Girls of Summer

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Article in Young Adult Fiction, Juvenile Fiction, Juvenile Nonfiction and Picture Books

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.


Picture Books

  • 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

A little girl imagines all of the things she would do if only she were the president.

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.

Juvenile Fiction

Unable to accept the drowning death of her best friend, Suzy throws herself into learning about a rare jellyfish in an effort to explain how it could have happened.

A brilliant fifth grade girl is mistakenly treated as retarded because her cerebral palsy leaves her unable to communicate until she discovers a new technological device that will allow her to speak for the first time.

Wanda always wears the same dress to school. When teased, she claims she has a hundred beautiful dresses in her closet at home. Her classmates bully her mercilessly. But when she is pulled out of school, they realize it is too late to say they're sorry.

When her family moves to an all-white town in Vermont, Mimi finds that her mixed race and interest in boyish subjects make her an outside. A novel in verse.

The classic story of a girl who lives on her own with a horse and a monkey and has amazing adventures.

Catherine struggles with her frustration with her autistic brother and wishes for a normal life.

Esperanza and her mother must leave behind their life of wealth and comfort in Mexico, trading it for the harsh conditions of farm workers in Southern California on the eve of the Great Depression.

Young Adult Fiction