Book cover: Beautifulby Stacy McAnulty
Running Press, 2016
Grades PreK-1

Girls of many skin tones and interests embrace their beautiful selves and all the things they’re interested in in this simple and empowering book.

Text that presumes traditional truths about girls, such as them smiling sweetly, having a smart style, and keeping their hair in place is turned upside down with dynamic illustrations of girls playing with frogs, being pirates, climbing trees, and many other activities that exemplify the variety and joie de vivre of beautiful girls.

McAnulty’s book is useful for offering empowering messages for girls and for smashing gender stereotypes.