Girls and reading

By Lois Huffman, Ph.D.

During the 2013 NCRA Pre-Conference Institute, Our Girls Are in Trouble, Too: What Every Teacher Should Know About Girls and Reading, my co-presenter, Roz Moffitt and I shared examples of how books influence girls’ perceptions of themselves and their aspirations for the future. We also talked about the critical role that educators and authors play in bringing appealing and inspirational books to today’s girls. As a follow-up to that discussion, institute participants were asked to name their favorite contemporary female writer. Here is the list of authors generated by our group.

  • Favorite Women Writers
  • Maya Angelou
  • Mary Kay Andrews
  • Jenna Blum
  • Jan Brett
  • Fannie Flagg
  • Christina Feehan
  • Mem Fox
  • Gloria Houston
  • Jan Karon
  • Anne Lamott
  • Margaret Maron
  • Stephanie Meyer
  • Alice Munro
  • Jodi Picoult
  • Patricia Polacco
  • Annie Proulx
  • Anna Quindlen
  • J.K. Rawling
  • Nora Roberts (J.D. Robb)
  • Ann Rice
  • Francine Rivers
  • Cynthia Rylant
  • Alice Walker

(This activity was adapted from