I’ve been working hard on meeting plans this year. We will be earning each of the Daisy Petals and completing the Welcome to the Flower Garden Journey. One of the requirements of each badge is to read and discuss a story that relates to a theme.
A couple of my personal goals for the year are to introduce my girls to the stories of strong women throughout history, and to promote diversity and inclusiveness by featuring authors and characters from different backgrounds and communities.
I found a couple of suggested book lists that were disappointing in their lack of diversity, so I decided to come up with my own. I reached out to friends and other Girl Scout leaders, talked to librarians, and scoured the internet for suggestions.
I separated the list into themes based on each Petal, and also included lists for the STEM and Flower Garden Journeys. I hope to eventually add lists for the Between Earth and Sky and 3 Cheers for Animals Journeys.
This is by no means a conclusive list, but I think it’s a good start. I hope other leaders will find it useful, and I welcome any suggestions or additions in the comments.
Lupe: Honest and Fair
The classic story of a vain ruler whose unwillingness to admit the truth led him to look like a fool.
Another classic, about a boy who lost the trust of his community by lying too much.
Ruthie finds something she wants, but it isn’t hers. She thinks maybe a simple little lie will solve her problem, but will it?
The story of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s childhood, with beautiful garden imagery that ties in with ongoing Daisy themes.
This edition includes both English and Spanish text.
Sunny: Friendly and Helpful
Francis and her little sister Gloria learn all about friendship, and prove that girls can do anything boys can do.
A little girls sees someone drop something very important, and tries to help return it. But things keep getting in her way…
Isaac the Hedgehog likes to be alone. But when he has a problem he can’t solve himself, he learns how helpful being a friend can be.
Unhei is self-conscious about her name and wants to choose a new one. One of her classmates helps her realize the name she already has is perfect.
Lydia Grace Finch goes to live with her uncle in the city during the Great Depression. While there, she writes a series of letters home describing her innocent attempts to brighten her new community and make her uncle smile.
Zinni: Considerate and Caring
Amos works at a zoo, where he is a good friend to the animals. But when he’s too sick to come in one day, it’s the animal’s turn to come help him.
Mr. Rabbit’s new neighbors are Otters, and he worries about how they will get along. But Mr. Owl offers him some wise advice.
Every week, Goldie Simcha hosts Shabbat dinner for her neighbors. But when she’s too sick to cook, her community comes together with a unique meal of their own.
The true story of how a family in Africa benefited from a donation from Heifer International.
Tula: Courageous and Strong
The autobiography of Ruby Bridges, who became the first African American girl to integrate an all-white school in New Orleans in 1960.
Frankie is trying a lot of new things–some big, some small–and learning how to be brave every day.
Based on the true story of a girl who kept her father’s lighthouse running through a storm while he was stranded on the mainland.
Alta is the Quickest Kid in Clarksville, just like her hero Wilma Rudolph–the first American woman to win 3 Gold Medals in one Olympic Games. What will happen when a new kid in town challenges her to a race?
Winifred Schnitzel isn’t afraid of monsters, but she wishes they would let her sleep. Her clever traps don’t work, so what’s a girl to do?
A little girl learns about the shameful history of the Canadian Indian Residential School System–and the resilience of indigenous children–as she gardens with her Grandmother.
Lena Horne was the first ever African American actress to receive a studio contract from MGM.
A story of the Syrian refugee crisis, told through the stone artwork of Syrian artist Nizar Ali Badr.
This edition includes both English and Arabic text.
Mari: Responsible for What I Say and Do
Harvey can’t watch any more TV until his room is clean. But is his method of cleaning up to mom’s standards?
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has made a career out of disagreeing with inequality and injustice.
Johnny can’t wait to dig into his community’s traditional Ojibwe feast, but he has to be patient and respectful before he can eat.
Gloria: Respect for Myself and Others
Churchill loses his tail and learns an important lesson about friendship.
All about liking yourself for who you are.
The true story of Ella Kate Ewing, a giant who lived in the late 1800s.
Lena and her mother explore all the beautiful colors of people’s skin.
Elephant has a bird on his head, and Piggie tries to help.
Gerri: Respect for Authority
Officer Buckle and his police dog Gloria teach children safety tips.
The life story of a pioneer of women’s suffrage.
There is a lion in the library. Will he follow the rules? Or will he have a very good reason for breaking them?
Sophia tries everything to get what she wants, but it turns out all she needed was one word.
Audrey Faye Hendricks is the youngest known child to be arrested during civil rights protests in Birmingham Alabama in the 1960s.
Clover: Use Resources Wisely
As a young girl, Jane Goodall dreamed of “a life living with and helping all animals.”
A grandmother makes a special dress that grows with her granddaughter.
A young girl’s treasured dress transforms over the years until all that’s left is a cherished memory.
Rachel Carson is the environmentalist who wrote “Silent Spring,” which opened the world’s eyes to the impact humans have on the environment.
Ixchel wants to learn to weave, but doesn’t have enough thread to practice with, until she finds a unique and resourceful solution.
This edition includes both English and Spanish text.
Rosie: Make the World a Better Place
Nora finds a sick duck and brings it to a doctor who shows her how to he cares for animals.
The story of how Jane Addams founded Hull House to help underserved members of her community.
Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai’s first children’s book, about the dreams she had as a young girl in Pakistan.
Tillie Anderson was an award-winning cyclist at a time when women didn’t even wear pants, much less ride bikes.
Frederick the mouse does not collect food for the Winter. But what he does provide is perhaps more important.
Vi: Be a Sister to Every Girl Scout
An exploration of cultural differences and similarities told through the ways we all cook rice.
Grace learns that there are princesses all around the world, and there’s more to them than pretty dresses and tiaras.
The story go Juliette Gordon Low and the founding of Girl Scouts.
Two young girls in a refugee camp bond over a pair of sandals.
Welcome to the Daisy Flower Garden Journey
The true story of Alice Rumphius, the Lupine Lady, who wanted to make the world a better place by spreading something beautiful.
A lovely story about the importance of preserving the rain forests.
Marcy has a plan to help beautify a vacant lot in her neighborhood.
Ada is a classmate of popular characters Rosie Revere and Iggy Peck. She has a lot of questions, and answers them with science.
The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell, the first female doctor.
The story of Ada Byron Lovelace, the world’s first computer programmer.
Another biography of Ada Lovelace and how she envisioned our digital world 100 years before it existed.
Rosie Revere is a young engineer who learns that sometimes failure is the first step toward success.
PHEW! I hope this list helps inspire some Petal and Journey projects. I would love to hear your feedback, suggestions, or additional ideas in the comments. Thank you for reading!
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