, ditches her frilly clothes, and becomes the Princess in Black! She must rush to the goat pasture, defeat the monster, and return to the castle before her guests discover her secret.

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Judy Moody Was in a Mood
Series: Judy Moody, Book #1
by Megan McDonald Illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds

"Judy Moody was in a mood. Not a good mood. A bad mood. A mad-faced mood."

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Sheila Rae, the Brave
by Kevin Henkes Illustrated by Kevin Henkes

Big sister Sheila Rae is not afraid of anything — not thunder, not lightning, not even the big black dog at the end of the block. She growls at stray dogs, and bares her teeth at stray cats. She's not even afraid of the most frightening things she can imagine, and she has quite an imagination!

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Katie Fry, Private Eye #1: The Lost Kitten
by Katherine Cox Illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton

A great introduction to simple, fun mysteries for beginning readers!

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Paperback Reader Level 2: $3.19

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Madam President
by Lane Smith Illustrated by Lane Smith

With deadpan wit and hilarious illustrations, a bestselling picture book creator introduces an unforgettable new character: a little girl who imagines what her day would be like if she were Madam President.

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