The Daring Book for Girls

Book review by
Carrie Kingsley, Common Sense Media
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Fun activities, info, and skills for all genders and ages.

Parents say

age 6+
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Kids say

age 10+
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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Educational Value

History, science, and geography are alongside practical information like finance, how to change a tire, and public speaking.

Positive Messages

All subjects are for everyone, and a little curiosity and initiative go a long way.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Lots of successful women on these pages remind readers that it's never too late to learn something new, and there's no need to be afraid to try.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Daring Book for Girls, by Andrea J. Buchanan and Miriam Peskowitz, is a fun, empowering collection of historical info, building and crafts, science, sports, and life skills like tips for public speaking. The title is catchy, but just like The Dangerous Books for Boys, this book is for everyone, the topics are for all genders and ages. More advanced readers will learn some great vocabulary specific to each topic, and the illustrations, charts, and graphic instructions throughout help readers of all levels. The variety of topics offers endless fun ways to pry readers from their screens to make, builds, and learn with their hands. On the topic of boys, the advice here is that whether boys are friends, dates, or not on their radar, readers should treat everyone with respect and expect to be treated with the same.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMisterMadsen July 23, 2020

Recipes for Girl Power

My precouscious 6-almost-7-year-old loves this book. She combs its pages constantly. If this isn't her Bible, it is certainly fuel for her manifesto. Al... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byMadpup10 March 18, 2020

super fun and inspiring

I was in 4th grade, and I loved this book!

What's the story?

In THE DARING BOOK FOR GIRLS, readers can choose from an endless array of topics: clubhouses and forts, how to negotiate a salary, pressing flowers, making a lemon-powered clock, queens of the ancient world, first aid, life-changing books, karate, and much more. Not being organized in order of topic or skill level means that by turning the page, the reader can jump from learning how to care for a softball glove to the rules for playing Hearts and Gin, or from silly pranks to the Bill of Rights.

Is it any good?

This entertaining book is packed with information and projects for kids to try -- and not just girls. With plenty of illustrations to guide them, more advanced readers can do most of these projects on their own; younger readers might need some adult help working out how to build a peg board game or getting the vinegar-to-baking-soda ratio right for a volcano. Like The Double Dangerous Book for Boys, The Daring Book for Girls offers something for everyone's areas of interest while leaning heavily on bits of nostalgia (roller skating, campfire songs, handclap games, and lemonade stands) that are still a part of childhood.

The list of daring things to try is pretty tame ("dye your hair purple") but the reasoning behind that tameness will resonate ("sometimes the scariest thing is just being a little bit different.").

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what, if anything, in The Daring Book for Girls is only for girls. Why do you think the book is titled this way?

  • Are there any activities in this book that you are scared to try? Why or why not?

  • What other books of daring things have you read?

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