Girls of Summer
This celebration of amazing books for amazing girls was begun by authors Meg Medina and Gigi Amateau. After several years in Richmond, the party came to Charlottesville in 2015 thanks to the efforts and sponsorship of the Junior League of Charlottesville. All books on the lists from the Charlottesville events are available at JMRL.
- JP Cronin, Doreen & David Small Bloom
The fairy Bloom was exiled from the glass kingdom for her muddy boots and messiness. But when the kingdom begins cracking, she may be the only fairy with enough magic to save the kingdom and Genevieve, an ordinary girl, may be the only who can find her.
- JP Desmondy, Maria Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun
Lucy is different and proud of it in spite of being teased. When a boy who teases her needs help, she has the courage and self-confidence to come to his aid.
- JP Engle, Margarita Drum Dream Girl
A young Cuban girl wants nothing more than to play the drums. Everyone tells her that only boys can play drums, but she refuses to give on her dream. Inspired by the true story of Millo Castro Zaldarriage who formed an all-girl dance band with her sisters.
- JP Fleming, Candace & Nancy Carpenter Imogene's Last Stand
History-loving Imogene takes a stand to try to save her town's historical society from being torn down to make way for a shoelace factory.
- JP Harrington, Janice & Shelley Jackson The Chicken-chasing Queen of Lamar County
A young girl delights in chasing Big Mama's chickens. But one, Miss Hen always escapes. Until one day the little girl catches up the hen only to discover a good reason not to chase chickens.
- JP Offill, Jenny 11 Experiments That Failed
An eager and curious young scientist explores the world around her through 11 creative experiments is not discouraged when her efforts fail spectacularly. She simply tries again.
- JP Smith, Lane Madam President
A little girl imagines all of the things she would do if only she were the president.
- JP Wall, Phoebe Sonya's Chickens
A young girl raising three chickens learns about the importance of the circle of life. This book gently introduces the idea that even an animal like a fox needs to eat and provide for its babies.