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Avatar: The Last Airbender: Smoke and Shadow Part One by Gene Luen Yang
Bad Kitty Goes to the Vet by Nick Bruel
Bird by Crystal Chan
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Cats, Dogs, Men, Women, Ninnies & Clowns by Jeanne Steig
City of Pearl by Karen Traviss
The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden
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Dream On, Amber by Emma Shevah
FBP Federal Bureau of Physics: Vol. 2: Wish You Were Here by Simon Oliver
The Forbidden Library by Django Wexler
Hippopposites by Janik Coat
How to Catch a Cat by Rebecca M. Hale Hyperactive by Scott Christian Sava (In a Sense) Lost and Found by Roman Muradov
Library Lil by Suzanne Williams
Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni
Lovely: Ladies of Animation by Lorelay Bove
Midnight Blue by Pauline Fisk
On Highway 61 by Dennis McNally
One Plus One Equals Blue by M.J. Auch
Oz: The Emerald City of Oz by Eric Shanower
Photography: The Groundbreaking Moments by Florian Heine
The Princess and the Pizza by Mary Jane Auch and Herm Auch
Saving Baby Doe by Danette Vigilante
Sock Monkey Boogie Woogie: A Friend Is Made by Cece Bell
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
Tumford the Terrible by Nancy Tillman
A Whole New Ballgame by Phil Bildner
The Zoo at the Edge of the World by Eric Kahn Gale

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4 stars: Good but flawed
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2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8



Where the girls are: 01/09/16

Where the girls are

The January 8th issue of The Washington Post has an article wondering Why are there so few girls in children's books?. The article cites a 2011 Florida State University study that finds a huge gender bias in favor of male characters (human or otherwise) in children's literature.

To be honest, I've not tracked nor counted the number of female protagonists in the children's lit I've read and reviewed. My book blogging coincides with the birth of my youngest child, a daughter. Much of my children's book reviews especially early on were dictated by her interests and those have always skewed towards reading about a diverse range of female characters.

When she was first learning to talk she insisted on using she or everything except specific people or animals she knew for a fact to be male. It was an eye opening experience. In keeping with that, I did my best to find books with female characters and plots that interested her.

Thankfully our local public library does an excellent job of collection development and I had no problem in finding books to meet her needs.

So in response to the Post article, I've created a list of the books I've reviewed that contain a female (human or otherwise) protagonist. I'm not including books that have an ensemble cast or a boy and girl co-lead. This list does, though, include transgender leads who self identify as female.

This list though isn't meant to be a "girls' book" list. A girl as a protagonist doesn't prevent boys or anyone else to read the book.

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