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If You Like the Smart Girl's Guides, Try...

If you enjoy the American Girl Smart Girl's Guide series, you might enjoy these other books about growing up, health and wellness, fun things to do, and inspirational people.

In a world where people spend more time engaging through screens than in real-life interaction, showing basic human kindness can feel like a lost art. Be Kind is a compilation of actionable things kids can do in their daily lives to make the world a kinder place.

Step into your power by Jamia Wilson

A guide for girls instructs them in how to harness their own power to succeed and grow, discussing the importance of community, making good choices, action, and self-care.

Sometimes kids lives can get busy and out of control, and worries can take over. This easily digestible guide introduces kids to mindfulness as a way to find clarity, manage stress, handle difficult emotions, and navigate personal challenges. 

Discusses the physical changes that girls undergo during puberty, along with advice on maintaining good health and dealing with emotions and relationships with friends.

Offers inspiration and practical advice to encourage girls to take risks, have big adventures, and challenge themselves in ways they never imagined.

Love your body by Jessica Sanders

My body is strong. My body can do amazing things. My body is my own. Freedom is loving your body with all its 'imperfections' and being the perfectly imperfect you. 

Through talking to teachers and local people, the children learn about 'going green' and discover ways to help save their environment and the planet. From walking to school to zero-waste lunches, this book is full of ideas for reducing and reusing.

Presents a guide to empowerment that counsels readers on how to harness their emotional awareness to promote independence and problem-solving.

When a big feeling comes along you can handle it! Sometimes, emotions like anger or jealousy or excitement can seem too big to keep inside.

Personality can teach you a lot about yourself! What are your preferences, behaviors, and learning styles? What does the way you approach life say about you? Find out with fun quizzes and fascinating facts exploring personality!

Even though real life is filled with plenty of action, sometimes you find yourself sitting through a never-ending car ride, waiting on a long line, or with a couple hours with nothing planned. This book is perfect for those times when you don't have anything to do. 

Profiles over seventy people who broke the rules and smashed stereotypes, including such figures as Emma Gonzalez, Andy Warhol, Bjork, Hans Christian Andersen, and Sally Ride.

Profiles twenty-nine extraordinary youths who changed the face of history, from climate activist Greta Thunberg and inventor William Kamkwamba to athlete Pelé and artist Frida Kahlo.


Browse the following fiction titles for more on the same themes of friendship and fun and growing up.

The amazing Crafty Cat by Charise Mericle Harper

Sometimes school can be scary and even embarrassing, but not today. Today is Birdie's birthday, and everything will be perfect! Birdie's panda-riffic cupcakes are beautiful, and there's one for everyone. She will be the star of the class. But then . . . disaster! Who will save the day?

Ways to make sunshine by Renée Watson

Ryan is all about trying to see the best in people, to be a good daughter, a good sister, a good friend. But even if her life isn't everything she would wish for, when her big brother is infuriating, her parents don't quite understand, and the unexpected happens, she always finds a way forward, with grace and wit. And plenty of sunshine.

A collection of fun minicomics featuring a series of great authors and illustrators spinning stories about lunchtime.

Stargazing by Jen Wang

Growing up in the same Chinese-American suburb, perfectionist Christine and artistic, confident, impulsive Moon become unlikely best friends, whose friendship is tested by jealousy, social expectations, and illness.

Spirit week showdown by Crystal Allen

Nine-year-old Mya is excited about participating in School Spirit Week, even making a pinky promise with her best friend Naomi to be her partner, but when she accidentally gets paired with the biggest bully in school, Mean Connie, Naomi is mad at Mya for breaking her promise, so she must learn to work with Mean Connie and try and get her friend back.

Invisible Emmie by Terri Libenson

The lives of two middle school girls, one a quiet artist, the other a popular overachiever, intersect on a day shaped by a misdelivered note, crushes, humiliations, boredom, and drama.

Merci Suarez knew that sixth grade would be different, but she had no idea just how different. Thoughtful, strong-willed sixth-grader Merci Suarez navigates difficult changes with friends, family, and everyone in between.