The Girl Who Drank the Moon

Women's History Month in Children's Books

Women’s History Month is almost over, but it’s not too late to check out some of our great children’s books featuring strong female characters. Browse our Women's History Month display in the Downtown Library Children's Area until the end of March—and celebrate women’s history throughout the year with books that inspire and delight young readers.

Here are just a few of our picture books:

Written by Misty Copeland; illustrated by Christopher Myers

American Ballet Theater soloist Misty Copeland encourages a young student like herself by telling her that she, too, had to learn basic steps and how to be graceful—and that someday, with practice and dedication, the little girl will also become a firebird. Includes a special author's note.

Rosie Revere, Engineer
Written by Andrea Beaty; illustrated by David Roberts

A young aspiring engineer must first conquer her fear of failure.

The Paper Bag Princess
Written by Robert Munsch; illustrated by Michael Martchenko

When a dragon comes along and burns all Elizaeth's clothes and smashes her castle, Elizabeth wears a paper bag until she recovers her possessions.

For kids just entering the world of chapter books, check out:

The Princess in Black
Written by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale; illustrated by LeUyen Pham

Who says princesses don't wear black? When trouble raises its blue monster head, Princess Magnolia ditches her flouncy dresses and becomes the Princess in Black!

Older kids—and those of us still kids at heart—love these upper elementary and middle grade chapter books:

The First Rule of Punk
Written by Celia C. Pérez

Twelve-year-old María Luisa O'Neill-Morales (who prefers to be called Malú) reluctantly moves with her Mexican-American mother to Chicago and starts seventh grade with a bang--violating the dress code with her punk rock aesthetic and spurning the middle school's most popular girl, in favor of starting a band with a group of like-minded weirdos.

Inside Out and Back Again
Written by Thanhha Lai

Through a series of poems, a young girl chronicles the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama.

The Girl Who Drank the Moon
Written by Kelly Barnhill

An epic fantasy about Luna, a young girl raised by a witch, a swamp monster, and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, who must unlock the powerful magic buried deep inside her. Soon, it is up to Luna to protect those who have protected her—even if it means the end of the loving, safe world she's always known.

To learn more about trailblazing women in history, take a look at Alex's post.


The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

Winner of the 2017 Newberry Medal, The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill is a must read for any fans of fairy tales and fantasy. Barnhill weaves together pieces of many genres, creating a story reminiscent of classic fairy tales, yet at the same time all its own. The many elements this story explores are difficult to adequately explain, but let it suffice to say that at its heart, The Girl Who Drank the Moon is a story about the power of love and family (both born and chosen) and illustrates the very best that fairy tale and fantasy storytelling has to offer.

Every year in the Protectorate, a small village at the furthest edge of a great forest, a child is taken from its family and abandoned in the woods as a sacrifice to appease the witch. However, the witch, Xan, is actually quite kind and takes the babies only to save their lives, feeding them starlight as she carries them across the forest to cities where they are taken in by loving families, having no idea that the people of the Protectorate fear her so. As our story begins, Xan has rescued another baby, but accidentally feeds the child moonlight, imbuing her with magic. Xan decides to raise the child, who she names Luna, and takes her home. There Xan, the ancient swamp monster Glerk, and the Perfectly Tiny Dragon Fyrian care for and raise Luna. As she grows and her magic begins to manifest, Xan realizes she must lock Luna’s magic away until her thirteenth birthday, so she can learn to control it.

From this point, the plot shifts and weaves, drawing in many characters and threads, as this important birthday nears. Characters will find their courage, reveal and keep secrets, search for those lost, and try to rescue those they love. All of these plotlines are expertly woven together and culminate in a symphonic ending that will linger with the reader long after the final page. A truly magical and enrapturing story that will make everyone believe in magic, at least for a little while. Suggested for ages 10 and up. 

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