My aunt, who is also Avery’s godmother, always sends books along with the kids’ birthday and Christmas gifts. This year, she sent a whole stack of amazing books and I have loved reading them to my girls every night. It’s a personal mission of mine to instill a love of reading in my children and I pray that they devour books the way I do when they get older. I plan to review most of the wonderful books they got for Christmas, but I wanted to start with She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed The World, by Chelsea Clinton, because it’s my personal favorite.
It is extremely important to me to instill a sense of pride in being a woman in my daughters. Our new baby will be the sixth girl on both sides of our families. My sister-in-law on my side and I have basically taken turns having girls for the last five years so you can imagine all of the comments we get: “All girls?! I feel sorry for your husband” or “Your family needs some boys!” or “Were you trying for/will you try again for a boy?” I know that the people who make these comments don’t mean to be rude or insensitive, and I can let them roll off my back, but I dread the day when my girls are old enough to understand what they’re saying. I want them to know that girls are just as amazing as boys and that we are beyond blessed to have them. I personally love being a girl mom and enjoy every girly thing about my daughters.
Having said that, you can understand why I pick up any children’s book that celebrates girls and women. I’ve been passing She Persisted in the aisles of Target and Barnes & Noble for the last year, but was planning to wait to purchase it because I thought it might be geared toward elementary-aged girls. But I’m so glad my aunt purchased it anyway. It’s an easy read and has beautiful illustrations to keep little ones interested. Out of the thirteen women in the book, there were six I wasn’t familiar with, but loved learning about. This book will be in our nightly reading rotation for years to come and I’m looking forward to purchasing She Persisted Around The World: 13 Women Who Changed History next.